Royal Humane Society

AWARDEES OF THE STANHOPE GOLD MEDAL

The Stanhope Gold Medal is the highest honour bestowed by the Royal Humane Society. It was founded in 1873, in memory of Chandos Scudamore Scudamore Stanhope, a recipient of the Society’s silver medal, who died of smallpox in Malta in 1871 at the age of 48. The Stanhope Memorial Fund gave a donation to the Society of £400, to fund an annual gold medal, to be called the Stanhope Medal. Thereafter, this was presented to the holder of the Society’s silver medal, judged to be the most meritorious for the year.

In 1962, the Stanhope Gold Medal was made open to the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society (LS&HS), the Royal Humane Society of Australasia (RHSA), the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales (RHSNSW), the Royal Canadian Humane Association (RCHA), and the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand (RHSNZ)

In 2014, The Foundation for Civilian Bravery – Shi Lanka (FCB-SL) was invited to submit nominations.

On five occasions, the standard meriting the award of the Stanhope Medal was not achieved, so no award was made for those years.

In 2001, the standard for the award of the Stanhope Gold Medal was met by two nominees and both received the medal. In 2002, the same situation arose and again two Stanhope Gold Medals were presented.

There have been two posthumous awards, in 1956 and in 2018.

Names Year
Captain Matthew Webb, SS Russia 1873
Lieutenant J De Hoghton, 10th Foot 1874
Sub-Lieutenant F H Rogers, RN 1875
W Bennett Story 1876
Sub-Lieutenant R A F Montgomerie RN 1877
Lieutenant Lewis E Wintz RN 1878
Babo Kristo Chunder Chuckerbutty 1879
Captain The Hon Edmund R Fremantle CB, CMG, RN 1880
Major H W J Senior, 34th Bengal Native Infantry 1881
Constable John Jenkins 1882
William Simpson, HMS Harrier 1883
Walter Cleverly 1884
Alfred Collins 1885
Captain H M McRae, 45th (Rattray’s) Sikhs 1886
Hedley Hill 1887
Boy Albert Battison, RN HMS Impregnable 1888
William Meyer 1889
Forth Officer Alfred John Cooper, SS Massila 1890
Lieutenant W B Huddleston, Royal Indian Marine 1891
Boatswain Thomas McDermott, RN, HMS Swallow 1892
Captain Spencer WilliamScrase Dickins, 2/Highland Light Infantry 1893
William Mugford 1894
E A Hatton, SS Dunbar Castle 1895
Second Officer John H Collin, SS Sultan 1896
Gunner George B Chainey, RN, HMS Dryad 1897
Francis O’Neill 1898
Gunner W P Hall, RGA 1899
William Allen 1900
Lieutenant A C Lowry, RN 1901
Third Officer Alexander C Henderson, SS City of Corinth 1902
Fourth Officer J Shearme, SS Malacca 1903
Captain Thomas C Mackenzie DSO, RAMC 1904
John Stockton 1905
Sub-Lieutenant D J D Noble, RN 1906
William Henry Parr 1907
George Henry Smith 1908
Able SeamanThomas Bouttell, HMS Glory 1909
Chief Engineer Frank Fraser, Trawler Donside 1910
Sub-Lieutenant Charles C Halliday RNR, SS Clyde 1911
Second Engineer D Palmer, SS Meifoo 1912
Commander Wilfred Tomkinson RN, HMS Wolf 1913
Chief Officer Edward J Hales, SS Mineric 1914
Apprentice Cecil Hetherington, SS Jacona 1915
Fireman John Paxton, SS Swedish Prince 1916
Commander Francis H T Lewin RN 1917
Skipper Hugh Lownie Ritchie, Motor Fishing Boat Grace 1918
Lieutenant Aubrey A D Grey RN 1919
Captain Ernest Twentyman, Harbourmaster, Levuca, Fiji 1920
Thomas Brannon 1921
