An antique medal awarded for bravery is to be sold at auction. The medal was presented by Lord Baden-Powell to a boy scout from Wroxham, Norfolk in 1928 after he attempted to save a young man from drowning. The manager for ephemera and books at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers, Sarah Prior, said that items associated with Baden-Powell were always in huge demand.
Jack Howes was a patrol leader of the 1st Wroxham Scout Group, which was founded three years after the experimental camp launched by Lord Baden-Powell. The scout group is still in existence, but is now known as the 1st Hoveton and Wroxham Sea Scouts.
Edgar William Palmer drowned while swimming in the River Bure with Howes. When Palmer got into difficulty, Howes tried but was unable to save him. The verdict recorded by the coroner was accidental drowning. The silver medal was presented by the scout movement leader for the “Gallant Attempt to Rescue a Young Man from Drowning in the River Bure”.
The estimated value of the Silver Cross from the Scout Association is £500 to £600. The award was introduced around 100 years ago and only 1,343 have been awarded since that time. Prior is expecting lots of interest from local Scout enthusiasts and collectors who may secure their collection by keeping it in an antique chest. Ribble Valley is just one of the locations in the UK where there are a number of antiques dealers with appropriate items available for viewing.
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