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

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Date of Auction: 8th & 9th May 2019

Sold for £170

Estimate: £200 - £240

The mounted group of seven miniature dress medals worn by Air Commandant B. M. Ducat-Amos, Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Royal Red Cross, 1st Class (R.R.C.), E.II.R., silver-gilt and enamel; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Commander’s (Sister’s) badge, silver and enamel, with heraldic beasts in angles, enamel to arms of cross repaired; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; General Service 1918-62, 2 clasps, Cyprus, Arabian Peninsula; Jubilee 1977, mounted as worn, generally very fine (7) £200-£240


C.B. London Gazette 15 June 1974.

R.R.C. London Gazette 1 January 1971.

Order of St. John, Commander (Sister) London Gazette 26 February 1976.

Barbara Mary Ducat-Amos was the daughter of Captain D. W. Ducat-Amos, Master Mariner, and was born in February 1921. She was educated at The Abbey School, Reading and St. Thomas’s Hospital, London (The Nightingale Training School), qualifying as a State Registered Nurse in 1943. Ducat-Amos joined Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service in 1944, and served in R.A.F. hospitals in the UK and Aden. She left the service in 1947, and undertook further training in South Africa and South West Africa, before rejoining the P.M.R.A.F.N.S. in 1952.

Ducat-Amos served as a General War and Theatre Sister in R.A.F. hospitals based in the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Aden and Changi (Singapore). She advanced to Matron in 1967, Senior Matron in 1968, and Principal Matron in 1970. Ducat-Amos advanced to Air Commandant, and served as Queen’s Honorary Nursing Sister, 1972-78. She died at Heathland Court Nursing Home, Wimbledon, in January 2008.

For the recipient’s full sized awards, see Lot 3.