Midshipman Peter C Hutton RN, HMS Raleigh 1922
Harvey Clayton 1923
George Ingham 1924
Seaman Duncan L. Souter, ST Honoria 1925
Mate Harry Smith, SD Sarepta 1926
Ernest T Johnson 1927
Andries M Hayns 1928
Deck Hand Leonard R Thompson, SD Forethought 1929
Lieutenant Colin H C Singleton RN, HMS Petrel 1930
Ship’s Cook G Jenkin, Schooner John Willian V 1931
Benjamin R Spencer 1932
H E B Jones 1933
Lieutenant Hugh N A Richardson RN, HMS Wolfhound 1934
Miss Evelyn Graham Irons MA 1935
Noel Augustus Kinch, ST Northern Pride 1936
Deck Hand Ernest Hill, ST Northern Spray 1937
First Officer Ralph Mountain, Flying Boat Cygnus 1938
Able Seaman Martin Lee, SS Harmanteh 1939
Leading Seaman Harry Lucas RN 1940
Radio Officer Douglas S Fairley 1941
Arthur Bengough 1942
Francis C Drake 1943
Group Captain James Alexander RAAF. 1944
Cyril G L Brown NFS. 1945
Alan Edward Ravani 1946
Mrs Petronella Ferguson 1947
Company Officer Thomas Matson Roberts NFS 1948
Lieutenant (E)(A.E.) Robert Colin Pearson RN 1949
Roland Bulteaux 1950
Mine Captain John Williams, Konongo Gold Mines 1951
Deck Hand Peter Strachan, Fishing Vessel Three Bells 1952
Thomas Frederick Gill 1953
Mehmet Mustafa Shemmedi 1954
Petty Officer Ivor Laurence Beale, RN 1955
Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Barry O’Sullivan MC, Royal Tank Reg (posthumous) 1956
William Robertson 1957
Lieutenant David John Nowell Hall RN 1958
No award 1959
No award 1960
No award 1961
Graham Morris Jorgensen (RHSA) 1962
Frederick John Knight (RHSNSW) 1963
Teehu Makimare (RHSNSW) 1964
Lieutenant Barry John Campbell, 1st Field Reg. RAFA (RHSNSW) 1965
Chief Petty Officer Paul Greengrass, HMS St Angelo (RHS) 1966
Junior Engineer Jack Milne Easton, MN (RHS) 1967
Robert John Ryan (RHSNZ) 1968
No award 1969
John Christopher Broekmeulen, (RHSA) 1970
Thomas Nicol (RHS) 1971
Malcolm Rodney Aspeslet (RCHA) 1972
No award 1973
Abraham Starr (RCHA) 1974
Terry Haydon Gleeson, (RHSA) 1975
Graham Thomas Robson, (RHSA) 1976
Randy Sherman Davey (RCHA) 1977
Ian Richard Howard (LS&HS) 1978
Bruce Wallace McPherson (RHSNSW) 1979
Station Officer John McNab (LS&HS) 1980
Dulcie Kalms, (RHSNSW) 1981
Joseph Kaleak (RCHA) 1982
Stephen Jury (RHSA) 1983
Victor Leonard Golding (RHS) 1984
David Michael Garner (LS&HS) 1985
Gordon William Sonnichsen (RCHA) 1986
James George Smith (LS&HS) 1987
Officer Cadet Rupert Novis (RHS) 1988
Trevor Allan Viney (RHSA) 1989
Elaine Walsh (LS&HS) 1990
WPC Lesley Allison Moore (RHS) 1991
Rodney Stephen Peters (RHSNSW) 1992
Beryl Ellen Smith (RHSA) 1993
Aaron John Ledden (RHSNSW) 1994
Douglas Fade (RCHA) 1995
Ian Maurice Boughton (RHSNSW) 1996
Anthony Shane Day (RHSA) 1997
PC Ian Peter Standerwick (RHS) 1998
Vanessa Bailey (RCHA) 1999
David Calnan (RCHA) 2000
Dr Richard Morris (RHSNSW) 2001
Paul John Featherstone (RHSNSW) 2001
Christopher Valan Wilkinson (RHS) 2002
Michael McGuinness (RHS) 2002
Marine Darren Swift (RHS) 2003
Thomas Bangert (RCHA) 2004
Dr Lee Gordon-Brown (RHSA) 2005
Mathew Vizbulis (RCHA) 2007
Adrian Heili (RHS) 2008
Mike Sharpe (RCHA) 2009
Frank Skelhorn (LS&HS) 2010
Ian Wood (RHS) 2011
David Kelly (RHS) 2012
Theodore Sawyer (RCHA) 2013
Andrew Cochran (RCHA) 2014
Murray Barnewall (RHSA) 2015
Murray Michie (RHSNZ) 2016
Calvin Stein (RCHA) 2017
H.M. Keerthi Bandara (FCB-SL) (posthumous) 2018