British War Medal 1914-20 : Surgeon-Lieutenant A C R Todd, HMAS Sydney

Accession Number REL31586.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silk, Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

Awarded to Surgeon-Lieutenant Arthur Charles Robert Todd of Tamworth, NSW, one of two surgeons aboard HMAS Sydney during its engagement with SMS Emden. Of that action, the Official History states that the two surgeons worked continuously ‘from 6 pm on Tuesday up to 4.30 am on Wednesday’ and returned to the theatre after a short breakfast, tending to both Emden casualties (at least 70) and Sydney wounded for almost 40 hours non-stop. Todd, born 23 June 1889, enlisted in late 1914, was appointed surgeon-on-probation on 17 August 1914 and was transferred to HMAS Sydney on 25 October 1914. He remained with the Sydney until 10 June 1916 and was placed on the retired list on 30 November 1917. Todd’s 85 page manuscript ‘Cruise of HMAS Sydney 1914-1916’ is held by the Mitchell Library, Sydney.