WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 Royal Navy Medal Group With Long Service Medal - Named To Fleming, Submariner
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WW1 Royal Navy medal group with Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded to 226106 John Joseph Fleming.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1914 star named to 226106 J. J. FLEMING., L. S. R. N.
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 226106 J. J. FLEMING., P. O. R. N.
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal named to 226106 J. J. FLEMING., P. O. H.M.S. DELHI.
Municipal Council of the city of Paris medal unnamed as issued. The very rare silver medal of the Municipal Council of the city of Paris signed Paulin Tasset.
The obverse contains the words; ’MARIANNE FRENCH REPUBLIC’. The reverse contains an image of the emblem of the city of Paris and the words; ‘FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR’ which is a Latin phrase meaning ‘tossed by the waves but never sunk’.
The motto and the emblem on the reverse of the medal appears on the coat of arms of the City of Paris, as well as on the official livery of the Paris Fire Brigade.
The motto has been used since at least 1358 by the city of Paris. Both motto and city arms have their origins in the river Seine boatsman's corporation; this powerful guild ruled the city's trade and commerce as early as the Roman era.
Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, the Latin-language motto had a surge in popularity and was used in social media as a symbol of Paris' resistance in the face of terrorism.
Included in this listing is a fine studio photograph of him wearing his medals, as well as a printed copy of his service records and a copy of the medal roll which can also be viewed by clicking on here (if you have access to Ancestry).
Fleming from Liverpool was born in 1887, and joined the navy in 1905 as a boy sailor. His WW1 war service includes: various shore based establishments until December 1915, including a long spell at HMS Defiance the Royal Navy’s Torpedo School.
Following service aboard HMS Blake (at the end of 1915 into 1916), he again attended various shore establishments, but from August 1916 and April 1917, undertook service aboard HMS Sandhurst (which was equipped with workshops and undertook repairs to ships and their equipment, but is also known for having extensive torpedo workshops and probably also kept a stock of torpedoes for issue to ships and submarines). This assignment was followed by attendance at the Royal Navy submarine school HMS Dolphin.
He was then assigned to service on HMS H9 (a submarine) which was serviced by HMS Fearless which was the leader of the 12th Submarine Flotilla of the Grand Fleet based initially (at this time) based at Scapra Flow, but from the 17th July 1917, had along with her flotilla, transferred to Rosyth, Scotland.
By 1918 he was serving on HMS Hecla (a torpedo boat), and ended the war serving on HMS Diligence and the destroyer HMS Voyager (which was later sold to the Australian Navy).
He left the Royal Navy in 1922, his last ship being HMS Delhi, he then went on to work in the merchant navy, there is a photograph (included in this listing) dated 1924 that shows him in non-Royal Navy uniform at the steering wheel of a ship.
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