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Sea Gallantry Medal

Sea Gallantry Medal
Ribbon of the SGM
Awarded by United Kingdom
Type Civil decoration
Eligibility British subjects, or to foreigners serving in British ships, foreigners who have displayed gallantry in foreign ships in saving the lives of British subjects are eligible for Board of Trade Gold and Silver Medals ‘for Foreign Services’.
Awarded for Saving life at sea
Last awarded 1989
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Constabulary Medal (Ireland)[1]
Next (lower) Indian Order of Merit (Civil)[1]
Related Queen's Gallantry Medal[2]

The Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) (officially 'The Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea'), is an award for civil gallantry at sea in Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The Merchant Shipping Act 1854 permitted the issue of this award and SGMs were first struck in 1855.[3] They were first awarded either for 'humanity' (where there was little risk to the life of the recipient), or for gallantry (where there was significant risk to the recipient).[4]

Recipients are entitled to the post-nomial "SGM". There have been two awards of the Sea Gallantry Medal (Bronze) since 1974: one in 1981 and the other in 1989. No Sea Gallantry Medals (Silver) have been awarded since this time.

Notable recipients


  1. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56878. p. 3352. 17 March 2003.
  2. ^ This is arguable. The SGM predates all other UK official gallantry medals, and therefore, initially at least, covered gallantry in saving life at sea at all levels. These days it appears, but it is not officially confirmed, not to be awarded, and seems to have been replaced by the Queen's Gallantry Medal. QGM.
  3. ^ "Bernard de Neumann". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Stratford". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 

External links

  • The Sea Gallantry Medal, Bernard de Neumann (includes lists of recipients)
  • House of Commons Transport Questions 1989 (detailing last award)
  • Rootsweb Discussion Board - SGM
  • The Sea Gallantry Medal by R.J. Scarlett (2010) ISBN 978-0-9539207-8-5

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