Liverpool Journal

Feb 17th 1849

Gallantry rewarded

The RNI has voted to Capt GRAVES of the Royal Victoria Steamer plying between this port and Carlisle a silver medal and gratuity to the seamen employed for their skill, gallantry and humanity in rescuing the crew of the wreck of the BANFF in the Solway Firth on 26th October last. Capt GRAVES has received a medal from the Shipwreck Society of this town.

March 10th

Reward for heroic conduct

A valuable snuff box has been presented to Mr Charles GRANBY, master of the schooner NAIS of this port by the principal inhabitants of Ramsgate for his noble exertions in saving the crew and passengers of the American ship BURGUNDY recently wrecked on that coast. A document embodying the resolution agreed at a meeting of the magistrates and inhabitants of Ramsgate, John Ashley WARRE Esq, high sheriff of Kent in the chair, was presented with the snuff box.

The BURGUNDY was wrecked on the Long Sand on the 13th February and Charles GRANBY rescued the 160 passengers and 6 crew, with the sea that prevailed the rescue was one of considerable difficulty and danger, the vessel only approachable at certain times of the tide, the NAIS remained beside the BURGUNDY for 16hrs and looked after the victims till Wednesday last, when they were safely landed at Ramsgate. In addition Capt GRANBY has received 10 pounds and a silver medal from the RNI and 8 pounds from the Lords of the treasury for distribution amongst his crew.

June 2nd

Reward for Bravery

The committee of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society have voted the silver medal to Mr R. B. WADE the mate of the RICHARD ALSOPP who a few days ago plunged into the Stanley Dock and rescued the carpenter of the ship SEA, who had fallen in from the vessel. The poor fellow subsequently died from the effects of a blow recieved from the fall.

Liverpool Mercury, November 2, 1849

Presentation, The Committee of the Liverpool Humane Society have presented a first class silver medal to the master of No 1 pilot boat, bearing the following inscription :-

"To Mr William HUGHES, Master Pilot for rescuing crew of the sloop Elizabeth in a heavy gale off Ormshead, 13th October 1849."

Mr HUGHES has been honoured on former occassions for his humanity and daring, and we may mention in the year 1839 he received a presntation from the same society, as well as a silver snuff box at a public dinner at the Adelphi Hotel, as a testimonial for his exertions in saving many lives from the Pennsylvania, St Andrew and Lockwood, during the great storm in that year.


Liverpool Mercury, May 7th 1850

Liverpool shipwreck and Humane Society

A special meeting of the society was held on Saturday to consider the case of the Captain and crew of the INFANTA, who so nobly rescued 169 persons from the wreck of the CUSHLA MACHREE. Capt PURDY appeared before the committee at their request accompanied by the Captain of the CUSHLA MACHREE, and from their united testimony it appeared that Captain PURDY had acted in a most meritorious and judicious manner. The committee voted him therefore a silver medal of the 1st class and 30 pounds, also 5 pounds to the mate and 3 pounds to the boatswain, the officers in command of the INFANTA'S boats, and 12 pounds to be distributed to the rest of the crew. The committee regret to confirm the unfeeling conduct of three vessels who passed the CUSHLA MACHREE whilst in her helpless condition, without offering rescue, one of these was the brig JESSIE of Liverpool.

Liverpool Mercury Nov 19th 1850

Mr W. PARRY of No 4 Pilot Boat, with whose intrepid conduct during the loss of the ship PROVIDENCE, the public are familiar, has received the following substantial marks of approbation, 5 pounds from the Humane Society, 15 pounds from the underwriters, and 10 pounds from the Pilot's Committee. We understand some other more substantial mark of honour is yet awaiting him.


Liverpool Mercury, Oct 19th 1852

Reward to a Police Officer

One day last week officer 97 CAMPBELL of the North Dock division, apprehended a notorious thief and on conveying him to the bride well was savagely assaulted by the prisoner who for the moment escaped, he was however speedily recaptured by the officer, after a sharp run. When the case came before the magistrates and the details of the escape and recapture were given, they were so pleased that a letter was directed to be written to the Watch Committee in terms of high commendation of the meritorious conduct of the officer. The Watch Committee rewarded him with 2 pounds for his conduct and for compensation for the wounds he had received in the execution of his duty. The announcement to this effect was read to the whole force at the different parades, it gave great satisfaction, not more for it being a just recognition of services, faithfully and energetically rendered, that as a reward to an old and much respected officer. Upon the order being read one of his chums involuntary exclaimed, "sarved him right."


Liverpool Mercury May 31st, 1869

Rewards for gallantry

The committee of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society awarded the following sums for saving life at their monthly meeting on Saturday last:- 3 pounds to John DIXON, seaman, ferry steamer, Wild Rose, for jumping into the river with a lifebuoy and saving a man named William DAVIS who had fallen overboard from the said steamer whilst under the influence of drink.

10s and 5s for his sou'wester, to John REDMAN, shipkeeper, for throwing a buoy to a man who had fallen into the Huskisson Dock, and then going down a rope fender and placing a rope around his waist, and with the help of a flatman getting him out.

20s to John MARSH, labourer, for jumping into the Huskisson Branch Dock and saving a man who had fallen in attempting to get on board the steamship Etna.

10s to Lewis WILSON, coalheaver, who jumped into the canal and saving a boy who had fallen in while playing on the bank

10s to William JOHNSON, labourer for plunging into the canal and saving a boy who had fallen in and taking him home.

5s to Robert BOWER, boatman, 2s-6d each to two hands for hauling a man into a boat who had fallen into the Huskisson Dock between the steamship Antwerp and quay.

10s to William SHARPE, Landing-stage constable, for going down a ladder and making a rope fast to a man who had fallen from the George's stage, by which means he got out.

10s to the captain and 20s to the crew of the steamship Flying Childers, for saving one of two men who had been thrown into the water through their boat capsizing.

20s to Thomas WALKER, seaman, for jumping into the river and saving a man who had accidentally fallen over the chains at the George's Landing-stage.


Liverpool Journal, Jan 20th 1877

Rewards for gallantry

On the 21st Dec last the steamship MALTA while homeward bound fell in with the steamship DHOOLIA, in the Bay of Biscay in a sinking state. 3 boats from the DHOOLIA brought a portion of the crew on board the MALTA, all who refused to go back and rescue their shipmates due to the heavy seas running. Mr George REES, 3rd Officer of the MALTA, with 5 volunteers went in the DHOOLIA'S boat and rescued all but the Master and one of the crew. In all 43 crew were saved.

For this gallant service the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society awarded silver medals to, Capt Thomas DURRANT, and Mr REES, 3rd Officer, to George BLACK and William ROBINSON, Quartermasters, each a bronze medal and 3 pounds, and to James THOMSON, Frederick MANSELL and David DUNCAN, Seamen, 3 pounds each. George BLACK had his hand crushed during the rescue and on landing was taken to hospital, with regret the poor fellow has since died from the effects of his injury.


