Medals from the Collection of David Lloyd

Date of Auction: 17th February 2021

Sold for £850

Estimate: £240 - £280

A Great War M.B.E. group of four awarded to Miss Gladys M. Brooks, Voluntary Aid Detachment and British Red Cross Society

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 1st type, lady’s shoulder badge, silver, hallmarks for London 1919; Defence Medal; Voluntary Medical Service Medal (Miss Gladys Muriael Brooks) with one additional ‘Geneva Cross’ award bar; Serbia, Kingdom, Cross of Charity, gilt and enamel, reverse dated 1912 at base of central medallion, good very fine (4) £240-£280

Footnote

M.B.E. London Gazette 30 March 1920: Miss Gladys Muriel Brooks, Commandant, Ingress Abbey V.A.D. Hospital, Greenhithe, Kent
‘For services in connection with the War.’


Miss Gladys Muriel Brooks was born on 9 December 1886 and was educated at Roedean School, Brighton. She served during the Great War with Lady Wimborne’s unit working in Serbia from February to August 1915, for which service she was decorated with the Serbian Cross of Charity, before joining Rosherville Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, Kent, for nursing duties in October 1915. She was appointed Commandant in March 1916, before transferring to Ingress Abbey V.A.D. Hospital on June 1917. For her services with the V.A.D. during the Great War she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

During the Second World War she served with the British Red Cross Society, and was awarded the Voluntary Medical Service Medal. She died on 26 February 1979.

Sold together with the recipient’s riband bar and cloth B.R.C.S. unit patch.