Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 September 2008)

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Date of Auction: 25th September 2008

Sold for £920

Estimate: £800 - £900

A Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea group of three awarded to Divisional Carpenter Alexander Moore, H.M. Coast Guard

Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, V.R., large, silver (Alexander Moore, Wreck of the “Mary of Doonfeeney” 20th February 1894) in case of issue; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Alex. Moore, Div. Carp., H.M. Coast Guard); Royal National Lifeboat Institution Medal, V.R., silver (Mr Alexander Moore, Voted 12th April 1894) ‘double-dolphin’ suspension, very fine (3) £800-900

Footnote

‘The Silver (R.N.L.I.) Medal was also granted to Mr Winspear Foley and to Alexander Moore, Divisional Carpenter, H.M. Coastguard, accompanied in each case by a copy of the Vote inscribed on vellum and framed, and in the latter case by a gratuity of £1, in recognition of their gallantry in putting off in a boat and at considerable risk saving four of the crew of the fishing-boat Mary of Doonfeeney, which had been capsized at Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, in a gale of wind and a heavy sea on the 20th February’. (Ref. Lifeboat, 1 November 1894). A similar citation exists for the Board of Trade Medal (Ref. BT.261.5).