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The brave and the barmy !

Posted by Big John on July 29, 2016

Some of you may recall that I have an interest in the Victorian era and the lives led by ordinary people at that time. In fact, I’m old enough to have known a few.

One aspect of my interest is in researching the history of the individual soldiers and sailors whose medals I have gathered together in recent years; and recently I decided to search for a particular Royal Navy medal to add to my modest collection.

I eventually found what I was looking for and discovered that the name on the medal belonged to a boy who joined the marines as a drummer in 1838 at the age of just fourteen. Two years later he was in a battle at sea where his fellow drummer was killed and he earned the medal.

During my search I came across another medal, which was not quite what I was looking for, but was even more astonishing when one considers the age of the recipient. He was a volunteer who joined the navy at the age of eleven in 1800. The following year, at the age of twelve he was on board a ship which was severely damaged at the Battle of Copenhagen with more than 200 of it’s crew being killed or wounded.

At that time in history, on land and on the sea, battles raged with who knows how many young ‘drummer boys’ and ‘powder monkeys’ facing death at any moment ?

Luckily those days are long gone, and in the weird world we all live in today, the only danger most young lads face is being hit by a train .. or .. drowned when playing …

… bloody Pokemon Go !

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2 Responses to “The brave and the barmy !”

  1. Love you take on Pokemon Go! What a nuisance that is getting to be!

  2. Unfortunately there are far too many young children today still dying in wars, but you are right about Pokemon.

    A friend, Dave Kingsbury has just written a marvlous blog tracing Pokemon to victorian Faeries in the bottom of the garden, and I have done one called pokemon go away for the member of my family who is unfortunately a pokemon wacko.

    Anyway, love this blog.

    ps I have some old musician’s medals (army and airforce musicians wounded while tooting.) My class at the music conservatory lost nearly half of the males and a couple of female in the Viet Nam war. In those days, you were called up by lottery, and they thought they were safe enough as musicians to not think about moving to Canada.

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