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Lieutenant Walter Stirling, Royal Navy saves 35 lives whilst under fire

Year 1854

Read by Alex Baldwin – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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The Society’s silver medal was awarded by a General Court, in January, and presented at the last festival to Lieut. Walter Stirling, now of the Coldstream Guards, late a midshipman on board H.M.S. “Britannia,” who, whilst in command of the boats belonging to said vessel, rescued thirty-five lives, under fire of the Cossacks, as shown by the following :—

Extracts from the log of H.M.S. “Britannia.”

First extract, date November 15th, 1854 :—

“At 4.30 P.M., sent a cutter to the wrecks, and brought off nine men from No. 37 Transport, being one of the transports cast ashore off the Katcha in the hurricane of the 14th instant.”

Second extract, date November 16th, 1854 :—

“At daylight sent boats again to the assistance of wrecks, steamers covering them, and brought off twenty-six men.”

The cutter above mentioned was commanded by Mr. Walter Stirling, midshipman ; the same boat, under his command, was also employed on the 16th, according to the foregoing second extract ; and in the “Queen’s” cutter, employed on the same service, one man was killed, and a shot went through the ensign of that of the “Britannia.”

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