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Index

 
Prizes, Testimonials, &c
June 1957

(Until further notice silver-gilt medals will be substituted for gold medals).

THE CHARLES DARGAVILLE BALLARD PRIZE

This prize was founded in 1954 under the will of the late Captain G. N. Ballard, C.B.E., R.N., in memory of his son, Acting Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant Charles Dargaville Ballard, R.N., who was killed in action when H.M.S. " Manchester" was torpedoed by an aircraft on 23rd July, 1941, while escorting a Malta convoy south of Sardinia.

The interest on a sum of £1,000 invested in Government Stock will be used in accordance with the expressed wish of the testator, to provide a prize which will be awarded annually at the discretion of the Admiralty to the best all-round Acting Sub Lieutenant, R.N., of the Supply Branch promoted from the Lower Deck on qualifying for confirmation in rank at the conclusion of training courses. In the event of there being two or more officers of equal merit, the prize may be shared among them.

The prize consists of an article or articles (excluding clothing) selected by the successful officers) with the approval of the Director-General, Supply and Secretariat Branch : e.g., sword, binoculars, instruments or other appropriate equipment, or books designed to improve general knowledge or professional efficiency.

THE BEAUFORT TESTIMONIAL.

The Beaufort Testimonial, which was founded in 1880 to commemorate the service of Rear-Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. K.C.B., who filled the post of Hydrographer of the Navy from 1829 to 1855, consists of a prize of instruments or books of a professional character and of practical use to a Naval Officer.

It is bestowed annually on the Midshipman who passes the best examination in Navigation and Pilotage for the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. (See also under the Wharton Testimonial).

THE GILBERT BLANE MEDAL.

In 1830 Sir Gilbert Blane, Baronet, formerly a member of the Board for sick and wounded seamen, established, with the sanction of the Board of Admiralty, a fund for the encouragement of Naval Medical Science, which is vested in the Corporation of the Royal College of Surgeons of London, in trust.

This Fund is employed for the purpose of conferring a Gold Medal annually on the Medical Officer of the Royal Navy who, to a degree which is considered worthy of recognition, has brought about an advance in any branch of Medical Science in its application to Naval Service, or has contributed to an improvement in any matter affecting the health or living conditions of Naval personnel.

Consideration is given to achievement in research, in original articles and reports, criticisms and information which is brought to notice of meritorious work performed, or suggestions made, by Medical Officers within the scope of the Regulations governing the award of the Medal as stated above.

The Medal is awarded annually unless no officer is considered to have qualified, in which event the Medal is held over until the following year or any subsequent year, when, if considered justifiable to do so, it is given as an additional award.

Medical Officers of all ranks are eligible for the award, and an officer is not restricted to receiving the Medal on one occasion only during his career.

If the unawarded Medals exceed four, their value is given to the Supplemental Fund for the children of Medical Officers.

CHADWICK NAVAL PRIZE.

A Trust, called the Chadwick Trust, has been created by the will and codicil of Sir Edwin Chadwick, K.C.B., that once in every five years the Trustees may present the sum of L100 and

Gold Medal to be called the " Chadwick Naval or Military Prize," to such Officer of the Naval or Military Medical Services as shall during the preceding five years, have specially assisted in promoting the health of the men in the Navy or the Army, and shall be nominated for such presentation, in the case of a Naval Officer, by the Medical Director-General of the Navy.

THE JULIAN CORBETT PRIZE IN MODERN NAVAL HISTORY

A prize (founded by Mr. H. E. Corbett in memory of his brother, Sir Julian Corbett) at present of the value of £50, and known as the Julian Corbett Prize for Research in Modern Naval History, will be awarded by the Senate of the University of London on the recommendation of the Institute of Historical Research Committee for work based on original (MS. or printed) materials for modern naval history.

The work shall take the form of either (a) a dissertation, (b) an edition of an original document or series of documents, or (c) a report on material at home or abroad, illustrating modern naval history.

The prize will be open for competition to and investigator who has been admitted to the use of the Institute of Historical Research, and has been working either (a) at the Institute, or (b) (in the case of a naval officer) under the advice (by way of correspondence) of the Committee for not less than a year preceding the date at which the candidate's work is submitted.

