The Collection of Medals to the Medical Services formed by Colonel D.G.B. Riddick

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £900 - £1,100

The C.B. group of eight awarded to Colonel G. B. Irvine, Indian Medical Service

The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s neck badge conversion from a breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, in later Garrards, London case of issue; India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1894-95 (Surgn. Captn., 14th Bl. Infy.), minor correction to naming; India General Sevice 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Surgn. Captn., I.M.S.), minor correction to naming; Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1902-04 (Major, I.M.S.); 1914-15 Star (Col., C.B., I.M.S.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Col.); Delhi Durbar 1911, silver, medals mounted as worn, good very fine (8) £900-1100


Gerard Beatty Irvine was born on 15 August 1863. Attending the Carmichael School, Dublin, he later qualified as a L.R.C.S.I. and L.K.Q.C.P. in 1885. Joining the Indian Medical Service as a Surgeon in 1887, he was promoted to Major in March 1899 and Lieutenant-Colonel in March 1907 and saw active service on the N.W. Frontier of India and in Somaliland. During the Great War he served with the I.M.S. in Mesopotamia for which he was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 5 April 1916, 10 May 1916, 19 October 1916, 15 August 1917) and awarded the C.B. (1916). Sold with some copied research.