A fine Collection of Life Saving Awards
Date of Auction: 12th December 2012
Sold for £550
Estimate: £300 - £350
Sea Gallantry Medal (Foreign Services), G.V.R., silver, ‘From the British Government, For Gallantry and Humanity’ (W. Brown, “Donald T” 15th January 1921) good very fine £300-350
Footnote‘On 15 January 1921, the schooner Donald T, of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was abandoned in the North Atlantic Ocean. After two to four hours work the shipwrecked crew of six were safely transferred to the steamship Stonewall, of New York. Considerable risk was incurred owing to the heavy seas and the boat being smashed against the ship’s side and swamped.’ (ref. The Sea Gallantry Medal, by R. J. Scarlett).
Seven S.G.M. (Foreign Service) in silver were awarded for this rescue. The medal to Brown was presented to him by the Consul General of Philadelphia, on 21 December 1923.
With copied research.