Royal Navy military chest that belonged to Lieutenant Commander R.Mends. A simple chest fabricated from pine almost 100 years ago. The top panel has: MENDS painted on the faded black surface.
Royal Navy Military Chest size: W100cm x D52cm x H52cm.
Mends first served at H.M.S. Britannia in 1904, he is noted as having served at the Battle of Jutland during WW1. He was also King's Harbour Master at Cromarty. He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on the 7th September 1935. He rejoined the service at the start of WW2 and was eventually released from Naval Service on 27th May 1946.
medals awarded to Commander Mends: 1914-15 Star (Lieut, R.Mends, R.N.); British War and Victory Medal with M.I.D. Oakleaf (Lt.Commr. R.Mends. R.N.); Jubilee 1935; France, Legion of Honour, Knight's breast badge; Russia, Order of t.Anne, Knight's breast badge.
Robert Mends came from a long line of distinguished naval officers. His father was a naval surgeon, his grandfather Sir William Robert Mends, GCB (27 February 1812 – 26 June 1897), was an admiral in the Royal Navy. His great randfather, Admiral William Bowen Mends born in Prebrokeshire in 1767. His great, great uncle Captain Sir Robert Mends (c. 1767 – 4 September 1823) was a prominent British Royal Navy officer of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, who lost an arm in the American War of Independence. Mr. Mends, on being asked after his recovery how he felt whilst the surgeon was performing the painful amputation of his shattered arm replied, “Very well until I saw my arm lying on a table beside me I then became sick.”