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eMedals-Royal Humane Society Medal, Type 2, 1844

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Royal Humane Society Medal, Type 2, 1844

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Royal Humane Society Medal, Type 2, 1844

Silver, large successful type 2 by Pistrucci, engraved "HAMMOND MAXTED. VIT. OB. SERV. D.D. SOC. REG. HVM. 21. SEPT. 1844" on the reverse, 51 mm, missing suspension, minor contact marks, very fine. Footnote: On September 21, 1844, about seven o'clock in the evening, a young man was found trapped clinging to a rock, having been hemmed in by the sea opposite Cliff Crescent in Margate, East Kent, England. Two seperate boats were launched at different times, to try to get the man to safety, but due to wind and heavy seas, both boats were eventually compelled to put back. After three hours, as the youth was becoming exhausted, it was thought that assistance from the top might work. One of the seamen present, Hammond Maxted, volunteered to be lowered on a rope down the sixty odd feet of perpendicular cliff face to get to him. Within a short space of time, Maxted had reached him and was quickly pulled back up with the rescued eighteen year old youth, William White. Maxted was 45 yaers old when he performed this rescue, in addition to having saved the lives of individuals on two former occasions. (BSC266)
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