Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea

Awarded to William Harvey. Obverse: A heroic figure symbolising courage and endurance, seated looking out over the sea towards a distant liner, holding a wreath in his right hand. Legend: 'AWARDED BY LLOYDS'. Reverse: A trident within a wreath of oak leaves and acorns. Inscription on a ribbon accross the centre. 'BRAVERY'. Edge: 'BOATSWAIN WILLIAM HARVEY, S.S. "ATHENIA" 3RD SEPTEMBER 1939'. Fitted with a ring and a white ribbon with broad blue side stripes. In original case of issue.

William Harvey, Boatswain SS 'Athenia' (Donaldson Atlantic Line Ltd) torpedoed 3rd September 1939 by U.30. There were 315 crew and 1, 108 passengers on board. Fatalities numbered 128. Harvey organized the loading of passengers into lifeboats and with the chief officer went back to rescue a woman passenger who had been left behind in the hospital quarters.

Object Details

ID: MED1810
Collection: Coins and medals
Type: Lifesaving award
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wyon, Allan Gairdner
Events: World War II, 1939-1945
Date made: 1940
People: Harvey, William
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 37 mm
Parts: Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea

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