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

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £500

Estimate: £140 - £180

The O.B.E. group of four awarded to Jennet, the Honourable Mrs. David Bruce, French Red Cross and British Red Cross Society

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Civil) Officer’s 2nd type lady’s shoulder badge, silver-gilt, on lady’s bow riband, in Royal Mint case of issue; British War and Victory Medals (J. Rawstorne.); Defence Medal, good very fine and better (4) £140-180


O.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1974.

Jennet, The Honourable Mrs. David Bruce was born Jennet Rawstorne, the daughter of the Rt. Rev. Atherton Rawstorne, Suffragan Bishop of Whalley, in 1891, and served during the Great War with the British Committee of the French Red Cross as an Orderly with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in the Hospital at Royaumont, France, from January 1916 until November 1918. She married Colonel the Hon. David Bruce, Seaforth Highlanders, son of the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, on 23 May 1919, with whom she had one son and one daughter. She subsequently served for many years with the Sutherland Red Cross Society, of which body she was President from 1946-76. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1974, and died on 7 March 1982.

Sold together with various photographs of the recipient, including a number of her with H.M. The Queen.