Cheshire Life: December 2018
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.