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

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £950

Estimate: £600 - £700

Five: Nursing Sister B. D. Bowhill, Scottish Women’s Hospitals, late Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Nursing Sister B. D. Bowring); King’s South Africa 1901-02, no clasp (Nursing Sister B. D. Bowhill); British War and Victory Medals (B. D. Bowhill); Serbia, Cross of Mercy 1912, gilt and enamel, good very fine (5) £600-700


Bessie Dora Bowhill trained at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and enrolled in the P.C.A.N.S.R. on 15 May 1900 as No. 563. During the Boer War she served with No. 13 Stationary Hospital at Pinetown Bridge near Durban from 2 July 1900. During the Great War she served as Matron of the 1st Serbian Hospital unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospital, April 1915-February 1917.

With copied m.i.c. and roll extracts. Serbian award not confirmed.