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  1. bigjarofwasps

    LAPD medals & ribbons........................

    This is a nice looking medal. Based on the military silver star I suspect?
  2. bigjarofwasps

    Iraq Commitment Medal

    Did anything ever become of this medal?
  3. bigjarofwasps

    Florida Police Ribbons?

    Thanks for your replies to this thread guys. I can't understand why there isn't a set system for police medals & ribbons country wide. That would certainly make life easier? Also has the SPD situation only just come to light? What were they using as medal ribbons before someone drempt up this crazy idea?
  4. bigjarofwasps

    LAPD medals & ribbons........................

    Irish, based it purely on this source.................... Irish, based it purely on this source.................... http://www.frontiernet.net/~ericbush/US/civilian/LAPD/LAPD.html
  5. bigjarofwasps

    LAPD medals & ribbons........................

    Thanks Irish, interesting stuff. These are the ribbons I was referring to. would be interesting to know as you say if he can wear his police ribbons on his marine uniform.
  6. bigjarofwasps

    Florida Police Ribbons?

    Couple of questions here, if anyone can answer them? Why is this officer wearing her ribbons on the wrong side? Have a read of this........... http://battlerattle.marinecorpstimes.com/2013/07/03/police-department-cancels-use-of-dod-ribbons-following-navy-cross-recipients-call/ What are the ribbons she's wearing and what should they in fact be? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Army Long Service Medal 6. World War II Army of Occupational Medal
  7. Ladies/Gents, Would be grateful if anyone could help me identity the ribbons that this officer is wearing. I'm no expert but it appears he's been a cop since at least 1992 and has some military service in there to, am curious to know why he doesn't have the police service ribbon or detective service ribbon despite this? Any suggestions? 1. Navy Achievement Medal 2. Combat Action Ribbon 3. Presidential Unit Citation 4. 5. 6. Long Service Ribbon? 7. 8. National Defense Ribbon 9. Iraq Campaign Medal 10. War on Terror Medal 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Police Star 16. Police Commission Unit Citation 17. Police Meritorious Unit Citation 18. Civil Disturbance 1992 19. Earthquake 1994 20. Democratic National Convention
  8. There's an 1897 example up for auction currently on Ebay - 352361778573
  9. Stamped in crude lettering across the head of the king is the phrase ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’, the slogan of the suffragette movement. The deliberate targeting of the king, as the constitutional monarch and head of the Church of England, could be likened to iconoclasm, a direct assault on the male authority figures that were perceived to be upholding the laws of the country. As Neil MacGregor wrote in A History of the World in 100 Objects, ‘this coin stands for all those who fought for the right to vote’. The British Museum’s example was minted in 1903 but most likely circulated unaltered for ten years before it was defaced, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War in around 1913–1914. We know this from the date of other coins bearing the same slogan in identical lettering. It was said at the time, that the suffragettes had copied the practice from anarchists, who were defacing similar coins with the phrase ‘Vive l’Anarchie’. Precisely just how many coins were defaced is unknown: several other examples are known to exist besides the Museum’s ‘Votes for Women’ coin, but the effort required to deface a single coin means it is unlikely that many were made. It was probably carried out by a single person using just one set of individual alphabet stamps, a process that would have been repetitive and time-consuming. The perpetrator has never been traced, and no direct connection has ever been established between the coins and the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) or other suffragette organisations. The First World War is commonly perceived as a watershed moment, when the sun finally set on the Victorian golden age: ‘never such innocence, never before or since’, to use the oft-quoted words of Larkin. Yet this is a romanticised and superficial view of pre-war Britain that conceals a more disturbing image, of a country beset by domestic crises and civil disorder. These included anarchist violence and the beginnings of the Troubles in Ireland, and chief among them was the campaign for women’s suffrage. Suffragette militarism, or ‘direct action’, as it was also known, was characterised by bombings, arson, window smashing and the destruction of cultural property. It reached a tragic climax when Emily Wilding Davison ran out in front of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby, in June 1914. The simple act of defacing a coin can appear trivial in comparison with these more serious acts of sedition, but it nevertheless conveyed the same symbolic message of protest against a government that refused to extend women the vote.
  10. Arthur Charles Frost Arthur Charles Frost born 17th February 1867 in the parish of Brooke Norwich Norfolk. 1888 Marries his wife Ellen in Reigate. 1890 joins Metropolitan Police (06.01.1890) warrant number 75058 posted to J Division. Living at Moyna Road Upper Tooting. Trade gardener for a Capt Parr The Cedars Upper Tooting. 1891 Living in Bonner Street Bethnal Green. 1897 awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal J Division. 1898 Gives evidence at the Old Bailey (12th December), for a coining offence that occurred on the 17th November on Hackney Road, as Constable 252J. https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp… 1899 Gives evidence at the Old Bailey 24th July, for a wounding offence that occurred on the 26th June on Whitechapel Road concerning the use of a revolver as Constable 252J. https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp… 1901 Living 53 Russia Lane Bethnal Green. 1902 award Coronation Medal J Division. 1902 Gives evidence at the Old Bailey 5th May, for a wounding offence that occurred on the 24th March on Paradise Street, Bethnal Green as Constable 24JR. https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp… 1911 award Coronation Medal J Division? 1911 Living 29 Bandon Lane Bethnal Green. 1913 Gives evidence at the Old Bailey on the 4th March, for a theft offence that occurred on the 28th January Marylebone as a Detective in D Division. https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp… 1918 retires from police D Division as a Detective 18.03.1918. 1918 dies Paddington.
