The Polar Medal: latest awardees

antarctica expeditionThe Polar Medal was first instituted as the Arctic Medal in 1857 (Gazette issue 21963). In 1904 it was renamed the Polar Medal to reward participants in Captain Robert F Scott’s successful first expedition to the Antarctic. 

The medal was also intended for those who gave valuable service in any subsequent expedition in conditions of extreme hardship.

More recently, the Polar Medal is awarded to individuals who have given outstanding achievement and service to the UK in the field of polar research, often over prolonged periods of time and in harsh conditions.

See the four latest recipients of the Polar Medal (and second clasp) in Gazette supplement 62184, published 26 January 2018.

Search for Polar Medals since 1904 via the Gazette search, and find out more about the British Antarctic Survey.

Image: the HMS Endurance British Antarctic Hydrographic Survey Ship diving party in 1973, Alamy