The Collection of Life Saving Awards formed by The Late W.H. Fevyer

Date of Auction: 25th September 2008

Sold for £680

Estimate: £400 - £450

A Sea Gallantry Medal group of four awarded to Petty Officer W. J. Stickley, Royal Navy

Sea Gallantry Medal, E.VII.R., small 2nd issue, bronze (William J. Stickley. “Mary Jane” 12th August 1909); British War and Victory Medals (149956 P.O., R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (149946 Boatn. H.M. Coast Guard) note variation in service number, minor correction to naming on last, nearly very fine and better (4) £400-450


Ref. Spink Exhibition 1985, No. 108a.

Mary Jane missed stays and got on rocks. The boat was launched but could not communicate with the fishing boat, no line being available. Stickley and Connolly waded into the sea and threw a rope to the Coast Guard boat. The rope fell short so Bird sprang overboard and secured it. The rope was then used to tow the fishing boat off the rocks and her crew of 2 were rescued. A heavy sea was breaking on the rocks and great danger was experienced by the men named’. (Ref. P.R.O. BT.261.5).

Commissioned Boatman W. J. Stickley and Boatman A. M. Bird of the Coastguard, Inniscrone, and Constable W. Connolly, R.I.C. of Inniscrone, were each awarded the Sea Gallantry Medal in bronze for their rescue of the
Mary Jane also of Inniscrone.