|Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 1 clasp, Alexandria 11th July (Sign, H.M.S. Sultan)
Thomas Menzies was born in Dundee on Oct 4,
1863. He was the son of Thomas (a seaman, who
earned a Baltic medal and Crimea medal while
serving on HMS Tribune) and Susan Williamson.
MARRIAGE: 10 Jul 1860, Dundee, Angus,
Scotland. At the time of the 1871 census he is
listed as living with his parents and three
siblings Alexander, James and Margaret at 30
Lowden's Alley in Dundee.
He followed in his father's footsteps by going
to sea and joined HMS Unicorn as a boy 2nd cl.
on Feb 7, 1879 and he appears in the 1881
census aboard HMS Minotaur.
He received his medal in 1883 while still
serving on HMS Sultan. After HMS Sultan, he
served on a variety of ships including HMS
Grappler, HMS Albacore, HMS Dragon,and
several others. Menzies' final Ship was HMS
Ajax and the last entry in his Service Record
reads " run Liverpool July 8, 1888"
HMS Sultan was a broadside ironclad of the
Royal Navy of the Victorian era, who carried
her main armament in a central box battery.
She was to be named HMS Triumph but this
was changed and she was named for Sultan
Abdülâziz of the Ottoman Empire, who was
visiting England when she was laid down.
Under the command of Captain Walter James
Hunt-Grubbe C.B. , H.M.S. Sultan took part
in the bombardment of Alexandria in 1882.
During this action, she was positioned outside
the breakwater and, at various times, engaged
the Ras-el-Tin lines, the Lighthouse Battery and
Forts Ada and Pharos. Two men were killed and
eight wounded on when a projectile hit the
unarmoured battery under the topgallant
fo'c'sle. Her sheet anchor was shattered by
enemy shot and is one of the memories of the
past, which can be found in HMS Sultan today.
|Source: The Illustrated London News, Saturday, July 15, 1882, p.53|
Pictured Below;-1882 HMS Sultan Ras-El-Tin Lighthouse Fort Alexandria
Source: The Illustrated London News, date unknown