Royal Humane Society, small bronze medal (successful) John S. Humphrey, 17 July 1874. with integral bronze riband buckle. The evening of 17 July 1874 was extremely warm and a number of boys of the Training Ship 'Formidable' decided to take to the ...

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Description: Royal Humane Society, small bronze medal (successful) John S. Humphrey, 17 July 1874. with integral bronze riband buckle. The evening of 17 July 1874 was extremely warm and a number of boys of the Training Ship 'Formidable' decided to take to the waters to cool down before turning in at 9.30pm. The ship was anchored in about 10 foot of water. One of the boys James Trick from Devon got into serious difficulties and was in immediate danger of drowning; John Swift Humphrey a 21 year old teacher on board, swam to the rescue and brought the boy back to the ship in an unconscious state. He was revived on board helped by a large tot of brandy. The rescue was witnessed by members of staff C. Rice and Robert Jasman. For his bravery that evening John was awarded the RHS Bronze Life Saving Medal.R.H.S. Case no. 19415 "John S. Humphrey, Training Ship 'Formidable', Portishead, Somerset saved James Trick aged 12 on 17 July 1874 at 7.30pm, Portishead, British Channel, 8-10 feet of water. Sunk whilst bathing. Swam to his assistance & brought him ashore - exhausted - brandy administered". 1881 Census. John S. Humphrey, Head (of family), English Teacher, age 28, born Sheerness, Kent. Wife, born Bristol.John Swift Humphrey married in Bedminster, Bristol 1878.1911 Census - James Trick, age 40, born Somerton Follett, Somerset, living Saffron Hill, Ely Place, Hatton Garden, London. Occupation - Sergeant, Metropolitan Police. Good very fine