The Barrett J Carr Collection of Nurses’ Medals

Date of Auction: 6th December 2017

Sold for £320

Estimate: £200 - £260

Three: Miss Dora A. Champion, Volunteer Aid Detachment, who as a member of the Friends’ Ambulance Unit was awarded the French Special Emblem for Nurses

1914-15 Star (D. A. Champion, V.A.D.); British War and Victory Medals (D. A. Champion, V.A.D.); together with two French Special Emblems for Nurses, bronze-gilt and enamel, good very fine, rare (3) £200-260


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

Miss Dora A. Champion served during the Great War with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the British Red Cross on the Western Front from 19 October 1915. As a member of the Friends’ Ambulance Unit she was awarded the French Special Emblem in Silver for Nurses.

The Special Emblem was instituted by the decree of the Ministry of War dated 1 May 1917. It was awarded to nurses who particularly distinguished themselves by their devotion to duty and length of service. Nurses judged worthy of receiving the emblem received it in bronze for one years service, silver for two years and gold for three years.