The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria

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Date of Auction: 20th August 2020

Sold for £3,000

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,600

A rare Boer War R.R.C. pair awarded to Nursing Sister J. E. Skillman, Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve

Royal Red Cross, 1st Class, V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Nursing Sister J. E. Skillman) together with Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Badge 1899-1902, silver-gilt and enamels, nearly extremely fine (3) £2,000-£2,600

Footnote

R.R.C. London Gazette 27 September 1901.

Mentioned in despatches (Lord Roberts) London Gazette 10 September 1901.

Janet Elizabeth Skillman trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, and enrolled in Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve as No. 95 on 2 January 1900. She served in South Africa at No. 6 General Hospital, and was presented with the R.R.C. at an investiture on 17 December 1901. She returned to St Bartholomew’s after the war and was still there in 1905.