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Ref: 6341

Durham School, Henry Holden prize medal 1882, oval silver, awarded 1932 to prominent old boy Henry Gale Stewart Burkitt, by W J Taylor & Sons, in fitted case of issue.

 

 

Obv: oval shield with central cross and lions rampant in angles, date 1541, DVNELMENSIS SCHOLA (Durham School) around

 

Rev: IN HONOREM HENRICI HOLDEN S.T.P. ANNOS XXIX ARCHIDIDAC. ALVMNI ME MORES A.S. MDCCCLXXXII, award engraved below MERUIT H.G.S BURKITT MCMXXXII

 

 

Condition: Extremely fine or better, a lovely medal; Diameter: 50x80mm

 

Reference: -

 

Notes: Durham School was founded in 1541 (with some evidence for it being even earlier). Henry Holden was headmaster from 1853-1882. Some information about Burkitt (the recipient) is available from Durham School’s website: “A magnificent bequest was made towards bursaries at Durham School by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Gale Stewart Burkitt. He was a pupil at Durham School between 1926 and 1932. Having been educated at Cambridge, Lt Colonel Burkitt joined the Indian Army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from the Army in 1948 and then went to Oxford where he read Law. Lt Colonel Burkitt was always a strong supporter of the School and had indicated some time before his death that he intended to leave the residue of his estate to the School in order to provide opportunities for young people to study at Durham. The Burkitt Bequest, made in 1985, was over £400,000. Since 1986, hundreds of young people have been given a chance to study for A levels at Durham School thanks to his generosity.”

 

 

Price £495

Durham School, Henry Holden prize medal 1882, silver, awarded 1932 to prominent old boy Henry Gale Stewart Burkitt
Durham School, Henry Holden prize medal 1882, silver, awarded 1932 to prominent old boy Henry Gale Stewart Burkitt
Durham School, Henry Holden prize medal 1882, silver, awarded 1932 to prominent old boy Henry Gale Stewart Burkitt

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