Orders, Decorations and Medals (20 October 1993)

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Date of Auction: 20th October 1993

Sold for £480

Estimate: £300 - £400

SOUTH AFRICA 1834-53 (S.M. Hadaway, Surgn. 91st Regt. & Stff. Surgn.) fitted with silver ribbon buckle, very fine


Samuel Maitland Hadaway, Inspector General of Hospitals, was born in Leith, Scotland, on 28 October 1805, and was licensed by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 1827. He served abroad in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick from 1829 to 1834, and at Corfu from 1835 to 1842. He was awarded a gold medal by the Government of lonia for having instituted some, and remodelled others, of their public Hospitals and institutions. Whilst at Corfu he married Adelaide Villette Calichopula, with whom he had two sons and two daughters. He was appointed Surgeon in the 91st Regiment in 1843 and served with them in the Cape of Good Hope from May, 1843 to April 1847. On 22 May 1846, 60 men of the 91st were escorting 42 supply wagons between Fort Peddie and Trompetter's Drift when they came under heavy attack. The convoy stretched for some three-quarters of a mile and it being found impossible to protect such a long line of wagons, most had to be abandoned to the Kaffirs. Doctor Hadaway, who was in front with the advanced guard, afforded great assistance by encouraging the men, and doing everything in his power to get the leading wagons on. He had a horse killed by two assegai wounds, and his servant had another killed close to him. Hadaway served with the Eastern Army in 1855-56 being appointed Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals in January 1856, and Director of Transports. Under his supervision on 5 July, two hospital ships embarked the last 600 sick from Balaklava together with all the soldiers' wives. He was appointed Inspector of Hospitals on 11 August 1863, retired in 1870, and died on 9 November 1881, from shock after a lacerated wound of the left leg by being jammed between the kerb and the wheel of a van in Threadneedle Street, London.