Liverpool Mercury, Feb 24th, 1877

Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society

At the monthly meeting of this society held yesterday the following awards were made :-

Relief to suffers from shipwreck

Clothing to the value of 1 pound each of three men forming part of a crew of the Ellen Goudy, wrecked on Elizabeth Island in the Pacific. The crew lived for about a fortnight on sea birds and rainwater, when a boats crew drawn by lots, started for Pitcairn Island, 110 miles distant, and after suffering great privation for 6 days were picked up by the ship City of Vienna, which then proceeded to Elizabeth Island and saved the rest of the crew.

1 pound each in clothes to 7 of the crew of the Marietta, wrecked on Little Burbo Bank, in the early morning of the 20th inst. The vessel went to pieces and four of the crew drowned.

Rewards for gallantry in saving life.

In recognition of the arduous services of the lifeboat men during the unusually stormy weather of last month, and for their gallantry in saving life the following awards were made :- Silver bars to the medals of James MARTIN, master of the Liverpool lifeboat and Richard THOMAS, master of the New Brighton lifeboat, and 1 pound to each of the lifeboat men.

A silver medal and 1 pound to William CORFIELD, one of the crew of the Liverpool lifeboat, for his great gallantry in rescuing the captain of the Marietta, at great risk to his own life on the morning of the 20th inst. The vessel was fast breaking up and it was a work of great danger to board her in the heavy sea, and in the midst of the floating timber which encumbered the wreck.

To James HARRISON, master of the tug Challenger, a silver medal and 5 pounds, and to the crew 10 pounds for their great courage and gallantry in rescuing the crew of the steamship Alexandria, on the 29th ultimo. While the vessel was sinking, HARRISON three times dashed alongside the wreck, and at great risk to the tug succeeded in saving the greater part of the crew. The tug narrowly escaped being drawn down by the wreck as she foundered, while making a desperate but unsuccessful effort to save the last man that remained on board. Afterwards the tug succeeded in picking up two men who had drifted away in one of the steamer's boats.

A silver bar to his medal and 2 pounds to Daniel ROGERS a boatman for having jumped into the Herculaneum Basin, on the 14th inst, and at great risk of being crushed between a vessel and the dock wall, the dock gates being open and a considerable swell running in, rescued a man who had fallen overboard.

1 pound to James LLOYD, fireman for having jumped into the Huskisson Branch Dock, a depth of 17ft and rescued a man who had fallen out of a boat on the 9th inst.

10s each to Alfred LAWSON and Patrick STANNARD, labourers for having gone into the Huskisson Dock and with ropes, rescued a man who had fallen in while drunk on the 15th ultimo.

10s to George E. CROSBY, mate for having gone down a rope into the Stanley Dock Basin on the 13th inst and rescued a drunken man.


Liverpool Mercury, May 18th 1887

The Albert Medal given to a Liverpool Sailor

The Queen has been pleased to confer the decoration of the Albert Medal of the second class upon Thomas Averett WHISTLER, 1st mate of the ship Ennerdale of Liverpool. The following is an account of the service in respect of which the decoration has been conferred :-

On the 17th December last soon after 5.30am as the Ennerdale was rounding Cape Horn, an apprentice, named Duncan M'CALLUM, fell from aloft into the sea, striking the rigging in his fall. Immediately H. S. POCHIN, an A.B, leaped overboard after M'CALLUM, but the latter sank before POCHIN could reach him. POCHIN afraid of being seized with cramp before a boat could come to him hailed the ship, asking for a lifebuoy to be thrown to him, and at the same moment the master called all hands to man a boat. The 1st mate Thomas A. WHISTLER aged 24, who had been asleep in his berth, ran on deck and heard POCHIN'S hail. Calling to the boatswain to heave him a lifebuoy, he at once sprang overboard, secured the lifebuoy which was thrown to him, and succeeded in reaching POCHIN. The latter was already on the point of sinking, but with the help of the lifebuoy WHISTER was able to keep him up. The water was extremely cold, and a huge albatross hovered around the two men, preparing to attack them. Meanwhile, considerable delay had occurred in the despatch of the boat. Her lashings had been secured extra firmly for the passage round Cape Horn, and when at last launched, so many men crowded into her that she capsized. When righted and relaunched she finally succeeded in reaching and rescuing both POCHIN and WHISTLER, who were now extremely exhausted, after an exposure of some 40 minutes in the water. The albatross had to be driven off with a boat hook. Directly they were lifted into the boat both men became insensible, and WHISTLER was delirious for some time after.


Liverpool Mercury, Dec 2nd, 1892

Presentations to Police Constables

A large number of shopkeepers and residents in the neighbourhood of Park Rd, assembled last evening in the parade yard of Essex St, Bridewell, to witness presentations to Police-constable John COATES, who after 36 yrs service has retired and to Police-constable James HOBAN who has also been connected with the force for about 30yrs and has now retired. The presentations were made by Superintendent CRETNEY on behalf of the police and residents, and Mrs CRETNEY, and in the course of his remarks he congratulated the officers upon the way in which they had performed their duties whilst connected with the force. To Police-constable COATES were given two purses of money, a silver-mounted pipe, walking stick, and other articles, and to Police-constable HOBAN a silver lever watch. It was mentioned that Police-constable COATES had been on one beat in Park Rd for upwards of 30yrs, and had during that time won the confidence of the residents, and that Police-constable HOBAN for the most part of his time had been on duty in the neighbourhood of the Custom House and Park Lane, and had performed his duties faithfully. The gifts were suitably acknowledged by the recipients.


Liverpool Mercury, July 30th, 1895

Remarkable rescue at Litherland

On Sunday evening a youth named Albert TOWELL, of 21 Cooper St, Bootle, went to bathe in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Litherland. He could not swim and getting out of his depth sank in 6ft of water. Some boatmen endeavoured to get him out with boat hooks but failed. When the youth had been under water some minutes a painter named Thomas HINCKS, of 32 Inman St, Litherland, came along the bank and being informed of what had happened threw off his coat and jumped into the water, and succeeded in a few moments to bring the boy to the bank. The boatmen, who had previously attempted to rescue TOWELL, adopted the clumsy method of holding him up with his head downwards to restore consciousness. Luckily a more scientific person came along in the person of PC, FLETCHER, who, by adopting the prescribed method for securing artificial respiration had the good fortune to restore animation. Dr BURGESS subsequently arrived, and rendered further assistance. The youth was taken home in a cab and remained unconscious for 6 hours, but has now recovered. The parents of the rescued youth are full of gratitude to both the PC and HINCKS. No doubt this is a case which will be brought under the notice of the Humane Society.


