|The Naval Brigade in Egypt and the Soudan
|Naval Brigade at El Teb & Tamaai
PETTY OFFICER CHARLES LINTERN
Charles Lintern was born 11 Sep 1860 in St Andrews, Devon. He entered the R.N. as a Boy 2nd cl on 29 Sep ’75 at 15 yrs of
age. rated Ordinary Seaman on Agincourt on his 18th birthday, 11 Sep ’78. He next spent a year on Royal Adelaide before
joining HMS Achilles on 4 Sep ’80. Achilles earned the Egypt 1882 medal but missed the fleet bombardment of Alexandra by
one day. Whilst on Achilles he was promoted to Able Seaman on 1 Apl ’81.
On his return to UK Lintern elected to specialize in Gunnery & attended the gunnery school at HMS Cambridge for gunnery
training & qualified as a Seaman Gunner 2nd cl on 22 Oct ’83.
He was then drafted to HMS Dryad for service in the Soudan campaign. Ratings from Dryad were landed at the port of Suakin
on the Red Sea & thus qualified for the Suakin ’84 clasp. Some formed part of the Naval bde, made up of several ship’s
companies, who marched inland to participate in the Battle of Tamaai on 13 March ’84. 5 ratings of HMS Dryad qualified for
the single Tamaai clasp, Lintern among them. Both El Teb & Tamaai as single clasps are fairly scarce.
|ABOVE: HMS Dryad.|
A wood screw Sloop of 1574 tons, 9 - 64 pdr deck guns.
Commissioned Sep 1866.
Dryad was in the Soudan theatre from 19 Feb to 26 Mar ’84,
contributing a small number of ratings to the Naval Brigades
at El-Teb & Tamaai.
She was sold after she returned from the Soudan in Sep
1885, & broken up in 1886.
BELOW: This is a closeup of the rate badge for SGT 1
(Seaman Gunner Torpedo 1st class) - the first class
designation being the star above.
If a rating qualified in both but specialized in Gunnery he
would wear the Gun crossed over the Torpedo,
but if he specialized in Torpedo then the Torpedo would
be crossed over the Gun.
If he was rated as Captain of the Gun he would wear the
star below as well. This rate badge was worn in the
1880--early 1900’s time frame.
On 21 Aug ’84 Lintern transferred to HMS Dragon & remained on her in the Red Sea theatre until July ’85.
Upon return to Uk he returned to Cambridge to qualify as a SG1st cl on 14 Sep ’85. He then moved over to the Torpedo school
at HMS Defiance & qualified as a Seaman Gunner(Torpedo) on 18 Dec. Qualifying in both Gunnery & Torpedo was quite common
in the day, altho the two branches had separated into separate establishments in 1876, there was still much cross qualification.
He then is drafted to HMS Bellerophon where he is promoted to Leading Seaman on 1 Jun ’86, and PO2 & Coxswain 2nd cl on
25 May ’87. He leaves Bellerophon in Jun ’88 & returns to Cambridge & Defiance to requalify in gunnery & torpedo.
Lintern’s next draft is to HMS Shannon where he receives his Naval LS medal on 9 Feb ’90. On 5 Jun ’90 he is appointed
Captain of Gun, & promoted to PO1st cl on 1 Apl ’91.
After further stints at Cambridge & Defiance he is drafted to HMS Blake, a newly commissioned 1st cl Cruiser, as Gun Captain on
2 Feb ’92. He then serves as Gun Captain on HMS Gibraltar from 13 Jan ’96. Couple more spells at Cambridge & Defiance he is
then drafted to HMS Alexandra which at that time was a Coast Guard ship at Weymouth.
His last draft was to HMS Impregnable where is served as an Instructor to Boy Seamen from Mar ’97 to Aug ’98. He then went
to pension in Sept.
But his service is not over yet. Great War arrives & Lintern, altho almost 54 yrs of age, is called up for service. Usually men of
his age are employed ashore, but Lintern gets drafted on 2 Aug to MFA Crown of Castile, then on 28 Jan ‘15 to MFA Umtali.
Both ships were wartime armed fleet supply ships.
His next draft from Mar to Nov ‘16 was to the AMC Ruthenia. Ruthenia served as a “dummy battleship” for deception purposes,
intended to represent the dreadnought battleship HMS King George V. She was later employed as a Fleet water carrier.
HMS Vivid base is his next draft for two months, he then gets drafted to HMS Powerful, now part of the Impregnable
establishment for training Boy Seaman. Lintern remains there as an Instructor until war’s end & demobilization & reversion to
pension on 29 Jan ’19.
Lintern rec’d the 1914-15 Star, BWM & Victory medals for his WWI service. He was now over 58 years of age & had quite a
lengthy & varied naval career. His conduct was always Exemplary or Very Good & he never had any infractions or loss of GCB’s.
Charles was the 4th son of John & Rachael, aged 33 & 30 in 1861; John was a fisherman. They were to have 4 more children by
He married Mary Ann circa 1885 & had a son Charles, R.J., & daughter Alice Maud Violet by 1891. No further children were born
of their marriage. No info on what he did after going to pension, only being shown on census as “Naval Pensioner”
Lintern died in St Austell, Cornwall in the spring of 1943, aged 83, in the middle of another war he was too old to participate in.