Medals and awards 1939

Evening Express Jan 4th, 1939

Merseyside Bravery Awards

The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society, at a committee meeting in the Underwriters room today made the following awards for bravery in saving human life :-

Silver Medal and certificate to :-

William Henry JONES, Field Rd, New Brighton, in recognition of his long and gallant service as a member of the New Brighton lifeboat crew, the last 6 years of which he served as coxswain.

Thomas Arthur PICKSTON, Upper Parliament St, for having stopped with the assistance of another, a runaway horse attached to a coal cart in Mill St on December 7th. Miss Mary SCOTT, Wharton Rd, Wharton, Winsford, Cheshire, for having rescued a boy from a frozen pit at Moulton , near, Northwich on December 19th.

Bronze Medal and certificate to :-

Frederick BRADSHAW, Warwick Gardens for having assisted in stopping a runaway horse attached to a coal cart in Mill St on December 7th.

Robert Edwin VASS, Liverpool Corporation tram driver for having stopped a runaway horse attached to a waggon in Childwall Rd, on December 1st.

Certificate of thanks to :-Miss Mary Susan CRYE, The Oaklands, Jack Lane, Moulton Cheshire, for having assisted in the rescue of a boy from a frozen pit at Moulton , near, Northwich on December 19th.

Thomas George JACKSON, Clarendon Rd, Wallasey, for having rescued a boy from a burning house in Hawthorne Grove, Wallasey on December 3rd.

Mrs Ann BROWNELL, Arkwright St for having made a brave effort to save the life of a child whose clothes caught fire at a house in Arkwright St on December 3rd. The child died some hours after Mrs BROWNELL had extinguished the flames.

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Daily Post, Oct 7th 1939

Imperial Service medallists

Awarded by the King to:-

William Henry ATKINSON, Liverpool

Herbert Jessie BRIDLE, Officer, H.M. Prison, Liverpool

Charles BUCK, Overseer, Post office, Liverpool

William Slinger FOXCROFT, Postman Lancashire and Morecambe

Leonard James GEORGE, Postman Lancashire and Morecambe

William Ernest JENNINGS, Inspector, Post office, Liverpool

James MURPHY, Postman, Mold

Lucy Ellen SHERIN, Sorting clerk and telegraphist, Liverpool

John SUTTON, Skilled workman, Telephones, Liverpool

Isaac Clayton THOMAS, Sorting clerk and telegraphist, Aberystwyth

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Oct 11th 1939

Won V. C. at 19

Mr Edward SMITH, V.C, D.C.M, has been granted a temporary short service commission as Lieut Quartermaster. He won the V.C, at the age of 19 and joined the army in 1917 as a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, becoming a Lance Sergeant. He was born at Maryport and is now aged 40yrs.

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William KAY of Eccleston St, St Helens was presented with the Imperial Service medal in recognition of 29yrs service as a Post Office engineer.

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Wireless Operator of Mannar Honoured

Evening Express Nov 23rd, 1939

Wireless Operator of Mannar Honoured

Mr James Gordon Melville TURNER, O.B.E, late wireless operator in the steamship Manaar being presented with the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Societys Gold Medal and Certificate today, in recognition of his gallant conduct when the Manaar was destroyed by enemy action. The Lord Mayor is seen making the presentation. Also in the picture are Colonel Dennis H. BATE, chairman and managing director Brocklebank Line, on left and second from the right Mr T. H. HARPER, chairman of the society.

Award for Manaar Hero

This was a very fine and gallant act, typical of the Merchant Service, said the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Alderman Sir Sydney JONES, today at Liverpool Town Hall when he presented the gold medal and certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society to Mr James Gordon Melville TURNER, O.B.E, late radio operator on the Liverpool steamer S.S. Manaar, which was sunk by enemy action on September 6th.

Mr TURNER who resides at Bucklesway, Banstead, Surrey, remained at his post endeavouring to send out an S.O.S, signal when the Manaar, owned by Thomas and J. BROCKLEBANK Ltd, was attacked by a German submarine and subjected to gun fire. He later dived into the sea and brought a boat alongside and helped two Lascars to escape before a second torpedo struck the vessel.

The presentation was presided over by Mr T. H. HARPER, chairman of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society.

Mr TURNER said he had seen many deeds of courage and sacrifice which made his own effort insignificant.

Colonel Dennis H. BATE, chairman and managing director of Thomas and J. Brocklebank Ltd, also paid tribute to Mr TURNER

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