Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 September 2008)

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Date of Auction: 25th September 2008

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £700 - £800

A Sea Gallantry Medal group of three awarded to Chief Officer Seaward Sydenham, S.S. Alleghany, awarded three life saving medals for the rescue of his brother in the North Atlantic, 1906

Sea Gallantry Medal, E.VII.R., small 2nd issue, silver (Seaward Sydenham, “Alleghany” 16th November 1906); Royal Humane Society, small bronze medal (successful) (Seaward Sydenham, Nov. 16 1906) bronze buckle on ribbon; Lloyd’s Medal for Saving Life at Sea, 2nd small type, silver (Seaward Sydenham “Alleghany” 16 Novr. 1906) mounted for wear, good very fine and better (3) £700-800

Footnote

Ex Edrington Collection 1980.

‘The Carpenter, H. Sydenham fell overboard & his brother the Chf. Offr. sprang after him with a lifebuoy. Rescuer swam half a mile & only reached his brother as he was getting exhausted. Both rescued by boat from ship. There was considerable risk & a westerly gale with high sea. Rescue took place in North Atlantic on 16th Novr. 1906’ (Ref. P.R.O. BT.261.5).

‘On the 16th November, 1906, H. Sydenham was swept overboard from the S.S. “
Alleghany” at sea, there being a heavy gale blowing at the time. S. Sydenham, chief officer of the steamer, took a lifebuoy, and jumping in kept him afloat for half an hour when they were picked up by a boat’. (Ref. R.H.S. Case No.35,102). Sold with copied research.