A fine Collection of Life Saving Awards

Date of Auction: 12th December 2012

Sold for £680

Estimate: £550 - £650

Pair: Gunner W. H. Tatton, Royal Navy

New Zealand 1845-66, reverse dated 1863 to 1864 (W. H. Tatton, Gunr., H.M.S. Esk); Royal Humane Society, large bronze medal, successful (W. H. Tatton, Gunner, H.M.S. “Oberon” Vit. ob Serv. D.D. Soc. Reg. Hvm. 30 Aug. 1860) fitted with a ring suspension, mounted for display, good very fine (2) £550-650


William Henry Tatton was born in Portsmouth, on 22 February 1824. Serving in the Royal Navy, he was appointed a Gunner 3rd Class in January 1857, being advanced to 2nd Class in November 1860 and 1st Class in July 1865.

Gunner Tatton and a boat’s crew of four men from H.M.S. Oberon, went to the assistance of nine seamen of a merchant ship, off Buenos Ayres, and rescued them; one of the boat’s crew by the name of Joshua Chesterman being drowned. With copied service papers and details of the rescue.