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

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £150

Estimate: £160 - £200

Four: Surgeon Probationer Herbert William Archer-Hall, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, later an Ophthalmic Surgeon

1914-15 Star (Surg. Prob. H. W. Hall, R.N.V.R.); Defence Medal, unnamed; Serbia, Red Cross Decoration, silver and enamel; Cross of Mercy 1912, gilt and enamel, nearly extremely fine (4) £160-200


Herbert William Hall was born in Birmingham on 24 September 1893 and received his medical training at the University of Birmingham, gaining the M.R.C.S. Eng, L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1918. and a Diploma in Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford in 1919. During the Great War he served as a Dresser to the 1st Serbian Relief Fund Unit under Lady Leila Paget which arrived in Serbia in November 1914. Later he served as a Surgeon Probationer in the R.N.V.R., appointed to H.M.S. Melampus in June 1915.

After the war he began an almost 40 year connection with the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, becoming a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. In addition he was Ophthalmologist to the school medical service. An enthusiastic Freemason, he was a founder of the University of Birmingham Lodge. Archer-Hall died on 27 June 1970.

With an original ‘Mr H. W. Archer Hall, Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital’ appointment card; birth and death certificates and a quantity of copied research including recipient’s will. Serbian awards not confirmed.

See lot 1579 for the recipient’s miniature dress medals.