Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 September 2008)
Date of Auction: 25th September 2008
Sold for £2,000
Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800
Sea Gallantry Medal, E.VII.R., small 2nd issue, silver (Richard Barry. ‘Teaser” 18th March, 1911); British War Medal 1914-20 (146042 P.O.1, R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (146042 P.O.1Cl., H.M.S. Carron); Royal National Lifeboat Institution, E.VII.R., silver (Mr Richard Barry. Voted 13th April 1911) very fine and better (4) £1400-1800
Footnote‘18 March 1911: During a terrific south-easterly gale, the Montrose schooner Teaser was driven ashore near Ardmore Bay, Co. Waterford, Ireland, in a very heavy sea. The rocket apparatus was brought to the scene and lines were thrown over the vessel, but her crew, exhausted and cold, could not make use of them. Aware of this, Messrs. Barry and Neal tried to swim out, but were beaten back to the shore. Father O’Shea then obtained a boat in which he put out with others, including the two coastguardmen. They boarded the wreck, but two of her crew were already dead and the other succumbed shortly afterwards’. (Ref. Lifeboat Gallantry, by Barry Cox).
For their services, The Reverend John O’Shea, Parish Priest of Ardmore, was awarded the R.N.L.I. Medal in gold; Petty Officer Richard Barry and Leading Boatman Alexander Neal, H.M. Coastguard, Ardmore, were each awarded the R.N.L.I. Medal in silver.
For a more detailed account of the rescue attempt, see The Wreck of the Teaser - A Gold Medal Rescue, by John Wilson, in L.S.A.R.S.J. No.30, p.22-25. Sold with copied research.