A C.B. group of four to Inspector-General Dr H.J.Domville, Royal Navy, and Honorary Surgeon to Queen Victoria,
Lot 110
A C.B. group of four to Inspector-General Dr H.J.Domville, Royal Navy, and Honorary Surgeon to Queen Victoria,
Sold for £3,600 (US$ 6,050) inc. premium
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A C.B. group of four to Inspector-General Dr H.J.Domville, Royal Navy, and Honorary Surgeon to Queen Victoria,
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B., Military Division breast badge, in gold and enamel; Naval General Service 1793-1840, one bar, Syria (Henry J.Domville, Asst Surgn); St.Jean D'Acre, silver medal, with ring and straight bar suspension; Baltic 1854-55, engraved (Henry J.Domville. Staff Surgeon, Duke of Wellington). Very fine. (4)


  • C.B. London Gazette 6.6.1879.

    Inspector-General Henry J.Domville served on shore throughout the Syrian campaign of 1840 with the Marine battalion at D'Jouni and Beyrout, and was present at the bombardment and capture of St.Jean D'Acre. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon on 3rd May 1842. Whilst serving aboard H.M.S. Tortoise at New Zealand, he was on shore camping in the forests for 12 months in medical charge of a party of men cutting timber, and was sent with a detachment of men in a hired schooner, Three Bees, to assist in quelling a disturbance among the natives of Tauranga. Later in 1849 he served in boats of the Philomel on the coast of Africa, and was engaged in capture of an armed felucca with a crew of 60 men, and mounting a long 24 pounder. He volunteered for the Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin in 1850. He was later sent to HMS Dragon and to HMS Tiger in 1852 and was engaged in the attack and destruction of the forts and batteries of Odessa. The Tiger was subsequently stranded in a fog about three miles from that town, and after several hours' exposure in a helpless condition to the fire of the enemy's riflemen and filed batteries the ship was surrendered and the crew made prisoners of war. Under these circumstances the Captain, one officer and three men were dangerously wounded, and the former with two others underwent amputation during the engagement. General Baron Osten Sacken, in command of the army at Odessa, desiring to bear testimony to the conduct of Mr Domville during and subsequent to the action spontaneously presented him with a letter certifying to the zeal, courage and professional skill envinced in his care and treatment of the wounded on that occasion. He was promoted to Surgeon on 7th February 1852. On his return to England he was employed in charge of small-pox and scarlet fever patients during an epidemic at Haslar Hospital. He then served aboard HMS Duke of Wellington in the Baltic and was employed in blockading Cronstadt and other Russian ports and was present at the bombardment of Sveaborg. He was pormoted to Staff Surgeon in 1864. He was sent to Bermuda Hospital in 1865 and Jamaica Hospital in 1874, on both occasions of the epidemic of yellow fever breaking out in those islands. He was promoted to Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals and Fleets 24th June 1866 and Inspector General 18th February 1875. He served in Plymouth and Melville Hospitals and the Royal Marine Infirmary at Woolwich. He retires in 1878 and dies in 1888.
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