Intending candidates shall on or before 1st October in the year preceding that in which they intend to enter for the Prize, submit for the approval of the Institute of Historical Research Committee the subject of their proposed work ; and no work shall be eligible for the Prize unless the subject has thus been approved by the Committee.

If at any competition no award is made, the Senate may, on the recommendation of the Institute of Historical Research Committee, add the amount of the award to the capital of the fund or apply it to any of the following purposes : increasing the value of the prize, awarding a second prize to a deserving candidate, providing for the expense of publishing works submitted, purchasing for the Institute books or equipment necessary for research in modern naval history, or any other means of encouraging research in that subject at the Institute.

If the successful work is published, it shall bear on the title-page the words " Awarded the Julian Corbett Prize for Research in Modern Naval History, University of London." Whether or not publication in extenso is practicable, a précis of the successful thesis shall be published in the Bulletin of the Institute. Publication will not, however, be permitted without the prior consent of the Admiralty. Further particulars may be obtained from the Secretary of the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, W.C.1.

THE JOHN CROCKER MEMORIAL PRIZE FUND.

The John Crocker Memorial Prize Fund, founded in 1938, was established from subscriptions by certain serving and retired Engineer Officers and Members of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, pupils of Mr. John Crocker during their period of training at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham, as a permanent token of their regard for him.

The sum of approximately £287 is invested and held in trust by the United Services Trustee as Custodian Trustee, the Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet and the Engineer Captain in Command, Royal Naval Engineering College, acting as joint Managing Trustees. The interest is employed to provide a prize to be awarded annually to the Sub-Lieutenant undergoing training at the Royal Naval Engineering College producing the best Drawing Office work during the instructional hours in the Fifth Term of the Basic Course. Officers of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

The Joint Managing Trustees reserve the right to withhold the prize should, in their opinion, no drawing submitted attain a sufficiently high standard of merit.

CLARE D'OYLY MEMORIAL PRIZE.

This prize was instituted in 1942 by Vice-Admiral W. H. D'Oyly and his wife to perpetuate the memory of their son, Lieutenant (E) R. C. H. D'Oyly, R.N., who was killed in action in March, 1041. The prize consists of a sum of £16 13s. 4d. awarded three times a year to the officer who has shown the best all round officer-like qualities during the whole course of his training at the R.N. Engineering College.

Officers of the Commonwealth Navies studying at the College are equally eligible with R.N. officers for this prize.

THE EARDLEY-WILMOT PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION.

The Eardley-Wilmot Prize Essay Competition is organised every five years by the Royal United Service Institution and is open to members of the Institution or persons eligible to become members ; all serving Officers may therefore compete.

The subject for the essay is a naval one, selected by the Royal Navy members of the Council of the Institution.

The next Competition is due in 1957 and full particulars will be published in the Institution Journal and in Admiralty Fleet Orders.

The Eardley-Wilmot Prize is a Gold Medal, or alternatively, a silver gilt medal and eighteen guineas.

THE COMMANDER EGERTON PRIZE.

This Prize was founded in 1901 in memory of Commander Frederick Greville Egerton, R.N., who was mortally wounded on the 2nd November, 1899, in the defence of Ladysmith, whilst acting in the execution of his duty.

The dividends arising from a sum of £500 given by the relatives and invested in Government securities will be employed in providing the prize, to be called " The Commander Egerton Prize," which will be awarded annually at the discretion of the Admiralty to the Officer who, when qualifying for Gunnery Lieutenant, passes the best examination in practical Gunnery. Officers of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

GOLD MEDAL AND TRENCH GASCOIGNE PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION.

The Gold Medal and Trench Gascoigne Prize Essay Competition is organised annually by the Royal United Service Institution and is open to members of the Institution or persons eligible to become members; all serving Officers may therefore compete.

The subject for the essay is selected each year by the Council of the Institution and is one that favours no particular branch of any Service.

Full particulars of the competition are published in the Institutional journal each February and will be promulgated in Admiralty Fleet Orders. The closing date for each competition is 15th November. Essays are limited to 9,000 words exclusive of tables.

The Trench Gascoigne Prize of thirty guineas may be awarded to the writer of the essay placed first ; further prizes may be awarded if the number and standard of the essays submitted justify them, but no award may be made in favour of any essay which does not attain a sufficient standard of excellence.

