Matthew Hobbs
China 1857-60 no clasp unnamed,
Ashantee 1873-74, no clasp (M.Hobbs. Py. Offr. 1 Cl: H.M.S. Merlin
under construction

Matthew Hobbs began his Naval career on his 14th
birthday by joining HMS Impregnable

Impregnable at the time was in the reserve fleet
at Devonport and did not  leave the reserve fleet
until 1862 to begin service at Devonport training
boy seamen
Ship
Rate
Dates
     
Impregnable
Boy 2Cl.
3 Jan 53 - 31 Jan 54
Amphitrite
Boy 2Cl.
1 Feb 54 - 11 Feb 55
Amphitrite
Boy 1Cl
12 Feb 55 - 9 Jun 56
Amethyst
Boy 1Cl
10 Jun 56 - 12 Jul 56
Amethyst
Ord 2 Cl
13 Jul 56 - 30 Nov 56
Amethyst
Ord
1 Dec 56 - 30 Sep 58
Amethyst
AB
1 Oct 58 - 22 Dec 60
Nile
AB
1 Mar 61 - 13 Apr 61
Nile
Capt, F'csle
14 Apr 61 - 7 Nov 62
Vesuvius
Cap. Cox.
8 Nov 62 - 8 Nov 64
Indus
Cap. Cox.
 
Sphinx
Cap. Cox.
 
Rl. Adelaide
Cap. Cox.
 
  Cap. Cox.
 
Rl. Adelaide
Cap. Cox.
 
Merlin
Bosn. Mate
12 Dec 72 - 21 Apr 75
Merlin
PO 1Cl
12 Dec 72 - 12 May 76
Rl. Adelaide
PO 1Cl
13 May 76 - 30 Jun 76
Impregnable
PO 1Cl
1 Jul 76 - 14 Mar 77