The Julian Johnson Collection
Date of Auction: 10th May 2017
Sold for £360
Estimate: £280 - £320
China 1900, 1 clasp, Relief of Pekin (Lieutt. D. Mc: Cay. I.M.S.) engraved naming, surname partially officially corrected; British War Medal 1914-20 (Maj. D. McCay.) edge bruising to first, otherwise very fine or better (2) £280-320
FootnoteProvenance: Glendining, June 1984.
David McCay was born in February 1873, and studied at Queen’s College Cork and Belfast (M.B., Ch. B.B.A.O. 1898). He was commissioned Lieutenant in the Indian Medical Service, in July 1899. He served with the I.M.S. in China, and advanced to Captain in July 1902. McCay returned to India and was appointed Resident Physician and Professor of Physiology, Medical College Hospital, Calcutta, in August 1902. Staying in his appointment in Calcutta he transferred to the Calcutta Volunteer Rifles in August 1905. He took one year of leave from India in 1910, and returned to London (M.C.R.P. 1911).
McCay advanced to Major in April 1912, and by 1914 was also the Resident Surgeon at the Medical College Hospital, Calcutta (M.D. Gold Medal 1914). He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in the I.M.S. in 1917, and continued to serve in Calcutta throughout the Great War, holding various Professorships. He wrote The Protein Element of Nutrition published in 1912, and several articles, as well as Editing the ‘I.M.G.’ 1909-10. He retired in November 1926, and died in May 1931.