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FRAMED FAMILY GALLANTRY MEDAL GROUPS

*** RESERVED *** Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland President's Neck Badge in enamel bordered with gold coloured shamrocks; Military Cross George V; 1914 Star & Bar to Lieut. T.O. Graham, R.A.M.C.; WWI War Medal to Major T.O. Graham; WWI Victory Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf to Major T.O. Graham. Wife's medals: Silver A.R.R.C. George V; 1914-15 Star to S.E. Sanctuary, V.A.D.; WWI War & Victory Medals to S.E. Sanctuary, V.A.D. Sister's medals: Kaisar-I-Hind Medal George V 1st Class in gold; Jubilee Medal 1935; Coronation Medal 1937; Daughter's medals: 1939-45 Star; Italy Star; WWII War Medal. Presented in a glazed frame by Spink & Son, London, each group underlined by a explanatory plaque.
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Thomas Ottiwell Graham was born on 25 Jan 1882, the son of Christopher Graham and Rachel Moore. Educated at Perse School and Trinity College, Cambridge University, Graham practised as an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at Royal City of Dublin Hospital. In 1912 he was invested as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (F.R.C.S.I.). Disembarking on 17 Aug 1914, his Military Cross was Gazetted on 2 April 1919: "Capt. (A./Maj.) Thomas Ottiwell Graham, M.D., R.A.M.C., Spec. Res., attd. 71st Fd. Amb. (Italy) For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations on the Piave between 27th/29th Oct 1918. He was responsible for evacuation of wounded from the left brigade to the advanced dressing station, Lovadina. During the attack from the Island of Grave di Papadopoli, he led his bearers closely behind the infantry across the river under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, and established a post on the left bank. He personally supervised the collection and evacuation of wounded from regimental aid posts to the island. It was due to his untiring energy, personal supervision and excellent organisation that the evacuation of wounded was carried out rapidly and with the maximum of comfort for the wounded."

Graham met Susan Eva Sanctuary whilst in service during WWI and the couple were to be married on 13 June 1918 and living together at 14 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. Susan Eva Santuary, the daughter of Canon Charles Lloyd Santuary served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment, disembarking on 29 July 1915.  She was stationed at the No.2 Stationary Hospital and was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, which was Gazetted on 3 June 1918 and sent to the family home on 26 Aug 1921. Sadly, Susan Eva Graham died on 26 Feb 1926, aged just 34. Their only child, Brenda Susan Graham, was born on 8 Feb 1923 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin University. She served with the Red Cross and St. John Ambulance during WWII and married Lt.-Col. Brian Desmond Howard Clark of the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 15 Jan 1947. In 1937 Thomas Ottiwell moved to Roebuck Grove (now known as University Lodge, Belfield Campus), living there whilst elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was also President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and served as Consulting Aural Surgeon to the Royal Victoria and Ear Hospital, Dr Steevens Hospital, the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Monkstown Hospital and Saint Ultans Hospital, Dublin.

Doris Louisa Graham was Thomas Ottiwell's sister, born in 1897 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin University. She was also a Doctor of Medicine and Surgeon, serving as a Medical Missionary in Krishnagar, Bengal and at the Chritian Medical College, Vellore, India. Her award of the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal First Class 'For Public Services in India' was Gazetted on 4 June 1934. A headstone in the Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin reads: 'In Loving Memory of Susan Eva, wife of Thomas Ottiwell graham, who died on 27 Feb 1926 aged 34, and of the above Thomas Ottiwell Graham M.D., M.C., F.R.C.S.I., beloved husband of May and father of Brenda who died 20 March 1966.' Doris Louisa died on 19 Nov 1963, unmarried.

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