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 (including MBE/OBE for gallantry) 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 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

Col Freddie Spencer Chapman Cambridge University Rovers 1926 – 1929 Polar Medal and the recipient of the Polar Medal with the clasp ‘Arctic 1930 – 1931’. He was one of the members of Gino Watkins team. See

  • Structure/ Sections/ Patrols Names in Cambridge
  • Patrol Names/ Cambridge Connections

Col Freddie Spencer Chapman DSO and bar was also the recipient of

  • Gill Memorial Medal (Royal Geographical Society) outstanding lifetime contributions to ornithology 
  • Lawrence of Arabia Medal (Royal Society for Asian Affairs) outstanding merit in the fields of exploration, research or literature
  • Mungo Park Medal (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) outstanding contributions to geographical knowledge 

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  Now superseded by the Queens Gallantry Medal.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.’

Frederick Cecil Harrold 7th Cambridge Battle of Britain Clasp

The Battle of Britain Clasp was instituted in 1945 for award to air crew members on fighter aircraft who took part in the Battle of Britain from 10 July to 31 October 1940. A total of 2,936 airmen qualified for the clasp.

  • Rt                           War Medal
  • Middle                  Air Crew Europe Star with Battle of Britain clasp
  • Lt                           1939-1945 Medal

Frederick died 28th September 1940 when his Hurricane was shot down. He is buried in St. Andrews, Cherry Hinton.

Rev Anthony Thomas Pepper 60th Cambridge Awarded the Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Leopold II with the palm Croix de Guerre 1940 by H R H The Prince Regentof Belgium in 1947 for his part in the relief of the Antwerp.

Gerald Hugh Smyth 5th Cambridge Awarded Orders of St Stanislaus and St Anna whilst with the RN Armoured Division in Russia before 1917. The Order of Saint Stanislaus 3rd degree became the junior award of Russian orders and was the most common reward. Almost all military and government employees as well as civilians who served the empire with a blameless record, and who has status in the Russian table of ranks, received the award. The lower orders give personal nobility (that is not hereditory) and a pension. St Anna was awared for a distinguished career in civil service or for valour and distinguished service in the military. The degree of the award and the details of the action are not given. G H Smyth later joined the RAF and died in a plane crash.

JWR Archivist Mar/ Jun 2020