The Barrett J Carr Collection of Nurses’ Medals
Date of Auction: 6th December 2017
Sold for £500
Estimate: £600 - £800
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Nurse M. B. Alexander, Scottish Hos.) initials re-impressed; King’s South Africa 1901-02, no clasp (Nursing Sister M. B. Alexander) some contact marks, very fine (2) £600-800
FootnoteProvenance: Tony Sabell Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, September 2012.
Margaret Butler Alexander trained at The Western Infirmary, Glasgow and enrolled into Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve on 23 March 1900, being given the number ‘477’. She went to South Africa as a Nurse in the Scottish National Red Cross Hospital serving at Kroonstad. She is also listed as serving at the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Pretoria. For her service in South Africa she was Mentioned in Despatches by Lord Roberts in 1902 (London Gazette 1 March 1902), and also received a Scottish National Red Cross Hospital and St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association Tribute Medal in gold.