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

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013


Estimate: £800 - £900

A Great War M.C. group of four awarded to Major R. H. McGillycuddy, Royal Army Medical Corps, who died of pneumonia at sea, 20 October 1918

Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed, with case of issue; 1914-15 Star (Lieut., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major) nearly extremely fine (4) £800-900


M.C. London Gazette 14 January 1916.

Richard Hugh McGillycuddy was born on 15 September 1884, the younger son of Denis Charles, The McGillycuddy of the Reeks. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and was a student at University College, London in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, 1901-07, transferring to University College Hospital and taking his M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1911. He was appointed District Medical Officer for the Borough of St. Pancras and was in practice in West London until the outbreak of war. On 4 July 1915 he was gazetted a Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. and was attached to the 9th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. with which he went to France. As such he took part in the battle of Loos in September 1915 and served with the battalion until the Spring of 1916 when he was invalided home, having been awarded the M.C. in January 1916. He was promoted to Captain in July 1916 and Major in 1917. Later he served as Adjutant on the H.M.N.T. Aquitania and was in medical charge of H.M.N.T’s. Aberdonian and Formosa. He died of pneumonia whilst at sea on 20 October 1918.

With a folder containing copied research on the recipient and other members of his family.