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Extract from Naval General Service Medal Roll relating to Jane Townshend

It is known that women served in ships in the age of sail. However, they are rarely mentioned in the records. Here is evidence to the contrary. In 1847 Jane Townshend applied for the Naval General Service Medal for service at Trafalgar. Her application, based on her, ‘useful services’ in HMS Defiance at the Battle of Trafalgar, was supported by the ship’s captain but eventually the application was rejected.

Catalogue reference: ADM 171/1 folios 131v-2

Jane Townshend’s entry on the Naval General Service Medal Roll. 21 October 1805. Cat ref: ADM 171/1 ff 131v-2. Crown copyright.
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