Samuel Humphrey, Career Summary

(details taken from Service Register downloaded from National Archives)
Samuel Humphrey

1864 May – Signed on for 10 years (declared d.o.b. 1846, actual 1847).

1867 Jul – Seaman, stationed at HMS Excellent.

1873 Jan – Leading Seaman posted to HMS Minotaur.

1873 May – Posted HMS Excellent (Minotaur paid off for refit).

1873 Oct – Leading Seaman posted to HMS Active.

1874 May - Promoted Petty Officer 2nd class & signed on for further 10 years.

1875 May – Promoted Petty Officer 1st class.

1877 Sep – Transferred to HM Coast Guard as Boatman.

1878 Jul – Posted to Howth (Dublin?), Bellisle (Rating T.M.?).

1882 Nov – Promoted Com of Boat, posted to Ardmore, Belleisle.

1886 Jan – Promoted Chief Boatman, Belleisle, Vallina County

1886 Feb – Posted to Crookhaven.

1889 Oct – Promoted Chief Boatman in Charge, Crookhaven.

1889 Nov – Posted to Five Mile Point, Belleisle.

1891 Jun – Promoted Chief Officer at Union Hall, Kingstown.

1892 Dec – Posted to Newhaven, Hayling Island, Hampshire.

1895 Oct – Retired

Testimonial or Address.


Nov. 28th 1892

To Mr. S Humphries RN
Union Hall Coast Guard Station


We beg to express our regret at your removal from this station. Your uniform diligence and courtesy have won you warm friends. Accept this address with the accompanying gift and our best wishes for your future happiness and believe us to be:-

Yours Sincerely

J. H. Lavauton  & Son (Lloyds Agents)
William Smithurst
Fitzjohn H deBurgh
Timothy Regan


1 Comment · 19594 Reads · Print  -> Posted by Sarnian on January 26 2008


#1 | crimea1854 on 08/02/2008 20:10:58
Fantastic group of photographs that bring the man to life.

In the first image Samuel is wearing a medal. I'm not sure if you are aware but this is the Ashantee 1873-74 medal awarded for service on HMS Active. The medal has the clasp 'Coomassie', granted to all those present at the battle of Amoaful (21 January 1874) and the actions between there and Coomassie, including the capture of the capital on 4th February 1874.

My eyesight is not so good that I could read the clasp, but is confirmed on the medal roll.



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