Royal Humane Society Gold and Silver Medals


The Royal Humane Society in addition to Gold and Silver medals also bestowed Awards and Testimonials for gallantry in saving lives.

Here are a number awarded to Coastguard members.

Royal Humane Soc. 1886.

Testimonial to Denis Murphy, for saving Fanny Whitmore at Ringsend Coastguard station, river Liffey, Co. Dublin, The woman threw herself into the water near the local slip. While the boat was being launched to pick her up, Murphy jumped into the water and held her up. The distance to the place from the local slip was seven yards, and the water 11 feet deep.

Ref: The Irish Times 30 October 1886.


Royal Humane Soc. 1891.

A testimonial to James Hanna, Chief Officer, Coastguard, for being mainly instrumental in rescuing the captain and crew of the yacht ‘Urania’ at Bangor, Co.Down on 7 November last.

Ref: The Irish Times 7 February 1891.


Royal Humane Soc. Award. 1894.

Richard Barrett, 39, Commissioned Boatman Coastguard saved Annie Doherty 11, and Alice Carn, 10, The two girls were playing in a boat which was lightly fixed to the shore on the west side of Roundstone Bay, Co. Galway, and the gearing giving way, the craft speedily drifted towards the east coast, on which a heavy surf was breaking. Barrett and two others at once went to the rescue, but when their boat reached the other they found it already among the breakers. Barrett at once plunged into the sea, and, swimming through the heavy sea, got the girls safely to the Coastguard gig.

Ref: The Irish Times. 30 October 1894.


Royal Humane Soc. Award. 1894.

A reward was conferred on Joshua N. Short, 40. Commissioned Boatman Coastguards, for saving W. Batten, 10. at Kingstown, August 16. This was a very gallant action as the Boatman, in his plunge was fully attired, even to his heavy sea boots.

Ref: The Irish Times 30 October 1894.


Royal Humane Soc. 1900.

Testimonial to T.A.J. Wood, Boatman H.M. Coastguard, Union Hall, Co. Cork. for his plucky rescue of a boy, who fell into Glandore Harbour on the 21st February.

Ref: The Irish Times 11 April 1900.


Royal Humane Soc. 1902.

Testimonial to Henry A. Want, Coastguard Boatman, Carlingford, Co. Louth, for swimming out 20 yards and saving Mary Roskee on 21 July. The woman who is nearly blind, had walked over the edge of the pier into 12 feet of water.

Ref: The Irish Times 17 September 1902.


Royal Humane Soc. 1902.

Awards to G.W. Hardy and T.J. Bentley Coastguard Boatmen, Morris Castle, Co. Wexford for gallant action in saving Miss Mordaunt, who was swept away while bathing there on the 15 July. When landed the lady was thought to be dead, but John Connell, Station Officer, after four hours continuous use of the Silvester Method was rewarded by seeing consciousness return and he now receives the well merited certificate on vellum.

Ref: The Irish Times 23 September 1902.


Royal Humane Soc. 1903.

Testimonial to John Crowley, Commissioned Boatman, H.M. Coastguard, Cappa, Co. Clare, for his plucky rescue of a girl who fell into 12 feet of water in the Shannon on the 10th inst. At the time of rescue Crowley was only recovering from a severe attack of rheumatism.

Ref: The Irish Times 25 April 1903.


Royal Humane Soc. 1904.

Testimonial to Harry Wilby, Coastguard Boatman, Bangor, Co. Down, for rescuing William Harper who was accidentally pushed off the pier there on 11 July.

Ref: The Irish Times. 17 August 1904.


Royal Humane Soc. 1907.

Testimonial to R. A. Morton and A. Hall, Coastguard Boatmen, Greencastle, Co. Louth, for their plucky action there in April. A boat having three persons on board was capsized in Carlingford Lough, and the Coastguard boat put off to their help. Morton and Hall jumped from the boat, and managed to save Isaac M’Ewan the second man by the boat, but the third, in spite of every effort to reach him was carried away and drowned.

Ref: The Irish Timed 20 June 1907.


Royal Humane Soc. 1907.


