Here follows an extract of a letter written by Albert, President Royal Commission, to Field-Marshall the Marquis of Anglesey, Master-General of the Ordnance [the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners at this time was directed by the Board of Ordnance].
Windsor Castle, Oct. 29th
With regard to the non-commissioned officers and privates it gives me much pleasure to state, that at the period of the preliminary arrangements, when the labour required was sometimes excessive, their [sappers and miners] exertions were always cheerfully made. During the course of the Exhibition, they practically demonstrated the great value of their schools of instruction by the many useful plans which they drew; and by carefully acting always in subordination to the civil police force, they established for themselves a character for good conduct and attention to the exhibitors and visitors, greatly to the credit of the corps to which they belong.
The Royal Commissioners have therefore thought fit to award a sum of 600 l. [pounds], to be laid out either in drawing or mathematical instruments, or in other suitable lasting memorial of their connection with the Exhibition, for the non-commissioned officers and privates of the royal sappers and miners, to be distributed by the officers in such manner as your Lordship and the Inspector-General of Fortifications may approve; and we trust that you will give your sanction to the acceptance of these testimonials of their good conduct.
I have, &c., Albert, President Royal Commission.
Rewards to Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Corps, for Services at the Great Exhibition of 1851 under the Royal Commissioners. [History of the Royal Sappers and Miners, T W J Connolly, Volume II, p. 84 and Appendix VIII, pp. 548-552].
The distribution of the 600 pounds grant was arranged in five specific classes of qualification and utility. On this principle,
The first class comprised men only, who in situations of considerable responsibility, drew public attention for their steadiness and general ability.
The second and third classses embraced men, who in various degrees called for favourable mention, and who displayed considerable aptitude and zeal.
The fourth class contained men, who not having the same opportunities of distinguishing themselves, as the men in the previous classes, gained the commendation of their officers and others for attention to duty, and cheerfulness and exertion in its execution.
The fifth class comprised men who had only been a short time at the Exhibition, but who, nevertheless, rendered themselves, by their conduct and zeal, deserving of a slight memento of their services.
The prizes comprised a selection of gold and silver watches, cases of instruments, portable writing-cases, and such other articles as would tend to increase the professional efficiency of the men, and at the same time form a suitable acknowledgement of their services. Every article was suitably inscribed with the owner’s name and the event.
Each man received a bronze medal in a morocco leather case, a certificate signed by Prince Albert, and a present, according to the value stated against the respective classes.
3rd Class (presents value 3 pounds each):
Sergeant John CAVILL Silver watch
Sergeant John SPENCER Silver watch
Private William JOSE Silver watch
Private Servetus BISPHAM Silver watch
Private John LIDFORD Silver watch
Private James McADAM Silver watch
Private George BARTLETT Silver watch
Private Lawrence BOWERS Silver watch
4th Class (presents value 1 pound each):
Corporal Edward TAYLOR Box of instruments
Lance Corporal William SIMPSON Box of instruments
Private Charles BURTON Box of instruments
Private James HOLTON Writing-case
Private James McNICOL Writing-case
Private George ANDERSON Writing-case
Private David LINDSAY Writing-case
Private Thomas JONES Writing-case
Private Michael PARK Writing-case
Private John SUMMERS Writing-case
Private John BEATON Writing-case
Private Thomas BOOLER Writing-case
Private Thomas HARVEY Writing-case
Private James OSBORNE Writing-case
Private John GOGAN Writing-case
Private Robert LENNOX Writing-case
Private Edward MITCHELL Writing-case
Private John THOMSON Writing-case
Private William H. TOWNSEND Writing-case
Private William CROWDY Writing-case
Private William DOWLING Writing-case
Private Samuel MORGAN Writing-case
Private John STICKLAND Writing-case