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: £800 - £900

A Great War ‘Italian Front’ M.C. group of seven awarded to Warrant Officer Class 1 W. J. Wilson, Royal Army Medical Corps

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Belmont, Modder River, Orange Free State, Transvaal (12146 Pte., R.A.M.C.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (12146 Corpl., R.A.M.C.); 1914-15 Star (12146 S. Mjr., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (12146 W.O. Cl. 1, R.A.M.C.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (12146 S. Mjr., R.A.M.C.), Q.S.A. & K.S.A. with edge bruising and contact marks, nearly very fine; others about extremely fine (7) £800-900


M.C. London Gazette 3 June 1918. ‘For distinguished services with the Army in Italy’.

M.I.D. London Gazette 4 January 1917.

William Wilson was born on 31 July 1874 and enlisted into the R.A.M.C. on 1 November 1898. He served in the Boer War with the 18th Company R.A.M.C. attached to the Guards Brigade. Appointed a Warrant Officer Class 1 on 12 October 1914 he proceeded to France as Sergeant-Major of a Field Ambulance of 5 Division (13, 14 & 15 Field Ambulances). The division fought at Hill 60, Gravenstaefel, the 2nd battle of Ypres and Loos 1915, at High Wood and Longueval, battle of the Somme 1916, Givenchy, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Oppy, 3rd battle of Ypres, Gheluvelt and Passchendaele 1917. The division moved to Italy in November 1917 and returned to France in April 1918 where it fought at Nieppe, Bapaume, Gouzeaucourt and Maubeuge 1918. Wilson was awarded his Long Service medal in 1916. He retired on a pension on 25 August 1920.