If the essay awarded the Trench Gascoigne Prize is considered by the Council to be of the requisite high standards, the writer will also be awarded the Gold Medal of the Institution.

GEDGE MEDAL AND PRIZE.

The members of the Royal Naval Accountant Officers' Dining Club have subscribed a sum of £260 to institute a prize to be competed for annually by junior Supply Officers.

The award will take the form of a gold medal and a prize of books, the value of the latter being the sum remaining over from the annual interest after deducting the cost of the medal.

The medal will be known as the " Gedge Medal," in commemoration of Staff-Paymaster Joseph T. Gedge, R.N., who was killed on 6th August, 1914, when H.M.S. " Amphion " was sunk by a mine, and who was the first British Officer of all the fighting services to be killed during the 1914-18 war. The family of this officer have consented to the use of the name.

The medal and prize will be awarded annually to the Officer who has passed the examination for the rank of Lieut.(S) at the first attempt and has obtained the highest aggregate of the total maximum marks in these examinations during the current calendar year. Officers granted permanent commissions front the Lower Deck are also eligible for the award. In the event of two or more officers obtaining the same number of marks, the award will be made to the officer who obtains the higher total of marks in the papers " Secretarial and General Work " and " Pay and Cash " combined.

Officers of the Commonwealth Navies who compete at the same examinations as officers of the Royal Navy, will be eligible for the award.

THE GOODENOUGH MEDAL AND FUND.

The Goodenough Fund-founded in memory of Cap Captain James G. Goodenough, C.B., C.M.G., who died on 20th August, 1876, whilst serving as Commodore on the Australian Station, from wounds inflicted with poisoned arrows in an unprovoked attack by natives of Santa Cruz consists of a sum of about £800. The interest of this sum is employed annually in providing a Gold Medal, called the Goodenough Medal, which is conferred on the Sub-Lieutenant who, when qualifying for the rank of Lieutenant, passes the best examination of his year in Gunnery, provided lie has also taken a first-class certificate in Seamanship. Any balance that remains after payment of expenses is also handed over to him. Officers of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this prize.

THE GRAHAM NAVAL HISTORY PRIZE.

This Prize was founded in 1909 by Lady Graham in memory of her husband, Admiral Sir William Graham, G.C.B., formerly Captain of H.M.S. " Britannia," Training Ship for Naval Cadets.

The interest on a sum of L252 Government Stock, held upon trust by the Admiralty, is employed in providing a Prize for the Cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College, who obtains the highest place in a voluntary examination on a special book or period of Naval History. The examination is held in alternate terms, and is open to cadets of the 3rd and 2nd terms.

The Prize consists of books, instruments accoutrements or other articles selected by the successful competitor, subject to the discretion of the Captain of the College. Cadets of Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

JACKSON-EVERETT PRIZE

In 1927, Signal Officers, past and present, on the Active List, subscribed a sum of approximately £280 to institute a prize for officers qualifying as Signal Specialists, to be known as the " Jackson Everett Prize."

2. The Prize is awarded annually to the Officer of the Royal Navy, or of a Commonwealth Navy, who passes the best final examinations (V/S and W/T) in the qualifying course for Signal Officers. The Prize may not be awarded in any year in which the standard of results obtained by the Officer passing the best examinations is not considered to be of sufficient merit to warrant the award.

3. The Prize consists of a sum of money (the income available for the purchase of books and/or instruments).

THE QUEEN'S GOLD MEDAL

A gold medal is awarded by H.M. the Queen to the cadet who obtains the highest place in the grand aggregate of marks in the Passing Out Examination at the Britannia Royal Naval College.

THE QUEEN'S SWORD.

A sword is awarded by H.M. the Queen each cruise, to the best all-round Cadet on passing out of the Training ship. It is open to all Cadets of all branches (Executive, Engineering, Supply and Electrical) irrespective of whether they have entered by the Dartmouth or Special Entry system.

KING GEORGE V PRIZE SCHOLARSHIPS.

