Second World War South African Naval Forces group awarded to Signaller W.T. Seale, South African Naval Volunteer Reserve. A shipping agent from Port Elizabeth, he served with the Seaward Defence Force from January 1940 to March 1941, when he volunteered for service with the Royal Navy, and then saw service till September 1942. During this period he was aboard the armed merchant cruiser Pretoria Castle from May to December 1941 and took part in operations in the South Atlantic. He then briefly saw service aboard the heavy cruiser Hawkins in April 1942, and having escorted a convoy down the coast of Africa was then admitted to hospital at Simonstown, and did not see any further service afloat.
Group of 5: 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Africa Service Medal 1939-1945; all named in officially impressed South African issue style; (67152 W.T. SEALE)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
William Theodore Seale was born on 22nd December 1921 and came from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he worked as a shipping agent. With the Second World War, he attested for service with the South African Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve at Port Elizabeth on 25th October 1939, and was appointed a Signaller (No.67152) with the Seaward Defence Forces. Neale then volunteered to see service with the South African Naval Force serving with the Royal Navy from 31st March 1941, and remained on this service till 1st September 1942.
On his volunteering for service with the Royal Navy, Seal was appointed to the light cruiser Newcastle on 14th May 1941, which was then on service on operations against blockade runners in the South Atlantic. He however almost immediately transferred to the armed merchant cruiser Pretoria Castle from 19th May 1941, and saw service aboard her in the South Atlantic. Seale sailed with her to England and was transferred to Victory at Portsmouth on 22nd December 1941, and then joined the heavy cruiser Hawkins on 2nd April 1942 when she was finishing a refit and bound for the Eastern Fleet. During her passage out to the Far East, Hawkins was initially employed escorting a convoy around the African coast, and it was whilst doing this that Seale was admitted to hospital at Simonstown in South Africa on 28th April 1942. Seale did not see any further service aboard Hawkins, and was eventually discharged medically unfit on 14th October 1943.