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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

The K.C.B., K.C.V.O., C.M.G. group of thirteen awarded to Major-General Sir Samuel Guise-Moores, Royal Army Medical Corps, Honorary Surgeon to King George V, Colonel Commandant of the R.A.M.C., 1927-33

The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, K.C.B. (Military) Knight Commander’s set of insignia, neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; breast star, silver, silver-gilt and enamel, replacement pin; The Royal Victorian Order, K.C.V.O., Knight Commander’s set of insignia, neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; breast star, silver, silver-gilt and enamel, both officially numbered ‘420’, replacement pin; Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knight of Grace set of insignia, neck badge and breast star, silver and enamel, replacement pin; India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Relief of Chitral 1895 (Surgn. Captn., I.M.S.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Belmont, Modder River, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (Major, R.A.M.C.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (Surgn. Maj., Scots Gds.); 1914 Star, with clasp (Lt. Col., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col., R.A.M.C.) - these two renamed; Belgium, Order of Leopold I, Officer’s breast badge with swords, silver-gilt and enamel, rosette on ribbon; Belgium, Croix de Guerre; France, Croix de Guerre 1914-1917, palm on ribbon, ‘S. G. Moores’ on all named medals, very fine and better (16) £2500-3000


Samuel Guise Moores (later Sir Guise Guise-Moores) was born in Deesa, India on 24 December 1863. Educated at Cheltenham College and St. Thomas’s Hospital, he gained the M.R.C.S. England, and the L.R.C.P. London in 1888 and the D.P.H. in 1898. Commissioned a Surgeon (afterwards Surgeon-Captain) in February 1890, he served on the N.W. Frontier in the relief of Chitral. In the Boer War he served in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River (slightly wounded) and Magersfontein; in operations at Paardeberg, actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet River, Zand River, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Diamond Hill and Belfast. He was twice mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 26 January 1900, 10 September 1901) and was specially promoted to Major in November 1900. He served as Surgeon-Major to the Scots Guards, November 1901-April 1909 and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in March 1912 and Colonel in March 1915. He served in France throughout the Great War as A.D.M.S., D.D.M.S. and D.M.S. With the 7th Division for the relief of Antwerp; present at the first battle of Ypres, October 1914; battle of Neuve Chapelle, March 1915; first gas attack on Ypres, April 1915; battle of the Somme, July 1916 and third and fourth battles of Ypres. For his wartime services he was five times mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 17 February 1915, 22 June 1915, 24 December 1917, 30 December 1918, 19 July 1919), was created a C.B. in 1915 and C.M.G in 1918; was awarded the Belgian Order of Leopold and the Belgian and French Croix de Guerre; and on 6 June 1919 was specially promoted to Major-General. In 1919 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Army Medical College and D.D.M.S. Aldershot Command in 1920. He was appointed Honorary Surgeon to the King in 1922, served as Superintendent of the Osborne Convalescent Home, 1924-31, and was Colonel Commandant of the R.A.M.C., 1927-33. Guise was Knighted, receiving the K.C.B. in 1925, the Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John in 1926 and was further rewarded with the K.C.V.O. in 1931. Sir Guise Guise-Moores died on 3 October 1942. Sold with copied research.