A Boxer Rebellion & First War Medal Bar to H.M.S. Actaeon
A Boxer Rebellion & First War Medal Bar to H.M.S. Actaeon; China War Medal 1900 (J. WATERS, E.R.A. 4 CL., H.M.S. ENDYMION.); 1914-15 Star (ART. ENG. J. WATERS. R.N.); British War Medal (ART. ENG. J. WATERS. R.N.); Victory Medal (ART. ENG. J. WATERS. R.N.); and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V (269571 JAMES WATERS, C.E.R.A. 2 CL., H.M.S. ACTAEON:). Naming is officially impressed. Court-mounted, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a duotang folder with his military biography and five black and white ship photographs. Footnote: James Waters enlisted in the Royal Navy between 1897 and 1898. He was an Engine Room Artificer, 4th Class aboard H.M.S. Endymion when, in 1900, the British government sent troops to China, to suppress what was termed the "Boxer Rebellion". Soldiers, sailors and marines were sent to relieve the British legation at Peking, into which many foreign diplomats, businessmen and missionaries had sought refuge. Those not involved in this relief expedition were used to protect its lines of communication and the foreign settlements, in such places as Shanghai. Many small battles and skirmishes took place, including the taking of the Taku forts. Future Rear Admiral and Victoria Cross recipient, Eric Gascoigne Robinson also served aboard the Endymion. For his China service, Waters was awarded the China War Medal 1900 Medal. After the China Campaign concluded, Endymion visited Manila in December 1901, where the Governor and American officers hosted the crew, many of whom had served together during the rebellion. After his time with Endymion, he was drafted to H.M.S. Actaeon, the Torpedo School Ship, where he served in the rank of Chief Engineer Room Artificer, effective sometime between 1913 and 1914 and was with her when First World War hostilities broke out. While with Actaeon, he achieved the rank of Artificer Engineer, Chatham Division on September 14, 1915 and was awarded the Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Waters followed that with a draft to the Torpedo Boat Destroyer H.M.S. Stag on November 19, 1915, an old 'D' Class Destroyer, built in 1899, serving in Local Defence Flotillas in Home Waters. He was later promoted to Warrant Engineer, placed in charge of engineering and would remain with Stag throughout the remaining war years. For his First World War service he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Post-war, he was drafted to the Torpedo Boat Destroyer H.M.S. Menace on January 11. 1919 and placed in charge of engineering, before being drafted to one year later to the Light Cruiser H.M.S. Caradoc on February 6, 1920, as part of the Third Light Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean. After two years with Caradoc, he concluded his naval career, retiring in 1922 and was still on the retired list as of 1939.