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  1. The following medal is named to 1288 CONST.U.A.PUNCHIRALA,CEYLON POLICE FORCE .I have no proof of the award of the War Medal 1939-1945, but would like to think that whoever went to the trouble of mounting and displaying them did. If anyone has/can find any further information on the recipient it would be gratefully received. Cheers Dave
  2. Apart from British based Police does anyone know if Colonial Police assisted in the EOKA conflict. I bought a General Service Medal bar Cyprus recently to 1011 Sgt H Dixon and hope to find out where his home unit was. He is not a member of HM Forces ,hence the search of police officers The details on the medal are 1011 Sgt H Dixon , I am told that he wasnt prison service so that leaves the possibility of him being a colonial policeman Thanks for reading this
  3. An interesting group of medals awarded to Detective Superintendent Thomas James (Tom) Wilkin. Kings Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, General Service Medal clasp Palestine,(1936-1939), Defence Medal and War medal. Born 1909 in Aldeborough, Suffolk, he joined the Palestine Police on 10th April, 1931 as Constable 956 and gained promotion on merit. A well respected officer, decorated for his arrest of Irgun and Stern Gang members. On the Morning of 29th September, 1944, he was waylaid in St Pauls Road, Jerusalem and shot 11 times and died instantly, his pistol half drawn. He was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery. The two guns used in the assassination had killed seven times before, including Detective Constable Guttewitz (Jewish Officer) on 10th May 1944. The pistols were later used in the assassination of Lord Moyne, H.M. Minister of State ( Heir to the Guinness Empire) in Cairo, Egypt on 6th November 1944. Both Assassins were arrested by an Egyptian Constable after a Bicycle chase. Both men were hanged. After repeated failed requests by Israel the bodies of the two men were finally exchanged for Arab Prisoners just a few years ago and re-buried with full honours in Israel.
  4. SAC BADGES,INSIGNIA AND BUTTONS FROM MY COLLECTION This force was established in October, 1900 after it was incorrectly judged that the Anglo-Boer war was over. The SAC served in operations in the field until the conclusion of the war in 1902. They then took over the policing of the Orange Free Sate, Transvaal and Swaziland. In April 1908, the SAC merged with the Transvaal and OFS police. This force was initially formed by Major-General Baden-Powell of the siege of Mafeking and Boy Scout fame. Recruiting was done in the Cape Colony, Natal, the United Kingdom and Canada. Selections standards were very high and this resulted in a very competent force being formed. The Constabulary suffered heavy losses during the Boer War with 9 Officers and 85 men being killed in action. They also had 2 Victoria Crosses awarded to their members.
  5. Hi all- I came across a short sleeve khaki "bush-jacket" uniform with Kenya Police buttons. There is no insignia, however there are holes punched in the epaulettes where at some point insignia was worn. If anyone has any information on what insignia would be worn on a Kenya Police bush jacket, it would be greatly appreciated. -Jeff
  6. Greetings- Mervyn suggested that we discuss a new topic under the Colonial Police Heading as a starting point for Early Prison Services Insignia. The first Badge is one that I unfortunately do not own and is a JPEG from a recent auction. This is the Victorian Cape of Good Hope Convict Police Badge- I have never seen this item in any publication . Does anyone have any information on this Badge please ? Kind regards Alf
  7. Does anybody have any information or leads to share re: The Tripolitania Police, circa 1945-48? I am researching a former member, John Lawrence DOODY (ex-Palestine Police) - having just confirmed that his hat badge is that of the Tripolitania Police, I would like to learn more of the force. In advance, thanks for any & all assistance! John Tennant Canada
  8. j Thought I would share just the small amount of South African Police memorabilia I have in my collection. Not sure what the Transvaal helmet plate is made of. The badge has a light golden sheen to it. I thought it might be brass but it is too light so I think it must be an alloy of some type. As can be seen, the detail has remained beautifully intact.
