A Fine Jutland Distinguished Service Medal Group to Mate R.G. Jefferson, HMS Benbow
Mate R.G. Jefferson, HMS Benbow, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for actions at Jutland. Distinguished Service Medal, Geo V, named to 271692 R.G. Jefferson, Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class, HMS Benbow, 31 May -1 June 1916. 1914-15 Star named to 271692 R.G. Jefferson, Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class, Royal Navy. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to Mate R.G. Jefferson, Royal Navy. 1937 Coronation Medal, unnamed as issued. DSM, London Gazette 15th September 1916. Jefferson appears on the roll for the 1937 Coronation Medal as Engineer Commander D.S.M., Royal Navy. A short obituary written in 1938 states ‘Commr. Ronald Glinn Jefferson, DSM, RN spent the whole of his career in the Royal Navy. He was born at Turnchapel in the parish of Plympton St. Mary, Devonshire and was educated at Ryder’s School, Devonport. From 1904 to 1909 he served his apprenticeship in mechanical training establishments of the Royal Navy, and was then made engine room artificer, becoming chief engine room artificer in 1906. During the war he acted as mate and was promoted to be engineer lieutenant in 1919, and served as senior engineer on HMS Calliope and later on the Dauntless. Subsequently he was made engineer officer on HMS Wishart of 30,000hp. He received his appointment as engineer lieutenant commander in 1927, his duties included those of senior lecturing officer at the mechanical training establishment, Devonport and those of Engineer Officer on HMS Valhalla. In 1931 he was appointed assistant to the Admiralty Engineer Overseer, Manchester, to whom he was responsible for the inspection of all Admiralty contract work in the Lancashire area. He carried out inspections and reported on various engineering firms in the district, in connection with the desirability of placing them on the Admiralty contact list. A year later he left for China as Engineer Commander of the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla leader, HMS Keppel, returning in 1935. He then took a course of study in electrical engineering at Portsmouth, and later joined the Reserve Fleet, serving on HMS Eagle at Devonport Dockyard. In 1937 he joined HMS Colombo, and later served on HMS Ceres, when these vessels were in reserve at Devonport. Commander Jefferson, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1932, died on 4th November 1938 in his fiftieth year.’. Jutland was the decisive Royal Navy action of the Great War, the outcome of which was the anchoring of the main German Fleet for the remainder of the War.