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No 605 Sir John Jarvis Medal

No 605 Sir John Jarvis Medal Image

This is a copy of a large bronze medal which measures 30 mm in diameter.

It was issued to commemorate Sir John’s defeat over the Spanish Fleet at St Venicent in 1797.

The obverse of the medal shows Sir John Jervis seated with Neptune standing.

The reverse reads in seven lines of text
‘SIR JOHN JERVIS WITH 15 SAIL PURSUED & DEFEATED THE SPANISH FLEET OF
27 SAIL OF THE LINE
FEBRUARY 14th 1797’

John Jervis was born in Staffordshire in 1735. He was the son of a barrister who gave him £20 on his joining the navy in the week of his fourteenth birthday and thereafter refused all support. He served alongside Captain James Cook and General Wolfe at the siege of Quebec in 1759 before service in the War of American Independence (1776-78).

In the French Wars he commanded the Mediterranean and Channel Fleets. Jervis was known as a stern disciplinarian with a grim sense of humour. Admiral Jervis took command of the fleet at a time when, in his own words 'it was at the lowest ebb of licentousness and ill discipline'. Through his own ruthless determination he transformed the fleet into a highly efficient fighting service.

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