Liverpool Mercury, July 28th, 1899

Bootle Fire Brigade and Ambulance work

Superintendent ROBERTS of the Bootle Fire Brigade , at a recent meeting of the of the Bootle Corporation Fire Brigade Committee, submitted a report in reference to a case of immersion at the docks and recommended Fireman E. JONES and TINDELL to the favourable notice of the committee for the successful manner in which they had rendered first aid.

Letter from Dr BAILEY, House-surgeon, Bootle Hospital :-

"I wish to inform you of the very meritorious treatment given by your ambulance men in connection with the immersion case brought in about 10pm on Saturday. It is especially pleasing to find they take so much interest in their work, and in this case they certainly saved the man's life by their correct and energetic treatment of his condition. I have much pleasure in praising them in this case, although I have always found them to do what was correct in every case they brought here"

The committee decided to reward the men for their meritorious services


Jul 22, 1904

Order of St John of Jerusalem

The Prince of Wales as Grand Prior of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England presented at Marlborough House medals and certificates of honour awarded by the Chapter General for acts of gallantry in saving life on land, awarded to William QUILLIAM, PC 57 D, Liverpool City Police a bronze medal for gallant conduct and presence of mind on Dec 2nd 1903 at Liverpool, at a crowded street crossing, in saving a boy six years of age from being run over by a tram.

Manchester Guardian Jun 16, 1904

At its monthly meeting in London the Royal Humane Society awarded a Bronze Medal to Robert NEWCOMER, Foley St, Liverpool, for the rescue of Walter RILEY and his child from the Huskisson Dock on May 5th, RILEY was on his way to Canada and when going on board the steamer the child fell into the dock and although unable to swim he went after it. NEWCOMER seeing both unable drowning went in and with much difficulty and risk saved both.


Manchester Guardian Feb 16, 1906

Reward for bravery

At London yesterday the Royal Humane Society awarded a testimonial to J. LESLIE Chief Officer on the steamship Columbian of Liverpool, for rescuing in Boston Harbour, U.S.A, on January 9th, a man who had fallen from the gangway of the ship.

Feb 27th 1906

Policeman's brave deed

Children rescued from fire

Yesterday afternoon a fire broke out over a plumber's and painter's shop in St James Place, Liverpool, in rooms occupied by John M'GRATH and his wife and two children. The parents were away at work and the children in their play had pushed the table against the room door, and then by some means the room caught fire.

Police-constable PREECE, seeing the smoke, which rapidly drew a crowd around the place, ran to the house and knowing the children were within dashed upstairs. Though almost suffocated by the smoke he managed to smash in the barricaded door, and after groping around found one child with its clothes already ablaze. He carried the little one out into the street and immediately raced back in to the rooms, which were now ablaze. After a rapid search he found the second child under the sofa. This child was removed by him out of danger, amid cheers from the onlookers. The fire brigade extinguished the fire.

April 24th, 1906

Brave rescue by a policeman

A brave rescue was effected yesterday by Police-constable Francis HENRY. A man fell or jumped into the Mersey from the sea wall, a depth of 50ft, HENRY stopped only to remove his helmet then plunged into the water. The tide was running very strong, but with difficulty he reached the drowning man and brought him safely to land. HENRY was taken from the river very exhausted and almost unconscious and had to be taken to hospital.

Manchester Guardian Aug 14, 1906

Under the presidency of Admiral Sir G. D. MORANT the Committee of the Royal Humane Society yesterday at London presented awards for saving life. Bronze medal to John RICHARDSON, Leigh St, Wigan, for the rescue of a woman who in an attempt at suicide threw herself into the canal lock at Ince, on July 22nd, the woman being unconscious when got out. H. OSBORN police constable, used means for her restoration and is awarded a certificate. Testimonial to Thomas GRIFFIN aged 13, Moss St, Widnes for his attempt to save another boy who drowned in 8 feet of water in the canal there on July 14th, GRIFFIN had much difficulty in getting himself out after his effort. Testimonial to Terence CARVALL, Fountains Rd, Kirkdale, Liverpool, for his rescue of a 73 years old man who, it is supposed threw himself into the canal at Melling on July 26th. Testimonial to John FOSTER, police constable, St Helens for his attempt to save a boy who was drowned in the canal there on June 29th. FOSTER remained in the water for 20 minutes bur was unable to find the boy.


Liverpool Mercury Feb 8th 1908


Grace DARLING'S medal

A silver medal awarded to heroic Grace DARLING is to come to the hammer at Messers PUTTICK and SIMPSON'S rooms in Leicester Square on Friday next.

It bears the following inscription:-

Presented by the directors of the Glasgow Humane Society to Miss Grace DARLING in admiration of her dauntless and heroic conduct in saving [along with her father] the lives of nine persons from the wreck of the Forfarshire steamer on September 7th 1838.

The obverse bears the badge of the city of Glasgow, a tree, a fish and a bell.


Manchester Guardian May 6, 1908

Rescue from burning ship

Presentations for bravery

Public honour was paid by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Dr Richard CATON at the Town Hall yesterday to Captain William FINCH and Chief Officer John STIVEY, of the White Star liner CYMIRIC, for the heroic rescue of the captain, officers, and crew of the Liverpool steamer St CUTHBERT, when hopelessly ablaze during a gale in the North Atlantic on February 3rd last.

When the CYMRIC sighted the ST CUTHBERT the forward half of the latter vessel was a mass of flames. She had on board a cargo of matches, kerosene oil, and naphtha, and there was no hope of saving her. One of the crew had already lost his life and the captain had been blinded. It was impossible at first, owing to the state of the sea, for the CYMRIC to lower a boat, but Captain FINCH stood by until the sea moderated. He then asked for volunteers to man the boat, and every officer and man stepped forward. Chief Officer STIVEY and eight men went in one of the lifeboats, and after a hard struggle succeeded in getting 16 men off the ST CUTHBERT and aboard the CYMRIC. Two hours later a second trip was made and this time 19 exhausted and injured men were rescued. A third trip was made more hazardous by darkness and a snowstorm which sprung up, but the remaining 6 men got off safely.

The Lord Mayor said there could be no two opinions about the magnificent heroism of the officers and men of the CYMRIC, and Liverpool and England might well be proud of such noble deeds. Heroism of so lofty a character was beyond recompense, but it was fitting it should receive public acknowledgment.

To Captain FINCH the Lord Mayor presented the gold medal and decorated vote of thanks of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society and a pair of binocular glasses from the London Shipwrecked Mariners Society. Chief Officer STIVEY, received gold medals from the Liverpool and London societies. The other members of the crew of the boat, R. JONES Boatswain, R. MATHEWS and J. REDMOND quartermasters, and W. HARPER, H. WILSON, M. BLAKE and J. RUSSELL, A.B, s, had previously received silver medals and monetary gifts from the two societies.

