Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (8 December 2016)

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £750

Estimate: £500 - £600

An ‘M.B.E.’ group of seven awarded to Mr. J. G. A. Forbes, late Royal Army Medical Corps, who was deprived of his rank of Lieutenant, had his M.B.E. cancelled and annulled, and forfeited his M.S.M. following his conviction by the Civil Powers in October 1922

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 1st type breast badge, silver (hallmarks for London 1919); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902,5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (14924 Pte. J. G. A. Forbes. R.A.M.C.); 1914 Star, with clasp (14924. Sgt. J. G. A. Forbes. R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Q.M. & Lieut. J. G. A. Forbes.); Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (14924 A.S.Mjr: J. G. A. Forbes. R.A.M.C.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (14924 S.Sjt: J. G. A. Forbes. R.A.M.C.) light contact marks, nearly very fine and better (7) £500-600


M.B.E. London Gazette 11 November 1919.

M.B.E. Forfeited London Gazette 3 October 1922.

M.S.M. London Gazette 1 January 1918.

M.S.M. Forfeited London Gazette 6 October 1922.

James George Annand Forbes served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in both the Boer War and in the Great War, and was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 22 June 1915). He was appointed Quartermaster, with the rank of Lieutenant, on 25 October 1918, but he was deprived of his rank of Lieutenant; his membership of the Order of the British Empire was cancelled and annulled; and he forfeited his Meritorious Service Medal ‘in consequence of his having been convicted by the Civil Powers’, 3 October 1922.