DBE, star (type 1) and neck badge (type 1);
RRC VR and bar;
Order of St John as Serving Sister Breast Badge;
QSA (0) (Supt. Nursing Sister S.E.Oram);
KSA (0) (Supt. Nursing Sister S.E.Oram);
1914-15 Star (Principal Matron S.E.Oram Q.A.I.M.N.S.);
British War Medal (Matron In Chief S.E.Oram);
Victory Medal with MID (Matron In Chief S.E.Oram);
France, Medaille des Epidemies (en Vermeil) (Miss S.E.Oram 1921);
Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Cape Badge 1902-1949.
Together with swing mounted set of nine miniature medals (With French award ribbon but missing medal); NSWR Railway Ambulance Corps Silver Cross, reverse inscribed, 'Passed Albt. J.Oram. Feb 1898' (presumably Sarah's brother); photo of S.E.Oram in uniform wearing some medals.
Dame Commander of Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: LG 9/6/1919 as Matron in Chief. Invested 10 March 1920 at Buckingham Palace.
Royal Red Cross: LG 11/12/1896. Presented personally by the Queen 'in recognition of her services in tending the sick and wounded during the recent operations in the Soudan.'
Bar to Royal Red Cross: LG 1/1/1918 for very valuable services during the war.
Order of St John as Serving Sister: 5/1/1938.
Medaille des Epidemies (en Vermeil): LG 7/6/1919 as Temporary Matron in Chief.
MID: LG 27/9/1901 for service in South Africa as Superintendent.
WWI awarded four occasions.
Sarah Elizabeth Oram, born Christmas Day, 25Dec1860, at Cirencester, England; Appt'd Nursing Sister with British Army Nursing Service 01May1886; noted in Egypt 1897; Emb.21Jan1900 from Southampton for South Africa as Superintendent Sister in charge of 11 nurses; to Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service as Matron 26May1902; to South Africa as Principal Matron 19Jun1911; arrived Egypt 10May1915 and to duty as Matron in Chief Egypt 1915-1919; to Retired List Apr1920; Died unmarried on 26Jun1946 at South Kensington, England and cremated at Kensal Green Crematorium, London.
Mentioned in the book, 'Australian Women at War', by Patsy Adam-Smith as having introduced new uniforms for Australian nurses. Also mentioned several times and described in the Australian World War One Medical Official History as a 'capable and gracious lady in charge of Australian and British nurses.' (Vol 1, pp199 and 764).
There was an Albert John Oram, possibly Sarah Oram's brother, who arrived in NSW from England when he was 16 and who became a NSW Railways' station-master, serving at several regional locations. After he retired he settled at Porters Retreat in NSW and died on 11 October 1938 in Bathurst District Hospital.
Dr David Biggins
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Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Associate’s shoulder badge, silver, with heraldic beasts in angles;
QSA (0) (Superintendent S. E. Webb);
KSA (0) (Supt. S. E. Webb)
Together with a Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service badge
RRC London Gazette 15 November 1898: Miss Sarah Emily Webb, Army Nursing Service: ‘In recognition of her services in tending the sick and wounded in Egypt, in connection with the recent operations in the Soudan.’
Miss Sarah Emily Webb was born in Ireland on 30 April 1856 and joined the Army Nursing Service at Netley on 1 May 1886. She served with them in Egypt and the Sudan, and was awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st Class for her services in tending the wounded and sick following the Sudan Campaign. As a Superintendent she saw further service in the Boer War, was Mentioned in Lord Roberts’ Despatch (London Gazette 10 September 1901) and was erroneously awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st Class a second time (London Gazette 27 September 1901). As Second Award Bars to the Decoration were not introduced until 1917, Miss Webb was instead created an Honorary Associate of the Order of St. John (London Gazette 26 June 1902).
Appointed a Matron in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service on 17 February 1903, Miss Webb resigned from the service on 17 June 1904. Then aged 44 years, she married Major Andrew Hosie, RAMC, at St. John’s, Waterloo Road, London, on 7 June 1904. After their marriage they made their home at Barsham Lodge, Sandown, Isle of Wight. With the outbreak of war in August 1914 she offered her services and was appointed Matron of Parkhurst Hospital, Isle of Wight - a position she held until her resignation due to ill-health in April 1916. Following on from this she was subsequently awarded the Silver War Badge.
She died at her sister’s home at 47 Garville Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin, on 29 July 1944.