In accordance with the wishes of His Majesty King George V that the greater part of the Fund subscribed for the purpose of commemorating His Majesty's Coronation by subjects of His Majesty bearing the Christian name " George " in all parts of the Empire should be utilised for the benefit of junior Officers of the Royal Marines who may find difficulty in meeting the cost of the final stage of their military training, the sum available was invested and the income arising therefrom was devoted to the institution of Scholarships termed the " King George V Prize Scholarships." One Scholarship is awarded each year to the Officer in the Royal Marines who, as a result of the annual competitive examination, is selected by the Admiralty for admission to the Military Staff College at Camberley. If in any year there is no Officer selected for admission to the Military Staff College, Camberley, the Prize for that year may be awarded to an Officer selected to undergo the Staff Course at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich. The scholarship awarded to Officers at Greenwich will be tenable for one year only unless renewed, such renewal being dependent upon the number of Officers studying at Camberley.

Each Scholarship is tenable for two years and ordinarily consists of half the net income for the year derived from the Fund, estimated approximately at £120.

The first Scholarship was awarded in 1914.

THE HENRY LEIGH CARSLAKE PRIZE.

This Prize was founded in 1927 by his parents, in memory of Lieutenant Henry Leigh Carslake, R.N., one of the pioneer Naval Observers of the Fleet Air Arm, who was killed in an aeroplane crash at sea off Malta, on the 21st October, 1920, whilst serving in H.M.S. " Eagle."

The capital value of the Fund is approximately 590 guineas invested in Government securities.

The Prize is awarded annually to the Naval Officer Supplementary List Officer, or Special Duties Officer serving as Observer and who, in the opinion of the Admiralty, submits the best essay on some subject specially set by the Admiralty in each year and dealing with the work and development of the Fleet Air Arm. It will not be awarded more than once to the same Officer, and may be withheld if no essay of sufficient merit is submitted. R.N.V.R. (List 1) Officers serving as Observers and Officers of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

The Prize consists of a silver medal, together with a sum of money (the balance of income available) for the purchase of books and instruments.

The authorship of the essays must be strictly anonymous. Each competitor must adopt a motto and enclose with his essay a sealed envelope with his motto typewritten on the outside and his name and address inside. Essays are to be treated as confidential.

PRIZE ESSAY ON IMPERIAL DEFENCE.

Prizes are offered by an anonymous donor for an essay relating to Imperial Defence.

2. The essay is open to

(a) ex-students of the Imperial Defence College.-Prize £100.

(b) ex-students of the Staff Colleges who completed a course at the undermentioned Staff Colleges.

R.N. Staff College, Greenwich. Staff College, Camberley.

Staff College, Quetta.

R.A.F. Staff College, Andover.

Prize £100.

Candidates are not eligible whilst attending a course at the Imperial Defence College.

3. Conditions

(a) Object of competition is to obtain original ideas of value and the opinions of the author will be strictly privileged and may be expressed frankly. Names of winners only will be published.

b) Essays must be anonymous with a motto accompanied by a sealed envelope containing name of competitor with motto written outside.

(c) Essays will become the property of the Committee of Imperial Defence.

(d) Competitors may compete only once.

Full particulars can be obtained from the Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence, 2, Whitehall Gardens, London, S.W.1.

THE COMMANDER LLEWELYN PRIZE.

This Prize was founded in 1917 in memory of Commander Robert Harman Llewelyn, R.N., who was killed in action on board H.M.S. " Queen Mary," at the battle of Jutland, on the 31st May, 1918.

The dividends on a sum of £400 Government Stock, presented by his father, mother and sisters, and held upon trust by the Admiralty, are employed in providing a prize called the " Commander Llewellyn Prize," which is awarded on completion of each qualifying course at the discretion of the Captain of H.M.S. ' Excellent " to the Seaman who, when qualifying for Gunnery Instructor in H.M.S. " Excellent," passes the best examination in Gunnery subjects (excluding the School Course).

RONALD MEGAW MEMORIAL PRIZE.

This Prize was founded in 1900 in memory of Midshipman Ronald Megaw, who was killed accidentally on the 11th November, 1904, while at General Quarters on Board H.M.S. " Montagu."

The interest on a sum of £1,000 given by his father, and held upon trust by the Admiralty, is employed in providing a Prize, consisting of a Presentation Sword and its accoutrements, and selected books, or instruments, to be awarded annually to the Sub-Lieutenant who obtains the highest place during the preceding year in the various examinations prescribed for Officers qualifying for the rank of Lieutenant. Officers of the Commonwealth are eligible to receive this Prize.

