George French has dropped me a line about his grandfather George Samuel French who served the Crown for 33 years.
He served for 13 years in the Royal Navy then joined the coastguard for a further 13 years there.
After a break he rejoined the Royal Navy, aged 42, and served for a further five years.
George Samuel French and was born on December 29, 1871, and joined the Royal Navy as a boy entrant on November 11, 1886.
He became an ordinary seaman on his 18th birthday and he was a leading seaman until he transferred into the HM Coastguards in 1899-1912. Then he joined the Royal Fleet Reserve.
George returned to the service August 2, 1914, aged 42, as a petty officer second class, joining HMS Kent in October 1914.
During this service he went to the Battle of Falklands where the German ship Nuremberg was sunk.
Im January 1917 George left HMS Kent and went into shore establishments in the Portsmouth area until joining HMS Gunner in October 1917.
He was put on minesweeping duties until he was discharged as a petty officer first class in March 1919.
For his services George was awarded the Meritorious Service medal.
After leaving the Navy George and his family moved to Francis Avenue, Southsea.
He died in 1933 and his wife died in 1961.