A fine Great War Home Defence Destroyer Flotilla 1916 operations Distinguished Service Medal group awarded to Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class J. Bryant, Royal Navy, a long serving sailor, who spent the duration of the war operating in home waters aboard Torpedo Boat 22, and operating in the North Sea and English Channel, service for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the London Gazette for 23rd May 1917 ‘in recognition of services in the Destroyer Patrol Flotillas, Armed Boarding Steamers, &c., during the period which ended on the 30th September 1916’.
Distinguished Service Medal, GVR Adm. bust; (270323. J. BRYANT, C.E.R.A. 1 CL., H.M.T.B.22. PATROL SERVICES. 1915-6.); 1914-15 Star; (270323 J. BRYANT. C.E.R.A.2., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (270323 J. BRYANT. C.E.R.A.1. R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Adm, bust; (270323. JOHN BRYANT. CH.E.R.A. 2CL. H.M.S. VICTORY.)
John Bryant was born on 18th July 1879 in Ivybridge, Devon, and having worked as a fitter and turner, then joined the Royal Navy as an Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class (Devonport No.270323) with Vivid II from 19th November 1900, being rated as an Engine Room Artificer 4th Class whilst with Vivid on 5th February 1902, and then as an Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class whilst with Melampus on 19th November 1903. Rated as an Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class whilst with Espiegle on 18th November 1907, and then as an Acting Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class whilst with Prometheus on 1st November 1912, and confirmed in that rank on 31st October 1912 whilst still with the same ship. Bryant was service with Leander aboard the Torpedo Boat 22 on the outbreak of the Great War, and operating from Scapa Flow, and then transferring with the ship to the baseship St George from 22nd August 1914 and operating from the Tyne and then the Humber and seeing service in the North Sea.
This was followed by his ship being transferred to Victory from 19th February 1915, Victory II from 18th March 1916, and Victory X from 1st July 1917. Bryant was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 2nd December 1915. It was for his service aboard Torpedo Boat 22 that Bryant was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the London Gazette for 23rd May 1917 ‘in recognition of services in the Destroyer Patrol Flotillas, Armed Boarding Steamers, &c., during the period which ended on the 30th September 1916’. Bryant was promoted to Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class on 30th October 1917, and remained aboard Torpedo Boat 22 for the duration of the war, transferring with her to Vivid II from 1st February 1919 and then to Apollo from 25th February 1919 before being himself posted to Vivid II from 16th March 1919. Bryant was posted to the submarine depot ship Ambrose at Hong Kong from 25th June 1919, and was then posted back to Vivid II from 15th November 1921 and pensioned ashore on 18th November 1922. light contact wear, Good very fine