Three to Surgeon S.Osborn, late Van Alen American Field Hospital,
Lot 234
Three to Surgeon S.Osborn, late Van Alen American Field Hospital,
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,521) inc. premium
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Three to Surgeon S.Osborn, late Van Alen American Field Hospital,
Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, two bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State (Surg: S.Osborne, F.R.C.S., Van Alen Amrcn: F.Hos:); British War and Victory Medal (S.Osborn.). Good very fine. (3)


  • Samuel Osborn was born in Brixton and was educated at Epsom and at Wren's coaching establishment. He received his medical training at St.Thomas's Hospital where he qualified as M.R.C.S. in 1871 and held the resident appointments of House Physician, House Surgeon, and Accoucheur. He became F.R.C.S. in 1876 and was for a time Surgical Registrar at St.Thomas's Hospital, and from 1878 onwards held the post of Anaesthetist for five years. He was elected Surgeon to the Hospital for Women in Soho Square. His service with the St.John Ambulance covered over 40 years, his lectures on First Aid to the Injured and on Nursing were fully recognised at the time of their issue, and were translated into many languages. In the Greco-Turkish war in 1897 he was Surgeon to the Red Cross and was appointed to the Royal Order of the Redeemer of Greece. In the Boer War he was attached to the Van Alen American Field Hospital, this was the smallest of the donative hospitals and was formed by a Mr. Van Alen, an American Citizen. He agreed to provide at its own expense all necessary equipment and transport, while the War Office agreed to ship it to South Africa and bring it back when no longer required. It had to be in charge by an RAMC officer, this being Captain E.Powell. 15 QSA's were awarded to the unit. At the end of the Boer War Osborn was appointed a Knight of Grace and later became permanent secretary of the International Red Cross Congress. In the Balkan War of 1912 he was Surgeon to the Turkish forces, and two years later served with the Red Cross as a surgeon in Belgium, he was to take over a hospital at Gembloux. On arrival he found it was in the hands of the Germans and their patients came from both sides. Later he was for two years resident surgeon to Lady Dundonald's Hospital in London. He was decorated by the King of the Belgians and received the Japanese Royal Red Cross decoration, having previously been an honorary member of the Japanese Red Cross Society. He was a Lieutenant for the City of London and a J.P. for the County of Buckinghamshire. He was Consulting Surgeon to the Surgical Appliance Society and the Metropolitan Convalescent Institute, and was for many years Surgeon to the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers. For a period he sat upon the General Medical Council as a representative of the Society of Apothecaries, and he was Master of the Society in 1919-20. He died on the 16th April 1936.

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