Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (8 & 9 May 2019)

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Date of Auction: 8th & 9th May 2019

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

An M.B.E., Great War D.C.M. group of seven awarded to 1st Class Staff Sergeant Major A. J. Ryan, Army Service Corps, late Suffolk Regiment

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 1st type breast badge, silver, hallmarks for London 1919; Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (S-20332 S. Sjt: A. J. Ryan. A.S.C.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (6583 Pte. A. J. Ryan, Vol: Coy Suffolk Regt.) unofficial rivets between state and date clasps; 1914-15 Star (S-20332 S. Sjt. - A.S.Q.M. Sjt. - A. J. Ryan. A.S.C.); British War and Victory Medals (S-20332 T. W.O. Cl. 1. A. J. Ryan. A.S.C.); France, Third Republic, Medaille Militaire, silver, gilt, and enamel, with trophy of arms suspension, generally very fine (7) £800-£1,200


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, February 1999.

M.B.E. London Gazette 27 February 1926.

D.C.M. London Gazette 21 June 1916:
‘For consistent good work and devotion to duty.’

France, Medaille Militaire London Gazette 24 February 1916.

Arthur John Ryan was born in January 1883. He served with the Volunteer Company, Suffolk Regiment in South Africa, and during the Great War with Army Service Corps in the Gallipoli theatre of war from 16 June 1915. Ryan advanced to Staff Sergeant Major in June 1922, and to 1st Class S.S.M. in March 1926.