South Africa Boer War and Somaliland 1902-1904 officer’s pair awarded to Lieutenant later Captain H.R.M. Williams, Royal Navy, who was present during the Boer War and during the operations on and off the coast of Somaliland in the campaign against the Mad Mullah, Muhammed bin Abdullah in the period from 18th January 1902 to 11th May 1904 when aboard the light cruiser Naiad. During the Great War he saw service ashore with the Portsmouth Dockyard.
Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, no clasp; (LIEUT. H.R.M. WILLIAMS. R.N, H.M.S. NAIAD.); Africa General Service Mewdal 1899-1956, EVII 2nd type bust, 1 Clasp: Somaliland 1902-04; (LIEUT. H.R.M. WILLIAMS, R.N., H.M.S. NAIAD.)
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Herbert Routley Moss Williams was born on 24th May 1874 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, and entered the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in 1889, being promoted to Lieutenant in 1895. Williams saw service during the Boer War aboard the light cruiser Naiad. Serving on the Mediterranean Station, Naiad was sent to South Africa in 1901, being stationed there from April to November of that year. Some 133 medal without clasp were award to Naiad for service during the Boer War.
Subsequently present aboard Naiad in the operations on and off the coast of Somaliland in the campaign against the Mad Mullah, Muhammed bin Abdullah in the period from 18th January 1902 to 11th May 1904, some 285 of the crew of Naiad qualified for the Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956 with clasp for Somaliland 1902-04.
Williams was promoted to Commander in 1907, and prior to the Great War, is known to have seen service as a Navigating Officer aboard the battlecruisers New Zealand and Invincible, but during the war was on service ashore whilst employed at Portsmouth Dockyard. Williams retired with the rank of Captain in 1922.