A Collection of Medals to Members of the Nobility and The Royal Household

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £240

Estimate: £200 - £240

The Great War O.B.E. group of five awarded to Sybil, the Honourable Mrs. Orpen, British Red Cross Society, and the daughter of Field Marshal the Lord Plumer

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Civil) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; British Red Cross Society Medal for War Service 1914-18; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1953; Voluntary Medical Service Medal (The Honble Mrs. Sybil M. Orpen), with five ‘Geneva Cross’ Additional Award Bars, toned, good very fine (5)


O.B.E. London Gazette 30 March 1920.

M.B.E. London Gazette 7 January 1918.

Sybil Margaret, The Honourable Mrs. Orpen was born Sybil Margaret Plumer on 21 February 1887, the second daughter of Field Marshal Viscount Plumer, and joined the British Red Cross Society in 1910. She served at York Military Hospital during the Great War, and was appointed Quartermaster of Kensington Division, London, in 1918. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her service in connection with the War in 1918, and was advanced to an Officer of the Order in 1920. She remained in London after the War, and served as Divisional Secretary, Kensington, from 1919-39, and then as Vice President of the Division from 1940 until 1950. In 1955 she was created an Honorary Vice-President of the British Red Cross Society.

Sybil Plumer married Major Anthony Orpen, East Lancashire Regiment, in 1916, and they had two daughters. She died on 30 March 1968.