HMS Cressy – Missing War Medals Sought – Stoker Percy BEVAN

The family of Stoker Percy BEVAN is searching for the missing First World War medals of their ancestor. His Royal Navy service number was S5103952. His great grandson, Mark MURRELL submitted the following plea for assistance.

HMS Cressy which was sunk together with the Battleships Aboukir and Hogue on the 22 September 1914. This incident early in the Great War was significant as it heralded the introduction of the submarine as a new force to be reckoned with.

Hello my name is Mark Murrell and I am the great grand son of Stoker Percy BEVAN. My mum and uncle Tony have been trying to find my great grandad’s missing war medals for a while to try and get them back in the family. Tragically a family member stole all of great grandad’s and grandmothers silver, as well as great grandad’s war medals and sold them all to an antique store not far from where he lived in Kent, England.

My great grandad and his twin brother were on the same ship which was the HMS Cressy in the Royal Navy in World War One. Percy was a stoker on the ship, dealing with the fires in the boilers. On the 22nd of September 1914 there was three ships in the north sea which was the HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy. One of the ships was struck by a torpedo first by a germen submarine and HMS Cressy and the other ship went to go and rescue the survivors. Unfortunately during this process, the other two ships got hit as well. My family treasures a picture of the Cressy hanging on the wall right at the moment when she was tragically hit by the torpedo. When the Cressy got hit my great grandad and his twin brother got blown off on opposite sides of the ship. Both men were in the water for nine hours until they got to shore and that’s when they found each other alive and well. So I don’t know if we will ever find great grandad’s medals but it would be nice to have them back in the family because great grandad meant so much to mum and her family for what he done for them all in keeping the family together. And it means a lot to me as my dad served in the army reserves. So I know the medals are out there somewhere in the world they could still be in England somewhere and it would be nice to find them. Mark Murrell.   

The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those awarded to Stoker Percy BEVAN who served on board HMS Cressy during the First World War. The medals were sold to an Antiques Store in Kent, United Kingdom. Do you happen to have these missing war medals in your collection?
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Gary Traynor is the volunteer Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria. Anything from medals to items of uniform. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the Militaria world and researching of Military History for well over 30 years. As a result, Gary also conducts valuations and offers advice on all items of militaria. He has acted as advisor to a number of television and Foxtel productions; including Sir Tony Robinson's "Tour of Duty" series which featured on the History Channel. Gary is a field historian and conducts tours to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He is perhaps the only person who has been employed at the Australian War Memorial in all three capacities .... as a volunteer, part time and full time employee .... starting as a qualified tour guide, working in the public galleries as an Information Assistant and finally Assistant Curator in Military Heraldry & Technology. Medalsgonemissing is a website that will assist you in locating your family's lost war medals and other awards. If you have an ancestor who served in any of the British Commonwealth Armed Services at any time - and whose medals are lost/stolen or simply missing....then so long as the medals are out there - this site will help you to locate them. However the site also contains articles of interest in relation to Military History, War Memorials & Uniforms / kit. Please explore our website as there is sure to be something of interest to you.
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