HMS PERSEUS Medal Group HMS Russell Survivor
This Great War Group comprises a George V Naval General Service Medal with Persian Gulf 1909-1914 Clasp named to J. 2988 B. PEAK. H.M.S. PERSEUS with 1914/14 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal named to J. 2988 B. PEAK. A.B. R. N.
The service papers for Bertie Peak reveal that he was on the crew of HMS Russell which sank on Thursday 27th April 1916. She sank on the same day as HMS Nasturtium and the hired yacht Aegusa. All three were sunk in a minefield laid by U 73 off Malta.
He was from Billericay, Essex and was a Boy Sailor from 1919.
Of the 720 crew, 124 lost their lives.
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