(a) Five military medals attached with ribbons to a flat metal bar in (b) a shadow box with (c) an engraved plaque; the medals from left to right are: (1) a silver / gold metal medal on a red and blue striped ribbon; the medal has a round central section with four four-sided pieces coming out to fo…
(a) Five military medals attached with ribbons to a flat metal bar in (b) a shadow box with (c) an engraved plaque; the medals from left to right are: (1) a silver / gold metal medal on a red and blue striped ribbon; the medal has a round central section with four four-sided pieces coming out to form an X-shape with straight outer edges; the front has a raised portrait of King George V in the centre and red enamel pieces inset into the four side pieces; the back has raised lettering in the centre and four sides; (2) the medal is on a red, white and blue striped ribbon and is made of gold metal in the shape of a four-pointed star, with a crown on the upper point; the front has a raised design of two crossed swords with a round wreath on top and a banner with dates in the centre; the back is engraved with lettering; (3) the medal is on a blue, black, white and mustard-striped ribbon and is made of dark grey / silver metal; the medal is round with raised design on the front of the side profile of King George V's head; there is raised lettering at the outer edges; the back has a raised design of a man on horseback and dates at the upper edges; the medal is attached at the top to a short, thin bar, through which the ribbon is looped; the bottom edge of the medal is engraved with letters; (4) the medal is on a purple, light blue, green, yellow and orange-striped ribbon and is made of gold-coloured metal; the medal is round with a raised design on the front side of a winged woman in a robe; the back of the medal has raised lettering; the bottom edge is engraved; this medal also has a small pin attached to the ribbon; this pin is in the shape of a cluster of oak leaves, as a raised design on the top side; (5) the last medal, on the far right, is on a blue, white and burgundy ribbon and is made of dark grey/silver metal; this medal is round with a raised design on the front of the side profiles of the head and shoulders of King George V and Queen Mary; there is raised lettering at the outer edges; the back of the medal has raised lettering and dates in the centre and a thin geometric design along the outer edges; the bar with the medals is mounted onto a flat rectangular-shaped piece of wood that fits into the back of (b) a shadow box designed to display them; the shadow box has a rectangular wooden frame and a flat clear glass front; a thin, engraved rectangular-shaped metal plaque (c) was attached to the frame; this identifies the owner/recipient of the medals..
Number Of Parts
a - medals - Size: Length 18.5 cm x Width 9.2 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
b - box - Size: Length 22.9 cm x Width 15.4 cm x Depth 3.9 cm
c - plaque - Size: Length 8.8 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
(a)The back of medal (1) reads, "FAITH // HOPE // CHARITY // 1883" on the four side pieces; the centre has the letters G R I // V"; the front of medal (2) has the raised dates, "1914-15" on the centre banner; the back is engraved, "N. SISTER // A. BAILLIE. // CAN.A.M.C."; (3) the raised lettering on the outer edges of the front of the medal reads, "GEORGIVS V BRITT. OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:"; the back has the raised dates, "1914 // 1918"; the outer bottom edge is engraved, "N. SISTER A. BAILLIE"; the back of medal (4) reads, "THE GREAT // WAR FOR // CIVILIZATION // 1914–1919 // ........."; the outer bottom edge is engraved, "N. SISTER A. BAILLIE"; the raised lettering on the outer edges of the front of medal (5) reads, "GEORGE . V. AND. QUEEN . MARY MAY . VI . MCMXXXV"; the back of the medal has the raised letters "GRI" in the centre and the dates "MAY 6 // 1910" and "MAY 6 // 1935" on either side of the central letters; (b) none; (c) the plaque reads, "1914–18 DECORATIONS AND MEDALS // N/S ANN BAILLIE R.R.C. // SUPERINTENDENT OF NURSES // KINGSTON GENERAL HOSPITAL // 1924 1942"
Storage Room 0010
On-site exhibit: "Trench Menders: Health Care in the First World War," 25 Feb, 2015.
(a) The medals show minor wear and some tarnish, but no corrosion; the ribbons show only minor wear and fading; (b) the shadow box has been opened to take the medals out for display, but is complete and shows only minor wear; (c) the plaque shows some tarnish, but no corrosion; it is fully legible
Archeion, Archives Association of Ontario, "Fonds KGH 5999-1004 - Ann Baillie fonds". https://www.archeion.ca/ann-baillie-fonds
Medals for Lieutenant N/S (Nursing Sister) Ann Baillie left to right: Royal Red Cross Class 2 (ARRC) awarded on 1 January 1918; 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal 1914-1920; Victory Medal 1914-1919 with an oak leaf cluster indicating a Mention-in-Dispatches; George V Silver Jubiliee medal 1935. The oakleaf pin attached to medal (4) is a reproduction purchased in October 1995.
Ann Baillie first came to the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing as a student in 1907, and graduated in 1910. Until World War I, she worked at Kingston General Hospital, and in 1915 joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. She was awarded five medals for her service during the war. Upon returning to Canada, Baillie worked at Ongwanada (the Sydenham Military) Hospital in Kingston, then moved to Pennsylvania and New York for post-graduate work. In 1924, she was offered the position of Superintendent of Nurses at Kingston General Hospital. She had a lasting impact on the school, the hospital, and the nurses before passing away in 1942.
On display in Nursing Exhibit in the Hall of Honour, Kingston General Hospital, Sept. 1995 to Jan. 19, 2001