The Barrett J Carr Collection of Nurses’ Medals

Date of Auction: 6th December 2017

Sold for £6,000

Estimate: £5,000 - £6,000

The unique ‘Egypt and Sudan’ R.R.C. group of four awarded to Matron Mary C. Jerrard, Army Medical Department and Military Nursing Establishment

Royal Red Cross, 1st Class (R.R.C.), V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, on lady’s bow riband; South Africa 1877-79, no clasp (Mary Jerrard, “Nurse”); Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, The Nile 1884-85 (Nursing Sister M. C. Jerrard); Khedive’s Star 1884-6, unnamed as issued, minor enamel chip to upper arm of first, good very fine and better (4) £5000-6000


Provenance: Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris Collection (by whom the R.R.C. badge was added for display purposes)
Colonel D. G. B. Riddick Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, September 2006.

R.R.C. London Gazette 23 October 1885.

Mary Clementine Jerrard was attached to the Army Medical Department during the Zulu War and was one of only 7 Nurses from the A.M.D. to receive the South African Medal. During the Egyptian campaign she saw service with the Military Nursing Establishment, having been posted to Wady Halfa for the operations on the Nile, and was one of 41 Nurses to receive the Egypt and Sudan Medal. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross in October 1885, and the insignia was sent to the General Officer Commanding, Egypt, on 31 October 1885.

A breakdown of the medallic awards to Nurses from this period can be found in Honours and Awards to Women to 1914, by Norman Gooding. Only 2 nurses received the clasp ‘The Nile 1884-85’.
The combination of awards to Mary Jerrard is unique.