Order of St. John Lifesaving Medal, (1879) with original ribbon with Badge of the Order, without embellishment, embroidered on the ribbon in white, in its original Wyon fitted presentation case. Arthur H. Stokes, H.M. Inspector of Mines EF


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Also awarded the Albert Medal in Gold , London Gazette 12 January 1883 Mr Arthur Henry Stokes, Inspector of Mines (in a joint citation with Mr Reuben Smallman, Mining Engineer; Charles Day, Collier; and Charles Chetwynd, Collier [all awarded the Albert Medal for Land First Class], and Mr Samuel Spruce, Mining Engineer; Mr Frederick Samuel Marsh, Certified Colliery Manager; Mr Thomas Harry Mottram, Certified Colliery Manager; William Morris, Collier; William Pickering, Collier; and Joseph Chetwynd, Collier [all awarded the Albert Medal for Land Second Class])’For conspicuous gallantry displayed on the occasion of the Fire and Explosion at the Baddesley Colliery in May last. ‘On 22nd May, 1882, a fire occurred in the underground workings at the Baddesley Colliery, Warwickshire, and Mr Stokes was summoned by telegram in the night to render help. He arrived at the Colliery to find that only an hour of two before there had been an explosion and many men burnt. It was subsequently found that out of a rescue party of about 32 men, 23 were either killed or died shortly after. Mr Stokes, with five others, descended the mine and succeeded in rescuing the owner and two others who were so badly burnt that they died shortly afterwards.’Mr Arthur Stokes A.M., was born at Wednesbury, Staffordshire, in March 1844. Served as a bound apprentice to a firm of Mining Engineers in Staffordshire, 1858-63, was appointed H.M. Inspector of Mines, and Assistant Inspector in the Midland District, 1874, and was promoted Inspector in Charge of the Midland District, 1887. He retired in May 1909, and died at Derby in October 1910.Stokes was presented with his order of St. John of Jerusalem Life Saving Medal at the Cutlers hall, Sheffield, on 21st January 1880. Following the award of the Albert Medal first Class to Mr. Stokes for his gallantry at the Baddesley Colliery Disaster it was stated that no other living person held the two highest awards for saving life, namely the Albert Medal in gold, and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem Life Saving Medal in silver. Only 34 silver and 18 bronze 1st type Order of St. John of Jerusalem Life Saving Medals awarded 1874-88.