Awards to the Medical Services from the Collection of the late Tony Sabell

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Date of Auction: 13th September 2012

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

The Great War C.B. group of five awarded to Colonel Sir Bruce Gordon Seton, Indian Medical Service, 9th Baronet of Abercorn

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1894-5 (S. Capt., I.M.S.); India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (S. Capt., I.M.S.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Col. Sir B. G. Seton); together with a silver eight-pointed star and Royal Masonic Institute for Girls Steward’s Badge for 1927, silver, silver-gilt and enamel, mounted for display, very fine and better (7) £800-1000


C.B. London Gazette 4 June 1917. ‘Lt-Col. and Bt. Col. Sir Bruce Gordon Seton, Bt., Ind. Med. Serv.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 27 June 1917.

Bruce Gordon Seton was born on 13 October 1868, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Seton, R.E. He was educated at Bart’s and gained the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. London in 1891. He entered the Indian Medical Service as a Surgeon Lieutenant in January 1892; being promoted to Surgeon Captain in January 1895, Major in January 1904 and Lieutenant-Colonel in January 1912. He was granted the brevet rank of Colonel on 30 June 1913.

Seton served on the N.W. Frontier of India in the Waziristan campaign of 1894-95, being severely wounded at Kaniguram; then in the Tochi campaign of 1897-98. Prior to the Great War he held the post of Secretary to the Director-General of the I.M.S. During the Great War he was in command of the Kitchener Indian Hospital at Brighton, 1914-16. For his wartime services he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the C.B.

On 6 March 1916 he succeeded his cousin, Sir Bruce Maxwell Seton, as 9th Baronet of Abercorn. In 1923 he advanced a claim to the Barony of Gordon, which, after six years, was rejected by the House of Lords.

Sir Bruce Seton was the author or co-author of Cavalry Elementary Veterinary Manual, 1895; The Indian Medical Service, 1911; The Pipes of War, 1920; The Prisoners of Forty-five, 1928, and was editor of The Orderly Book of Lord Ogilvy’s Regiment in the Army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1924.

Brevet Colonel Sir Bruce Seton, Bt., C.B. died at Edinburgh on 3 July 1932. Sold with a folder containing extensive copied research.