A Great War O.B.E., M.C. group of ten to Captain J.D.Briberg, Royal Army Medical Corps, late Ambulance Manners,
Lot 129
A Great War O.B.E., M.C. group of ten to Colonel J.D.Driberg, Royal Army Medical Corps, late Ambulance Manners,
Sold for £1,800 (US$ 3,022) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Great War O.B.E., M.C. group of ten to Colonel J.D.Driberg, Royal Army Medical Corps, late Ambulance Manners,
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E., 1st type, Military Division; Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914 Star with Mons bar (J.D.Driberg. Amb, Manners,); British War and Victory Medal with MID oakleaf (Capt.J.D.Driberg.); 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; Defence Medal; War Medal with MID oakleaf. Mounted as worn. The 1914 Star gilded, otherwise very fine. (10)


  • O.B.E. London Gazette 3.6.1919.

    M.C. London Gazette 14.1.1916.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 1.1.1916; 19.6.1946.

    Colonel James Douglas Driberg was born on the 30th July 1890, he was educated at Lancing College and the London Hospital. He was Surgical Registrar to and assistant to the London Hospital. He served as MO Lieutenant with the Ambulance Manners Unit serving overseas from the 15th August 1914, he was captured by the Germans but then repatriated thanks to an appeal by the American Ambassador to Belgium. He transfers to the Royal Army Medical Corps and wins the M.C. and is Mentioned in Despatches. After WW1 he has a successful practice on Harley street specialising in orthopaedic surgery. However it seems the war catches up on him and he drinks and gambles heavily, his wife left him and so did many of his patients as he was often too drunk to practise. His gambling debts forced him into bankruptcy. He tried to seek help with Frank Buchman the founder of the Oxford Group and Moral Re-Armament owever this was not to last long. He emigrated to Brazil and scratched a living in remote parts of the Andes by treating peasants' illnesses and injuries. He returned to the UK on the outbreak of WW2 and was given a commission in the RAMC again. He ran the Military Hospital at Chittagong. On his return to the UK after the war he slipped back to his old ways and relied on relatives to keep him afloat. He died in November 1956 from morphine poisoning.

    Sold with his MID for WW2 in original envelope, and assorted research.
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