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Posted on Fri, 14 June 2019 by Phil Mussell - General News, Medal News

Stolen in a burglary/scam on June 10 - the bronze Albert Medal for gallantry in saving life at sea awarded to The Rev Christopher Champlain Tanner. 

Any information to 101 quoting crime reference number 031270/19.

The citation for the medal reads as follows: “The Reverend Christopher Champain Tanner, Temporary Chaplain, R.N.V.R., H.M.S. Fiji, who, when H.M.S. Fiji was sunk in the Battle of Crete, stayed to save the wounded men from the sickbay, and was one of the last to leave the ship. While in the water he spent himself in helping men to rafts and floats and, when the rescuing ship came up, in bringing over to her disabled men and such as could not swim. At length, only one man remained to be brought across. Despite his exhaustion, Mr. Tanner made a last effort to save him. He brought him across and saw him safely on board. But when hauled up himself he died within a few minutes.”

The medal was awarded posthumously in 1942


Albert Medal