Tragedy re­called

Cheshire Life: De­cem­ber 2018

Cheshire Life - - Homes & Interiors -

Ten years ago, af­ter an ar­son at­tack on the home of a Liver­pool fam­ily of six, Frank Skel­horne risked his life to save his 18-month-old niece and her mother. Trag­i­cally, a three-yearold girl died from her burns three weeks later. Frank was awarded the pres­ti­gious 2010 Stan­hope Gold Medal for his out­stand­ing brav­ery, and the sil­ver Fire Medal from the Liver­pool Ship­wreck and Hu­mane So­ci­ety, which had nom­i­nated him. They were sold for £2,200 at Adam Par­tridge’s Liver­pool rooms. The Stan­hope Medal, named in mem­ory of Royal Navy of­fi­cer Chan­dos S. Stan­hope, has been awarded an­nu­ally since 1873. Its first re­cip­i­ent was the famed Chan­nel swim­mer Cap­tain Matthew Webb for his at­tempted res­cue of a man who had fallen from the rig­ging of a ship trav­el­ling from New York to Liver­pool.

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