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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £1,100 - £1,300

The Great War D.S.O., O.B.E. group of six awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel S. B. Smith, Royal Army Medical Corps

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1908 (Captn., R.A.M.C.); 1914-15 Star (Major, R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.), mounted court style as worn, good very fine and better (6) £1100-1300


D.S.O. London Gazette 4 June 1917.

M.I.D. London Gazette 29 May 1917, 10 July 1919.

Samuel Boylan Smith was born at Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow on 12 December 1872. He qualified as a M.D. at Dublin in 1898. Entering the Army as a Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. in November 1900, he was promoted to Captain in November 1903. He served in West Africa, 1901-02 and India, 1903-08, taking part in the operations in Mohmand country. Promoted to Major in August 1912, he served as Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, April-May 1918 and was promoted to that rank in October 1918. During the Great War he served in France, 1915-17, when he was wounded in action, and was again in France during 1918-19. For his wartime services he was twice mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O. and O.B.E. Post-war he served in Ceylon, 1919-22 and later in Hong Kong. Lieutenant-Colonel Smith was placed on Retired Pay on 12 December 1927 and died at Prestwick on 13 December 1944. Sold with some copied research.