Ashantee Medal Boy Sailor HMS Amethyst named to – W. POLLARD BOY 1 CL H.M.S. AMETHYST 73-74
William Pollard was born 13th June 1856 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 1st Class January 1873. He was a Fisherman born in Falmouth, Cornwall. He served until 1885 and was in the Coast Guard at the end off his career. His papers state that he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was serving at Pullendiva, Limerick at the time (1892)
Amethyst was laid down at Devonport Dockyard on 28 July 1871. She was launched on 19 April 1873 and completed in July 1873. The ship was first assigned as the senior officer’s ship for the South American side of the South Atlantic, but she was diverted en route to Ghana to support British forces during the Third Anglo-Ashanti War.
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