Saturday, 26 July 2008

Royal Humane Society award

The most recent issue of "Remember When" published by the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle includes in its Roll of Honour column the following:

1954: The Royal Humane Parchment was presented to 12-year old Anne Valerie Daglish, a pupil of Central Modern School, Wallsend. William Messenger, a nightwatchman, had been overcome by gas and fell into a four feet deep trench. In a gallant rescue Valerie managed to help the victim to safety.

The Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation. Its awards range from bronze, silver and gold medals to Testimonials on Vellum and Parchment.

The Testimonial on Parchment is awarded where someone has put themselves in danger to save, or attempt to save, someone else. Many of the awards go to people who have swum to the rescue of someone else - in a quarry, a lake, a river or at sea.


Anonymous said...

hey came across this whilst researching my name which strangely is also steven daglish, im 21 and live in lincolnshire my family originally come from the scotland but moved down to newcastle during the industrial revolution looking for work,as many did during this period, you may have learnt this already but our surname originates from a knight called stephen de daggles and was a high ranking soldier under william the conquerer who was rewarded with land in scotland near stirling, over the years i believe the name changed to daglish as 'lish' means land of so it just means land of dag(gles). i am trying to find out more about stephen de daggles, as am writting a history paper on william I and would be happy to share any additional infomation if it helps you

Stephen Daglish said...

Thanks, Steven. If you don't mind, please would you e-mail me as I would be interested in exchanging some information. The e-mail address is in the My Profile section, or in the Daglish One-Name Study web site. Hope to hear from you - thanks. Stephen Daglish

Phil Gray said...

That's my Aunt you've got that story about... she still lives in Wallsend, Newcastle. I've seen the original newspaper cutting and all the other stuff she got.

My Uncle Norman did a lot of research on famiy tree stuff but he looked at my Granmothers side mainly which was Henkel. My Grandad was a Daglish. He worked in the ship building yards in Wallsend.

Stephen Daglish said...

Thank you for your message, Phil.

I would be interested to know more - would you e-mail me at please?
Thank you.
Stephen Daglish

Anonymous said...

dear steven,my name is derek daglish i have lot of history to add,that you will find very interesting in your quest,plus lots of old artifacts /documents/photographic plates.including bravery leading to decorations from: of 'mentioned in despatches'salvaged from my late fathers estate'

Stephen Daglish said...

Thank you, Derek.
I would be very interested to know more, and have e-mailed you. Hope to hear from you soon (you can e-mail me at e-mail address:

With best wishes,
Stephen Daglish