George Dear, a Native of Chichester, had first joined the Royal Navy in 1844 when he'd become part of the complement of the
Paddle Gunvessel HMS Locust as a 20 year old man. He'd served in Locust, (1844), Vindictive (1845-48), Powerful (1848-51) &
HMS Blenheim in 1851 before he joined the Wooden Screw Sloop HMS Rattler on the 10th of October 1851 as a 27 year old man.
His younger brother, William Dear, joined the same ship nine days later, also from Blenheim.
Dear was rated as Captain's Cox'n and was described as being single and having a tattoo of a bracelet around his right wrist, he
served with the vessel in its actions in Burma, but died on board on the 1st of May 1852 while the ship was at anchor in the
Hoogley River. His brother William was rated to Captain's Cox'n on George's death - his served a full career in the RN and was
described in the 1881 census as a Greenwich pensioner. The photos of the medal appears below, then extracts of the log of
Rattler just before George's death.












































Extracts from the Log of HM Steam Sloop Rattler – ADM 53/4955. – April-May 1852

Date Location Occurrences

9th Apr 52 Single Anchor off Rangoon River
AM – HEIC Steamer ‘Medusa’ proceeded up the river.
1000 – Arrived HEIC Steamer ‘Zenobia’
1500 – HEIC Steamer ‘Zenobia’ proceeded up the river with troop ship in tow.
1520 – HEIC Steamer ‘Medusa’ proceeded up the river.
Employed making wads.
1740 – Mustered at quarters.
1800 – Rec’d two 32pdr Carronades from HMS ‘Fox’

10th Apr 52 Single Anchor off Rangoon River & Standing up the river.

0630 – Obs. HMSS ‘Salamander’ bearing SSE with transport in tow.
0830 – Arrived HMSS ‘Salamander’ with transport in tow.
1030 – HMSS ‘Hermes’ proceeded up the river.
1130 - HMSS ‘Salamander’ proceeded up the river with transport in tow.
1330 – Weighed and proceeded up Rangoon River, Squadron in company, towing transports.
1500 – Commander of ‘Zenobia’ came on board.
1520 – Commander left.
1650 – Observed HMB ‘Serpent’.
1730 – Whilst sounding to in charge of pilot, ship took the ground on the Hastings Shoal. Let go S.B. under foot.
1750 – Weighed and backed her off.
1800 – Came to in 9 fms (S.B.) veered to 25 fms in company with Squadron.

11th Apr 52 Off Rangoon

0750 – HMSS ‘Hermes’ weighed and proceeded over the Hastings shoal.
0800 – Made signal to squadron to weigh and proceed across the Hastings shoal, transports in tow.
0810 – Weighed and proceeded.
0840 – Came to in 6½ fms veered to 26 fms (S.B.).
0915 – Observed firing from stockades which was returned by HEIC Steamer ‘Ferooz’ and ‘Sesostris’.
1000 – HMS Fox anchored abreast of stockades and opened fire.
1015 – Observed a magazine blow up.
1040 – Made signal to cease firing.
1145 – Observed HEIC steamer coming up the river.
1150 – A party of seamen and marines from the ‘Fox’ landed and at noon burned one of the stockades.
1330 – HMB ‘Serpent’ proceeded up the river.
1400 – Weighed and proceeded up the river abreast of stockades.
1430 – Opened fire.
1520 – A party of seamen and marines & a company of 18th Regt. landed, sent boats to assist.
1540 – Burnt stockade. Proceeded across the river and opened fire on stockade.
1715 – Ceased firing and proceeded across the river and picked up our boats.
1800 – Came to in 6 fms veered to 30 fms.
1900 – Stockade opened fire. Beat to quarters and opened fire.
1915 – Ceased firing.
2000 – Fired a red hot shot from 8th gun.

12th Apr 52 Single anchor off Rangoon

0400 – Sent boats to transports to disembark guns.
Employed disembarking guns and troops.
0940 – Boats returned. Heard firing inland. Steamers shelling Dagon Pagoda.
PM – Sent boats to assist landing bullocks. Employed cleaning ship.

13th Apr 52 Single anchor off Rangoon

Sent a party of 30 seamen to assist in landing guns and boats to assist landing bullocks.
Used for drag ropes for Field Batteries:-
Rope cordage 3½in 40 fms, 3 in 44 fms, 2½in 60 fms, 2¼in 30 fms.
Employed landing guns and bullocks.
Steamers shelling Dagon Pagoda stockade.
PM – Employed landing guns and bullocks from transports. Steamers shelling Dagon Pagoda stockade. Sent a party to shift the
berth of the ‘Sir Thomas Gresham’ transport.

14th Apr 52 Single anchor off Rangoon

0430 – Sailed HEIC steamer ‘Fire Queen’ for Moulmein.
A party on shore co-operating with troops. Employed landing bullocks from the ‘Sir Thomas Gresham’ Transport. Observed firing
inland.
1130 – Observed the English Troops in the Dagon Pagoda stockade.
PM – Employed landing bullocks from the Sir Thomas Gresham Transport.

15th Apr 52 Single anchor off Rangoon

0800 – Sent pinnace for party who had been co-operating with troops.
Employed as necessary.

16th Apr 52 Single anchor off Rangoon

0700 – Departed this life Joseph Fabery (Quartermaster)
0705 – Departed this life Charles Thompson (AB).
Employed as most necessary cleaning ship.
PM – Employed as in the forenoon. Sent party on shore to bury the deceased.
2050 – Departed this life John Boyland (CFC).

