Royal Humane Society. Recognising Bravery.

Royal Humane Society

Instituted 1774 and Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1959

Patron:  Her Majesty the Queen

President:  HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO

Registered Charity Number 231469

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Recent recipients of awards.

2016 Annual Report

This and previous years annual reports can be downloaded (in PDF format) using the links below:

2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, 560 awards were made to people whose actions saved a total of more than 260 lives.

Those below are some of the people who have recently received awards from the Society for outstanding bravery

Murray Michie

Murray Michie
Stanhope Gold Medal

Murray Michie has been awarded the Stanhope Medal 2016 for his outstanding bravery in rescuing a woman and her three young daughters at Mount Stewart, Manawatu, New Zealand.

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Inspector Darren Sear

Inspector Darren Sear
Police Medal & Testimonial on Vellum

Inspector Darren Sear of Nottinghamshire Police was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Testimonial on Vellum for his bravery in saving the life of a woman who had gone into the sea in the dark at Anderby Creek, Skegness.

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David Castleman

David Castleman
Bronze Medal

David Castleman, aged 14 at the time, was walking along the beach at Sea Palling in Norfolk with his parents when they became aware of four men who had been carried out to sea by the rip tide.

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Dr David Ashworth

Dr David Ashworth
In Memoriam Testimonial

Dr David Ashworth was a friend of a family which included a woman who suffered from clinical depression who had fled in a distressed state. Believing she was going to the railway David went to the station to find that the woman had already jumped from the footbridge onto the track.

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Dr Matthew Smith

Dr Matthew Smith
Testimonial on Vellum

Dr Matthew Smith had just got off the train at Leytonstone Underground Station when he heard screaming. People were running away from the entrance to the station and shouting there was a man with a knife.

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Cameron Woodhead

Dominic Woodhead

Cameron Woodhead (18) and Dominic Woodhead (16)
Testimonial on Vellum

The boys were at home when they were alerted to a fire in a neighbour’s house. They assumed the family was inside and went in to help.

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PC Stuart Dickerson

PC Roger Brown, PC Stuart Dickerson, Chief Brigadier Patrice Martin
Testimonial on Parchment

Chief Superintendent Steve Neil was commander of a delegation of English police assisting French officers with crime prevention during the European Football Championships. They were in the area of the Cours Honore d’Estienne d’Orves in Marseille when an organized gang of Russian men, estimated at 200 strong, carried out an unprovoked attack on England supporters.

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SC Maria Hegarty

David Tyler

SC Maria Hegarty Metropolitan Police Service and David Tyler
Testimonial on Vellum

A man left his house in north London and was attacked by a man with a knife. He sustained wounds to his heart, liver, lungs and arteries. Maria Hegarty, a neighbour and off duty Special Constable, saw what happened and told her mother to call the police. She then went out and approached the attacker.

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