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    Albany, Western Australia
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    Police related medals, awards and collectables- UK, Colonial & Commonwealth.

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  1. Hello Alan,

    I hope you can help! I have an 1897 C of L Police jubilee medal to PC 404 W. SHEEN. I am trying to locate anything on his history with C of L police and hope you can assist. It's a little difficult to source info from Australia!

    Kind regards, David.

    1. Alan Baird

      Alan Baird

      Hi David,

                     Go on the ''London Metropolitan Archives'' site and give them all his City of London Police details, as you have listed above, asking if his personal file is available.

      They will then tell you if the file has survived and they will sent you some forms which allows you to pay a small charge for them to go into the file and give you a break-down of the costs of supplying a copy of the file.

      If he has a big file, it might be a bit costly so you might only want the best bits from the file.

      I live in Scotland so I have to do the same and all communications with them is by 'e' mail and post so being in Australia will be no problem for them.

      The files obviously contains lots of details you can't get anywhere else and are invaluable if you want to research this individual.

      Also go on the ''Old Bailey trials'' site.... basically put in PC Sheen or Sheen and see what comes up around the period you think he was in the City of London Police. 

      If you have any problems just come back and I will help if I can

      regards Alan.

      Hi again,

      The 'e' mail address for the enquiry to the London Metropolitan Archives is



  2. Hi All- Further to previous posts re the obverse types for the Special Constabulary Long Service medal, I have attached a photo of my 6 different obverses. I think that these are all of those that were issued but would welcome any information on others. Waiting for the 'old Queen' image to be used on this medal, as it is in some newer military medals! Not sure how the image will appear- the GMIC screen keeps putting it in upside down on my screen! Cheers David
  3. As part of my collecting police medals, I am keen to acquire an 1887 City of London Police Jubilee medal (with or without the 1897 bar). If anyone has one for sale, or can recommend likely sources (eg other collectors, or dealers etc) I would be most grateful! Please contact me via the group or at email dpk@iinet.net.au)
  4. Hello Odin,

    Is the reprinted book 'The Metropolitan Police, The Men and Their Medals' still available? If so I would like to purchase one!

    Kind regards

    David dpk@iinet.net.au

    1. Odin Mk 3

      Odin Mk 3

      Hello David

      The book is still available but I see you live in Australia - I have just checked the cost of postage and other than sea mail which takes ages, the cost is around £19 for untracked postage as it is a heavy book and weighs over 1.7 kg when packed.  This almost doubles the price of the book which is now £22.  Also I'm not sure if they would hit you with customs duty  as well.  By comparison the cost to send it second class within the UK is just £3.

      Because the postage for overseas mail has gone up so much I haven't sold any abroad for several years. 

      I have tried to convert it to an e-book but failed I'm afraid.  I do have it in pdf format which I can e-mail out but I am a bit wary of doing that as it is possible to start a print run from that.  I have sent one copy to Canada on the understanding it was for the personal use of the recipient only.

      It is annoying as I have about sixty copies of the book and most of the interest I seem to get now comes from abroad!

