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An extremely rare Boer War R.R.C. pair

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Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$3,929 - US$5,894
Price realised:  £4,700
ca. US$9,235
Lot number 1195, Views: 31

An extremely rare Boer War R.R.C. pair awarded to Nursing Sister H. Hogarth, Army Nursing Service Reserve, one of just three such decorations granted for services in hospital ships in the Boer War, in her case as a hand-picked member of staff aboard the Princess of Wales Royal Red Cross, 1st Class, V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with original riband and brooch-pin for wearing; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Nursing Sister H. Hogarth), enamel slightly chipped on upper arm of the first, otherwise good very fine (2) £2000-3000 Footnote R.R.C. London Gazette 26 June 1902: ‘Miss H. Hogarth, Army Nursing Service Reserve, Hospital Ship Princess of Wales.’ Mention in despatches London Gazette 17 June 1902 (Lord Roberts’ final despatch). Helen Hogarth was one of just four nursing staff hand-picked by H.R.H. Princess Christian to serve on the royal hospital ship Princess of Wales and the only “Nursing Sister” to receive the Royal Red Cross for services in such circumstances. “The Princess of Wales” Much of the history behind the creation of the Princess of Wales is well documented in the columns of The Times, Lord Wantage having corresponded with the newspaper in October 1899 about the creation of the Central British Red Cross Committee, including the Army Nursing Service Reserve, whose President was H.R.H. Princess Christian. In turn she became Honorary President of the newly formed Committee, out of which emerged the funding for a fully equipped hospital ship. The vessel in question, the well-known yachting steamer Midnight Sun, was chartered for the purpose and sent to the Armstrong works for the necessary alterations into a 200-bed hospital ship, ready to leave for South Africa by the end of November 1899. In addition to assisting with the cost of fitting the ship, Her Royal Highness spent more than £1,000 in luxuries and comforts for the sick and wounded soldiers and, at the express wish of the Central British Red Cross Committee, consented that the ship be called the Princess of Wales. In the company of her husband, she visited the ship at Tilbury Docks in late November, just before her departure for South Africa - painted white, the Princess of Wales had the Geneva Cross ‘standing out in bold relief on her side’. The Times continues: ‘The interior fittings have been swept away, commodious wards taking the place of dining room, music room, and so on, and the ship now represents a perfectly equipped floating hospital. There are three large wards, and one small one, the last being for officers, and altogether cots are provided for about 200 patients ... The operating room is on the lower deck, in the middle of the ship, and is fitted, not only with a cluster of electric lights showing right down on the operating table, but with the Rontgen rays, as well. Then there is a well-arranged dispensary and also an isolation ward. In addition to the wards already spoken of there are some private cabins available for sick and wounded officers. Three refrigerating rooms with a total capacity of 2,200 feet, have been arranged, in order to allow of an adequate supply of fresh meat being carried for the long voyage. The Principal Medical Officer will be Major Morgan, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and he will have three assistants from the same corps. Of nursing sisters there will be four – one, who will superintend, from the Army Nursing Service, and three from the Army Nursing Service Reserve of the Central British Red Cross Committee. The three have been personally selected by Princess Christian, who has taken the greatest interest in the arrangements ... The nurses (Sisters Chadwick, Brebner, Hogarth, and Spooner), the staff and the men of the Royal Army Medical Corps who go out with the vessel were drawn up on deck as the Royal party came on board. Passing through commodious wards the Royal visitors entered the officers’ ward, into which the dining and music rooms have been converted, and inspected the numerous appliances provide

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dix Noonan Webb
Title: Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 & 26 June 2008)
Date of the auction: 25 Jun 2008 - 26 Jun 2008
Address: Dix Noonan Webb
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