Albert Medal in Bronze for Gallantry in saving life at sea & AM
(SEE) OMD 208.
(Component parts: medal in a King George V issue fitted presentation case - not original to this AM)
Life saving medal awarded to (D/JX133231) Chief Petty Officer Joseph Lynch BEM, HMS Nigeria.
London Gazette citation (Issue 38324, 15 June 1948, p 3544): 'While HMS Nigeria was lying at anchor at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands on the night of 26th February, 1948, a Rating missed his footing on the Jacob's ladder while disembarking from the motor cutter at the port boom and fell into the sea. It was after dark and the sea was rough and at a temperature of 42° Fahrenheit with the wind blowing a fresh gale.
The Rating, Leading Seaman Hughes, managed to retain his hold on the Jacob's ladder but, as he was dressed in heavy oilskins, was unable to pull himself up, nor could he make for the cutter owing to the cold state of the sea and the fear of sinking in his heavy clothes.
C.P.O. Lynch heard the pipe for the life-boat while sitting in his mess. Dressed only in a singlet and trousers he immediately went on deck and, on seeing the situation, made his way out along the boom, down the ladder and into the water alongside Hughes. He persuaded Hughes to let go of the ladder and supported him to the motor cutter. To keep out of the way Lynch then swam back to the ladder to wait until Hughes had been hauled into the boat. When Hughes was safe Lynch swam back to the motor cutter and was himself hauled to safety.'
In twelve lines of decorative lettering; last five lines slope to right
Awarded by THE KING -- to -- Chief Petty Officer JOSEPH LYNCH, B.E.M., D/JX133231, H.M.S."NIGERIA", for gallantry in saving life at Sea in the Falkland Islands on the night of 26th. February 1948