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  1. David He is Supt Donald McFarquhar Glasgow City Police - taken from the 1935 Jubilee Roll with index abbreviations overlaid
  2. Queen Victoria moved Jubilee and similar medals (Coronations etc) up the list and decreed they should be worn before campaign medals. So pre WWI the Durbar medal should be before campaign medals as per the picture. George V changed this some time before the end of WWI and moved Jubilee etc medals back to after campaign medals
  3. I can tell you the book is still available from the author. The real issue is the cost of overseas postage which has recently been increased again (no doubt a further knock-on effect from Covid 19). For the USA for an 1.8Kg package it is now £29.71 or £31.21 if you want tracking. That's around 50% more than the actual book cost.
  4. If you look through the Attestation Registers in the MEPO 4 series of records (these registers were the books that officers signed when they swore their various oaths on joining) many of the officers had more than one forename. However the vast majority of the 1887 to 1911 Jubilee and Coronation (Police) Medals for Met officers show only one initial. I have quite a few of these medals but only one which shows two initials (and would you believe it the second one is actually wrong!). So it would appear to have been the normal practice for the medals to be engraved with just a single initial. There were no medal rolls for these medals and I suspect the vast majority of the medals were named by the engravers using the Divisional weekly pay lists - each week these were drawn up and the officers in the division signed to show they had received their pay. These lists covered all ranks from Chief Inspector down to Constable. (I assume Superintendents and above were salaried rather than paid weekly). So to compile the vast majority of the names for those entitled to the medal you would just need to use the pay lists for each division for the particular week that included the respective Coronation / Jubilee as all officers in the Met received the medals. There are just a few examples of these pay lists at Kew. I have a page of one for 4th Div (Chatham & Sheerness Dockyards) here in front of me for 6 - 12 April 1891. It shows only the man's first name and his surname so this I think is why the medals only show one initial. There may be another source for these pay lists but sadly there are just 4 at Kew. However the 4th Div one I have is useful as it shows 4 men who I have medals for and gives me their signatures and rate of pay. I hope that answers your query
  5. Sorry I hurriedly looked at the photo of the man and not the helmet plate which is obvious. These men all retired as W16 65163 Joseph Yates 08/01/1906 PS 16 W Pensioned 83516 Walter Loveday 21/01/1924 PS 16 W Pensioned 91716 William Sweet 21/04/1930 PC 16 W Pensioned It is none of these as they all have Coronation / Jubilee Medals. So I would guess it is post 1930 which means unfortunately you are looking for someone who is outside my data span - the chap also looks fairly young so possibly newly promoted.
  6. I think it is later than you indicate I found 88551 Frederick Little who retired July 1925 as PS 15W (1902 & 1911 Medals) and 91558 Thomas Egan who retired March 1930 as Station Sergt 15W (1911 Medal) 88551 Frederick Little 12/05/1902 PC 497 N 20/07/1925 PS 15 W Pensioned 91558 Thomas Egan 06/03/1905 PC 202 A 17/03/1930 SPS 15 W Pensioned
  7. If it is a KPM the only man I can find who earned a KPM in a dockyard division was PC George Burton who won the KPM for rescuing a stoker from drowning at Portsmouth Dockyard (2nd Div) in Nov 1915 (KPM LG 1/1/1917). However he would have also had the 1911 Coronation (Police) Medal and somehow I don't think that is him because I have seen an image with him at a presentation and I think he was more solidly built than this man.
  8. 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

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      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


  9. The Service Sheets are available from the National Archives for Warrant Numbers 74201 to 97500 - that covers the period Jan 1889 to Nov 1909 (files MEOP 4/361 to MEPO 4/477). I have not found any equivalent records to cover men who joined before (ie up to Number 74200). There must also be some sheets for men after 97500 but again they are not available either at the National Archives or through the Met Police Heritage Centre at Earls Court. These records can be downloaded for free but as there are 117 files in total that will take you ages to do, even with high speed internet. I have them linked to a spreadsheet with hyperlinks so I can fairly quickly find a particular record (see below) Post 1930 they introduced a new system the Central Record System (CRS) and a few officers who earned the 1911 medal were still serving also have a CRS card. These are available through the Police Heritage Centre for a small fee and are better as they also show Commendations and Disciplinary Offences. I have quite a few police medals but only six of these recipients have a CRS card and all but one have just a single 1911 Coronation Medal (the other man rose to the rank of Supt and served much longer).
  10. Attached are his service sheets from the MEPO 4 series of files at the National Archives They don't tell you much about his police career but do give his background before he joined Just a little more information I have found on Bell When he joined his Divisional Number was 458D (and would have been his collar number). By the time he retired it had changed to 324D So if you ever find a photo of an officer with the three medals wearing the number 324D it could be a retirement photo of your man
  11. Your man is PC Ernest Fox He joined the Met 17/06/1867 and was pensioned 29/08/1892 serving as a PC in A Div - his Warrant Number was 48564 He re-joined as a Pensioner for the 1897 Jubilee and is shown in the Police Orders as CO Div (Scotland Yard) but actually served in M Div (Southwark) - he had a new Warrant Number 82409 (this earned him the 1897 bar). The Attestation Register shows he was originally assigned to H Div (Whitechapel) before he went to M Div. He re-joined again for the 1902 Coronation and served with D Div with a new number 1811 (this earned him the 1902 Medal). So you have his entire Police Medal entitlement, earned over three separate stints in the police. Men who re-joined as Pensioners normally only did a few days duty just before the royal event and then left again, earning a medal or bar.
  12. The Commissioner's Office was not just CID - for example the Post Office Directory for 1895 shows three separate parts Executive and Statistical Dept (CO Ex) Public Carriage Dept and Lost Property Dept Criminal Investigation Dept By 1911 the second one is shown as Public Carriage Branch (CO PCB) - this was responsible for licencing Hackney Carriages - Taxis So there were quite a few uniform officers in CO. Also there were civilians employed in the Commissioner's Office and some of these also received the Police Jubilee / Coronation Medals. Initially it was only the more senior staff but the 1902 and 1911 medals were also awarded to some lower grade staff. There were sub divisions within the CID section but I can't tell you exactly what they all were but later they did have the CO (SB). Not really my best subject I'm afraid but definitely CO Div was not all detectives
  13. There used to be an on-line database of extracts from the Police Orders and I sorted the above info from that source over ten years ago; unfortunately there is no longer direct access to the whole database. The same data can be gleaned directly from the actual Police Orders and copies are held by several bodies including Kew BUT that would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. No easy answer I'm afraid.
  14. Officers who re-joined as War Reserve officers appear to have kept their old rank. Where they served was I suspect a function of where they were living post retirement. Their postings were shown in the Police Orders. Here is an example for Insp Walter Cursons who retired from L Div but had previously served in W Div (and was living in Mitcham in 1939). Note this officer re-joined (like many others) before the war had even started. He resigned just before three year services in WWII, just failing to qualify for a Defence Medal for his WWII service. RP I think means Reserve Police (not Police Reserve!) 21/06/1929 92997 W CURSONS Insp C To W 01/01/1932 92997 W CURSONS Insp W To L 28/08/1933 92997 W CURSONS Insp L PENSIONED 31/08/1939 92997 W CURSONS Insp W REJOINED RP 31/07/1942 92997 W CURSONS Insp W RESIGNED
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