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eMedals-The Awards of The Honourable George Henry Douglas

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The Awards of The Honourable George Henry Douglas


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The Awards of The Honourable George Henry Douglas

The Awards of The Honourable George Henry Douglas - Naval General Service Medal - SYRIA (GEO. H. DOUGLAS, MIDSHIPMAN.; Baltic Medal (COMDR. GEO. H. DOUGLAS. H.M.S. CRUIZER); and Turkey (Ottoman Empire): Acre (Akka) Medal (silver, GEO. H. DOUGLAS. MDSN. H.M.S. CARYSFORT., 29.7 mm). Naming is officially impressed on the NGSM and engraved on the other two medals. Un-mounted, contact marks, original ribbons, the British medals with hangers, the BM with pinback, the Acre Medal's hanger has separated from the ribbon, better than very fine.Footnote: The Honourable George Henry Douglas was born on October 5, 1921, the second son George Sholto Douglas, 20th Earl of Morton. He entered the Royal Navy on April 25, 1835 as a First-Class Volunteer and MIdshipman on board the Magicienne and served on that ship for three and a half years off the coasts of Spain and Portugal. In January 1839, he transferred to HMS Ganges in the Mediterranean and later, to HMS Carysfort. While with the Carysfort, he took part in the operations of 1840 off the coast of Syria. He served in the boats for the attack on Gebail and Tortosa and the bombardment of Acre, and was Mentioned in Despatches. In July 1841, he passed his examination for Lieutenant, joining the HMS Agincourt and sailed for the coast of China. He was subsequently employed with activity, both in the ships and on shore against the pirates of the Straights of Malacca, particularly at the capture and destruction in 1844 of the towns of Murdoo and Quallo Batto on the island of Sumatra. Douglas was promoted to Commander in May 1851. His last sea appointment was to command of HMS Cruizer, in which he served in the Baltic during the campaigns of 1854-55, and assisted at the bombardment of Sweaborg. He later saw four advancements in rank: to Captain (1856), to Rear Admiral (1874), to Vice Admiral (1879) and to Admiral (1885). He died in June 1905, at the age of 83.
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