1914-15 Star : Surgeon-Lieutenant A C R Todd, HMAS Sydney

Accession Number REL31586.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

1914-15 Star. Impressed reverse 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 the German raider SMS Emden on 9 November 1914. 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 on 23 June 1889, enlisted in the RAN in 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.