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A pair of Great War era awards for 'War Work' in India 1914-1918: Dame Hilda Mary Moncreiff-Smith, O.B.E.

- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil ). First type O.B.E. (with English silver hallmarks for 1918). Mounted on Lady's 'Bow' riband complete with reverse fittings

- British India: Voluntary War Work in India 1914-1919 Badge. This in officailly 'gilt tooled' named H/M Mint Calcutta plush leatherette case of issue

Important: Officer of the Order of the British Empire was published in the London Gazette issue of 3 June 1919, wherein the recipient is shown as having been awarded the OBE for her Voluntary War Services in India during the Great War (Indian Comforts for the Troops Fund, Simla and Delhi)

Hilda Mary Moncreiff-Smith (nee Wang), the daughter of Lewis Wing (Chemist) and Julia Wing was a native of Chislehurst, Kent, England, where she was born circa 1878. On 1897, Mary married Henry Moncrieff-Smith, a member of the Covenanted Indian Civil Service. Dame Hilda is recorded as having died at Sussex, England, on 26 December 1949

A short biography of Dame Hilda's husband, Sir Henry Moncreiff-Smith, C.I.E., I.C.S., is provided below;

Smith, Henry Moncrieff.
Adm. pens. at SIDNEY, Oct. 1. 1892.
S. of Samuel, of Swindon (and Emma).
B. there, Dec. 23, 1873.
School, Blundell's, Tiverton (Mr A. L. Francis). Matric. Michs. 1892; Scholar; B.A. (24th Wrangler) 1895.
Entered the I.C.S., 1897; Assistant Commissioner, United Provinces, 1908; District and Sessions Judge; U.P., Govt.
Secretariat, 1914; Deputy Secretary, Govt. of India (Legislative Department), 1915; Joint Secretary, 1919; Secretary, 1921.
Secretary of the Council of State, 1921-3 and of the Legislative Assembly, 1921-4; President of the Council of State, and of the Statute Law Revision Committee, 1924-32.
Deputy Chairman, Indian Round Table Conference Consultative Committee.
C.I.E., 1920; Knighted, 1923.
Knight of Grace of St John of Jerusalem, 1923.
Of King's Croft, Fleet, Hants., in 1949.
Died Dec. 21, 1951

Condition: Mostly EF

Code: 19352Price: 275.00 GBP

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A 'City of Leicester' Great War and long service St John Ambulance Brigade group of 3: Superintendent Harry Leeson, (Park Vale) Division No 3. District. St John Ambulance Brigade

- Order of St. John. Serving Brother. Silver, gilt & enamel breast badge
- St John Service Medal (2625 Supt. H. Leeson Park Vale Div No. 3 Dist. SJAB 1922)
- Order of St John. Great War Volunteer Service Badge'Leicester' scroll. Numberd 310

Important: Superintendent Harry Leeson, was awarded the Serving Brother insignia of the Order of St John in 1933, his award being published in the London Gazette issue of 3rd January 1933

The Leicester Daily Post issue of 14 December 1918, contained the below following article pertaining to the recipient;


St. John Ambulance Brigade

Annual Meeting of Park Vale Division

Mr A. W. Faire, on the Value of Ambulance Work

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Park Vale Division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade was held at Asfordby-street Adult School on Thursday night. Supt H. Leeson presided, supported by Mr. A. W. Faire, County Director, Corp Supd. L. L. King, and officers of the brigade.

One very interesting item of the evening's proceedings was the presentation of a beautifiully-chased silver cigarette case made to Supt. Leeson by Sergt. Bailey, on behalf of the old and new members of the Park Vale Division.

Supt. Leeson, evidently greatly surprised and much moved at this token of the loyalty of his pupils, expressed his heartfelt thanks for the handsome gift made to him.

Mr. A. W. Faire, in presenting certificates to the new members, emphasised the importance of ambulance work, and strongly urged the men to keep up their practise and regularly attend the ambulance classes. Although it seemed strange to say at such a time as this that ambulance work was just in its infancy; yet this was no doubt the case as the Home Office was already issuing instructions that a qualified ambulance man or woman should be installed in every factory. He stated for his own part that he was ambitious that the town of Leicester should take a front rank in ambulance work.

He spoke in very high terms of the excellent services rendered to the ambulance cause by Supt. H. Leeson. He had to thank him in a personal way, as it was through Supt. Leeson, that he himself first took an interest in ambulance work and who coached him for his examination. He hoped that he might have the assistance of Supt. Leeson, in forming a women's class in that district, and if he could count on that he was assured that the class would be as large a success as the Park Vale Division itself.

Corp Supt. King stated that he was pleased to be able to endorse the remarks made by the County Director, in reference to the valuable services of Supt. Leeson.

A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the following ladies and gentlemen, who provided the musical items for the evening's entertainment: Misses, E. Holt, W. Holt and Adkins; Messrs, F. Radford, G. W. Lant, Geo. Wood, and A. Freeston; and Madame E. Wood (accompanist)


Harry Leeson, son of Leeson, was a native of Leicester, England, where he was born on 11 May 1868. During his long working life, Harrty was employed in the 'Shoe and Boot Trade' in Leciester, in which he held several supervisory appointments. In 1891, he married Catherine Selina Wood, and the couple raised five children together, that included 3 x daughters (Edith Viola Leeson, 1894; Ida Evleyn Leeson, 1896; Doris Kate Leeson, 1897) and 2 x sons (Sydney Leeson, 1892; Cyril Leeson, 1892). Harry Leeson and his family resided at the below following addresses between 1901 - 1962

- From circa 1901: 73 Prospect Hill, Leicester
- From circa 1911: 67 Constance Road, Leicester

As a long serving member of the St John Ambulance Brigade, Harry Leeson, was officer in command of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, Park Vale Division, Leicester, in which he held the appointment of Superintendent.

Harry Leeson died at his home in Leciester, England, on 27 September 1962, at which time he was 94 years of age

A desirable 'Leicester' Great War era local history medal group including a scarce - numbered - St John Ambulance 'Leicester' War Service badge

Condition: GVF

Code: 19351Price: 150.00 GBP

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