The Oswald Reid Medal was commissioned by Radley College of Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 2017.
Founded in 1847 by William Sewell (1804–79) and Robert Corbet Singleton (1810–81), Radley College is one of only 4 boys-only, boarding-only independent senior schools in the United Kingdom.
The gold and silver 50mm semi-proof medals bear the name of one of the school’s honoured alumni students, Oswald Reid who attended the school in in 1910. It has been documented that Reid was an exceptional sportsman and student whilst attending the college, being a member of the cricket, football, rugby, boxing, swimming and debate team throughout. However Reid is admired most for his achievements post-education when he was awarded the Victoria Cross the military’s highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, for his bravery whilst holding down his post at the 1917 Battle of Diyalah River.
The college commissioned this medal to commemorate the centenary of WW1 and Reid being awarded the medal. The words “dauntless Courage, gallant leadership, conspicuous bravery” on the obverse will inspire those in education at Radley for years to come.