ROYAL NATIONAL LIFE BOAT INSTITUTION
Founded in 1824. Up to 31.12.1996 the issuance figures for gallantry were:-
The obverse of the medal followed the following sequence:-
King George IV 1824-1862
Queen Victoria 1862-1903
Edward VII 1903-1912
King George V 1912-1937
Sir William Hillary 1937 to date
Bronze medals were only issued from 1917.
Citations are held by the RNLI and they are fully covered (up to November 1997) in Lifeboat Gallantry Edited by Barry Cox, Spink 1998. A comprehensive study.