Life Saving Awards Research Society Journal

Book Review

Acts of Gallantry - Volume 3 - 1951 - 2000, by W.H. Fevyer and Craig P. Barclay. 123 pages, softback, 19 x 24.5 cm, black & white.

Published by Naval & Military Press, Unit 10, Ridgewood Industrial Park, Uckfield. East Sussex TN22 5QE, UK. (( 01825-749494). Obtainable from the publishers at 14.95p plus postage.

This is the third book in the series giving details on the gold and silver awards of the Royal Humane Society, Volume 1 covering 1830 - 1871, Volume 2 1871 - 1950, and now this Volume from 1951 to 2000.

The explanation on the inside cover states that this volume as "BEING A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE DEEDS OF BRAVERY IN SAVING LIFE, 1951 - 2000 FOR WHICH THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY AWARDED THE SILVER MEDAL, THE POLICE MEDAL & THE STANHOPE MEDAL ACCOMPANIED BY CITATIONS FOR ALL BRONZE MEDALS WITH CLASPS, 1869 - 2000".

The citations are given in detail, as culled from the records of the Royal Humane Society, with precise information on the Police Medal which was instituted only in 2000 with details of the first award of this honour to Police Constable Wayne Alexander Martin of the Bedfordshire Police.

Students of the Royal Humane Society awards will find this book fascinating and full of useful citation information. Lucky will be the collectors who have in their collections the RHS silver medals for this time period or have puzzled over how many bars their bronze medal recipient was really entitled to.

A great research volume to have in any collector's library and highly recommended.

Jack Boddington

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