On the one hand, it may well be a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal. Midshipman Pringle was certainly awarded one in 1861: http://www.lsars.org.uk/bronz1861s.htm
On the other hand, as Mark has noted, a “wearable medal” was formally issued in 1869. If it is the RHS medal it certainly is not the one he received in 1861.
Two possible explanations: Firstly, Mark’s consideration of the Marine Medal of The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society. However, I would guess the odds of being awarded both and subsequently only wearing one are too long.
Secondly, it may be an instance of the following: “Numerous medals of the small size are of course to be found bearing dates far earlier than 1867. These of course reflect the Society's willingness to issue recipients with replacement wearable medals upon the condition that they returned their larger medallions.” (Barclay, 2003).
“In 1867 the size of the Society’s medal was reduced to correspond with those awarded to the armed forces and, in 1869, Queen Victoria granted official permission for these new medals to be worn on uniform………….. In truth, this merely served to formalise an existing position, for the RHS was already in the practice of fitting its awards with ribbons and there is ample evidence that many members of the armed forces were already in the habit of wearing their medals on uniform”.
(Barclay, 2009, p 110)
I haven’t posted any photos. As I was reminded when I looked at my notes, and as Mark has noted, the “large medal” was superseded by the “wearable medal” / “small medal” in 1869. So Pringle’s medal would be a different size, with different inscription/s, with ribbon, in a rectangular presentation case.
There is a good image here https://www.spink.com/lot-description.a ... 5003000236
. A better one if you search “ewbankauctions.co.uk” + “Lot 195 Royal Humane Society bronze medal Mabel Andrews June 1887".
Barclay, C P, An Introduction to the Medals of the Royal Humane Society
, 2003. http://www.lsars.org.uk/rhs.htm
Barclay, C P, Heroes of Peace: The Royal Humane Society and the Award of Medals in Britain, 1774 – 1914
, Ph D Thesis, University of York, 2009. http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/1493/1/c ... thesis.pdf
If you’re still interested in photos of the 1853 medal, let me know and I’ll post.