  9. The following group is to Sergeant and later Inspector Philip Robert "Buck" Adams, Palestine Police, and consists of the Colonial Police medal for Gallantry with a Clasp for Gallantry, this being the first Clasp ever issued and the only one for Palestine out of only nine ever awarded. General Service Medal Bars Palestine (1936-39) and Palestine 1945-48, Defence Medal, War Medal and Colonial Police Long Service and Good Conduct. It appears that Buck is entitled to a further Clasp to the GSM, that of "Canal Zone" Research is on going re this. Buck Adams Gallantry on two occasions earned the CPM (G) and Clasp but like a lot of awards for clandestine work in Palestine the citations were not Gazetted but I feel the Medal was probably for an incident in Jericho in 1939 and outlined in attachment. Buck Adams Died in 1986 and his fulsome obituary is also attached. I hope this group also pleases those with an interest. Peter
  10. Hello Everyone, I'm seeking information on a Reserve Inspector in the Kenya Police during the Mau Mau rebellion. The details I have are: E.5292 Isp ® P.L.J. Ridge. Any information on Inspector Ridge would be much appreciated. Thanking you all in advance, David
  11. I do not collect or have an interest in the Malaya Police but a few years ago I acquired A GSM bar Malaya with condolence slip to a Police Lt in the Federation of Malaya Police. Research has uncovered an extraordinary tale. I have listed an abridged version : -- Tom Darling was a Scot born about 1915/16, he joined the Cameron Highlanders circa 1933. During World War II and the retreat at Dunkirk he won a Military Medal for a prolonged and outstanding feat of Gallantry in the face of overwhelming enemy infantry and Tanks ( Which in my humble Opinion merited at the very least a DCM) He was later shipped to Burma with his Battalion and witnessed some very heavy hand to hand fighting. After WW2 he returned to the UK where he joined the Palestine Police but as the Mandate was ending it is doubtful if he ever got to the Holyland but he later appeared as a Police Lieutenant in the Federation of Malaya Police at Cha'ah, he was only in Malaya a very short time before he suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died on 21:6:51, he is buried in Kranji Cemetery, Singapore. During his short time in Malaya he must have made a profound impression as a Park and several Streets are named after him. Peter
  12. A simple group to a dedicated Colonial Policeman. Joseph Kealey, who preferred to use the name Patrick was considered to be a very brave undercover intelligence gatherer, some thought him Reckless, others say he knew no fear. I have been informed by Ex. Palestine Police officers that on occasions they had raided suspected Terrorist hideouts only to find Patrick there at home among the Arab or Jewish incumbents. One former officer said he had visited an Oasis in the "Middle of Nowhere" only to find Patrick sat around the camp fire in full Arab garb. Patrick featured in many high profile Terrorist trials and I am informed that several of those found guilty paid the supreme penalty. It is believed that Patrick was marked for assassination and in fact survived at least two attempts on his life but left him severely wounded. He Therefore kept a low profile and did not associate with old comrades or join related associations. He seems, when he returned to UK, to have remained unmarried and moved around lodgings and private residential homes.
  13. A Rather insignificant looking group of medals, but the tale behind the medals is a story of outstanding Gallantry and determination. I do not know if or how badly Constable Winter was injured but he did not remain in the Palestine Police. He joined the Palestine Police c. 1940, his date of discharge is not known. The Kings Police (and Fire Service Medal) for Gallantry is distinguished from the KPM for Meritorious Service by the addition of word Gallantry on reverse and 3 slender red stripes superimposed upon the white stripes of ribbon. Peter
  14. I thought that this group to amongst other things a Colonial Policeman(albeit a specialised one) may be of interest to fellow medal collectors. I met Bill many times in Liverpool and he would regale me and others with his tales of Daring do, from training her Majesty Princess Elizabeth in Martial Arts during WWII to His work in the SOE, including killing an old lady who was about to give him breakfast ( and betray him) and as Scaffold Officer at executions, once producing from a supermarket bag a rope noose complete with metal eyelet and label with deceased's name thereon. He would say very little of his covert work in Palestine and a close friend of his informed me that Bill was still on a hit list. Much has been written on Bill and Roy Farran (Author of Winged Dagger) and can be accessed on the internet, a read I recommend. The photo is of Bill being invested with the BEM for his work for Charity as a Ghost Hunter, he would spend the night at haunted locations for monies donated to charity in Altrincham. The medal are DCM a copy and named to Bill as a Pte in RE,BEM,39-45 star,Africa Star with 1st Army Clasp,Defence Medal, War Medal with mention in Despatch leaf, General Service Medal clasp Palestine to Bill as Pte in RE, Civil Defence Medal for service as Aux.Fireman,St Johns LS&GC with 3 clasps to Bill as a Superintendent. It has been difficult to trace records of the DCM but it has to be remembered that many were gazetted to a pseudonym to protect identity. His service with Ferran and in Palestine Police is verified.
