Other Medals

Cambridge District Scout Archive

This is a list of medals that fall outside the pages on Gallantry medals (level 2 and above), Scout awards and awards for significant political or civil services, MBE, OBE, etc.

They are selected for being somewhat unusual or awarded for a notable act.   The specific citations are not always available.

  • Gallantry medals are discussed in Structure/ District/ Early Support
  • Scout Awards are under Awards, Badges and Insignia/ National Awards   
  • No list of other awards such as MBE, OBE had been compiled has been compiled

Richard Crabtree                   5th Cambridge             c. 1970 – 1995             Polar Medal

The Medal may be conferred on those who have personally made conspicuous contributions to the knowledge of Polar regions or who have rendered prolonged service of outstanding quality in support of acquisition of such knowledge and who, in either case, have undergone the hazards and rigours imposed by the Polar environment. The Medal may also be awarded in recognition of individual service of outstanding quality in support of the objectives of Polar expeditions, due account being taken of the difficulties overcome.

Richard was a member of the British Antarctic Survey for ten years.  See page under People/ Individuals

Rev R J P Peyton- Burbery    ACC Sea Scouts    c. 1935    Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM)

The Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) is an award for civil gallantry at sea in Great Britain and the Commonwealth.  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).  Now superseded by the Queens Gallantry Medal.

Rev Peyton- Burbery was a RN Chaplin.  ‘On the 7th September 1915, the S.S. “Pollockshields” (of Sunderland) stranded on the reefs at Bermuda and during the night the vessel broke in two. On the following day a whaler manned by local fishermen was launched and managed to secure a line to the wreck. The boat then veered astern just clear of the surf and Mr. Peyton-Burbery swam over to her from the beach with a line. As it was impossible to take the boat alongside the wreck, the shipboard men were hauled through the water into the boat by means of a buoy with endless line attached, and the boat was then hauled towards the shore and the men were assisted ashore through the surf.’