17th Apr 52 Single anchor off Rangoon

0700 – Sent a party to bury deceased.
Employed cleaning ship and as necessary.
1330 – Weighed and dropped down the river.
1340 – Came to with S.B.
1400 – Weighed and proceeded along coal ship.
Employed coaling.
1900 – The ship drifting, let go S.B. anchor veered to 12 fms.

18th Apr 52 Lashed alongside coaling ship, Rangoon River

AM – Employed coaling ship.
1320 – Departed this life John Marrott, AB.
1545 – Departed this life Frederick Prichards, Sergt. RMA.
1500 – Weighed S.B. & found the cable so foul of Coal Ship, the tide falling fast, that it was deemed necessary to unshackle it &
pass the end on board of Coal ship until the ships return in order to get over the Hastings shoal.
1530 – Came to on Hastings Shoal, in pinnace, up boats.
1600 – Weighed and proceeded down the river, altered course as requisite.
1740 – Passed Company’s Steamer ‘Enterprise’.
1845 – Stopped and came to with BB in 7½ fms veered to 36 fms.
1855 – The Company’s Steamer ‘Enterprise’ anchored bearing NNE.
1925 – Committed the bodies of the deceased to the deep.
Threw overboard by Captain’s order, Sick bay beds, one in No., pillows, one in No.

19th Apr 52 Steaming out of river & at sea.

0520 – ‘Enterprise’ got under weigh.
0530 – Weighed and proceeded out of the river.
0630 – Discharged pilot.
0630 – Shaped course SSW.
0730 – Lost sight of ‘Enterprise’.
0910 – Altered course to South. Employed securing booms.
Remainder of day – course alteration & sightings.

20th Apr 52 At Sea

Course alterations & sightings.
Location at noon – 15.25 N, 93.40 E

21st Apr 52 At Sea

Course alterations & sightings.
Location at noon – 18.14 N, 91.42 E

22nd Apr 52 At Sea & proceeding up the Hooghly River

Course alterations & sightings.
Location at noon – 20.42 N, 88.49 E
1440 – Up Foresail and trimmed to close on Pilot Brig.
1510 – Stopped engines. Hove to and received pilot on board.
Altered course as necessary steaming up the Hooghly.
2030 – Came to with sheet anchor in 7 fms veerd to 48 fms. Sougar St. Floating light NW by W¼W 1 mile.
Broken by accident in Captain’s Cabin by rolling of ship – wine glasses 2, claret glasses 1, breakfast saucers 2, tumblers 2,
breakfast cups 2, dessert plates 2.

23rd Apr 52 Proceeding up the Hooghly River

0740 – Weighed and proceeded, altered course as requisite.
0840 – Stopped the engines. Port boat came alongside.
0850 – Proceeded.
1100 – Showed No. to Signal Station at Diamond Pr. Stopped to send a message on shore.
Altered course as necessary steaming up the Hooghly.
1530 – Came to off Garden Reach.
1550 – Harbour Master came on board & took charge. Weighed and proceeded up the river.
1430 – Came to with SB and moored ship with 36 fms on BB & 30 on SB.
Saluted the Governor with 15 guns.
Expended Cartridges, flannel filed 32lbr 15 in No., Tubes detonating and leaded, 18 in No.

24th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

0500 – Unmoored ship, weighed and proceeded alongside of coal wharf.
Employed coaling ship. Paid monthly allowance to supernumeries.
1600 – Completed coals.
1700 – Cast off and proceeded up the river.
1730 – Came to with SB and moored ship 36 fms on SB & 40 on BB.

25th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

Rec’d 141lbs of fresh beef & 70½ lbs veg., Loaf Bread 162½ lbs.
Employed cleaning ship.
1000 – Mustered at quarters and preformed Divine Service.

26th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

Rec’d 141lbs of fresh beef & 70½ lbs veg., Loaf Bread 135 lbs.
Employed watering ship. Rec’d 22 tons. Employed painting ship.
Lost at the wash, table clothes 1 in No., table napkins 1 in No.

27th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

0630 – Loosed sails.
Up propeller to repair. Furled sails.
Rec’d 141lbs of fresh beef & 70½ lbs veg., Loaf Bread 155 lbs.
Employed getting up propeller.
PM – Employed hoisting in provisions and storing.
1500 – Swing to flood with an elbow in hawse.
2115 – Swing with round turn hawse.

28th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

Rec’d 137lbs of fresh beef & 65 lbs veg., Loaf Bread 138¾ lbs.
Struck funnel.
0930 – Mustered at quarters.
1000 - Swung with open hawse.
PM – Employed cleaning shaft deck.

29th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

Rec’d 137lbs of fresh beef & 65 lbs veg., Loaf Bread 81¼ lbs.
0545 – Swung to flood with open hawse.
Sent shaft to N.C. Yard. Employed cleaning paintwork.
PM – Employed watering ship. Completed water.

30th Apr 52 Moored in River Hooghly

Rec’d 137lbs of fresh beef & 65 lbs veg., Loaf Bread 56½ lbs.
0600 – Lowered sails to dry.
0900 – Furled sails.
Employed scraping masts & booms.
1240 – Departed this life Samuel Henderson, Ship’s Corporal.

1st May 52 Moored in River Hooghly

Daylight – unmoored.
0500 – Pilot came on board & transported ship.
0430 – Departed this life George Dear (Captain’s Coxn.). Landed a party to inter the body of the deceased Samuel Henderson.
0900 – Sailed HEIC Steamer ‘Fire Queen’.
1030 – Landed the body of the deceased.
Employed cleaning ship.
PM – Employed watering and receiving stores for squadron.
1630 – A party left the ship to inter the body of the deceased George Dear.
1840 – Sloped awnings.
Rec’d 139lbs of fresh beef & 65 lbs veg., Loaf Bread 118¾ lbs.
George Dear