NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL WITH NAVARINO CLASP TO A.L. DOREHILL, MIDSHIPMAN

** NEW ** Naval General Service Medal with Navarino clasp to A.L. Dorehill, Midshipman.
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Description

Arthur Lettsom Dorehill was born in London in 1813 and appointed Midshipman in the Royal Navy in 1826, joining the crew of 84-gun H.M.S. Asia which was present at the battle of Navarino on 20 October 1827. H.M.S. Asia was the flagship of the Allied force under the command of Admiral Sir Edward Codrington G.C.B., Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. A fellow Midshipman on board the Asia, who would have shared the same berth as Dorehill, was the Admiral's son, Henry.
During the battle, the 14-year-old Dorehill was in the thick of the action as the Asia anchored between two Ottoman vessels. The Asia’s firepower reduced both to wrecks, but suffered casualties of 85 killed and wounded - the most of any British ship engaged that day.

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, holds Admiral Codrington's undress coat, worn during the battle, which shows a tear caused by a flying splinter. Dorehill would later write about his experiences that day, recounting to a nephew in later life that he was "six hours on the quarter deck under fire" and that "owing to the absence of wind, the smoke hung so that it was difficult to see the ships except the tops of their masts."

Dorehill continued to serve in the Navy after Navarino, but left in 1833 to study abroad. He returned to Britain two years later and married a cousin, Eliza Baker; after a short period in the Civil Service working in London's Somerset House, Arthur and Eliza removed to Bath, where they lived for the rest of their lives, Dorehill "a strong, vigorous man who would frequently walk from his house to the Bath Club" and was "great friends" with the famous barrister, politican and judge Sir William Garrow.
Dorehill died, aged 86, on 12 April 1899, likely one of the last surviving veterans of Navarino and is buried at Locksbrook St. Saviour's cemetery in Bath.