Scout Neville Riley from 1st Holyhead Troop saved the life of a local boy, who nearly drowned off the coast of Holyhead.


Riley was awarded the Silver Medal for his gallantry and bravery, which no longer exists as a gallantry award, but falls somewhere around the Silver and Bronze Crosses. Riley, whose full name was Frederick Neville Riley, actually ended up serving in the Merchant Navy in both World Wars, saving even more lives on the water.

He was made a Captain and became highly awarded, eventually being awarded a Distinguished Service Order. After the World Wars he emigrated to Australia, where he spent the rest of his life.

To the left are his original medal and badge.