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Extract from Naval General Service Medal Roll relating to Jane Townshend

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

Name of the Claimant, and his present Rank Name of the Ship in which he served Captain’s Name Quality or Rating at time of the Battle Note any checked Absent from the Ship on the Day of the Battle Note any marked with an ®, stating the Date of Desertion If Claim verified by Ship’s Books Reference to Application Observations by the board of Flag-Officers
Townshend Jane Defiance Philip Charles P.C.C.H. Durham - - - Produced a Certificate from the Captain   The Queen in the Gazette of the 1st of June directs that all who were present in this action shall have a medal, without any reservation as to sex, and as this woman produces from the Captain of the Defiance strong and highly satisfactory certificates of her useful services during the action she is fully entitled to a medal. [initials?]

Upon further consideration this cannot be allowed-there were many women in the fleet equally useful, and it will leave the navy supposed to innumerable applications of the same nature.

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