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Gallipoli Landings Gallantry Medal Group


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A Great War Gallipoli landings DSM group awarded to CPO K.S. Muskett who was decorated for his services on the battleship H.M.S. Implacable.

Distinguished Service Medal to Muskett was Gazetted in the London Gazette 16th August 1915 (pp 8132).

D.S.M. London Gazette 16 August 1916: ‘In recognition of their services, as mentioned in the foregoing despatch.’ Namely the Naval despatch of 1 July 1915, covering the Gallipoli landings 25-26 April 1915.

Kenneth Sydney Muskett entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in May 1908 and was serving as a Leading Seaman in the battleship H.M.S. Implacable on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914. And it was in the same capacity that he won his D.S.M. in the Gallipoli landings of 25-26 April 1915, when Implacable assisted in the disembarkation of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers on ‘X’ Beach on the western side of the Peninsula, and afterwards supported them with heavy gunfire, on one occasion breaking up a Turkish unit that had been brought up for a counter-attack.

In the following month, Implacable was withdrawn from Gallipoli to assist the Italians against the Austro-Hungarian Fleet in the Adriatic, and later still served on the Suez Canal Patrol, in addition to assisting the French Navy in blockading the Aegean coasts of Greece and Bulgaria.

Returning home to an appointment at Pembroke I in April 1916, where he was advanced to Petty Officer, Muskett removed to the destroyer Porcupine in February 1917, and to the Dalhalla in July 1917, in which latter capacity he remained employed until September 1918. Post-war, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in July 1926, and he was still serving at the end of the decade.

Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (J. 1325 K. S. Muskett, Lg. Sean., H.M.S. Implacable); 1914-15 Star (J. 1325 K. S. Muskett, D.S.M., L.S., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (J. 1325 K. S. Muskett, P.O., R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 2nd issue (J. 1325 K. S. Muskett, P.O., H.M.S. Benbow), mounted as worn, contact marks and polished, thus fine or better. (provenance DNW 2012). With copy papers.

Kenneth Sydney Muskett was born July 1892 in Bethnal Green, London. He was an Office Boy when he joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on the 29th July 1910 signing up for 12 years.

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