Captain FINCH and Chief Officer STIVEY returned thanks, the latter saying that all in the ship volunteered, and he was fortunate in being selected for the work.

It may be added that the two officers have each received from Messers RANKIN, GILMOUR and Co, the owners of the ST CUTHBERT, a solid silver tea service, while from the same source the crew of the boat had money gifts. At Boston Captain FINCH and Chief Officer STIVEY were presented with silver loving cups from the Atlantic Conference there, silver medals from the Massachusetts Humane Society, and gold medals from the New York Life Saving Society, while the seamen received bronze medals and money gifts.


June 18th 1909

The King has been pleased on the recommendation of the Board of Trade to award medals for gallantry in saving life.

A Silver medal is awarded to Kate GILMOUR, Stewardess of the British steamship SARDINIA of Liverpool in recognition of her service to the passengers of that vessel when it caught fire and stranded off Malta, Nov 25th 1908.


Feb 17th, 1910, Royal Humane Society, at the 136th annual meeting held in London on Tuesday. Testimonial to Thomas WEBB, assistant marine superintendent, Houston line of steamers, Liverpool, for his gallantry in plunging into the Alexandra Dock, Bootle on Jan 22nd, and rescuing a man who had accidentally fallen in from the quay

April 16th 1910, Royal Humane Society awards yesterday, Bronze medal to Henry J. DAVIS chief officer of the Syrian Prince, of Liverpool for plunging into a shark infested sea two miles from land off the Barbary coast on Jan 11th and rescuing a seaman.

Manchester Guardian Apr 16, 1910

Brave Lancashire men

Under the presidency of Admiral Sir G. D. MORANT the Committee of the Royal Humane Society yesterday awarded, a Bronze Medal to Joseph BENSON, North Scale, Walney Barrow, for his gallantry in rescuing a woman swept from a footbridge crossing the Walney Channel shortly before midnight on March 31st. BENSON who has twice previously received recognition from the society, swam out 50 yards and brought her to shore unconscious.

Testimonial and 10s to Joseph VERNON aged 14, Wood St, Wigan for saving a child from the canal there on March 26th.

Bronze Medal to Henry J. DAVIS, Chief Officer of the Syrian Prince of Liverpool for plunging into a shark infested sea, 2 miles from land on the Barbary coast on January 11th, and rescuing a seaman.

Testimonial to W. McALPINE, Alexandra Rd, Patricroft for his plucky plunge into the Bridgewater Canal on February 26th when he rescued a girl.


Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette 05 January 1912

Windfall of a Policeman Joint heir to a large fortune

A Liverpool constable has learnt that through his wife he has become joint heir to a fortune of 18,000 pounds. The money has been left by some person in America, and there are many elements of romance in the story of how Constable BURROWS has come into his own. It is some 18 months since the Liverpool police received an inquiry from Boston, United States, for the relatives or descendants of Henry Edgar NETTLEFIELD, who was born in Maine and known to have left Rio De Janeiro. Mrs BURROWS immediately contacted Henry Edgar NETTLEFIELD with her great-grandmother an interesting personality, who was nurse to Lord Nelson. She died in Portsea in 1869 at the age of 100, the oldest inhabitant of the borough as her memorial card says.

Inquiries and communications have gone on, and news has been received from America that her identification as a descendant of Henry NETTLEFIELD, to whom the legacy has been left, is accepted. The benefit she has secured will be shared by her mother, who is 80, and her sisters.

Mr BURROWS has no notion who this unknown benefactor might be. It is not likely that he would be intimately acquainted with the friends and relatives of the brother of the grandfather of his wife. He is slightly mistrustful of this great good fortune, and for the present will go on as usual until actual possession shall have convinced him of its reality.

Feb 14th 1912,

Royal Humane Society awards yesterday, Bronze medal to Robert ANGUS, 3rd officer, W. GARRIOCK, 5th officer and W. GORMAN, AB, of the S.S Empress of Ireland for their gallant attempt to save a man who had fell overboard at the Prince's Landing-stage, Liverpool on Dec 29th, all three plunged in but the man sank before he could be reached.

June 27th, 1912,

Heroism in the Titanic disaster, memorial to the engine-room staff. Presentation to Captain ROSTRON

Lord Derby, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, yesterday presented Captain ROSTRON of the Cunard liner Carpathia, with the gold medal and framed diploma of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society in recognition of his "praiseworthy and humane service in rescuing 705 survivors of the Titanic on April 15th" The presentation was made in the Liverpool Town Hall at a large gathering of representatives of the professional maritime and commercial interests of the city and port. Lord Derby also yesterday presided over a representative meeting of citizens at which a movement for a permanent memorial to the heroism of the engine-room staff of the Titanic, was set on foot.

In making the presentation to Captain ROSTRON, Lord Derby said Captain ROSTRON would value the gifts as evidence of the gratitude felt, not only by Liverpool but by all parts of the Empire, for the great services he was able to render at the time of the terrible disaster. One was glad to think that in all walks of life, whether in peace or war, the bravery of the Englishman was still to the front. [Hear, hear.] In war there was always the Victoria Cross dangling in front of the hero, but in peace often the heroism passed unnoticed. "I may say, Captain ROSTRON, " Lord Derby went on, "that in making the presentation to you we do it to you as captain of the ship, but that our gratitude, as expressed to you, you will take as being expressed to every member of your crew, from yourself downwards. [Applause] We know perfectly well that it was under your direction, but I am sure you would be first to admit that everybody on board did all they could to second you in your work of saving life. I now beg to present you with the medal and resolution, and on behalf of not only the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society but also on behalf of the city of Liverpool to thank you, your officers and ship's crew, for the magnificent work you did at the terrible disaster." [Applause]

Captain ROSTRON said he felt deeply gratified that the Lord Mayor should have mentioned his ship's company. They were really reserving of it, and no captain was ever prouder of his ship's company than he, not only for their conduct on the night but during the whole time. From whence they commenced to get the poor survivors aboard until they arrived at New York, every man worked most loyally, willingly, and cheerfully. [Applause] "It has been my great pleasure and pride" added Captain ROSTRON, "to speak publicly and say how loyally my ship's company assist me" [Applause].