  11. Alfred Ernest SCHOLES Born in Derbyshire on the 31st December 1864. Joined Metropolitan Police on the 27th February 1888 - Warrant number 73418 Having completed his training and being posted to D Division, he lodged in a property within Allsopp Mews, in the Marylebone district of London. With two other Constables. At some point possibly as early as the 8th September 1888, following the Anne CHAPMAN murder, SCHOLES was seconded to H Division, to assist in the hunt for Jack the Ripper. He certainly appears to have been on duty in H Division on the night of the 29th/30th September 1888 for the double event murders and states in his memoirs that " he was patroling his beat on Tabbard Street East on the furthest end of his beat on Mile End Road, it was a memorable night there had been a Lord Mayors show, whilst I was on duty Jack the Ripper committed two of his murders in the very street that I was." http://www.gsburroughs.com/ripper-story/ 6th January 1896 PC225D posted to D Division CID. 3rd August 1898 promoted to Sgt 3rd class D Division. 23rd June 1903 promoted to Sgt 2nd class D Division. 21st January 1908 promoted to Sgt 1st class Y Division. 27th June 1910 promoted to Detective Insp Y Division. In 1911 Alfred and his then family of wife and three children were resident at 17, Mark Road, Noel Park, London. Pensioned 14th July 1913 as Detective Inspector Y Division and joins the Port Authority Police at the same rank. Finally retires in 1924 In 1939 he and his wife lived at 55, Whitehall Road, in the Grays area of London. Alfred was then working as a Private Enquiries Agent. It is believed that he died in the Battersea area of London in 1946. Entitled to 1897 Jubilee Medal as PC D Division, 1902 as PS D Division. PC Scholes was just six months into his career with Scotland Yard when he, along with hundreds of other officers, were drafted into the dangerous and dark slums of Whitechapel to hunt for the killer that had been dubbed ‘Jack the Ripper.’ In his memoirs he recalls numerous occasions that he stopped and questioned innocent pedestrians, and led to comparative safety the many ‘fallen’ women who ran into his arms convinced that they had met ‘Jack’ and were next to be slaughtered. It is hard today to imagine the Whitechapel of 1888, with its narrow, unlighted streets, dirty alleys and slum buildings that housed some of London’s most unfortunate and desperate people. It was also a world of multiple races and nationalities all squeezed into a small, heavily populated district. It is also hard to imagine the terror that gripped the people of this poor part of London, and the terror and fear that swept the country as a whole. People genuinely feared for their lives and at the height of the scare, around September and October 1888, the streets of Whitechapel became deserted. Old Bailey pages Famous cases from the book Housebreaking - 8th February 1897 as a Detective in G Division https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18970208-213&div=t18970208-213&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Robbery - 25th February 1901 as a Sergeant in D Division https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19010225-213&div=t19010225-213&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Robbery - 25th March 1901 as a Sergeant in D Division https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19020310-260&div=t19020310-260&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Libel - 10th March 1902 as a Sergeant in D Divison https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19020310-260&div=t19020310-260&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Forgery 3rd April 1905 as a Sergeant https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19050403-301&div=t19050403-301&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Theft 11th September 1906 as a Sgt in D Division https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19060911-99&div=t19060911-99&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Fraud 21st October 1910 as a Sgt G Division https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19100208-35&div=t19100208-35&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Forgery 31st May 1910 as a Sgt https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19100531-21&div=t19100531-21&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Murder 28th March 1911 as an Insp https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19110328-46&div=t19110328-46&terms=Alfred Sholes#highlight Theft 7th November 1911 as an Insp https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19111107-48&div=t19111107-48&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Theft 30th January 1912 as an Insp Y Division https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19120130-33&div=t19120130-33&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight Fraud 4th February 1913 as an Insp https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19130204-32&div=t19130204-32&terms=Albert Scholes#highlight Theft 4th March 1913 as an Insp https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19130304-65&div=t19130304-65&terms=Alfred Scholes#highlight http://www.gsburroughs.com/current-book/
  12. Final auction prices for these medallions.............
  13. 1851 Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace Medal, to Police Constable Thomas Spiller. Thomas Spiller - 1851 census St Luke's 1861 census Clerkenwell both on G Division. His collar number in 1851 was 428G. Spiller's warrant number was 25269. He died on the 14th January 1864 with the rank of Inspector G Division. 1851 Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace Medal to Police Constable John Shepperd. John Sheppard (note spelling of surname) 1851 census Bermondsey. M Division. Collar number 768M
  14. bigjarofwasps

    Various nationality medallions

    That's the one that caught my eye as well. Sure I've seen one before, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was for.
  15. Anyone an authority on the Commissioners Office? Am curious to know why 75 medals where awarded to PC's in the CO and 50 to CID. I assume the CID ones would be all detectives, but what would a PC be doing within the CO. Would they have been in uniform or plain clothes. Does the Special Branch come under either of these numbers?