More than ten different newspapers ran the same headline on 5 Aug 1905: Drowned At The Palace - A Boy's Heroism: On Monday night the body of a boy named Farley, aged eleven, of Chelsea, was taken out of one of the lakes at the Crystal Palace. Farley, with a number of other children, had been attending a school treat. He went for a bathe with a companion, and both got into difficulties. A boy named Arthur Grogan jumped in and rescued one of the boys, but Farley was drowned. At the inquest at Penge on Tuesday it was stated that Grogan dived in twice to rescue Farley. He was going in a third time when a man stopped him. The Coroner said he would consider it his duty to lay the facts before the Humane Society. It was as fine a display of pluck in a boy as he had ever heard. The jury, in returning a verdict of suffocation by drowning, expressed the hope that Grogan would get the Humane Society's medal."
Arthur William "Grogi" Grogan was born in Hove, Sussex in 1891, the son of Walter and Lucy Grogan, brother of Harold Keith Grogan and nephew of famous big game hunter, Ewart Scott Grogan. First serving as a Private with the East Africa Mounted Rifles, Grogan was entered the African theatre of war with E.A.M.R.'s "E" Squadron from 8 Aug 1914, entitled to a 1914-15 Trio, and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant with the East African Forces on 15 July 1918. After the war, he owned a farm in the Mandilla Estate Kitale from 1930. Buy the 1914-15 trio of medals to Arthur's brother, Harold Keith Grogan.
Buy the medals of Arthur's brother, Harold Keith Grogan.