Great War Home Waters, Mediterranean and Aegean operations long service group awarded to Stoker 1st Class H. Powell, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the cruiser Skirmisher right through the war, initially assigned to the 7th Flotilla guarding the mouth of the Humber, then as part of the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron he saw service in the Mediterranean from October 1915 and in the Aegean from 1917 through to the end of the war. He was awarded the long service medal in August 1928.
1914-15 Star; (K.20210. H. POWELL. STO.1., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (K.20210 H. POWELL. STO.1 R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Adm. bust; (K.20210 H. POWELL. STO.1. H.M.S. VIVID.)
Harry Powell was born on 14th May 1893 in Burn, Cornwall, and having worked as a farm labourer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class (Devonport No.K.20210) with Vivid II from 5th August 1913. With the outbreak of the Great War he was serving aboard the cruiser Skirmisher and assigned to coastal defence duties with the 7th Flotilla based on the Humber. He would spend the duration of the war aboard her. Rated as Stoker 1st Class on 15th September 1914, he moved with Skirmisher to the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron in May 1915, and then in October 1915 to the Mediterranean, and in 1917 to the Aegean, where she remained for the rest of the war. Powell transferred to the minesweeper Saltash on 25th November 1918, and then went on to see continuous service throughout the 1920’s, being awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving with Vivid on 10th August 1928. slight contact wear, Very Fine.