|ROYAL NAVY L.S. & G.C., V.R., engraved, narrow suspension
(JOSEPH CROSS PTE RM H.M.S. JACKAL)
Joseph Cross was born in Taunton Somerset, the son of George and Mary and
served for 16 years in the Royal Marines: 6 years ashore and 10 years afloat
His records are found in ADM 157/281
Prior to enlisting, he had served in the First Somerset Militia since October
He attested on May 28, 1862 and was discharged in October 1878. His
intended residence on discharge was in Glasgow.
He received his medal on July 19, 1875 and an announcement appeared in
the Times on July 22nd.
The majority of his time afloat was on HMS Gannett and HMS Jackal
HMS Gannett, a sloop commissioned partly for the general duties of the
fleet and partly for surveying service on the North American and West
Indian Stations. He served on Gannett from July 1865 until paid off in
October 1868 under Commander William Chimmo
His longest engagement afloat (July 1870- Dec. 1875) was on HMS Jackal
under Lt. Commander John Bruce which was stationed on the west coast of
Scotland to protect the fisheries. It was while serving on this gun vessel that
he earned his medal (and during this time, likely met his wife)
In the 1871 census he is aboard HMS Jackal at Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.
Following his discharge he settled in Scotland and in the 1881 census he is
shown as residing in a gardener's cottage in Kilmadock, Perth with his wife
Margaret who was 3 years his junior. Margaret's place of birth is shown as
In the 1891 census his occupation is that of a Gardener and he is living with
Margaret in Dorset. By the time of the 1901 census he and Margaret are
living in Somerset and he is shown as a Naval Pensioner.
He died in Somerset in the 4th quarter of 1909 aged 65
|Approximately 4,500 engraved medals |
were issued between March 1875 and
March 1877. The were engraved by Hunt
and Roskell at a price of one shilling a
piece. John Pinches took over the
contract using a machine to impress the
naming at a cost of sixpence a piece.