Messina Earthquake Awards

 

Name & Award. Vessel etc. Authority / Date. Text.
Her Majesty
 the Queen of Italy

Royal Red Cross

- War Office
2nd Feb 1909

The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the decoration of the Royal Red Cross upon Her Majesty the Queen of Italy in recognition of Her Majesty's devotion in tending the sufferers by the recent earthquake at Messina..

James Vivian Reed
 

Albert Medal

SS Afonwen

Whitehall,
July 23, 1909.


On the occasion of the earthquake at Messina on the 28th December, 1908, the steamship Afonwen, of Cardiff, was lying at her moorings, having arrived at Messina on the 24th December. The first intimation the Master of the ship (Captain William Owen) had of the disaster was on being awakened in the early morning of the 28th December by the noise of the upheaval and the commotion caused by the tidal wave, but owing to the darkness and the dense clouds of dust the full extent of the disaster could not be realised for some time. The danger to shipping claimed the first attention of the Captain, but having satisfied himself as to the safety of his vessel he proceeded ashore with his crew, as the dawn broke, to render assistance. The particular act of gallantry in respect of which the Albert Medal has been awarded was performed when a building of five storeys was reached, where children were noticed at a great height from the ground crying for help. The interior of the building had for the most part collapsed, and one of the walls had disappeared; the structure was therefore in a very dangerous condition. The Captain having given the word, Henry Smith, Able Seaman, and, shortly after, James Vivian Reed, Second Mate, swarmed up a rope to the rescue of the children, who had lowered string by means of which the rope was hauled up and made fast. The rescue of the children having been effected, three persons were lowered down from a story above. Henry Smith, in pursuit of his calling, is away at sea and therefore was not able to attend at the Palace yesterday. His medal will be presented at a later date.

Henry Smith

Albert Medal

SS Afonwen

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Lieutenant Donald Dowdy, R.N.R.

Chevalier of the Order of the
Crown of Italy

SS Ophir

Whitehall,
July 11, 1910.

 
  The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Lieutenant Donald Dowdy, R.N.R., an officer of the steamship " Ophir," His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy, conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him on the occasion of the recent earthquake in Southern Italy.

Mr. Thomas William George Duffill, Master.

Officer of the Order
 of the Crown of Italy.

SS Ebro

Whitehall,
 July 21,1910.


 The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned gentlemen His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear Decorations (as stated against their respective names), which have been conferred upon them by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by them on the occasion of the recent earthquake in Southern Italy:

Mr. Charles Henry Holdorf, 1st Officer.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Ebro

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Mr. James Thomas Hume, 2nd Officer.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Ebro

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Mr. Sidney Bartlett, 3rd Officer.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Ebro

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Mr. John Edward Noton, Officer.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Chesapeake

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Mr. Philip Heywood Hadfield, M.A., L.R.C.P.,
L.R.C.S. (Edin.),

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Ophir

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James Baylis Heynes, Esq., British Vice-Consul at Messina.

Knight of the Second Class of the Royal Order of Wasa.

 

Whitehall,
September 7, 1910.


The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto James Baylis Heynes, Esq., British Vice-Consul at Messina, His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Knight of the Second Class, of the Royal Order of Wasa, conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of Sweden, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him at the time of the recent earthquake in Southern Italy.

Mr. James Anderson Elder, Master.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Mariner

Whitehall,
December 8, 1910.


The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Mr. James Anderson Elder, master of the steamship " Mariner," His Majesty's
Royal licence and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy, conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of .Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him at the time of the earthquake at Messina in December,1908.

Lieutenant Henry Charles Brewster, R.N.R.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

SS Ophir

Whitehall,
 February 11, 1911.


KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Lieutenant Henry Charles Brewster, R.N.R., His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy, conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him at the time of the earthquake at Messina in December, 1908, when serving as officer on board the steamship " Ophir.".


Michele Asphar, M.D., Sliema.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

 

Whitehall,
 March 14, 1911.


The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned gentlemen His Majesty's Royal Licence and authority to accept and wear Decorations (as stated against their respective names), which have been conferred upon them by His .Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by them at the time of the earthquake at Messina in the year 1908:

Lieutenant Albert Victor Bernard,, M.D.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

King's Own Malta Regiment of Militia,
Valletta.

