Royal Navy HMS Monarch Naval General Service Medal clasp 'Copenhagen 1801'
Awarded to 'JOSH MACER' Small edge knocks and polished, therefore Nearly Very Fine.
Confirmed on the NGS Roll as an unique name. HMS Monarch was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line. At the Battle of Copenhagen, her Captain, James Robert Mosse was killed and she suffered over 200 casualties including 55 dead, the highest number of casualties of any ship engaged in the battle. With (5) large size National Archives copies of HMS Monarch's Victualling Roll showing Josh Macer's name, aged 19 on April 1801 and born in Cambridge, England, Rate was Landsman "LM".
Medal previously has sold at Glendinnings in September 1907, June 1949 and Christie's March 1981.
HMS Monarch was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 20 July 1765 at Deptford Dockyard.
Monarch had a very active career, fighting in her first battle in 1778 at the First Battle of Ushant and her second under Admiral Rodney at Cape St. Vincent in 1780. She fought in the van of Graves' fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake in 1781 under Captain Francis Reynolds. In early 1782 was actively engaged at the Capture of Sint Eustatius, Action of 4 February 1781, the Battle of Saint Kitts, the Battle of the Saintes and, the Battle of the Mona Passage. In 1795 she was deployed as part of the small fleet under Admiral George Elphinstone that captured the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch East India Company at the Battle of Muizenberg. In 1797 Monarch was Vice Admiral Richard Onslow's flagship at the Battle of Camperdown, under Captain Edward O'Bryen, and in 1801 she was part of Admiral Nelson's fleet at the Battle of Copenhagen, where her captain, James Robert Mosse was killed and she suffered over 200 casualties including 55 dead, the highest number of casualties of any ship engaged in the battle.
In 1808, she helped escort the Portuguese royal family in its flight from Portugal to Brazil.