Medals from the Collection of David Lloyd

Date of Auction: 17th February 2021

Sold for £460

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Great War A.R.R.C., post-War Order of St. John group of six awarded to Mrs. Ailsa N. H. Bull, née Bullough, Voluntary Aid Detachment

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, with additional suspension ring to aid mounting, with Garrard, London, case of issue; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Serving Sister’s badge, 1st type (1892-1939), circular badge with white enamel cross with heraldic beasts in angles raised above the background; British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (A. N. Bullough. V.A.D.); Defence Medal; Women’s Voluntary Service Medal, unnamed as issued, mounted court-style for display purposes, the first two awards both surmounted with lady’s bow ribands; together with the recipient’s related miniature awards, these similarly mounted for wear, minor edge bruise to VM, good very fine (6) £500-£700


A.R.R.C. London Gazette 3 June 1919:
‘In recognition of her valuable services with the Armies in France and Flanders.’

Mrs. Ailsa Noel Hurford Bull, née Bullough, was born on 27 December 1891 and served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment during the Great War on the Western Front with the 83rd General Hospital. For her services she was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 30 December 1918), and awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class. She was subsequently appointed a Serving Sister of the Order of St. John on 30 March 1966, the original Recommendation stating:

‘Mrs. Bull is the wife of the late Dr. William Edward Hugh Bull, M.C., a Commander of he Order, and a former Commissioner, King’s Lynn Area. Her benefactions to the movement have included the presentation of the local Headquarters, a brick building in memory of her husband, and, more recently, the gift of a mobile trailer to augment the First Aid Hut on the promenade. She has for many years been associated with the activities of King’s Lynn Hospital, serving on the board and raising funds for comforts for patients not otherwise provided. She is connected with various annual appeals in Hunstanton during the summer season, including the Caner Campaign, Hospital week, and St. John. Throughout her membership of Hunstanton Urban District Council, she has represented our organisation on the appropriate committees and has generally kept our name to the fore.
She is the prime mover in the Hospitals Car service operating between Hunstanton and King’s Lynn, ands is also identified with the district Ambulance Service. We have benefited through her identity with the Women’s Institute of which she serves on the County Committee and to whose branches she lectures on the History of the Order and allied subjects.
It is recommended that Mrs. Bull’s work for the Order be acknowledged by her admission to the Order in the grade of Serving Sister.’

Mrs. Bull died in Norfolk in 1982.