FRANCE (Anglo / French) World War I, gilt-silver presentation medal, by A. Lechevrel




Collections: Medals, World Medals

Product type: Medal

Vendor: Britannianumismatics



FRANCE (Anglo / French) World War I, 50.5mm gilt-silver presentation medal 60.04 grams, by A. Lechevrel, in black case of issue and awarded to Chief Sick Berth Steward Henry Keeble, Royal Naval Hospital, Belle Vue, Dunkirk

Obverse: Marianne facing left, REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE

Reverse: wreath around medallion, HOMMAGE AU DÉVOUEMENT DUNKERQUE 1914 - 1915 

Edge: Cornucopia privy mark (Paris Mint) 1ARGENT / engraved M. HENRY KEEBLE INFERMIER MAJOR DE LA MARINE ANGLAISE 

Henry Keeble was born in London in 1870, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy in 1885. He served with the Sick Berth branch, and was promoted to 2nd Sick Berth Steward ‘for meritorious service’ in April 1892. Keeble advanced to Chief Sick Berth Steward, and was pensioned in 1910. A Freemason, he joined the Royal Fleet Reserve, and was mobilised at Chatham Hospital in August 1914. Keeble was a member of the team of Sick Berth Reservists who were sent to the Naval Hospital at Belle Vue, Dunkirk.

Keeble returned to the UK in October 1914, and was posted for service at Chatham Hospital where he spent the rest of the war until demobilised in May 1919. He was engaged as a crew member (’Hosp. Attd.’) of the S.S. Aquitania, travelling from Southampton to New York, in October 1920. Keeble died at 50 Leighton Road, Itchen, Southampton in March 1939.

In addition to this medal by the French government he was also awarded the following British military medals 1914 Star (135654. H. Keeble, Ch. S.B.S. Dunkirk.); British War and Victory Medals (135654 H. Keeble. Ch. S.B.S. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (Henry Keeble. S.B. Stewd., H.M.S. Auroa.)

Alphonse Eugêne Lechevrel (1848-1924) French medallist and engraver.

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