Silver Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea


About this object

Silver Board of Trade gallantry medal awarded to Leslie Morton. Able Seaman Leslie Morton was on lookout duty on Lusitania and was the first person to spot the torpedo. Having raised the alarm he helped lower several lifeboats, before he and Able Seaman Joseph Parry used a collapsible lifeboat to rescue over 100 survivors.

Morton was widely regarded as ‘the outstanding hero’ of the disaster, and was a key witness in the British inquiry.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Silver Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Board of Trade
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1915 c
  • Materials
    silver; textile; cardboard
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    73 mm x 33 mm x 4 mm; 2 7/8 in x 1 5/16 in x 3/16 in (not in box)
  • Related people
    J Morton Mr Ackroyd (Donor); Board of Trade (Artist/maker); P Mrs Morton ()
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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