Naval General Service, Midshipman, 1 clasp, Pelagosa 29 Novr. 1811 , previously wounded in May, 1811 in a very gallant action of an hour and a half in Sagone Bay
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Naval General Service, 1 clasp, Pelagosa 29 Novr. 1811
R. Goodridge, Midshipman
64 clasps issued for this action.
Lieutenant Richard Goodridge.
Richard Goodridge entered the Navy, 26 July 1808, as second class boy on board the Temeraire, in which ship he served in the Baltic and off the port of Cadiz, under Captain Sir Charles Seymour, and subsequently under Rear-Admirals Manley Dixon and Francis Pickmore. He became a Midshipman in 1809 and joined the Unité in March 1811, in which ship, on 1st May 1811, he was wounded in a very gallant action of an hour and a half in Sagone Bay, where, in company with the Pomone and Scout, they effectually destroyed the two armed store-ships Giraffe and Nourice, each mounting from 20 to 30 guns, and protected by a five gun battery, a martello tower, and a body of about 200 regular troops.
He also assisted, on 29 November the same year, in capturing after a severe running fight of four hours, the 26-gun store-ship La Persanne. In January 1813 he removed for a few months to the Pylades sloop, but then rejoined the Unité, and continued to serve in that frigate until October 1814, when he transferred to the Menai. On his return from North America in January 1817, he joined the Coast Blockade as Midshipman of the Severn. Promoted Lieutenant in 1819, Goodridge subsequently took charge of a station in the Coast Guard. (from Naval Biographical
Note: Another medal with this clasp was sold by Spink in November 1991, named to ‘R. Goodridge’ but without rank on the edge. Although the medal rolls show only one Richard Goodridge (Midshipman for Pelagosa), the Navy List for 1852 shows a second Richard Goodridge (Purser in ' Thunderer' during the Syria operations of 1840-41) and denotes medal with one clasp, presumably Syria, for which records no longer exist, and that his medal has been subsequently been 'Pelagosa'd' to match the only man of this name on the medal rolls.
Light scratch to the obverse otherwise