Captain ROSTRON called for three cheers for the Lord Mayor, and these having been given three cheers were also given for him The heroism of the engine-room, At the meeting at which tribute was paid to the heroism of the engine-room staff of the Titanic, Lord Derby said he did not think anyone could read the accounts of that great tragedy without realising the heroism of the engine-room staff of the Titanic. They could but faintly picture what must have been the position of those brave men who, with certain death staring them in the face, were perfectly determined up until the very last to do what they could in the hope that their efforts might be the means, as they undoubtedly were, of saving the lives of others. These brave men had gone, and it was the duty of those who remained to perpetuate their memory so that when the intimate knowledge of their great deed might have passed away successive generations of Liverpool men might see recorded in some permanent place a record of their heroism. He hoped that the appeal would be made not only to Englishmen but to people in every part of the world.

Sir William LEVER said that on the Titanic the highest traditions of British seamanship had been displayed. Referring to labour unrest, Lord Derby said that however despondent some pessimists might be as to the future of the country, and however much they might talk about its decadence, while such deeds as that which they wished to perpetuate took place it showed that their people were composed of just the same material as those who made England great in the past. A nation which had lost its power to perpetuate the honour of brave men had lost its power to produce such men in future generations Mr A. J. MAGINNIS who has been largely responsible for setting the movement on foot announced that though no direct appeal had been made 2,100 pounds had already been subscribed towards the memorial. Mrs ASQUITH had been the first subscriber, even little children had contributed their mite. A letter was read from Lord Mersey wishing the movement every success.


Aug 16th 1913,

Royal Humane Society awards yesterday, silver medal to Allan MURDOCH and bronze medal to John F. BLOWER both of Liverpool, the former for saving and the latter for attempting to save a man who was rendered unconscious by fumes from a grain cargo on a barge in the Harrington Dock on May 12th and a "memoriam" has been given to the relatives of W. BROWN who lost his life in an attempt to save the man.

Bronze medals to Captain P. METCALF assistant surveyor to the Liverpool Dock Board, William MEALOR and J. W. GERRARD for their exertions in saving or attempting to save life when several men were struck down by grain fumer on the ship Ulstermore, in the Crosby Channel, Liverpool on May 13th, when one man lost his life.


Sept 13th 1915

A brave police Sergeant's deed

A gallant rescue from drowning was effected on the Liverpool Landing-stage yesterday. A huge crowd was watching the disembarkation of the passengers and mails from the American liner St Paul when a man seated on the wall overbalanced and fell into the water 30ft below. The water rushes with great rapidity between the floating stage and the wall in the narrow space. The heavy iron mooring chains and other under-water obstacles make the spot particularly dangerous, but without a moment's hesitation Sergeant LEARMONT of the Liverpool City Police, dived just as he was from the top of the wall, and effected a thrilling rescue amid cheers from the crowd.


Jan 10th 1916,

Rescue by a Manchester Liner, awards to captain and crew.

Captain E. W. BEGGS, Osborne Rd, Pendleton, master of the Manchester Liners steamer Manchester Merchant, has been awarded by the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society, their illuminated vote of thanks, and Chief Officer H. BROWN of the same ship has been awarded the Society's silver life-saving medal and a vote of thanks, while the lifeboat crew, consisting of Boatswain C. CARLSON, 550, Fifth St, Trafford Park, Manchester, Lamps H. LUCINGER, 21, Fern St, Pendleton and AB G. FREEMAN, 3 Wilbraham Rd, Fallowfield, N. NELSEN, 69 Monmouth St, J. NAMAN, 51 Trafford Rd and A. LUTRUS, 233 Oldfield Rd, all of Salford have been awarded monetary gifts in recognition of their services in rescuing the crew of ten men of the Brazilian barquentine Storeng from their sinking in the dismasted vessel in the North Atlantic Ocean on the morning of Nov 12th last, about 700 miles west of the Fastnet.

The Manchester Merchant was at the time on a voyage from Montreal for Manchester and Captain BEGGS skilfully manoeuvred his ship into a favourable position to windward of the wreck and sent away a lifeboat in charge of Chief Officer BROWN and manned by six men. Before being rescued the captain of the Storeng had a remarkable escape from death. He was standing on deck when some of the spars came down from aloft on to the deck with a heavy thud on either side of him without striking him. The shipwrecked crew were subsequently landed by the Manchester Merchant at Manchester.


Liverpool Echo 30 June 1916

Brave Liverpool Constable The attention of Police constable McCAW of the Liverpool police was attracted last night to the canal at Sandhills, a boy being in the water. The constable sprang in and affected a rescue. Both boy and preserver, however were taken to the hospital in an exhausted condition. The boy was the 7 year old son of an interned German, and the allegation is that he was pushed in by another boy.


Liverpool Echo, December 27th, 1916

Roll of Honour

Message from Wallasey man reported missing

A pleasant Christmas experience has been that of Mr and Mrs MOODY of 112 Wallasey Village. Their son Private Robert MOODY of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, had been reported missing for several weeks and the worst was feared. On Christmas Day, however, his parents received a postcard from him stating that he is a prisoner in the hands of the Germans. Prior to enlistment Private MOODY was in the local branch of the River Plate Meat Company.

Liverpool Echo, December 27th, 1916

Dock Rescue

Brave action of a Liverpool Constable

A story of heroism, showing how a Liverpool policeman saved the life of a naval lieutenant during the recent fog, was told in an official report today to the Watch Committee.

On the evening of the 16th inst, while Police Sergeant RICHARDSON and PC. 277 E, [BRIDGE] were standing in the black fog at No 3 gate, Huskisson Dock, they heard shouts of distress coming from the water. The caller, it was afterwards found, was Naval Lieutenant WILLCOX. He was on his way to his home in Mount Pleasant Rd, Liscard, when, owing to the darkness he fell into the dock.

PC. BRIDGE managed to find a lifebuoy. This was dropped into the water as near as could be guessed to the spot where the lieutenant was struggling for his life with a heavy overcoat about him, but he failed to grasp it.

The lifebuoy was hoisted back to the quay and again thrown in. Lieutenant WILLCOX still failed to reach it, and a minute later he was heard shouting, "I am going, I cannot keep it up much longer" He was a strong swimmer, but the cold and weight of his clothes were fast overcoming his powers.

Thereupon PC. BRIDGE without any hesitation, and without waiting to take off his own uniform overcoat, but keeping hold of the lifeline, jumped to the rescue from the quay in the dark water. Swimming about six or seven yards, he was able to get hold of the lieutenant.

Sergeant RICHARDSON with the assistance of some men from a ship lying near, then towed the two men a distance of about 40 yards to the north west corner of the dock, and, by means of a ladder, got them both safely ashore. According to the latest report, neither of the men suffered any ill effects from the immersion.

The gallant conduct of PC. BRIDGE was highly commended by the committee, and on the recommendation of the Head Constable, they made him a merit grant of 5 pounds.


Mar 17th, 1917,

Bravest act at sea, rescues of u-boat victims, For the "bravest act at sea during the past year" the gold medal of the Royal Humane and Shipwreck Society has been awarded to John PAXON, ship's fireman, This announcement was made yesterday at the Liverpool Seamen's Friend Society.

