Fleet Engineer
George Fullerton Bell

British Navy Crimean War and Lifesaving medal group was awarded to Fleet Engineer George Fullerton Bell, Royal Navy.  The group consists of:

  • British 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 issued)
  • 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. Spanker.

Fleet Engineer 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 subsequently removed. 

H.M.S. Spanker 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.