      Given the above do you have any thoughts on what you want to do


      J Kemp


  5. Great topic and plenty of good info for SC collectors. Re some earlier discussion re the obverse types in this medal: I have six obverses in the 1919 SC Long Service medal- if anyone knows of more, or other variations please advise! I have collected the following (as per MYB description) obverse types: GV(c)- crowned head Coronation robes; GV(e)- coinage head; GVI(d)- coinage head 'IND:IMP'; GVI(e)- coinage head 'FID:DEF'; QEII(b)- coinage head 'BRITT:OMN'; QEII(c)- coinage head 'DEI.GRATIA'. Keen to hear of any other types! David dpk@iinet.net.au
  6. I am seeking the following WW1 Australian medals/awards issued to a family group- as follows: No 3521 Private Claude BROWN, 11th Bn AIF- Memorial Plaque, Kings Message & Scroll; No 6726 Private Herbert Charles BROWN, 11th Bn AIF-War medal, Victory medal, Memorial Plaque, Kings Message & Scroll; No 5557 Sapper Arthur Henry BROWN, 59th Bn AIF- War medal, Victory medal; No 6912 Private Theodore Sylvester BROWN, 27th Bn AIF- War medal, Victory medal; No 7345 Sergeant Albert (Bert) CROCKENBURG, 11th Bn AIF- Military medal, War medal, Victory medal;Memorial plaque, Kings Message & Scroll. Any inf greatly appreciated! Contact David dpk@iinet.net.au
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    Seeking an 1887 Victoria Jubilee medal issued to City of London Police (with or without 1897 bar). Any info on where one might be on sale much appreciated. Contact David at dpk@iinet.net.au


    , Western Australia

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    Seeking original medal mounting brooch (as pictured) for the 1900 Liverpool Police Bronze Good Service medal. Happy to negotiate a price! Hopefully yours David dpk@iinet.net.au


    , Western Australia - AU

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    Seeking to acquire WW1 Australian Imperial Forces medals and awards relating to the following soldiers who were all related to the same family: · 895 Sergeant William George BROWN, 32nd Battalion AIF- 1914/15 Star, War Medal, Victory Medal; · 2557 Private Arthur Henry BROWN, 59th Battalion AIF- Ear Medal Victory Medal; · 3521 Private Claude BROWN, 11th Battalion AIF- Memorial Plaque, King’s Scroll and King’s Message; · 6726 Private Herbert Charles BROWN, 11th Battalion AIF- War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque, King’s Scroll and King’s Message; · 6912 Private Theodore Sylvester BROWN, 27th Battalion AIF- War Medal, Victory Medal; · 7345 Private Herbert (Bert) CROCKENBERG, 11th Battalion AIF- Military Medal, 1914/15 Star, War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque, King’s Scroll and King’s Message. Any info re whereabouts greatly appreciated- willing to negotiate to acquire. David dpk@iinet.net.au


    , Western Australia

  10. I have a set of WW1 medals to Private 3521 Claude BROWN of 11th Battalion AIF. He was killed in action at Pozieres on 25th July 1916. I am hoping to locate his Memorial Plaque, Memorial Scroll and King's Message (I know, a needle in a huge haystack!). If anyone can assist in locating these it would be greatly appreciated. Also any info of likely sources, websites to search etc would be great! David
  11. Hello Mike, Yes, the time gap from the centre of the medal world can be an issue. I find it particularly bad on UK Ebay bids. I put in a bid on something closing during the middle of my night and I very often get done by someone in the UK who can think about it and bid in the 2 or 3 seconds before close. In several cases I look at the sold price and think 'I probably would have bid more than that!' The only way to guarantee a win is to make a ridiculous max bid- and if some fool bids more than the odds my max bid could become huge while I sleep the night away! No chance of a bargain! What is your collecting area- police I assume? Kind regards David
  12. I am hoping to acquire an example of each of these- does anyone know of likely sources, dealers etc who may stock them? Also if anyone spies an upcoming auction with these listed, please let me know- as I am in Australia it is a little difficult to cover all the bases being 8 hours ahead! Cheers David
  13. Hello All, I have in my collection 3 different PLS&GC medal obverses- GVI crowned head "Britt Omn Rex Fid Def", QEII crowned head "D.G. Br. Omn" and QEII crowned head "Dei Gratia". I think that is the full set of obverse types but happy to learn more! The GVI is cupro nickel, the QEII "D.G. Br. Omn' is cupro nickel, the QEII "Dei Gratia" is rhodium plated. I think there may also be a QEII "Dei Gratia" in cupro nickel??
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    Seeking a medal bar size piece of ribbon for 1916 Birmingham Police Long Service medal. Picture of ribbon included for reference. Happy to discuss price! David. dpk@iinet.net.au