Great War West Africa Cameroon Expeditionary Force Naval Shore Operations Paymaster’s group awarded to Paymaster Commander S. Rawling, Royal Naval Reserve, who was at some stage the manager of the Westminster Bank in Epsom, Surrey, and would later manage another in Exmouth, Devon. During the Great War, he saw service with the cruiser Challenger off the West Coast of Africa, and served ashore as one of a number of naval officers employed with the Cameroon Expeditionary Force during 1915. He was latterly stationed in South Africa and at Cape Town, managing staff pay duties.
1914-15 Star; (ASST.PAYR. S. RAWLING. R.N.R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (PAYR.LT. S. RAWLING. R.N.R.)
Stuart Rawling was born on 2nd May 1889 and was employed as a bank clerk, and later the bank manager of the Westminster Bank in Epsom, Surrey. He was living in Purley, Surrey, then he was commissioned as an Acting Assistant Paymaster into the Royal Naval Reserve on 14th October 1912, and confirmed in the rank of Assistant Paymaster after examination on 31st July 1914. Mobilised on the outbreak of the Great War, he joined the cruiser Challenger on 2nd August 1914, and served as part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron off West Africa, but then saw service ashore as one of a number of naval officers employed with the Cameroon Expeditionary Force during 1915. He was borne on the books of the cruiser Astraea from 23rd May 1915, she being the ship of the senior naval officer assigned to support the invasion of Cameroon, replacing the Challenger in this role. Rawling then transferred to the books of Hyacinth from 4th August 1916 for service ashore with the Naval Transport Office at Durban in Natal, South Africa, and was promoted to Paymaster Lieutenant on 14th October 1916, with seniority backdated to 14th October 1914, he then went on to receive a posting to the Cape Yard for duty handling staff pay at Cape Town, South Africa from 18th March 1918, and was subsequently borne on the books of Africander whilst in this posting. Rawling ultimately transferred to the cruiser Talbot on 19th November 1918 in the rank of Acting Paymaster Lieutenant Commander, and in charge of the accounting aboard her, and sailed for home with her, he being demobilised on 8th June 1919. In October 1922 he briefly attended a course with Hecla, and performed similar with Thunderer in June 1925, with Carysfort in July 1928, and with Comus in August 1931. Rawling was ultimately promoted to Paymaster Commander, and as of November 1948 was living in Exmouth, Devon, and working as a bank manager.