Seven – Commander’s Neck Badge of the Order of St. John unnamed as issued; BWM; AVM (Bilingual) Capt. A.J. Van der Spuy ; Jubilee Medal 1935 (Geo. V) ; Coronation Medal 1937 (Geo. VI) ; SAWS last three unnamed as issued; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Decoration (Geo. V) Lt. Col. A.J. v.d. Spuy S.A.M.C.
Adrian Van Der Spuy graduated with an M.B. Ch.B. Degree at Glasgow University in 1915. He
served in France during WWI and was wounded. He was appointed OC and Senior Medical
Officer on H.M. Hospital Ship Cluny Castle in 1920 and subsequently as OC Nos 1 and 2
Military Hospital. In later civilian life he was appointed Deputy Chief Health Officer at the
State Health Department in Pretoria and on 11 October 1938 as Director of Defence Medical
Services. He was the Leader of the South African Delegation at the first assembly of the World
Health Organisation (WHO) at Geneva in 1948.
Sold with a large Glasgow University prize medal showing the bust of Gulielmus Hunter
engraved: “Adrian J. Van Der Spuy, in Practical Pharmacy. Class (Prof. Stockman)