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Medals of Sir Eric Riches

Awarded the Military Cross for bravery

Sir Eric Riches was a founder member of BAUS, and served as President from 1951 to 1953.

During the First World War he deferred his place at medical school and joined the army. In 1917 he won the Miltary Cross (MC) for bravery. He subsequently had a distinguished career in surgery and urology and was knighted in 1958.

These are his miniature medals (worn only with evening dress); they were brought to the BAUS office by his daughter, who kindly allowed us to photgraph them for the Virtual Museum.

1.  Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire pre - 1935 (Civil List)
2.  Military Cross
3.  British Medal (WW1)

4.  Victory Medal 1939 - 1945 (with oak leaf cluster *)
5.  Defence Medal
6.  War Medal 1939 - 1945
7.  Croix de Guerre 1914 - 1918 (with bronze star §)

* oak leaf cluster = mentioned in dispatches   |   § bronze star = for bravery at regimental/brigade level

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