MILLINGTON-DRAKE PRIZE FOR SPANISH

This prize was founded in 1940 by Sir Eugen Millington-Drake for the purpose of promoting knowledge of things Hispanic. The interest on a sum of £100 will be used in providing a prize to be awarded at the end of each term to the Cadet who attains the highest marks in the passing-out examination in Spanish, held at the Britannia R.N. College, Dartmouth.

THE NEWMAN MEMORIAL FUND AND PRIZE

The Newman Memorial Fund-founded in 1888 In memory of Mr. Edward Newman, R.N., who died whilst serving as Chief Engineer of H.M. Dockyard at Portsmouth-consists of a sum of about £400. The interest on this sum is employed annually in providing a prize consisting of books, scientific instruments, &c., which is conferred on the R.N. officer who obtains the highest aggregate marks in the qualifying examination for the rank of Lieut. (E) held at the Royal Naval Engineering College.

NORTH PERSIAN FORCES MEMORIAL MEDAL.

The Medal will be awarded annually for the best paper, published in any journal, on Tropical Medicine ad Tropical Hygiene.

Medical Officers of under 12 years' service of the Royal Navy, Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Air Force, and Colonial Services are eligible to compete.

THE OGILVY MEDAL.

This Medal was instituted in 1912 in memory of Captain Frederick Charles Ashley Ogilvy, R.N., who died on the 18th December, 1909, from typhoid fever, while in command of H.M.S. " Natal."

The dividends arising from a sum of about £240 given by Officers of the Royal Navy and by certain friends and relatives are employed in providing a medal, to be called " The Ogilvy Medal," which is awarded annually, at the discretion of the Admiralty, to the Officer who takes the first place in the examinations to qualify for Lieutenant (T.A.S.). Any balance that remains after payment of expenses may be handed over to the winner of the Medal at the discretion of the Admiralty. Officers of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

PARKE'S MEMORIAL PRIZE.

The Parke's Memorial Prize, consisting of approximately thirty guineas in money with a gold medal, may be awarded annually to the Officer whose work in promoting Naval or Military Hygiene is adjudged to be of outstanding merit. Any Medical Officer of the Royal Navy or Army on full pay, will be eligible for consideration by the Committee for the award of this prize (with the exception of the Officers of the staffs of the Royal Naval Medical School, the R.A. College and the Army School of Health during their term of office.

The Committee reserve the right to withhold the prize if, in their opinion, the requisite standard of merit is not attained.

THE ADMIRAL SIR DUDLEY POUND PRIZE FUND.

This prize fund was established in 1955 out of monies from the Admiral Pound Memorial Fund.

2. The capital value of the prize fund is approximately £1,080, which has been invested in Government securities ; and interest on this sum is used to provide annual prizes for the R.N. Pilot and Observer who, on completion of their operational training during the year, are considered by the Admiralty to have achieved the greatest success in ground and flying subjects. The selection of officers is made at the end of each calendar year.

3. The prize money is made available for the purchase of books or instruments, the choice being subject to Admiralty approval.

4. The prize (or prizes) may be withheld if, in any year, the Admiralty consider that insufficient merit has been shown to justify an award. In such circumstances the income (or part of income) of the Fund in respect of that year shall be added to the capital and shall thereafter form part of the corpus of that Fund.

THE PRENDERGAST PRIZE

It was the wish of Admiral Sir Robert Prendergast, K.C.B., Commander of H.M.S. " Excellent " from December, 1901, to December, 1903, to arrange something to further the interest of H.M.S. " Excellent " but due to ill-health and war conditions he was unable to do so during his lifetime.

Two annual prizes of £15 each have therefore been instituted as a permanent memorial to him.

A prize of £15 is awarded annually to the officer of the Royal Navy who attains the highest marks of the year in gunnery subjects in the examinations for Ordnance Engineer Officers, including the examinations held at the Preliminary Gunnery Course.

A prize of £15 is also awarded annually to the rating of the Royal Navy who obtains the highest marks of the year in the examination in H.M.S. " Excellent " for Chief Ordnance Artificer.

THE PAYMASTER-IN-CHIEF EDWARD ROBINSON MEMORIAL PRIZE

This Prize was founded in 1954 under the terms of the will of the late Commander A. A. E. Robinson, O.B.E., R.N., in memory of his father, the late Paymaster-in-Chief Edward Robinson, R.N.

