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

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £2,600

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,200

The Great War D.S.O., M.C. group of twelve awarded to Brigadier J. W. C. Stubbs, Royal Army Medical Corps

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; 1914 Star, with clasp (Lieut., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf; Coronation 1937; Iraq, King Feisal’s War Medal, no clasp, minor contact marks, very fine and better (12) £1800-2200


D.S.O. London Gazette 3 June 1919.

M.C. London Gazette 23 June 1915.

M.I.D. London Gazette 22 June 1915, 10 July 1919, 9 August 1945, 4 April 1946.

John William Cotter Stubbs was born in Dublin on 30 May 1891. Educated at Portora and Trinity College, Dublin, he qualified as a M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. at Dublin, 1913 and L.M. at the Rotunda Hospital, 1912. He entered the R.A.M.C. as a Lieutenant in January 1914 and was promoted to Captain in March 1915, serving as Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, June 1918-March 1919. He served throughout the war in the France/Flanders theatre of war and was twice mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O.and M.C. for his medical services. Promoted to Major in January 1926, he served in Iraq during 1930-31, employed in operations against tribesmen under Sheikh Mahmud in Southern Kurdistan, for which he was awarded a medal. Stubbs was promoted to Colonel in August 1940 and held the rank of Acting Brigadier, September 1943-March 1944. During the Second World War he served in India, 1939-42, as O.C., British Military Hospital, Kasauli, 1939-41 and as O.C., 3rd General Hospital, Poona, 1941-42. Proceeding then to the Middle East and North Africa, 1942-44, he was D.D.M.S., H.Q., 3rd District, September 1943-March 1944. Then in N.W. Europe he was O.C., No. 113 General Hospital, 1944-45. For his services in the war he was twice mentioned in despatches. Sold with two letters from the War Office forwarding M.I.D. emblems; also with copied research.