The Jack Boddington Collection of Life Saving Medals

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Date of Auction: 6th December 2006

Sold for £260

Estimate: £140 - £180

Five: Able Seaman F. McNally, Royal Navy

1914-15 Star (155830 A.B., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (155830 A.B., R.N.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (155830 Dev.B.333 A.B., R.F.R.); Life Saving Medal, by ‘C.E.S.’, engraved, obv. sailing ship; rev. within a laurel wreath, ‘Presented to F. McNally in recognition of Bravery at Sea in Saving Life, dated Jan. 14 1894’, 36mm., silver, hallamrks for Birmingham, with silver brooch bar, second with minor contact marks, very fine and better (5) £140-180


Francis McNally was born in Birkenhead on 7 April 1874. A Seaman by occupation, he entered the Royal Navy in 1892. He served aboard various vessels until 1899 when he was ‘put ashore’ by purchase. He joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport in 1902, serving during the Great War mostly on destroyers and cruisers. While serving aboard the Aurora in January 1894, he rescued one of his shipmates from the sea and was awarded a privately produced life saving medal. Sold with copied service paper and other research.