2. The interest on a sum of £200 is used to provide a prize to be awarded to the Cadet of the Supply and Secretariat Branch who obtains the highest marks in each calendar year in the passing-out examination at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

3. The Prize will consist of books selected by the recipient, subject to the discretion of the Commanding Officer of the College, with the object of increasing the general knowledge and experience of the Officer concerned.

THE ROBERT ROXBURGH MEMORIAL PRIZE.

This prize was founded in 1917, by Mrs. J. B. Roxburgh h in memory of her son Midshipman Robert Roxburgh, R.N. of H.M.S. " Indefatigable," who was killed in action in the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May, 1916.

The interest on a sum of £1,200 Government Stock, held upon trust by the Admiralty, is employed in providing a prize each term for the Cadet who obtains the highest place in the grand aggregate of marks in the Passing Out Examination at the Britannia Royal Naval College. Cadets of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

The prize consists of books, accoutrements, or other articles selected by the successful Cadet, subject to the discretion of the Captain of the College.

THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ST. GEORGE'S PRIZES.

These prizes were founded in 1924 by the Royal Society of St. George. The interest on sums collected by the Society by the sale of emblems on St. George's Day and otherwise is employed in the provision of a prize consisting of a book, or books, on naval history, to be awarded to the boys in each training establishment for the Seaman Class of the Royal Navy who are considered by their Commanding Officer to be best at work. The number of prizes is laid down by the Admiralty from time to time.

Prizes are also awarded under similar conditions to Artificer Apprentices.

THE RYDER MEMORIAL FUND AND PRIZE.

The Ryder Memorial Fund-founded in memory of Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Alfred Phillipps Ryder, K.C.B., who died on the 30th April, 1888-consists of a sum of about £160 invested in Government securities.

The dividend arising from this sum is employed annually in the provision of a prize to be awarded to the Sub-Lieutenant who takes the first place at the examination in French at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

A colloquial knowledge of French is necessary to render a candidate eligible for the award of a prize.

The Ryder Prize may be withheld in any year if considered advisable.

In no case will the award be made more than once to the same Officer.

The prize consists of a book or books selected by the recipient with the approval of the President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

SHADWELL TESTIMONIAL PRIZE.

The Shadwell Testimonial Prize, founded in 1888 In memory of Admiral Sir Charles F. A. Shadwell, K.C.B., who died 1st March, 1888 will be known as the " Shadwell Testimonial," and will consist of a Pocket Sextant, or other instrument (as funds will admit) of use in Navigation or Marine Surveying.

It will be bestowed annually on the Officer of a rank not higher than Lieutenant-Commander, and who has never been classed as an Assistant Surveyor who has sent in through his Captain the most creditable plan of an anchorage or other marine survey, accompanied with sailing directions recently executed by himself. Officers of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize.

The award will be made on the plans received at the Admiralty during each calendar year, by a Committee consisting of the Hydrographer, the Assistant Hydrographer, and Surveying Officer in charge of the Chart Branch at the Admiralty; and they will be empowered to make no award should they judge the plans received during the year not to be sufficiently meritorious.

In case of co-operation in the production of a plan, a junior Officer, who has assisted materially in its construction, may participate in the reward, should the funds be sufficient.

The first award was made on the plans received during 1899.

SICK BERTH PETTY OFFICERS' EFFICIENCY MEDAL.

A medal called the Sick Berth Petty Officers' Efficiency Medal is awarded annually to a Sick Berth Petty Officer for zeal and efficiency shown in the discharge of his duties during the preceding year.

Senior Medical Officers of H.M. Ships, Hospitals and Establishments generally, will be entitled to forward (through the Captain) direct to the Medical Director General of the Navy, Queen Anne's Mansions, St. James's Park, London, S.W.1, the names of Sick Berth Petty Officers whom they recommend for the medal. Each recommendation is to be accompanied by a copy of service certificate and S.1246 L, together with a statement of any special services rendered during the year. Recommendations must reach the Medical Director-General of the Navy not later than the 15th March.

The name of the selected candidate will be published in Admiralty Fleet Orders annually.

The medal is not to be worn.

THE REAR-ADMIRAL SIMPSON MEMORIAL PRIZE

This Prize was founded in 1954 to commemorate the interest in Naval Engineering of Rear-Admiral (E) T. H. Simpson, M.V.O., who was killed in a motoring accident.

