Naval General Service Medal with clasp for ALGIERS named to
George Cox was born in Hayton, Nottinghamshire in 1794. His parents
were William and Mary. He joined the Chatham Division of the Royal
Marines in June 1810 and was soon assigned to HMS Vengeur. He served
with her from August 1810 until December 1815 and during that time
participated in some of the later actions of the war of 1812 most notably
the defeat of the British at the battle of New Orleans in January 2015
and although this was a defeat, Brevet Major Adair who led the Marine
unit from HMS Vengeur earned a CB for leading the successful capture
of the left side of the Mississippi River and capturing 17 cannon during
the battle. Four weeks later, the Marines from the ship participated
in the 2nd battle of Fort Bowyer near Mobile, Alabama, which was
the last battle of the war. The peace had been declared in December
1814 but word did not reach the Marines until the day after the battle.
During his time on HMS Vengeur, he served under several captains who
had notable careers: Thomas Brown, Sir James Brisbane (who captained
the Queen Charlotte at Algiers) and Sir Tristam Ricketts.
His next service afloat was with HMS Albion and he participated in
the bombardment of Algiers thus earning the medal and clasp. 113
Algiers clasps were awarded to HMS Albion, 35 of which were to the RM.
His name is unique on the NGS roll.
He was invalided out in December 1816 and not long after, married
17-year-old Mary Cater from Plymouth in 1818 and together they
had 10 children.
He died in October 1873 in Stoke Damerel, Devon.
|Above: A View of the City of Algiers by Charles Rumker dedicated to Admiral Lord Exmouth.|
Rumker was the schoolmaster aboard HMS Albion and earned a NGS with clasp for Algiers. It is likely that this was painted on
HMS Montague in spite of the reference "Drawn by C. Rumker of HMS Albion" in the lower left corner.
The picture is copyright Trustees of the British Museum