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Placido Biasini . M.D.
Sliema

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Salvatore Borg, M.D., Hamrun.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Salvatore Ellul Grech, M.D., Valletta.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Edgar Henry Ferro, M.D., Sliema.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Paolo Grech, M.D., Birchircara.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Francesco Jaccarini, M.D., Senglea.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Salvatore Muscat, M.D., Balzan.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Emmanuele Said, M.D., Valletta.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Surgeon-Captain Robert Samut, M.B., C.M.,

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

King's Own Malta Regiment of Militia, Sliema.

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Guiseppe Wirth, M.D., Valletta.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Carol Zanghi, M.D., Floriana.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Alfonso Maria Charbon, Floriana.

Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

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Staff Surgeon Edward Theodore
Burton, R.N

Officer of the Order of St. Maurice and St.
Lazarus
 

Royal Navy

Whitehall,
 July 19, 1911.
 

The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Staff Surgeon Edward Theodore Burton, R.N., His Majesty's Royal licence and
authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus, which Decoration has been conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him on the occasion of the Earthquake in Southern Italy in the year 1908.

Surgeon-General James Gaussen MacNeece,
Principal Medical Officer, 8th (Lucknow)
Division, India.

Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and
St. Lazarus.

 

Whitehall,
July 27, 1911.

The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned Officers His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear Decorations (as stated against their respective names) which have been conferred upon them by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of services rendered by them at the time of the earthquake in Southern Italy in the year 1908:

Colonel Charles Delme-Radcliffe, C.V.O.,
C.B., C.M.G.

Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and
St. Lazarus.

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Major Gilbert Stewart Crawford, M.D.,

Commander of the Order of the Crown of
Italy.

Royal
Army Medical Corps.

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Captain Aylmer George Galloway,

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Army Service
Corps

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Captain Henry Stewart Anderson, .

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal
Army Medical Corps

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Captain Harold Charles Winckworth,

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal
Army Medical Corps.

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Captain Percy Arnold Lloyd Jones, M.B.,
 

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Army Medical Corps.

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Surgeon-Captain Robert Randon, M.D.,

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal
Malta Artillery.

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Surgeon James Campbell Bringan, M.B., R.N.,

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy,

Royal Navy

Whitehall,
 September 14, 1911.


The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Surgeon James Campbell Bringan, M.B., R.N., His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear the .Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy, which decoration has been conferred upon him
by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him on the occasion of the earthquake in Southern
Italy in the year 1908.

Frederick John Carter, Master.

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy

SS Drake

Whitehall,
 November 13, 1911.

The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Frederick John Carter, Master of the British steamship " Drake," His Majesty's
Royal licence and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy, which Decoration has been conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him on the occasion of the earthquake
in Southern Italy in the year 1908.

 James Baylis Heynes, Esq., British
Vice-Consul at Messina,

Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy

 

Whitehall,
March 18, 1912.


The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto James Baylis Heynes, Esq., British Vice-Consul at Messina, HisMajesty's Royal
licence and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy, which Decoration has been conferred
upon him by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him at the time of the earthquake in Southern-
Italy in the year 1908.

Captain Drury St. Aubyn Wake.
 

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

Whitehall, April 15, 1912.


The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned Naval Officers His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to accept and wear Decorations (as stated against
their respective names) which have been conferred upon them by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered
by them at the time of the earthquake in Southern Italy in the year 1908 :
Captain Edward Montgomery Phillpotts.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Captain John Scott Luard.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Captain Evelyn Robert Le Marchant.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Captain Sydney Robert Fremantle, M.V.O.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Captain William Edmund Goodenough.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Fleet Paymaster William Vancouver Theodore
Leonard.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Deputy Surgeon-General -James O'-Brien Williams,
M.D.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Albert George Adams, Esq.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Major John Arthur Tupman,

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

R.M.L.I.

 

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Lieutenant-Colonel James Henry Parker,

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

R.M.L.I.

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Lieutenant Sir Charles Rodney Blane, Bart.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Staff Paymaster  Ernest Walsham Charles
Thring.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Staff Paymaster Frederick Arthur Frith Banbury.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Staff Surgeon Percy Temple Sutcliffe, M.B.,
M.A.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Staff Surgeon Elystan Glodrydd Evelyn
O'Leary, F.R.C.S. Ed.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Staff Surgeon Frederick Francis Mahon.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Staff Surgeon John Scarborough Dudding.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of St. Maurice
and St. Lazarus.