  15. THE EAST AFRICA POLICE SERVICE BATTALION During the initial months of the Great War Uganda and British East Africa (BEA) both formed Police Service Battalions and so quickly produced more combat troops. Whilst the Ugandan Police Battalion was immediately deployed to counter the military threat along the German East Africa border, BEA had to also counter security problems in the northern regions of Turkanaland, Jubaland and along the Abyssinian border. Normally the King's African Rifles (KAR) was deployed on northern frontier security duties. However, until Indian Army troops arrived, the KAR was needed to counter German Schutztruppe demolition patrols that were targeting the Uganda Railway line and infiltrating across the border from Lake Victoria down to Mombasa. The BEA Police selected 400 Askari for the Police Service Battalion plus twelve European officers and two Warrant Officers. The Commanding Officer was Brevet Major W.F.S. Edwards, DSO, Inspector General of the East Africa and Uganda Police. The Battalion went under canvas in the Nairobi Police Depot and commenced training on 1st December 1914. Four companies, each of around 75 Askari, were formed. Major Edwards worked his men hard hoping to be deployed against the German threat, but on 11th January 1915 he was ordered to move his Battalion north to deal with Turkana raiders. 3,000 porters were used to carry stores and equipment into the operational area near Lake Rudolf. The Turkana were herdsmen who, along with their tribal neighbours, raided cattle in a never-ending cycle of raid and counter-raid. Turkana warriors rarely fought in formation, but ferociously picked off enemy stragglers or covertly tunneled under enemy thorn-tree cattle enclosures, called zaribas, to make surprise attacks on sentries. Turkana weapons were double-ended "sword spears" about 6 feet long, and for close-combat circular wrist-knives for disemboweling and curved finger-knives for eye-gouging were used. Firepower proved decisive, and in a series of small engagements during which Sudanese troops assisted from the north and Ugandan police joined in from the west, the BEA Police Service Battalion subdued the Turkana raiders, capturing over 150,000 head of cattle, camels, donkeys, goats and sheep. Much of this stock was returned during the negotiations that followed the end of the fighting. The Battalion returned to Nairobi to rest and refit in June 1915, the East Africa General Service Medal with Bar "East Africa 1915" being awarded to all ranks who had served in Tukanaland. Major Edwards was Mentioned in Despatches and promoted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel. Two Askari were awarded the African Distinguished Conduct Medal for Turkanaland operations, and their citations ( LG 4 May 17) give an indication of their operational duties: 1941 Sgt Mohamed Ahmed ? "For gallant conduct when he succeeded, while in charge of a party of 6 men, in capturing large quantities of stock in spite of repeated and determined efforts of large numbers of the enemy to recover the same." 3444 3/Constable Ndone Nzamba ? "For conspicuous gallantry during an enemy attack. Though severely wounded he took the place of his Section Commander who was wounded and continued to direct the fire of the section until the retirement of the enemy." In early August 1915 the Battalion moved into southern Uganda and northwestern GEA to take over positions on the Kagera River Line, Lt Col Edwards becoming OC of this sector. Here the BEA Police Askari frequently swam or silently canoed across the Kagera to raid Schutztruppe posts or burn down vegetation that provided cover for enemy patrols. Lt Col Edwards was now appointed Inspector General of Lines of Communication in East Africa, with the rank of Brigadier General. Captain W. Rigby became CO of the Battalion and was promoted to Major. March 1916 saw the East Africa Police Service Battalion move from the Kagera River up through BEA to Northern Frontier Province where the Aulihan section of the Somalis was a threat. The Aulihan had over-run the Jubaland Armed Constabulary post at Serenli, killing 65 Askari and the British Post Commander, Lt F. Elliot. The Aulihan had seized all the arms and ammunition in the post including a Maxim gun. The Battalion made a 450 mile march from the Thika railhead near Nairobi into the operational area and re-occupied Wajir Fort, which the District Commissioner had been ordered to evacuate after the Serenli disaster. On this march locally-hired camels were used to transport supplies. Patrols went out searching for the Aulihan and their stock but were unsuccessful as the Somalis crossed the Abyssinian border whenever they felt threatened. In September 1916 the Battalion was ordered to leave one company at Wajir and to return to Nairobi, where it was disbanded at the end of the year, most of the Askari being returned to police duties. "D" Company, which had remained at Wajir was incorporated into a new KAR battalion, 5th KAR, that had been re-formed on 1st June 1916 for service in Jubaland and along BEA's Abyssinian border. In 1918 Brigadier Edwards commanded a column in Portuguese East Africa named "Edforce". He was hot on von Lettow's trail in October and he finally accepted the Schutztruppe surrender at Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia on 18 November 1918. After receiving Lettow's sword Brigadier Edwards returned it as a gesture of respect. Major Rigby was Mentioned in Despatches and received a DSO. He then went to Europe to command a Service Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry until the Armistice. Another interesting officer in the East Africa Police Service Battalion was Geoffrey Le Blanc Smith. As a Trooper in the East Africa Mounted Rifles he gained a DCM ("For gallant conduct on 3rd November, 1914, during the engagement at Longido (East Africa), when he assisted to carry a wounded comrade into cover, whilst subjected to a very severe close range rifle fire.") during the abortive Tanga diversionary attack. Commissioned and appointed Adjutant and Quartermaster in the East Africa Police Service Battalion Geoffrey received a MC for the Turkana operation. He stayed on the Kagera Line as a staff officer when the Battalion went to Wajir and was recommended for a DSO, but this was reduced to a bar to his MC. He returned to Turkana as Supplies and Transport Officer attached to the KAR during the Northern Turkana Expedition 1918, for which he received a promotion to Brevet Major and the clasp "East Africa 1918" to his East Africa General Service Medal. The East Africa Police Service Battalion was a hasty war-time creation, as many other local units were, but it served its purpose and pulled its weight operationally. The decision to raise it was justified.
  16. Hi All, I recently purchased the group of 8 to inspector William Charles Whitsitt from the Bechuanaland Protectorate Police, consisting of: Colonial Police Medal (GVIR, 2nd Issue) for Gallantry, 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence medal, War medal, Africa Service Medal and Army LSGC (GVIR, 2nd Issue) Bechuanaland. All medals are correctly named. The group came with copies of the WW II service records for his time in the South African Forces. The CPM for Gallantry was gazetted in the London Gazette on 28th August 1951. As usual there was no details of the citation in the gazette, however I believe that the detail would usually be published in the Colonial gazette. I am hoping that someone in the forum can either help with where I can access the information or alternatively perhaps has a copy of the citation please.
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