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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,600

A Great War C.M.G., D.S.O. group of seven awarded to Colonel S. de C. O’Grady, Royal Army Medical Corps

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; Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1902-04 (Capt., R.A.M.C.); 1914 Star (Major, R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Col.); Belgium, Civic Decoration, 1867 type, 1st Class, gilt and enamel, on ‘distinguished service’ ribbon, good very fine and better (7) £1400-1600


C.M.G. London Gazette 1 January 1919. ‘... for services rendered in connection with military operations in France and Flanders’.’.

D.S.O. London Gazette 4 June 1917. ‘... for distinguished services in the field’.

M.I.D. London Gazette 2 September 1904 (Somaliland), 17 February 1915, 29 May 1917, 30 December 1918.

Standish de Courcy O’Grady was born in Dresden on 27 July 1872. Studying at Dublin University he gained a B.A., B.A.O., B.Ch. and M.B. and registered as a Medical Practitioner in Ireland on 28 March 1896. He entered the R.A.M.C. as a Lieutenant in January 1898 and was promoted to Captain in January 1901. He served in the operations in Somaliland 1902-04 and was mentioned in despatches. Promoted to Major in October 1909 and Lieutenant-Colonel in March 1915, he attained the rank of Temporary Colonel in October 1916. He was A.D.M.S. 33rd Division in France, 30 October 1916-15 March 1919 and A.D.M.S. 1st Cavalry Division in France, 16 March-13 October 1919. He was later A.D.M.S. Allied Corps, Constantinople. For his services in the Great War he was three times mentioned in despatches and awarded the C.M.G., D.S.O. and Belgian Civic Decoration. Sold with some copied research. See lot 712 for the recipient’s miniature medals.