AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848) "GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE. Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.

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AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.




AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.

"GUT OF GIBRALTAR
12th JULY 1801"





To:
JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.

Contemporarily Engraved in Superb Serif Block Capitals.

"COUNT JOHN WORTLY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE ESQ,"

After much in depth research into this medal and its recipient we have been fortunate to make contact with an Australian researcher who has finally solved the puzzle of this man's identity. His name does not appear on any of the recognised rolls, but due to information also received from the private family seller we knew that he and his family was indeed well connected to the Royal Navy during the period.

Having considered his obviously 'upper class' middle names and his family name of "De La More" is clear that he was a member of a very ancient and important family line.

"COUNT JOHN WORTLY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE ESQ,"

After continued research into the recipient of this unusual and privately engraved medal it has been discovered that he was an important 19th Century aristocratic diplomat with influential connections in government, politics and business.

Generally known as John de la More, Count John Wortly Cholmondeley de la More Esq was probably born in Wales about 1785 and was latterly a resident of Paris, being a British diplomat and an original member of the British & Foreign Institute in 1843.

He also represented the English government in Turkey as a negotiational diplomat and was closely involved with the development and construction of the Overland Telegraph going through Turkey to British India. The plan to construct a telegraph line from England to India had been under discussion repeatedly since about the 1850s. As a result, individual sections of the line had been built along this route, and it was John de la More who assisted with the negotiations with the Turkish government in this regard. A reliable and uninterrupted link was completed in 1870.

AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
John De la More was married to Maria Louisa with whom he had been living in Paris. On the 7th October 1835 in Paris, she gave birth to a son, Arthur George James Cholmondeley De la More. The child was baptised in Wales at Llandeloy Pembrokeshire on 3rd July 1836. John was recorded as being a 'Gentleman' resident at Hendu. The description 'Gentleman' then described a man as being of independent means and not working in the normally understood meaning of the word.

It is clear that he and his family had important connections with senior members in the Royal Navy and it is becoming obvious that as a younger man he was, currently for reasons unknown, aboard one of the seven ships which took part in the Gut of Gibraltar action in 1801.

Our own thoughts are that as a young man, he had, at about the age of 16, been taken to sea as part of his personal character development, having probably being invited to serve in some minor assisting role as an unofficial crew member by a senior naval officer or captain, on what was perhaps to be a trial voyage before deciding on a possible naval career.

As an 'unofficial civilian' crew member he would not have been on the ship's books, nor in 1848 was he entitled or officially issued with a naval general service medal, but at the time of issue he clearly decided to obtain such an appropriately clapped award and have it privately named to commemorate his presence during the Gut of Gibraltar action in 1801. He would have been about 65 years old at that time.

AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.

Clearly commissioned by a proud owner, the letter work on this lovely medal has been executed by a seriously talented engraver as it has been produced in a magnificent style to reflect the full names of the owner.

AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)
"GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving
To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE.
Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
The medal itself, which is a lovely item is in near mint condition (EF+) and on its original silk ribbon.

£1995
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AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848)

AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848) "GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superb Private Engraving To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE. Early politician & diplomatic aristocrat.
£1995.. WITH CONTINUING RESEARCH

AN ENIGMATIC NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (1848) "GUT OF GIBRALTAR 12th JULY 1801" Superbly Privately Engraved To: (COUNT) JOHN WORTLEY CHOLMONDELEY DE LA MORE. Early politician and diplomat with important R,N.connectiions