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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £7,200

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,200

The exceptional M.B.E., O.B.I., Indian Title Badge group of fifteen awarded to Sardar Bahadur Subadar-Major and Honorary Captain (Honorary Assistant Surgeon) Jit Singh, Indian Subordinate Medical Department

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, silver; Order of British India, 1st Class, 1st type neck badge, gold and enamel; Indian Title Badge (2), G.V.R., ‘Sardar Bahadur’, silver-gilt and enamel, rev. inscribed, ‘Sardar Sahib Subadar Jit Singh, 3rd June 1929’; another, G.V.R., ‘Sardar Sahib’, silver and enamel, rev. inscribed, ‘Jit Singh, 1st Jany. 1921’; India General Service 1908-35 (2), 2 clasps, Abor 1911-12, Waziristan 1919-21, M.I.D. oak leaf (Sub Assistant Surgeon, I.S.M.D.); another, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1919-21 (S-A-S, I.M.D.); 1914 Star (No.1150 2/S.A.S./, I.S.M.D.); British War Medal 1914-20 (2 Sr. S.A.S., I.M.D.); Victory Medal 1914-19, M.I.D. oak leaf (S.A.S., I.M.D.); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq (Subdr.); War and India Service Medals (Sub-Maj. Hony. Capt., A.M.C.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Indian Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (1150 1st Cl. S.A.S., I.S.M.D.) nearly very fine and better (15) £1800-2200


Prior to the Great War Jit Singh served as an Assistant Surgeon in the I.S.M.D., serving in the Gyantse relief, the Daphla Political Mission and the Abor expedition of 1911-12, in the latter he was in medical charge of the 26th Mule Corps. During this time he was on Plague Duty at Dera Ismail Khan, 1908-09, Cholera Duty at Lucknow, 1910-11 and Plague Duty at Lucknow, 1911. During the War he served in France and Mesopotamia being in Sub Medical Charge of 2000 beds in a General Hospital. For his services in Mesopotamia he was mentioned in despatches in October 1916. After the war he was on duty combating fever in a refugee camp at Baquba, Persia, 1919-20, he then served in the Waziri force, January 1921-April 1922 being employed at the 43rd Indian General Hospital for which he was mentioned in despatches in June 1923. He was employed at H.E. Viceroy’s Dispensary, May-September 1922 and was later in Sub Medical Charge of the Civil and Military Dispensary in Simla. During this time he was awarded the M.S.M. on 10 July 1917 and created a Sardar Sahib in 1919 and Sardar Bahadur in 1929. He was specially promoted to Subadar Senior Sub-Assistant Surgeon in 1920. In 1934 he was honoured with the award of the O.B.I. 2nd Class with the title ‘Bahadur’ and was promoted in the Order to 1st Class with the title ‘Sardar Bahadur’ in the following year. In 1943 he was promoted in his military rank to Honorary Assistant Surgeon. During 1936-38 he was employed at the Government Medical Store Depot at Lahore, retiring in 1938 but recalled to active duty in 1940 due to the war emergency. As ‘Sardar Bahadur Subadar-Major and Honorary Captain in the I.M.D. he was awarded the M.B.E. in June 1942. He again retired from the service in September 1945, going into medical practice at Lahore and New Delhi.

Sold with copied research including several copied award documents.