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The Edward Medal

Instituted in July 1907, size 33mm.
Description: (Obverse) the monarch's effigy; (reverse) a miner rescuing a stricken comrade, with the caption "For Courage" across the top. 

Designed by W. Reynolds-Stephens, funded by a group of philanthropic individuals led by Mr A Hewlett, a leading mine owner.

Awarded for life saving in mines and quarries, in two grades: first class (Silver) and second class (Bronze). Medals were engraved with the names of the recipients but, since the 1930's, the date of, and place of the action, were added.

Living recipients were invited to exchange their medals for the George Cross in 1971. The last awards to living recipients were made in 1949
 
For a full list of recipients (for mining related incidents) click here