This medal was award to my great uncle, Samuel James Brooks, when a pupil at the School for the Indigent Blind, St. George's Circus, Southwark. The school was started in 1799 by four philanthropic gentlemen. Eventually it moved to new premises in Leatherhead in 1902.
His time at the school is a mystery. All records were destroyed when it closed in the 1980's.
Samuel (known as Jim) started at the school aged 8 in 1889, possibly financed by the Thame Union. Relatives of his mother living in Bermondsey helped out during school holidays.
He studied music & became an Associate Member of the Royal School of Organists. He left the school to be the organist & choir master of the temporary Oxshott Church.
Samuel died at Oxshott in 1910 after 3 years of T.B. A marble plaque to his memory is in the current St. Andrews Church, Oxshott.
I don't know why he was awarded the medal which has "S. J. Brooks May 1902" on the reverse.
Samuel's handwritten name is written in some music books suggesting that he was partially sighted. He would travel frequently between the school and later Oxshott and his home in Oakley, near Brill, Buckinghamshire to stay with his parents, Charles and Sarah Brooks