Replacement of Awards
We suggest that you initially contact the Society to discuss your requirements, so that we can give guidance on the most appropriate way to obtain your replacement award.
We cannot create a duplicate of a certificate issued before 2006 because no copies of the originals were kept. However, we can prepare a ‘Duplicate Certificate’ which will be in the format of the current certificate and will be A4 or A3 in size depending upon the certificate type. The certificates will be signed by the Secretary and Chairman and additionally the President, HRH Princess Alexandra, for Testimonials on Vellum and medal certificates.
You will need to provide the following information so that we can produce the certificate:
- The date of the committee meeting at which the award was approved
- The name of the RHS President at the time
- The chairman of the committee meeting
- The type of award given
- The name of the awardee
- The date of the incident
- The location of the incident
- A general description of the incident, (transcribed from the case book)
- The RHS case number
See Researching the Society’s Archive for details of how this information can be obtained and the associated costs.
Please note that information from other sources (eg newspapers) cannot be used as supporting data as the certificates must be produced from the original information in the Society’s records.
When you have all the above information this can then be sent to us, together with the fee for producing the certificate.
The cost of a certificate including postage is £20 (UK & Europe) and £25 (worldwide).
Payment can be made via the Donate page here.
From this date the Society has electronic records of the original certificates. These can be reissued – the only difference is that the certificates will be signed by the current secretary, chairman and president (where required). The certificate will be marked ‘duplicate’.
We are able to offer replacement medals. However, the current medal was redesigned in 2000 so a replacement for an earlier medal will have stylistic differences. The medal will have the recipient’s rank (for uniformed services only), name, date of the rescue and (‘duplicate’ or ‘dup’) engraved on the rim.
The cost of producing a duplicate medal is variable – please contact the Society for details.