Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, no clasp
A.B. J Robson HMS Sybille
John Robson was born on March 7th, 1869 and
hailed from Northumberland
H.M.S. Sybille was the only Royal Navy ship to be
lost during the Boer War when she ran aground in
bad weather off Lambert’s Bay on 16.1.1901. The
Captain was ashore at the time and some reports
stated that he and some other officers were
attending a party! The crew abandoned the ship
after she struck a reef during the night and were
taken off in five boats, aided by the supply ship
City of Cambridge. Resulting from the loss, four
officers were found guilty at a Court Martial.
272 medals were awarded to the ship.