Lot Archive


№ 80


12 June 1991

Hammer Price:

Three: Frank Kent, Chief Officer, H.M. Coast Guard, late Quarter Master, Royal Navy.

BOARD OF TRADE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY IN SAVING LIFE, V.R., large silver medal, 58mm diameter (Wreck of the 'Eclipse' on the 19th November 1893) in fitted case of issue; NAVAL LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT, V.R. (Qr. Mr., H.M.S. Beagle); ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION, Silver Medal, V.R. (Voted 14th Decr. 1893), good very fine (3)

Extract from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Journal 'Lifeboat' Meeting of the Committee of Management, 14th December 1893 Voted the Silver Medal and three pounds to Mr. Frank Kent, Chief Officer of H.M. Coastguard and three pounds each to four other Coastguard men of Sandwich station, for putting off in the Coastguard gig to the assistance of the stranded ketch 'Eclipse', off Ramsgate in a whole gale from N and a very heavy sea on the night of the 18th November 1893 They were unable, owing to the gale, to reach the vessel, finally losing sight of her and returned ashore. At daylight she was seen again; they at once put off, and with much difficulty and danger rescued the only man on board'. Complete with extensive research and a fine original Vellum Award Document from R.N.L.I.