PAXTON was a member of the crew of the Swedish Prince, which was destroyed by a German submarine. When the boats containing the crew had put off from the vessel, PAXTON and three shipmates were left aboard by accident. PAXTON was the only one of the four who could swim. In a high sea, and while shells were still coming over from the German submarine, he succeeded in saving the lives of his comrades, making three separate rescues.

Mar 22, 1917

Buckingham Palace, March 21st, Kings Police Medal awarded to Superintendent Robert DUCKWORTH, Liverpool City Police

Nov 7th 1917, At the Mercantile Marine Office in Manchester yesterday, Mr H. R. REDISH, the superintendent, presented the Royal Humane Society's bronze medal and certificate to George FISHER of Walton, Liverpool, late 3rd officer of the Manchester Exchange, for a brave attempt to rescue an apprentice from drowning at Philadelphia on June 17th.


Liverpool Daily Post

Nov 7th 1917

Fatal Fire

Liverpool Constable Commended

The tragic incidents involving the death of the three year old daughter of Private Robert JONES, now serving in France, which occurred during an attempted rescue from a house on fire in Beaufort St early on Monday morning were related before the Liverpool Coroner yesterday.

A fire broke out on the premises and PC. ARMSTRONG forced his way through the flames and smoke and succeeded in rescuing one of the three children in the top front room. He tried a second attempt but was beaten back by smoke. Meanwhile Mrs JONES the mother carefully threw the child to a shawl which the neighbours extended in the street below. Unfortunately the child missed the spread shawl, and falling into the area sustained fatal injuries.

The jury returned a verdict that the child died from shock following upon the injuries received, and the action of PC. ARMSTRONG was cordially commended.

Manchester Guardian, Nov 7, 1917

At the Mercantile Marine Office in Manchester yesterday Superintendent H. R. REDISH presented the Royal Humane Society bronze medal and certificate to Mr George FISHER of Walton, Liverpool, late 3rd officer of the Manchester Exchange, for a brave attempt to rescue an apprentice from drowning at Philadelphia on June 17th.


Manchester Guardian, Oct 11, 1922

Monthly list of awards by the Royal Humane Society

Bronze Medal to Anthony CARTER, postal clerk, Liverpool, for his courageous action in plunging into the Mersey from the Landing Stage and rescuing a woman who had thrown herself in.


Jan 02, 1923

The King has been pleased to award the King's Police medal to officers of the Police and Fire Brigade to constables J. BENSTEAD, and W. HANDLEY, Liverpool City Police

Constable James BENSTEAD, On the night of 25th April 1922 heard screams coming from the direction of a goods stage on the banks of the Mersey and a shout that a woman was in the water. On arriving at the place he took off his overcoat and helmet and jumped into the water, and after swimming about 20yds found a girl aged about 17 in the water, she grasped him about the neck and kicked him with her knee, the constable released himself and managed to seize the girl under the arms grasping a lifebuoy which was thrown to him, the constable was exhausted but as soon as he recovered he applied artificial respiration to the girl until natural breathing was restored. The water was 27 ft deep, the night was dark and stormy, and a strong flood tide added to the danger of the rescue.

Manchester Guardian, Jan 31, 1923

Bravery at fires, awards for saving life.

At a meeting yesterday the Society for the Protection of life from fire awarded a silver watch to Ronald CRAWFORD, aged 12, of Castle St, Woolton, Liverpool, for saving the life of his younger sister, who had set her clothes on fire on October 28th.

May 09, 1923

Superintendent Thomas Alfred BURROWS of G. Division, Liverpool City Police, has been appointed Chief Constable of Reading in succession to Captain J. S. HENDERSON, who retires this month.


Manchester Guardian, April 11, 1925

Splendid rescue at sea

Awards at Liverpool

Well deserved recognition for intrepidity at sea has been paid to Captain A. C. FALCONER, Master of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company liner Cardiganshire, and four members of his crew.

Shortly after 7am on November 4th last the Cardiganshire, while in the North Atlantic sighted a partially dismasted schooner flying signals of distress. A confused sea of mountainous proportions was running at the time, and the Cardiganshire was labouring heavily shipping water fore and aft. Notwithstanding these difficulties however Captain FALCONER without hesitation immediately altered course to attended to the distressed schooner, which was in danger of foundering. Her crew were desired to be taken off at once and this was done through the agency of a lifeboat, launched with difficulty from the liner, Mr W. AVERN, Chief officer of the Cardiganshire being in charge.

The schooner was the Inspiration of St Johns, Newfoundland. Captain FALCONER was presented with an illuminated vote of thanks, Chief Officer AVERN with a silver medal and vote of thanks, and Messers W. R. WORLEDGE, Boatswain, J. DRENNAN, bosuns mate, and J. McLEOD, A.B, with bronze medals and vote of thanks. The presentations made on behalf of the Royal Shipwreck and Humane Society by Sir F. C. DANSON

Manchester Guardian, Dec 5, 1925

Liner rescues crew of schooner

On November 1st, the Ellerman Wilson liner, IDAHO, homeward bound from New York, sighted the Danish schooner Eva in distress and rescued the captain and crew who had been in the rigging for 36 hours. Severe weather had been encountered and the rescue was effected in a north westerly gale with a heavy confused sea. The Danish men were in a state of exhaustion as a result of their terrible experiences. The matter was brought to the notice of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society by the Imperial Merchant Service Guild, at the last meeting the following awards were made in appreciation of the services rendered to the Danish seamen

To Captain G. R. ROWNTREE, an illuminated address, to Mr G. S. ANDERTON who was in charge of the boat, a silver medal and vote of thanks, to the seamen in the boat, the bronze medal and 2 pounds each, to Carpenter N. THOMPSON, Bosun D. HUGENS, A.B, s, A. FERGUSON, and G. HINES.

Jan 5th 1926

The gallantry of the above crew of the IDAHO, in rescuing the crew of the Eva in the hurricane on Nov 1st was recognised at Hull yesterday and a presentation was made by Captain FOX of the Ellerman Wilson Line on behalf of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society , Captain ROWNTREE was presented with an illuminated address, Chief Officer HUDSON an illuminated address and silver medal, and 2 pounds and bronze medals to four of the crew of the IDAHO. Captain ROWNTREE, said that Captain ALBERTSEN, the master of the schooner had been in the rigging 36 hours and was laughing and crying when rescued, at first they feared he had lost his reason.


