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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Emery
First Name:Henry
Rank:Yeoman of Signals
Birth Date: 16-03-1873

Henry Emery

Yeoman of Signals

details supplied by Debbie Monk

Henry Emery

born 16th March 1873 in Crediton Devon UK

son of Mary and Thomas Emery
home address on the service record of parents: 56 Vicarage Lawn, Barnstaple, Devon UK
Yeoman of signals 5086 RAN
Served on Encounter from 1/7/1912 - 18/6/1915
Served on Cerberus from 19/6/1915 - 5/4/1918
Henry was the owner of a China Campaign medal with the relief of Peking ribbon which was awarded on 6/9/1902 (RAN or RN0).
He also had good conduct badges 2nd and 3rd class granted in 1911 and 1913.
Henry came to Australia unassisted in Aug 1896 on the Oroya after training on HMS Impregnable formally HMS Howe in Stoke Dameral, Plymouth, Devon UK.
Henry was transferred back to the London Depot on 6/4/1918 and died in a royal naval hospital in Yarmouth in 1918 aged 44 years*
There is a WW1 grave in Barnstaple Cemetery, Devon, UK for him. The local paper stated ''he served in Bristish navy for 23 years and in the RAN for 7 years.. He was 46 years of age* at the outbreak of WW1 and on the retired list of the RAN but voulunteered and rejoined the British Navy. The deceased was a proud holder of the silver medal for meritous service in the China Campaign.''(NDJH  08/08/1918)
*Note discrepancies in age!
His record of Service obtained from the RAN states he was 5ft 6in tall, had black hair and hazel eyes and was of dark complextion. He had a cross tattoo on the outside of his right arm.
Henry also collected £6.18.4 from salavage of the Zambezi on 12/8/1914.

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

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