Grimsby Trawlerman’s Board of Trade Sea Gallantry Medal in Bronze, awarded to Alfred Lison of the smack “William Gibbs” of Grimsby, who was one of two men from his vessel to be awarded the medal for the rescue of the crew of the dandy “Godild”, a 71 ton vessel of Hull, in the North Sea on 8th March 1878. The rescue was attended with much risk, the boat of the William Gibbs being swamped three times in launching, and two hours were occupied in effecting the rescue.
Sea Gallantry Medal in Bronze, 1st issue, Board of Trade type with Victoria bust; (ALFRED. LISON. WRECK OF THE DANDY “CODILD.” ON THE 8TH: MARCH - 1878.)
Condition: some heavy contact wear, slightly polished on highlights, about Very Fine.
Alfred Lison was a fisherman serving aboard the smack “William Gibbs” of Grimsby when he earned the Board of Trade’s Sea Gallantry Medal in Bronze, one of two awarded, the other being an Alfred Walton, for their services during the rescue of the crew of the dandy “Godild”, a 71 ton vessel of Hull. ‘In the North Sea on 8th March (1878). Rescue attended with much risk, boat of the William Gibbs being swamped three times in launching. Two hours were occupied in effecting the rescue, Master only was meanwhile left to manage the William Gibbs.
The medal was present to Alfred Lison in December 1878 by the Mayor of Grimsby, however on 28th March 1879 the medal was returned to the Royal Mint for the inscription to be corrected, the name Lison having been misspelt as Leighton. It would appear that Lison was then re-issued with a new medal as there is no evidence of any correction to this one.