|165790 LG.SN. W. Hurd, H.M.S. Widgeon.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Natal; 1914-15 Star (LS RN); BWM (LS RN); Victory (LS RN).
Wounded in action off Dunkirk 28 October 1917.
With five photocopy pages of service documents and photocopies of the QSA and WW1 medal roll pages. William Hurd entered the
Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class at H.M.S. Caledonia 23 January 1892 aged 15. Born West Hartlepool 6 April 1876. Occupation
Brickmaker. Rated as Ordinary Seaman on his 18th birthday 6 April 1894. While serving in H.M.S. Galatea he was promoted to
Petty Officer 2nd Class but reverted to Leading Seaman 23 July 1902. Left the Royal Navy when his time expired 6 April 1906
and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve the following day. Wounded while serving in H.M.S. Erebus when it was rammed by a German
Motor Boat loaded with explosives. Demobilised 23 September 1919.
Despite having a total of over 27 years naval service with a consistently very good character he did not have sufficient service in
either the Royal Navy or the Royal Fleet Reserve to qualify for the appropriate long service and good conduct medal. 91 QSAs to
H.M.S. Widgeon of which 76 had the clasp Natal.