Manchester Guardian, April 11, 1927

Ship Canal rescue

The Liverpool Humane Shipwreck Society has awarded Mr F. H. S PETHERBRIDGE, 3rd officer of the Clan Liner, Clan Keith, the bronze medal and certificate in recognition of his gallant action on March 17th, when he saved a boy who had fallen into the Manchester Ship Canal at Eastham Locks. The directors of the Clan Line have already made a monetary award to Mr PETHERBRIDGE in recognition of his gallantry.

Manchester Guardian, Sept 28th 1927

At Broxton Petty Sessions yesterday the Chairman Major Sir Harry BARNSTON, M.P, presented the bronze medal and certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society to John JONES of Boat House, Farndon, near Wrexham, for rescuing a drowning bather from the River Dee on July 30th.


Jan 02, 1928

The King has been pleased to award the King's Police medal to officers of the Police and Fire Brigade to constables John Harold CLARKE and William Henry SMITH, Liverpool City Police

Constable John CLARKE, On Oct 13th, 1926, a man entered a Bank in Liverpool presented a revolver at a counter clerk and demanded money. On being refused he shot the clerk seized some silver and ran out of the bank. Constable CLARKE who was on point duty near by, immediately went in pursuit. The man turned and fired at the constable, but the bullet missed him and entered the woodwork of a shop behind him. CLARKE continued the pursuit but the man again turned and resting the revolver on his left arm fired another shot, this time hitting CLARKE in the shoulder. The constable then collapsed and as a result of his injury was in hospital for two months.

Constable William SMITH, Late at night on June 1st 1927, Constable SMITH was on duty at the George's Landing Stage, when he saw a man named Henry McDONALD struggling in the water, he threw a lifebuoy, but, McDONALD, disappeared. The constable then plunged in fully dressed and succeeded in getting hold of McDONALD and putting him in the lifebuoy. Another lifebuoy was thrown from a ferry boat lying at the stage and SMITH took hold of it and swam with McDONALD towards the boat. A line was then thrown from the boat and both were drawn towards the vessel, when a mooring rope was lowered. A passenger climbed down the rope and took hold of McDONALD, but slipped and fell into the water, SMITH then gave the passenger his lifebuoy, and swam round the two men until another line was thrown from the boat. All three were eventually rescued by a boat, a strong flood tide was running and SMITH was exhausted when leaving the water.

Manchester Guardian, June 19, 1928

Awards for drowning rescues

Young boys presence of mind

Yesterday the Mayor of Chester presented two life saving certificates of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society one of the recipients being a 6 year old boy, Edward GOODWIN, of 2 Charlotte St, Chester, who on December 29th, rescued a girl playmate from drowning in the canal. The ice gave way and she went into the water, little GOODWIN crawled near her with a stick, pulled her to the side and with her coat dragged her out. The Chief Constable said that had it not been for the presence of mind displayed by the boy, exceptional in one so young, the girl no doubt would have lost her life.

The other recipient of a bronze medal and certificate was Frederick Thomas ROBERTS, aged 35, of 28 Charles St, who despite the fact that he was suffering from septic poisoning of both hands, which were bandaged, dived into the canal without divesting himself of any clothing and rescued a boy. The Chief Constable said that on several occasions Mr ROBERTS had rescued children from the canal, but owing to his modesty his acts hitherto had not received the recognition they deserved.

Liverpool August 2nd 1928

O.B.E, Medal for Liverpool Constable, captured armed raider

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Miss Margaret BEVAN, yesterday presented the medal of the Order of the British Empire to Market Constable William Burnett SMITHWICK of Liverpool, for meritorious service. SMITHWICK chased and captured an armed bank raider, despite the fact that the runaway fired point-blank at him after he had shot three other persons who attempted to stop him. The Chief Constable of Liverpool Mr L. D. L. EVERETT, said SMITHWICK'S courageous act resulted in the capture of the dangerous criminal. "We police" he added, " are merely paid citizens in uniform who are looking after the interests of the community, and I appeal to citizens to help the police whenever their assistance is needed"


Manchester Guardian, Oct 14, 1929

Bravery at sea

Medals for officer and men of a Liverpool boat

The King upon the recommendation of the Board of Trade has awarded the bronze medal for Gallantry and saving life at sea to Mr William Dynhand CONGDON, Chief Officer, H. HANSEN, F. BERTELSEN, T. FINKELENBERG, K. J. BECK, P. PEDERSEN, S. ERIKSEN, Charles JOHAN, Egbertus OEHLERS and Hans Olay HANSEN, seamen of S.S. MANISTEE of Liverpool

In addition the Canadian Government has awarded a piece of plate to Captain James PENGELLY Master of the MANISTEE, a binocular glass to Mr CONGDON and a sum of 3 pounds each to the above seamen.

The Canadian auxiliary motor schooner QUACO QUEEN of St Johns New Brunswick was in distress in a strong westerly gale and heavy swell in the Atlantic on January 30th last. She was waterlogged, her rudder had been carried away, and seas were sweeping over her. Her signals of distress were sighted in the afternoon by the MANISTEE which went to her assistance, and as there were indications that the weather might become worse arrangements were made to send a boat from the MANISTEE. The ship was manoeuvred into a position to windward of the schooner in order to make a lee for the lifeboat, and after oil had been discharged on to the rough sea a lifeboat was sent away in charge of Mr CONGDON, with a crew consisting of the seamen named. The crew of the boat were in considerable danger owing to the heavy gale and rough sea. Nevertheless they rescued the nine crew of the schooner. Mr CONGDON exerting great skill in preventing his boat from being capsized and in getting the rescued men safely on board the MANISTEE


Feb 25th, 1930

Manchester Assizes, judge congratulates a constable

"I congratulate you on the way in which you did your duty, and I commend your performance to the observation of your superior officer" said the Judge to Police-constable SEDDON of the Liverpool City Police Force, at the conclusion of the case in which Frederick Harold ROBERTS, aged 24, labourer , pleaded guilty to shop-breaking and larceny and attempting to do grievous bodily harm to the officer in resisting arrest.

David KARMEL, counsel for the prosecution said that on February 10th, Constable SEDDON saw the accused pass from the roof of premises in Renshaw St to the roof of the German Church next door. He posted civilians at the back and front of the church, took off his over-coat and climbed the roof, the prisoner was crouching behind the bell tower, slightly above the constable and struck him so serious a blow that it caused the constable to fall back on the slates. Prisoner darted to the other side of the roof, again followed by the constable, this time the prisoner dealt him a serious blow to the head with a piece of wood. When finally overpowered the prisoner said, "It was worth a fight I had 17 pounds on me which I had stolen."

Reviewing the prisoners record submitted by Police Inspector THOMPSON, the Judge said the prisoner had, had, leniency extended towards him in the past, and the time was approaching when he must be put away as an habitual criminal. The prisoner apologised and pleaded for leniency as he had been a failure, but needed a chance on the ground that he had become engaged, and that not only he would be affected.

