Gilbert Blane Medal
Lightly paraphrasing the Navy List, the Gilbert Blane Medal was a gold medal to be conferred annually on the Medical Officer who obtained the highest aggregate marks at the examinations for promotion to the rank of Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander, the award being subject to the approval of the Presidents of the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons respectively and the Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy.
The medals were underwritten by a Fund established in 1830 by Sir Gilbert Blane, Baronet, formerly a member of the Board for sick and wounded seamen who had done much to institute medical reform in the Royal Navy. The Fund was established with the sanction of the Board of Admiralty for the encouragement of Naval Medical Science, which is vested in the Corporation of the Royal College of Surgeons of London, in trust.
If in any year no Medical Officer passed a sufficiently meritorious examination to entitle him to the award of the Medal, it would be held over until the following year, but not more than two medals may be awarded in any one year.
If the unawarded Medals ever exceeded four, their value was to be given to the Supplemental Fund for the children of Medical Officers.
Medical Officers who received the Medal were designated by an asterisk appearing after their name in the seniority list of the Navy List. N.B.: asterisks after names of a Military Officer indicated he had been awarded the Beaufort Testimonial before the institution of the Shadwell Testimonial, and those appearing after Engineering Officer names connoted receipt of the Newman Memorial Prize.
- The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 2333.
- "Prize Medal Awards." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jul 05, 1922; pg. 16; Issue 43075.
- "Medal Awards." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Sep 19, 1936; pg. 6; Issue 47484.