Royal Navy

 

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Vice- Admiral Sir George Astley Callaghan,
K.C.B., K.C.V.O

Insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy

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Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Samuel Inglefield, K.C.B.

Insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Vice-Admiral Sir Frederic William Fisher, K.C.V.O

Insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Captain Charles Duncan Johnson, M.V.O.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Captain Charles Duncan Johnson, M.V.O.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Captain John Douglas Edwards.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Captain Judge D'Arcy.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander Cyril Samuel Townsend.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander Arthur Courtenay Stewart.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander Henry William Simms.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander Percy Arthur Robarts.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander John Henry Loftie.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander William George Ainslie Kennedy.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander Vernon Harry Stuart Haggard.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Commander John William Leopold
McClintock.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Paymaster Theodore Tasman Lanyou.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Paymaster Frederick William Hammond.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Paymaster Gilbert Graham.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Paymaster George Christopher Aubiu Boyer.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Surgeon Percy Edmund Maitland.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Surgeon Arthur Edward Kelsey, M.B.,B.A.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Surgeon Edward Henry Hodnet de Courtmacsherry, M.D.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Fleet Surgeon-William John Colborne.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Engineer Commander Charles Beresford Lecky.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Engineer Commander John Harry Jenkin.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Engineer Commander Sidney James Drake.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Engineer Commander William Constantine Burnett.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Roman Catholic Chaplain The Reverend Father Edward Martin Bray, D.D.

Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Lieutenant Erskine Arthur Nicolson.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Lieutenant George Francis Lyon Labouverie

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Lieutenant Hector Boyes.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Staff Surgeon Percival Thomas Nicholls.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Staff Surgeon Pierce Leslie Crosbie, F.R.C.S.I.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Staff Surgeon Reginald Thompson.


Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Royal Navy " "
Staff Surgeon Robert Kennedy, M.B.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Surgeon Hugh Bernard German.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Surgeon Frederick George Wilson, M.B.
Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Surgeon Horace Bryden Hill, M.B.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Surgeon William Charles Carson.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Fleet Paymaster Vincent Adrian Lawford.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy
Royal Navy " "
Staff Paymaster Cyril Cuningham Boulton.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Chaplain The Reverend Harry Dan Leigh  Viener, M.A.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Chaplain and Naval Instructor The Reverend Frederick Arthur Sims, M.A.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Chaplain and Naval Instructor The Reverend Henry Edwin Roberts, M.A.
 
Royal Navy " "
Chaplain The Reverend Howard Bertram Mayne, M.A.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
Chaplain The Reverend Edward Gwynne Bird, B.A.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Royal Navy " "
see text   Admiralty,
7th May, 1912.
 

COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS.

Earthquake in Southern Italy, December,
1908:

His Majesty the King has been pleased to approve the acceptance and wearing of the Commemorative Medal graciously awarded by
His Majesty the King of Italy to the officers and men of the undermentioned ships for services rendered in the rescue of victims of the earthquake in Southern Italy of the 28th December, 1908.

Applications of Petty Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Seamen and Marines who served in the ships named during the periods stated, and who have since left the Service, should be made by letter, addressed " On Medal Business," to the Accountant-General of the Navy, Admiralty, London, S.W., and must be accompanied by the Service Certificates of the applicants.

List of Ships.

" Duncan," 1st to 6th January, 1909.
" Euryalus," 1st to 5th January, 1909.
" Exmouth," 31st December, 1908, to 6th January, 1909.
" Lancaster," 9th to 13th January, 1909.
" Minerva," 30th December, 1908, to 4th January, 1909.
" Sutlej," 29th December, 1908, to 4th January, 1909.

Commander John Francis Hornsby
Healey, R.N.R., R.D.

Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy

SS Ophir
 

Whitehall,
August 19, 1912.


  The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto Commander John Francis Hornsby Healey, R.N.R., R.D. His Majesty's Royal license and authority to accept and wear the Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy, which decoration has been conferred upon him by His Majesty the King of Italy, in recognition of valuable services rendered by him at the time of the Earthquake at Messina in the year 1908, while in command of the Royal Mail Steamship "Ophir."

 
 
 

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