The donors have provided an initial sum of £30 which, with interest, is employed in providing an annual prize of books and/or instruments to the value of £3 This prize is awarded to the Officer obtaining the best results of the three terms of the Marine Engineering Specialist Course passing out each year from the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon.

THE BOYLE SOMERVILLE MEMORIAL PRIZE.

1. A fund has been established in memory of Rear-Admiral Boyle Somerville, for the purpose of awarding a prize which will be known as the Boyle Somerville Memorial Prize, and will have as its object the encouragement of research work in connection with the science of meteorology.

2. The prize may be awarded annually to an Officer in the Royal Navy, or one of the Commonwealth Navies, whose work during the period under review is adjudged to be of particular merit in connection with the development of meteorology and its application to naval operations. Special consideration will be given to any original papers indicating a voluntary effort additional to the author's normal duties.

3. No prize will be awarded in any year in which no work of sufficient merit is brought to the notice of the Admiralty.

4. The amount of the prize will not exceed £10 in any one year and shall be expended in the purchase of books and/or instruments and/or other articles as approved by the Admiralty.

5. The prize shall not be awarded more than once to the same Officer.

8. The award will be made on the material received at the Admiralty in each calendar year, by a committee consisting of the Hydrographer, the Director of Naval Air Warfare and the Director of the Naval Weather Service.

7. In case of co-operation, an Officer who has assisted in the production of material may participate in the award, should the funds be sufficient.

THE BERTRAND STEWART PRIZE ESSAY.

The Bertrand Stewart Prize consists of a sum of £70 devoted annually as a prize for the best paper on some military subject, the study or discussion of which would tend to increase' the efficiency of Her Majesty's Services.

The subject of the essay for each year is published in the Army. Quarterly and in Admiralty Fleet Orders.

The right to compete is limited to British subjects who have served, or who are actually serving, as Officers or in other ranks or ratings of Her Majesty's Forces.

The term " Her Majesty's Forces " includes the Navy and the Royal Marines, the Regular Army The Special Reserve, The Territorial Army, The Militia and the Royal Air Force, and also the Naval, Military and Air Forces of India, the Dominions and Crown Colonies.

The essays submitted for the prize must not exceed 10,000 words in length ; they must be typewritten and submitted in quadruplicate.

The authorship of the essays must be strictly anonymous. Each competitor must adopt a motto and enclose with his essay a sealed envelope with his motto typewritten on the outside and his name and address inside.

The title and page of any published or unpublished work, to which reference is made in any essay or from which extracts are taken must be quoted.

The essays, which are to be addressed to the Editors of the Army Quarterly, must reach the office of the Army Quarterly, 94, Jermyn Street, London, S W., not later than (date to be published).

The essays will be judged by three referees, two to be appointed by the Army Council, the third to be one of the Editors of the Army Quarterly. The decision of the referees, or of the majority of them, will be final.

The referees are fully empowered if, in their opinion, or in the opinion of the majority of them, no essay submitted to them comes up to a sufficiently high standard of excellence, not to award the prize; or they may, if they consider such a course desirable, divide the prize among two or more competitors.

The result of the competition will be made known in the Army Quarterly, and the prize essay will be published in the Review. In the event, however, of there being two or more prize essays, the Editors of the Army Quarterly reserve to themselves the right of deciding which of these essays they will publish.

The copyright of any essay which appears in the Army Quarterly belongs to the Proprietors of the Review.

Neither the Proprietors nor the Editors of the Army Quarterly are to be held responsible for the loss of, or failure to return any essay submitted for the competition, nor do they incur any liability whatsoever in connection with the receipt of the essays, any dealings therewith, the judging thereof, or the reports thereon.

THE HAROLD TENNYSON MEMORIAL PRIZE.

This Prize was founded in 1917 by Lord Tennyson, in memory of his son, Acting Sub Lieutenant The Hon. Harold Courtenay Tennyson, R.N., of H.M.S. " Viking," who was killed in action on the 29th January, 1918.

The interest on a sum of £230, Government Stock, held upon trust by the Admiralty, is employed in providing a Prize to be awarded each term to the Cadet of the Sixth Term at the Britannia Royal Naval College, who comes out first in an Examination in English Literature. This examination is on the work of the great English Prose or Poetical Writers, including from time to time, one or more of the late Lord Tennyson's poems.

