The fine Syria 1840 operations pair awarded to Carpenter Thomas Barnard, Royal Navy, who originally joined in 1823, and saw service aboard the 74 gun ship of the line H.M.S Edinburgh in the Mediterranean and during the Syria operations of 1840.
Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Syria; (THOMAS BARNARD, CARPENTER.); Turkey - Ottoman Empire: St Jean D’Acre Medal in Bronze, and then silvered.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Thomas Barnard joined the Royal Navy as a Carpenter’s Mate aboard the 74 gun ship of the line H.M.S Albion on 1st March 1823, and was posted to the 10 gun brig H.M.S. Rosario from 8th September 1823, followed by the 18 gun brig-sloop H.M.S Sparrowhawk from 8th January 1824. Barnard was posted to the 36 gun frigate H.M.S Belvidera from 12th June 1829, and was posted to the 38 gun frigate H.M.S Briton from 6th May 1830, and joined the troopship H.M.S Romney from 14th November 1833. Barnard was serving aboard the 74 gun ship of the line H.M.S Edinburgh from circa 1837 serving in the Mediterranean and during the Syria operations of 1840. The increasing power of Mehemet Ali, Viceroy of Egypt,alarmed the major European nations. In summer 1839, Egyptian forces destroyed a strong Turkish army and captured the Turkish fleet at Alexandria. With the Egyptians now in Syria, Britain, Austria, Russia, and Prussia intervened. A combined fleet under Admiral Sir Robert Stopford, with his flagship Princess Charlotte, of 104 guns, sailed to the eastern Mediterranean, bombarded Acre and stormed the town on 3rd November 1840. The Egyptians agreed to evacuate the town and return the Turkish fleet. Sir Robert Stopford received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament and the Freedom of the City of London for this action. Austria, Prussia, Russia, Russia and Turkey also bestowed marks of distinction. Barnard would be belatedly awarded the Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 with clasp for Syria, he being the only man by this name and rank shown in the Medal Roll. Unfortunately his service records are incomplete in places, however by the start of 1855 he held the rank of Carpenter 1st Class. As of 1st January 1855 he was appointed to the 26 gun frigate H.M.S Conway, for service with the Haulbowline Yard, but was then posted to the 74 gun ship of the line H.M.S Hogue from 8th July 1855 . Barnard joined the 92 gun ship of the line H.M.S Nile from 29th February 1858, followed by the 36 gun screw frigate H.M.S Amphion from 1st October 1859, and the 70 gun ship of the line H.M.S Sans Pareil from 11th March 1860. Barnard was appointed to the 60 gun ship of the line H.M.S Hawke from 1st September 1862, and then finally joined the 74 gun ship of the line H.M.S Hastings from 1st September 1862, which at the time was employed with the Royal Naval Reserve, and Barnard was pensioned ashore on 18th June 1863. Confirmed as his full entitlement.