A fine Collection of Life Saving Awards

Date of Auction: 12th December 2012

Sold for £550

Estimate: £300 - £350

A Sea Gallantry Medal (Foreign Service) awarded to Fireman W. Brown, of the Stonewall for rescuing the crew of the Donald T, in the North Atlantic, 15 January 1921

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


‘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.