Looking more than a little like actor Bob Hoskins, this Petty Officer 1st Class is a veteran of the Boxer Rebellion
as indicated by the 1900 China War Medal visible next to his left shoulder. He has two other campaign medals. The
center medal appears to be a single clasp Queen's South Africa Medal. The first medal is unfortunately obscured
by his uniform but looks to have a straight bar suspender. The only three such medals to be issued to members of
the Royal Navy prior to the Boer War/Queen's South Africa Medal were the Egypt Medal (1882-89) East & West
Africa Medal (1892) and the Queen's Sudan Medal (1899). Since the Egypt Medal was always issued with the
bronze Khedive's Star - which he is not wearing - that medal can probably be ruled out. Without knowing the ship on
which he was stationed the precise identification of the first medal is impossible. The badge on his right upper
sleeve is that of Leading Stoker.

Cabinet Photograph
P. Aquilina - Photographer
Strada S. Giovanni, 12, Valletta-Malta
Post 1900