The Royale Humane Society was founded in 1774 and, since that date, has awarded more than 12,5OO medals for gallantry in saving life. In 1872 a partial listing of silver and gold medal citations was published by Lampton Young under the title of Acts of Gallantry . this being followed up in 1996 by a second volume of the same name written by Bill Fevyer. The third volume reproduces all silver and Stanhope gold medal citations for the period 1951-95, together with citations for all bronze clasps awarded since their introduction in 1869. The Stanhope Gold Medal is presented annually by the RHS to the man or woman judged to have carried out the most heroic rescue in the year. Since 1962 the RHS has allowed associated societies in Australia, New Zealand and Canada to forward cases for consideration for this most prestigious of awards, and the volume also reproduces numerous Commonwealth citations. Whilst the first two volumes in the series restricted themselves to gold and silver awards, the third also publishes full citations for all of the 248 bronze clasps awarded by the RHS. Royal Naval recipients are particularly well represented amongst these multiple award winners, but the only recipient to win the bronze medal plus five clasps made all of his rescues in the murky waters of London’s Regents Canal! The new volume is comprehensively indexed, with over 400 individuals being listed. In addition, the original RHS case numbers are published, greatly facilitating cross-referencing to the original documentation held by the Society. Bill Fevyer and Craig Barclay are President and Secretary respectively of the Lifesaving Awards Research Society.
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