The prize consists of books, including the single volume edition of the late Lord Tennyson's complete works. Cadets of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible for this Prize.

THE WALLROCK TROPHY.

This Trophy was presented in 1949 on the institution of the Short Service Commission (Aircrew) entry, by Samuel Wallrock, Esq.

The trophy consists of a bronze plaque 12 inches x 8 ¾ inches on an oak background 21 inches x 14 inches engraved at the top " Best All-Round Aviation Cadet."

To have inscribed on it the name of the best all-round Naval Cadet (Aircrew) of each term on passing out of the Training Ship. To be retained in the ship in which the Naval Cadets (Aircrew) receive training.

THE WEMYSS PRIZE.

This prize was founded in 1948 by the Hon. Alice Wemyss in memory of her father, Admiral of the Fleet Lord Wester Wemyss, who had been the first Captain of the Royal Naval College at Osborne.

The interest on a sum of £100 will be employed in providing a prize of books, annually for the cadet of the senior year at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, who writes the best thesis on a subject generally drawn from social, economic or political history which will be announced.

The prize will be awarded at the end of each summer term.

THE WHARTON TESTIMONIAL.

The Wharton Testimonial was founded in 1907 to commemorate the service of Rear-Admiral Sir William J. L. Wharton, K.C.B., F.R.S., who filled the post of Hydrographer of the Navy from 1884 to 1904. It exists for the same purpose as the Beaufort Testimonial. The funds available amount to about L950. The interest on a portion of this sum will be added to the interest on the capital of the Beaufort Testimonial and the total amount will be employed in purchasing some instrument or work of a kind to be practically useful to a Naval Officer. The interest on the remaining sum will be used to purchase for the winner of the joint prizes a gold medal having on the obverse a bust of Sir William Wharton, and on the reverse a suitable inscription.

The two awards for the same object will be given annually under the names of " The Beaufort Testimonial and the Wharton Testimonial," thus associating the names of two Hydrographers of the Navy.

MY COMMENTS

Excellent as it is, it needs updating, amending and clarifying as follows.

To be added:-

  1.              Whitworth Memorial Prize – Dartmouth Class for music.

  2.          Thomas Grey Memorial Trust Prize – An open essay for all comers naval, mercantile and civilian.

  3.           Doctor Common Memorial  Prize for Seamanship.

  4.           Eardley-Howard –Crocket Memorial Prize – Dartmouth. {Note the entry already published of "Eardley-Wilmott Essay Competition."}

  5.          Gold Medal for Surgeons and Dental Surgeons for top marks in London and Haslar Combined examinations.

  6.          Herbert Lott Naval Trust Fund – now absorbed and fragmented with name changes into other funds. The only Fund used to reward top candidates on all types of ratings courses. No other awards are    recommended or paid! Usual amount of Prize = £10.00.

  7.          Prior to 1936, a Gold Medal was awarded to the Cadet who, during his training at BRNC, exhibited the most gentlemanlke bearing and good influence among the Cadets. From 1936 onwards, the Gold Medal was given to the cadet who passed-out with the highest qualifying marks.

  8.          MOD Suggestions and Inventions Prize Scheme  – Accommodates all comers, dockyard personnel, wardroom and ratings adjudged on merit and uniqueness of submission. Paid in addition to other Trusts.

  9.          Shotley Medal  and the Boys’ Prize Medal.  Issued from 1906 until start of WW1 and from late 1919 until the boys were moved to the Isle of Man for training in 1940. If clarification is needed, have a look at this file http://www.godfreydykes.info/HMS_GANGES_KEEPSAKE.htm

To be amended or clarified:-

         The Queens Sword presented at BRNC to the best all round Cadet/Officer passing-out. It was originally made and donated  by Wilkinson’s but after their factory closed down, the Queens Sword is now donated by Pooley’s sword manufacturers. BRNC is the sole RN College remaining after Manadon and Greenwich closed its doors.

        Prizes/Testimonials were not issued routinely, and some cases not at all when the standards required for a course or a year were not reached.

         In the case of the Jackson-Everett Prize, this was not issued in the year of its inception [1927] because the W/T course curriculum was in a state of flux. A new course was designed for the 1928 course and was subsequently awarded to JPL Reid.