​ A rare Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act, 3rd type and double dated Second Award Bar awarded to Acting Boatswain later Chief Boatswain James Litton, Royal Navy, who was serving with the base Impregnable at Devonport when he performed his lifesaving actions which merited both of his awards of the Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act. On the first occasion on 20th February 1877, he rescued Boy 2nd Class C.H. Baker of Impregnable, and then on two dates, 3rd and 5th May 1878, he

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Condition: the hook for the wearing pin now broken off, other Good Very Fine, the case now damaged with the hinged lid detached from the base.
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A rare Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act, 3rd type and double dated Second Award Bar awarded to Acting Boatswain later Chief Boatswain James Litton, Royal Navy, who was serving with the base Impregnable at Devonport when he performed his lifesaving actions which merited both of his awards of the Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act. On the first occasion on 20th February 1877, he rescued Boy 2nd Class C.H. Baker of Impregnable, and then on two dates, 3rd and 5th May 1878, he rescued three children over those two dates, on the 3rd May 1878, at 07.30 pm in the canal at Devonport, when two girls, Matilda Coad and Alice Burnard, of Devonport, fell in the water, he jumped into the water with all his clothes on, swam to the spot, and brought the children safe on shore, and then on  5th May 1878, when a boy, J. Saxon, fell overboard in Plymouth Harbour, Litton jumped overboard and rescued him. Litton’s record for lifesaving which was exceptional, and during his career he saved no less than 14 people from drowning.      

Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act, 3rd type; (JAMES LITTON. ACTG. BOATSN. H.M.S. IMPREGNABLE. 20.FEB. 1877.), with Second Award Bar dated 3 & 5 May. 1878, complete with bronze top brooch bar, and housed in its fitted presentation case.

Condition: the hook for the wearing pin now broken off, other Good Very Fine, the case now damaged with the hinged lid detached from the base.
James John Litton was born on 7th January 1844 in Exeter, Devon, and first joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class with Royal William on 5th March 1958, before being rated as a Boy 1st Class whilst with Royal Adelaide on 17th February 1861. Rated as an Ordinary Seaman whilst aboard Exmouth on 14th October 1862, and then as an Able Seaman whilst aboard Hogue on 5th October 1863, he was promoted to Boatswain’s Mate whilst with Cambridge on 2nd October 1866.
Promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class with Gleaner on 28th March 1868, and then to Chief Petty Officer whilst with Spider on 1st May 1869, he was then promoted to Chief Gunner’s Mate whilst with Cambridge on 20th October 1871, and granted the Warrant Officer’s commissioned rank of Boatswain whilst with Prince Consort on 12th July 1876, being then promoted to Chief Boatswain whilst with Cambridge on 18th February 1897.
Despite having seen no notable active service, its was Litton’s record for lifesaving which was exceptional, and during his career he saved no less than 14 people from drowning, and received two awards of the Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act, a rare double award.
It was whilst he was serving as an Acting Boatswain with Impregnable at Devonport that Litton saved the life of Boy 2nd Class C.H. Baker of Impregnable, who on 20th February 1877, fell into 11 fathoms of water, and was rescued by Litton who jumped overboard and rescued the boy, who was unable to swim.
Just over a year later Litton was awarded a rare Second Award Bar for the Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act when on two days, the 3rd and 5th May 1878, he saved a total of three children from drowning at Devonport and Plymouth. Still serving with Impregnable, on the 3rd May 1878, at 07.30 pm in the canal at Devonport, when two girls, Matilda Coad and Alice Burnard, of Devonport, fell in the water, he jumped into the water with all his clothes on, swam to the spot, and brought the children safe on shore. Then on the 5th May 1878, when a boy, J. Saxon, fell overboard in Plymouth Harbour, Litton jumped overboard and rescued him.
Litton was pensioned from service on 7th January 1899 and died on 26th May 1909.