It is with deep sadness that we share this news with you all
The RNLI gold medal posthumously awarded to William Trevelyan Richards, Coxswain of the ill fated lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' has gone missing, suspected stolen. The medal was recently identified as missing from a dedicated secure facility at the charity's head office in Poole. Despite an extensive search the medal is still missing and police have been notified of a suspected theft.
This medal is of huge historical importance to our station, to the families of the crew who lost their lives so heroically, to the wider community of Mousehole & Newlyn, the RNLI and beyond. Trevelyan's gold medal is irreplaceable and our priority is to see it returned to his family as soon as possible.
Out of the 150 Gold medals awarded in the history of the RNLI, this one was the only one ever awarded posthumously. It is easily identified as around the outer rim it is inscribed 'William Trevelyan Richards Voted 27th January 1982'
If you have any information as to the current whereabouts of this medal, or can assist in anyway please contact Dorset Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 02:136. Information can also be reported anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555111, or via the RNLI on 0300 300 9990.
click here for the RNLI Press release
Oct 2016 - Sadly there are no updates on the medal's whereabouts, Police are continuing their investigations and urge anyone with information to come forward as mentioned in the Post above...
Dec 2016 - Thanks to the generosity of a dedicated RNLI supporter the RNLI are now offering a reward of £1,000 for the safe return of the medal. The RNLI are especially interested in hearing from the member of the public who contacted Dorset Police anonymously with information and are appealing for them to get back in touch.