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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £5,500

Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000

The C.S.I., C.M.G., D.S.O. group of eleven awarded to Colonel C. W. Profeit, Royal Army Medical Corps

The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, C.S.I., Companion’s neck badge, gold, silver and enamel, with cameo centre, surrounding motto embellished with rose diamonds; The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Belmont, Modder River, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (Capt., R.A.M.C.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (Capt., M.B., R.A.M.C.); 1914 Star, with clasp (Major, R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Col.); India General Service 1908-35, 2 clasps, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919, Waziristan 1919-21 (Col., A.M.S.); Jubilee 1897, silver; Coronation 1911, silver, medals mounted as worn, contained in Gaunt, London leather case, slight edge bruising, generally good very fine (11) £4000-5000


Charles William Profeit was born at Tarland, Aberdeenshire on 23 August 1870, the 2nd son of Dr Alexander Profeit, Commissioner to Queen Victoria at Balmoral. Educated at Aberdeen University, he qualified with a M.B. and C.M. in 1893. Commissioned a Surgeon-Lieutenant in January 1895 and promoted to Surgeon-Captain in January 1898, he served with the R.A.M.C. in the Boer War. He was present in the advance upon Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein. Operations in the Orange Free State, February-May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet River and Zand River. Operations in the Transvaal in May/June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill. Operations in the Transvaal east of Pretoria, July-November 1900, including the action at Belfast. He was promoted to Major in October 1906. In the Great War he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in March 1915 and was Temporary Colonel whilst A.D.M.S. of a division, January 1916. For his services he was five times mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 19 October 1914, 17 February 1915, 4 January 1917, 24 December 1917, 30 December 1918), awarded the D.S.O. (London Gazette 1 January 1917) and C.M.G. (1918). Post-war, he served on the N.W. Frontier, being again mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 3 August 1920) and awarded the C.S.I. (1920). Placed on Retired Pay in 1924, Colonel Profeit died on 5 February 1937.

Sold with some copied research. See lot 709 for the recipient’s miniature medals.