MCINNES, Allan

Display Number:  0110  
Name:  McInnes  Allan
Rank:  Petty Officer Service Number:  177232 
Date Joined:  14th December 1893 Date Discharged:  12th December 1920

Allan McInnes joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in 1893 and had a colourful early career in the Royal Navy. He was present at the bombardment of the Sultan of Zanzibar's Palace in 1896 - lasting one day is reputedly the shortest war of modern times. The highlight of his career afloat was serving in HMS New Zealand 1912-1918, where he was present at the three major surface engagements of the First World War - Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland. For his service in the Battle of Jutland he was awarded the order of St George 4th Class by the Imperial Russian Government. After leaving the Royal Navy he emigrated to New Zealand.

 

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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  •  East and West Africa Medal (Benin 1897 Clasp) - Awarded for general service in a number of small campaigns and punitive expeditions.
  • 1914-15 Star - Awarded to servicemen and servicewomen who served between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 in any "theatre of war", provided they had not qualified for the 1914 Star. Those eligible for the medal must have 'served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war' during the relevant dates of operations in that area. This included service in Gallipoli (25 April 1915 - 31 December 1915), Egypt (5 November 1914 - 31 December 1915) and service during the capture of German Samoa on 29 August 1914.
  • British War Medal - Recognises the successful conclusion of the First World War. Its coverage was later extended to recognise service until 1920, recognising mine clearing operations at sea, and participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and the Caspian.
  • Victory Medal - Was issued to all those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most persons who had already qualified for the British War Medal. It was awarded to all New Zealand troops serving overseas, except for those who arrived in Samoa after 30 August 1914 and those serving in Great Britain only. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Allied War Medal", because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by 13 other allied nations.
  • Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal - Originally awarded for 21 years exemplary conduct, but the period was reduced to 10 years in 1874, then later increased to 15 years. In March 1981 commissioned officers became eligible after 15 years service, provided at least twelve of those were served in the ranks.
  • Order of St George 4th Class - Awarded by the Imperial Russian Government to Allan McInnes after the Battle of Jutland.
  • Commemorative Medallion - Commemorative Medallion commemorating the Battle of Jutland.