Jubilee 1897 medal in bronze (G.A. Hitching, A.B., R.M.R.Y. Osborne)
George Albert Hitchen (note spelling) entered the service from Braintree, Essex 7.9.76. He had enlisted under the alias of George Snell giving his date-of-birth as 17.9.60 (correct date is 18.9.1859). Promoted to Boy 1st Class on Boadicea and it was on this ship that he commenced his adult service. He engaged for 10 years until 17.9.1878. He was an Able Seaman in Thalid and Excellant. Entered Royal Yacht Osborne as rate A.B. on 11.8.97.