The Barrett J Carr Collection of Nurses’ Medals

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Date of Auction: 6th December 2017

Sold for £220

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Great War A.R.R.C. and post-War R.N.L.I. gold medal group of nine awarded to Nurse Ella G. Taylor, Red House Military Hospital, Cromer

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, on lady’s bow riband; Voluntary Medical Service Medal, silver (Ella G. Taylor); British Red Cross Society War Commemorative Medal 1914-18, unnamed, complete with integral top riband bar; British Red Cross Society Proficiency Cross, gilt and enamel (01405 Ella Taylor), with ‘Proficiency in Red Cross First Aid’ top riband bar; British Red Cross Society County of Norfolk Badge, gilt and enamel (16129 Ella G. Taylor); British Red Cross Society ‘For Service’ Lapel Badge, gilt and enamel (12890); British Red Cross Society10 Years Service’ Lapel Badge, gilt and enamel (9637 E. G. Taylor); Women’s League of Honour 1915 Lapel Badge, gilt and enamel, with related ‘Committee’ bar; Royal National Lifeboat Institution Gold Medal, gold (9ct) and enamel, pinback ‘lapel’ style badge, the reverse inscribed ‘Presented to Ella Garty Taylor R.R.C. in recognition of her valuable help 1954.’, very fine and better (9) £300-400


Provenance: Tony Sabell Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, September 2012.

A.R.R.C. London Gazette 24 October 1917.

Miss Ella Garty Taylor served during the Great War with the Red House Auxiliary Military Hospital, Cromer, Norfolk. She was awarded the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Gold Medal in 1954 for outstanding administrative service, ‘for having spent over 50 years assisting the Cromer Lifeboat Day organisation and for having been organiser for 40 years’ (newspaper cutting with lot refers). She was presented with her R.N.L.I. medal by Lord Templewood, President of the Branch, ‘who said her record was a wonderful one of unselfish voluntary work. He was delighted that the Institution had recognised her work with a gold medal, which was really the highest distinction it could give for work of that kind.’ (ibid).

Sold together with four British Red Cross Society certificates named to Miss Ella Taylor, for Home Nursing, 1914; Hygiene and Sanitation, 1916; War Service at the Red House Military Hospital, Cromer, November 1914-November 1915; and another for November 1915-November 1916; together with an ‘Angel of Pity’ certificate of appreciation from Queen Alexandra; and copied notes on the Auxiliary Military Hospital at the Red House, Cromer.