A First War Royal Navy Long Service Group to H.M.S. Hercules
A First War Royal Navy Long Service Group to H.M.S. Hercules - 1914-15 Star (K. 17134, A.J. BURN, STO. 1., R.N.); British War Medal (K 17134 A.J. BURN. ACT. S.P.O. R.N.); Victory Medal (K 17134 A.J. BURN. ACT. S.P.O. R.N.); and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V (K 17134 A.J. BURN. S.P.O. H.M.S. DOLPHIN.). Naming is officially impressed. Court mounted, edge nicks, contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by a duotang folder with his military biography, copies of his Service Records, an embroidered Stoker patch and fourteen black and white ship photographs. Footnote: Arthur James Burn was born on April 18, 1893 in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England. He joined the Royal Navy at the Shore Base H.M.S. Victory II, the Royal Naval Barracks in Portsmouth, as a Stoker 2nd Class, on December 7, 1912, stating his occupation as that of Farm Labourer. He was drafted to his first ship, the 3,400 ton Light Cruiser H.M.S. Naiad, on July 2, 1913, for a period of six weeks, before returning to Victory II on August 19th for additional training. Upon completion of his training, he was drafted to the 20,000 ton Battleship H.M.S. Hercules on September 2nd, followed by a promotion on September 7th to Stoker 1st Class and would spend the war years with her. The H.M.S. Hercules was attached to the 1st Battleship Squadron of the Grand Fleet, however, she developed problems with her turbines, forcing her to be "Laid Up" at Scapa Flow for six weeks of repairs by Palmers, the turbine manufacturers. This forced Burn to return to H.M.S. Victory II on April 1, 1914 for those six weeks, before rejoining the rejuvenated ship. H.M.S. Hercules would later see action at the Battle of Jutland on May 16, 1916, as part of the 6th Division of the Battle Fleet, engaging fire with the German High Seas Fleet, escaping relatively unscathed. While with H.M.S. Hercules, Burn was promoted twice: to Leading Stoker on January 30, 1918 and to Acting Stoker Petty Officer the following August 20th. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war, he was promoted to Stoker Petty Officer on March 1, 1919. He was drafted ashore and returned to H.M.S. Victory II on January 1, 1920, assigned to the 11,000 ton Cruiser H.M.S. Diadem, the Training Ship for Stokers at Portsmouth. He returned to H.M.S. Victory II on November 17th and was drafted one week later to the Destroyer Depot Ship H.M.S. Blenheim on November 24th, assigned to to the 930 ton Torpedo Boat Destroyer H.M.S. Tomahawk. Five months later, he was drafted to the 1,075 ton Destroyer H.M.S. Sepoy on April 15, 1921 and was transferred and attached to the Destroyer Depot Ship H.M.S. Diligence on September 12th, then, still with H.M.S. Sepoy, transferred to H.M.S. Victory II on July 20, 1923. After two months, he was no longer with H.M.S. Sepoy as of September 31st. At this point, there is a slight gap in his records. What is known is that he joined submarines on May 1, 1925 and was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship H.M.S. Dolphin "for Submarine Training", as part of the 5th Submarine Flotilla at Portsmouth. By the end of the month, he was assigned to the L Class Submarine H.M.S. L-23 on May 25th for two weeks, followed by an assignment to the H Class Submarine H.M.S. H-23 on June 6th, one that would last another two weeks, before being drafted to H.M.S. Dolphin and designated "Spare Crew" on June 20th. By mid-Summer, he was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship H.M.S. Cyclops on July 14th as "Spare Crew", then assigned to the K Class Submarine H.M.S. K-22 on August 30th. In late Fall, he was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship H.M.S. Dolphin as "Spare Crew" on October 28th, as part of the 5th Submarine Flotilla, then assigned to the H-Class Submarine H.M.S. H-48 on November 20th, where he would serve for the next thirty-three months. Once his service with H.M.S. H-48 concluded, he returned to H.M.S. Dolphin as "Spare Crew" on August 9, 1928, followed five days later by a draft to the Shore Base H.M.S. Pembroke II, the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham on August 14th, where he was assigned to the M Class Submarine H.M.S. M-2, in the capacity of Local Acting Chief Stoker and joining the 5th Submarine Flotilla at Portsmouth. He was designated "Spare Crew" as of June 18, 1930, returning to H.M.S. Dolphin for a draft to the Rainbow Class Submarine H.M.S. Rover on July 9, 1930. The H.M.S. Rover was sent to the Mediterranean, as part of the 1st Submarine Flotilla at Malta, with Burn promoted to Chief Stoker on April 26, 1931. While still at Malta, he was drafted aboard to the Submarine Depot Ship H.M.S. Cyclops as "Spare Crew" on June 8, 1931. He returned to England and was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship H.M.S. Dolphin as "Spare Crew" on April 25, 1932. It was during his tenure with H.M.S. Dolphin that Burn was awarded his Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was released to pension on December 6, 1934 after twenty-two years' service.