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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400

A Great War D.S.O. group of six awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. Barkley, Royal Army Medical Corps

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, South Africa 1901 (Lieut., R.A.M.C.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (Surgeon); 1914-15 Star (Major, R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.) very fine and better (6) £1200-1400


D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January 1919.

M.I.D. London Gazette 24 December 1917, 30 December 1918.

James Barkley was born at Maghera, Co. Londonderry on 29 June 1870. He qualified as L.R.C.P., Edinburgh, 1899; L.R.C.S., Edinburgh, 1899 and L.F.P.S., Glasgow, 1899. He then served as a Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C., serving in the Boer War, resigning from the service in July 1901. Employed as a Physician and Surgeon he received a commission in the 3rd Home Counties Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. (T.F.) in April 1911. Barkley served in France/Flanders from 20 December 1914. As a Major serving with the 83rd Field Ambulance, he was returned to England in June 1915 suffering from several debilities. He returned to France in January 1917, remaining there until August 1919, serving as Acting Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 2/3 Home Counties Field Ambulance & 26 General Hospital. For his wartime services he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O. Sold with copied service papers.