"Fortunately" said the Judge, addressing him, "You were met by a man quite as brave as yourself, and you are a brave man, you were met by a man as strong as yourself, and you are a strong man, and you were met by a better man that yourself who brought you here for punishment. If you were indicted as being an habitual criminal I should have sent you for a very long term and kept you away from society, because I am inclined to think you are a great danger to it. Stand down for a day or two while I consider what to do with you."


Manchester Guardian, Sep 1, 1931

Medal for saving life

Harry JONES of Ellesmere Street, Runcorn was presented with the bronze medal and certificate of the Liverpool Humane Shipwreck Society at Runcorn yesterday for saving a three year old child from drowning in the Bridgewater Canal.


Manchester Guardian, Jan 5, 1932

Reward for act of gallantry

Coroner shakes hand of a very brave man

For bravery in descending a furnace hole in an endeavour to save two of his companions who were trapped by steam at the works of the Whitecross Wire Co, Warrington, on October 16th, William RUDD, a charge hand employed by the company, was yesterday at Warrington presented with the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society framed certificate and bronze medal. Coroner S. BRIGHOUSE, who made the presentation also presented 5 pounds to RUDD out of his own benevolent fund.

It was stated that the two men went down the furnace hole to refuel the furnace, which was below ground level. The red hot fuel fell into the water trough and filled the hole with steam. The men screamed and RUDD immediately went in to their assistance. One man was just crawling out of the hole when RUDD assisted him, RUDD then descended into the furnace hole and rescued the other man. Both died later from shock following scalds.

The Coroner added that he understood RUDD was shortly to receive the Edward Medal at the hands of the King. "Allow me to shake the hand of a very brave man" added the Coroner, RUDD said, "I only did my duty, it would have been a great pleasure to me if the men had lived"

Jan 7th 1932

Brave Cheshire constable

In attempting to rescue a man from drowning in a canal lock at Chester, at Chester City Police Court yesterday, Police-constable Harry ORFORD of the Chester City Police was presented by the Deputy Mayor Alderman John MORRIS, with the medal and certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society, a grant of 5 pounds, a special merit badge from the Chester Watch Committee and 5 pounds from the relatives of the man he tried to rescue

Manchester Guardian, July 14, 1932

Presentation for life saving

At Chester City Police Court, yesterday the Mayor of Chester Mr Stanley GERRARD made three presentations for life saving. The first was to Mr Walter COOK, of The Groves, Chester, aged 61, who received the framed certificate and bronze medal of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for diving into the River Dee at the Groves, Chester and rescuing a three year old boy who had fallen in while playing there.

Framed certificates of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society were presented to two members of the Chester City Police Force, Police Constables, RINGROSE and OLDHAM, who rescued a woman from the River Dee on May 6th.


Lancashire Daily Post

Aug 16th 1933

Five men rescued in dock

Flung from Staging

Five Liverpool dock labourers were rescued from North Sandon Dock today, when they were flung 15 feet into the water from a wooden staging on the side of SS. Cornwall

They were Arthur MILLER, aged 28 of West Derby, Arthur CAULFIELD aged 57, of Latham St, Patrick THOMAS, aged 51, of Hatfield St, Ernest RIGBY aged 52, of Toxteth Park and Hugh CAMPBELL, aged 47, of Kilshaw St, Everton.

CAMPBELL was rescued by an unemployed dock labourer, Robert MILLS, aged 45. CAULFIELD was rescued by another labourer Patrick MURPHY. The other three who were clinging to planks were pushed out by two men in a boat.

The staging had been erected to prevent meat falling into the water during the unloading of the ship. CAMPBELL was struck by a falling plank and knocked unconscious and was in danger of drowning when rescued.


Manchester Guardian, Oct 5, 1935

Award for saving life.

The bronze medal and certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society have been awarded to Herbert PEACE aged 18, of Halton, for saving a man named Walter BUCK from the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn on August 30th. BUCK was cycling on the footpath when he skidded and fell in, PEACE heard his cries, and dived twice into the canal, on the second occasion finding BUCK who was still under water. Both men were helped out and BUCK was brought round by artificial respiration methods


Manchester Guardian, Jan 8th 1936

Mersey Rescue

Policeman leaps from Liverpool Pier

Dozens of people on the Liverpool landing stage late last night saw the rescue of a drowning man. Hector PURVIS, aged 21 of Ireton St, Liverpool, was talking to a woman on the bridge which connects the roadway with the landing stage when he stumbled into the river.

PC. H. HANLON of Cotswold St, Liverpool heard shouts for help, and he jumped fully clothed into the river. There was a danger that both men would be swept under pontoons supporting the landing stage. After a desperate struggle the constable managed to drag PURVIS to some steps. Both men were hauled from the water in an exhausted condition and taken to hospital.

PURVIS is detained in a critical condition. HANLON was taken home by ambulance after treatment.

Manchester Guardian, Aug 28, 1936

Scouts V.C

Warrington boy five rescues from canal

A 16 year old Warrington Boy Scout, Alfred CHARNOCK, who has rescued five persons from the Sankey and St Helens Canal, Warrington, was last night presented with a gilt cross, the Scouts V.C and an illuminated address signed by the Chief Scour, Lord BADEN POWELL.

Charnock who is an apprentice fitter in the gas department of Warrington Corporation was last week presented with the bronze medal and certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society. His colleagues have presented him with a gold watch, making the presentation last night at the annual swimming gala of the Warrington Boy Scouts Society. The Mayor, Alderman Joseph POOLE, said the award was the highest that could be given for gallantry.

He knew that all Warrington was proud of Charnock, and the scout movement and the Sunday School movement, to both of which he belonged, were also proud that such a youth could prove himself in his early years a real hero.


Manchester Guardian, Dec 23, 1938

Joseph WHITE of Bentinck St, St Helens was presented with the bronze medal and framed certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society yesterday for chasing a runaway pony while on his motor cycle, catching hold of the reins and stopping it.


Daily Post, Oct 5th 1939

Bravery award to cadet of the BOSNIA

The loss of the Cunard White Star freighter BOSNIA, which was sunk by a submarine on Sept 5th, had a sequel yesterday when the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society awarded a silver medal and certificate to Cadet Denis G. BIRD. Midshipman R.N.R a crew member, for his "gallant attempts" to save the life of a fireman when the ship was destroyed.


Sept 16th 1947

Silver medal and 4 bars for saving life

James SADLER, aged 46, Church Rd, Roby, who is employed by the Wallasey Corporation Ferries was presented last night with a 4th bar to the silver medal of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for saving people from drowning in the Mersey, he has helped to save the lives of 30 people, and also holds the Margaret Wheatley Cross for helping to save a horse from the river.

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