Medal sells for £3,000

The two medals that belonged to lifeboatman Herbert William Jefferson
The two medals that belonged to lifeboatman Herbert William Jefferson

TWO medals presented to a fearless Hartlepool lifeboatman sold for almost twice as much as expected.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) silver medal won by Herbert William Jefferson, motor mechanic for the Hartlepool lifeboat The Princess Royal, helped fetch £3,200 at an auction.

It was sold with Mr Jefferson’s British War Medal.

Before the auction, at Spink, in Bloomsbury, London, they were expected to fetch between £1,400 and £1,800.

The RNLI medal was presented to Mr Jefferson after he helped to save the lives of 47 men whose steamship, the Hawkwood, was wrecked in a gale off the Hartlepool coast on January 26, 1942.

The medal is one of only 18 RNLI medals awarded to Hartlepool lifeboatmen since Hartlepool Lifeboat was founded in 1803.