Crimean War and Lifesaving medal group was awarded to Fleet Engineer George
Fullerton Bell, Royal Navy. The group consists of:
Crimea War Medal, 1854-56, with two clasps, "Sebastopol,"
"Azoff" (Silver, Queen Victoria, unnamed as issued)
- Turkish Crimea War Medal, 1855 (Silver, Sardinian reverse, unnamed as
- British Royal Humane Society Medal (Bronze, 51mm, For Successful
Lifesaving reverse, officially engraved: Vit. Ob. Serv., D. D., Soc.
Reg. Hvm., 12 Jany., 1857, George F. Bell, Ass'st. Engineer, H.M.S.
Bell was awarded the British Royal Humane Society Medal with citation,
"N. Hall fell from a boat at Sheerness; Mr. Bell jumped overboard,
swam to the lad and saved him, a strong tide running at the time."
The awards come
with official ribbon and are in Very Fine to Extremely Fine condition.
The British Royal Humane Society Medal was issued as a nonwearable
award, but this medal shows small signs of a suspender being added and
was an Albacore class gunboat in service from 1856 until 1874.
During April, 1854, Fleet Engineer Bell was commissioned as Assistant
Engineer, 2nd Class. He served aboard H.M.S. Ardent in the Black
Sea, and was present at: the bombardment and taking of Kertch; the
bombardment of Fort Arabat; and subsequent operations in the Sea of
Azoff. Bell served on H.M.S. Pylades during the Indian Mutiny, and
at Vancouver's Island during the seizure of the Island of San Juan by
the Americans. He served as Engineer aboard H.M.S. Zebra on the
West Coast of Africa, and was present at the capture of six slavers, one
of which, the Marraguitta, with 475 slaves, was commanded by the
notorious American, Captain Bowden.
Bell served on
H.M.S. Crocodile, and was specially recommended for promotion in
1870. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Vigilant, when the vessel
brought the Shah of Persia to England. Bell retired during
1884. He died in 1926.