Testimonial to William Gillard, Coastguard Boatman, Skerries, Co. Dublin, for his rescue of a youth named Mc Garry who fell from Skerries pier on the 14 June, Gillard has previously received recognition for saving life.

Ref: The Irish Times 20 July 1907.


Gallantry in Ireland. 1907.

The Royal Humane Society Testimonials. To John Creswall, Coastguard Boatman, and Wm. Agger, Ballymoney, Co. Wexford, for their gallant and heroic rescue of Miss Horan, governess in the family of Lady Esmonde, Ballynastragh, who was swept away while bathing on August 3,

A Testimonial being also awarded to the Baroness Paula von Hornsteign-Binnningen for her courageous attempt to save Miss Horan. When Miss Horan first got out of her depth, and called for help the Baroness, although only a poor swimmer, at once went to her assistance, but finding she could not bring her in courageously supported her while they were being carried fully 200 yards out to sea. On Cresswell and Agger reaching the place they immediately swam out, and with much difficulty effected the rescue.

Ref: The Irish Times 2 November 1907.


Royal Humane Soc. 1909.

Testimonial to Edward Noble, Coastguard, Castletown Berehaven, Co. Cork, for his pluck in saving a youth named Crook, who fell into the sea from the pier on 20 October. The night being very dark and cold.

Ref: The Irish Times 16 December 1909.


Royal Humane Soc. 1911.

Testimonial to James Woods, Coastguard Boatman, Bangor, Co. Down. for his plucky rescue of a girl from the harbour there on 12th June last.

Ref: The Irish Times 21 October 1911.


Youthful Hero. 1912.

Presentation at Dollymount. At 3.30 yesterday afternoon, at Dollymount Coastguard Station, Co. Dublin.

a Royal Humane Society’s vellum was presented to Edward Behan, a small boy, aged 7 ˝ years, son of a Coastguard stationed at Dollymount, who was awarded the vellum for his plucky action in rescuing from drowning on the 25th February last, a younger brother aged 2 years. It seldom occurs that a child of such tender years receives the recognition of the Royal humane Society. The presentation was made by Mrs. E.A. Thomas (wife of Commander E.A. Thomas, R.N. Commanding Officer of Kingstown Division), who kindly came from Kingstown to make the presentation. The Officer and crew of Dollymount Station, with their wives, families, and some friends, assembled for the occasion. The little fellow came in for quite an ovation, especially from his playmates. The plucky act of the youthful hero will be brought under the notice of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund.

Ref: The Irish Times 15 May 1912.


Royal Humane Soc. 1912.

A man named Richard Fleming who fell into the sea from Tramore Pier, Co. Waterford, on Sunday night last was pluckily rescued by Coastguard George Faint.

Ref: Irish Times 14 September 1912.

Testimonial to George A. Faint, Coastguard, Tramore, for his gallantry in saving a man who had fallen from the pier head shortly after midnight on September 8.

Ref: The Irish Times 23 November 1912.


Royal Humane Soc. 1919.

Testimonial to Frank C. Lattimer, Chief Officer, Howth, Co. Dublin, for his pluck in saving a lad who fell from the pier at Howth on 10 September. Lattimer already holds the Society’s medal.

Ref: The Irish Times 21 November 1919.


Royal Humane Soc. Award. 1894.

Richard Barrett, 39, Commissioned Boatman Coastguard saved Annie Doherty 11, and Alice Carn, 10, The two girls were playing in a boat which was lightly fixed to the shore on the west side of Roundstone Bay, Co. Galway, and the gearing giving way, the craft speedily drifted towards the east coast, on which a heavy surf was breaking. Barrett and two others at once went to the rescue, but when their boat reached the other they found it already among the breakers. Barrett at once plunged into the sea, and, swimming through the heavy sea, got the girls safely to the Coastguard gig.

Ref: The Irish Times. 30 October 1894.



Royal Humane Soc. Award. 1894.

A reward was conferred on Joshua N. Short, 40. Commissioned Boatman Coastguards, for saving W. Batten, 10. at Kingstown, August 16. This was a very gallant action as the Boatman, in his plunge was fully attired, even to his heavy sea boots.

Ref: The Irish Times 30 October 1894.


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