The Medals, Decorations and Awards of Sir Ernest Shackleton

Born in Kilkea, Athy, Co Kildare, Sir Ernest Shackleton was the most decorated polar adventurer in history and he went on to earn over 40 medals and awards throughout his career. His early life in Ireland and move to England can best be summarised as follows :

1874 Born Kilkea House. Athy. Co. Kildare . Ireland
1880 His family moved to 35 Marlborough Road, Dublin.
1884 His family moved to South Croydon. London.
1887-90 Attended Dulwich College but was cited as being “not a particularly bright scholar”.
1890-94 Joined the mercantile marine as an apprentice and sailed with the White Star Line
1894 Qualified as Second Mate.
1895 Qualified as First Mate.
1898 Qualified as Master in Singapore.
1898-1901 Served on a number of ships as 4th or 3rd officer.
1901 Joined Scott’s Antarctic expedition as a junior officer on the “Discovery”.
Sir Ernest Shackleton - his many military, civilian and academic awards included the following :-

Sir Ernest Shackleton – his many military, civilian and academic awards included the following :-

British Decorations (awarded by Head of State)

Edward VII

  • Member of the Royal Victorian Order, 1907
  • Honour of Knighthood, 1909
  • Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1909
  • Arctic Medal, with clasps dated 1904 and 1909

George V

  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military), 1919.
  • British War Medal for the Great War, 1919.
  • Victory Medal with emblem for Mentions in Dispatches, 1919.
  • Arctic Medal with clasp dated 1917 (in addition to two previous clasps, 1904 and 1909.

Foreign Decorations (awarded Head of State)

  • Polar Star of Sweden, 1909
  • Dannebrog of Denmark, 1909
  • St. Olaf of Norway, 1909
  • Legion of Honour (France), 1909
  • St. Anne of Russia, 1910
  • Crown of Italy, 1910
  • Royal Crown of Prussia, 1911
  • Order of Merit (Chile), 1916

British Academic & Civilian Awards

  • 1904: Silver Medal, Royal Geographical Society
  • 1906: Silver Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • 1909: Special Gold Medal, Royal Geographical Society
  • 1909: Livingstone Gold Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • 1909: Gold Medal, Tyneside Geographical Society
  • 1909: Election as Younger Brother of Trinity House
  • 1914: Honorary Degree of LL.D., University of Glasgow

Foreign Academic & Civilian Awards

Austria

  • 1910: Honorary Membership, Geographical Society of Vienna

Belgium

  • 1909: Gold Medal, Royal Belgian Geographical Society, Brussels
  • 1909: Honorary Membership, Royal Belgian Geographical Society, Brussels
  • 1909: Gold Medal, Royal Geographical Society of Antwerp
  • 1909: Gold Medal, Royal Yacht Club, Belgium

Brazil

  • 1921: Honorary Membership, Aero Club of Brazil

Chile

  • 1916: Gold Medal, Life-saving Society of Valparaiso, Chile
  • 1916: Special Gold Medal for Discipline and Valour, Patriotic Military League, Santiago, Chile
  • 1916: Honorary Membership, Scientific Society of Chile, Santiago
  • 1916: Gold Medal, Municipality of Punta Arenas

Denmark

  • 1909: Gold Medal, Royal Danish Geographical Society, Copenhagen

France

  • 1909: Gold Medal, Society of Geography, Paris
  • 1909: Gold Medal, City of Paris
  • 1916: Prix Delalande-Guérineau for Geography, Academy of Sciences, Paris

Germany 

  • 1910: Gold Medal, Geographical Society of Berlin, Germany
  • 1910: Ruppell GermanyGold Medal, Geographical Society of Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1910: Honorary Membership, Geographical Society of Frankfurt, Germany

Italy

  • 1909: Gold Medal, Royal Italian Geographical Society, Rome

Norway

  • 1909: Honorary Membership, Geographical Society, Christiania, Norway

Russia

  • 1910: Gold Medal, Imperial Geographical Society, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1919: Honorary Membership, Geographical Society of North Russia, Archangel

Sweden

  • 1909: Gold Medal and Honorary Membership , Geographical Society, Stockholm
  • 1909: Honorary Membership, Royal Science and Literary Guild, Gothenburg

Switzerland

  • 1910: Honorary Membership, Society of Geography, Neuchatel

USA

  • 1909: Cullum Gold Medal, American Geographical Society of New York
  • 1910: Hub­bard Gold Medal, National Geographic Society, Washington
  • 1910: Elisha K. Kane Gold Medal, Geographical Society of Philadelphia
  • 1910: Hon. Membership, Geographical Society of Philadelphia
  • 1910: Helen Culver Gold Medal, Geographical Society of Chicago
  • 1912: Hon. Membership, Art Club of Philadelphia
  • 1917: Honorary Fellowship, American Museum of Natural History, New York
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