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Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Syria (Robert Jenner,

Robert Jenner was born in Chiselhurst, Kent on June 13, 1813. He
was the third son of the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Jenner Fust,
D.C.L., Dean of the Arches, and Judge of the Prerogative Court
of Canterbury and Elizabeth Lacelles.. His grandfather was
Lieutenant- General Francis Lascelles. He entered the Navy in
June 1826 shortly after his 13th birthday, passed his examination
in 1832, and obtained his first commission in October 1840. He
was present during the operations off the coast of Syria on board
the Edinburgh. He was promoted to Lieutenant in October 1840,
to Commander in January 1847, and retired as Captain in July 1864.

He served for over 20 years in a variety of locations; the Baltic,
the Mediterranean, India, the West Indies, North and South
America, Canada & the Cape,

Within his service papers in ADM 9 there is reference to the fact
that he commanded an outpost at Montego Bay in 1829 during a
Slave revolt.

One notable event in his career is that while in command of
Conflict, Jenner escorted General Rosas the Argentinian Dictator
and his family to England where he sought refuge. The journey
was long and not without excitement. The ship's starboard boiler
during the voyage killing four men and injuring another.

He married Selina Jameson in November 1843 and they had only
one child, a daughter “Constance”
. When Jenner died in 1873, he
an estate of 600 pounds, his wife died in 1901 with 10,000
. His only daughter Constance remained single and had a
comfortable life, in the 1911 census she is shown to be livng on
private means with 2 servants. She died the following year with an
estate valued at over 24,000 pounds.

The rating of Mate is not that common on the NGS with only 143
appearing on the roll, predominantly with the more recent clasps
This contrast
s with about 10 times as many medals named to
Midshipmen. Passed midshipmen awaiting promotion often elected
to become master's mates. Though formally the rating did not
lead to promotion to lieutenant, master's mates were paid more
than any other rating and were the only ratings allowed to
command any sort of vessel. A midshipman who became master's
mate earned an increase in pay from 1/13/6 to 3/16/- per month,
but initially reduced his chances at a commission. Over time,
however, an appointment of master's mate became considered a
normal part of the path to a commission; the situation caused
some confusion during the last part of the 18th century, when
two parallel roles - master's mates trying to become masters,
and former midshipmen working toward a commission - held the
same title and responsibilities aboard ship. By the first years
of the nineteenth century, the prefix “master's” was dropped
for passed midshipman, to distinguish them from master's mates
in the navigator's branch

Jenner was entitled to a Baltic medal and appears on the roll as
Commander in
HMS Basilisk.

Robert Jenner died in Pau in the French Pyrenees in May 1873.
The cause of his death was deemed to be accidental however it
is possible that alcohol played a part.

He served alongside Montagu Burrows on both the Edinburgh
and the Excellent and Burrows who later became an Oxford
Scholar and one of the earliest to lecture on naval history has
several references to Jenner is his autobiography.  He is named
in the book but in an early paragraph referring to his drinking
habits, Burrows simply refers to him as J________.

“J_____ was Gunnery Lieutenant, a gentleman from head to foot,
very handsome, and an excellent officer; but even he had formed
the habit of drinking freely, though he was never drunk. He was
our friend (though not at all one of our set) throughout the whole
Commission: I served under him as lieutenant on board the
Excellent many years afterwards, and succeeded him as Gunnery
Officer of the Excellent. Yet his habitual indulgence overcame him
at last, and he died of it”
Provenance: Christies November 1983 part of a
pair with Sultan's medal for the capture of Acre,
silver contained in a contemporary silver glazed
case with a swivel ring and a bar suspension, nef;

DNW July 2001 with St. Jean d’Acre 1840, silver.