King's Police Medal, Colonial Police Medal, King's Police & Fire Service Medal, Queen's Police Medal
In 1909, His Majesty King Edward VII, recognised that police officers and firemen faced great danger and displayed exceptional gallantry in the course of their duties similar to the Military. He therefore instituted "The King's Police Medal", which was approved on July 7th, 1909 and published in the London Gazette on July 9th, 1909 to reward "courage and devotion to duty. in the Police & Fire Services of the UK and Overseas Dominions." Recognising the bravery of the firemen during the Blitz, the medal was re-titled "The King's Police and Fire Service Medal" in 1940. Now the abbreviation became 'KPFSM. From 1950, the gallantry medals were only awarded posthumously and all awards were discontinued in 1954, when separate awards were established.
The Colonial Police Medal was instituted 10 May 1938. It was intended to reward all ranks of the police throughout the Empire for acts of conspicuous bravery or for meritorious service. the number issued per year is limited to 150. The officers shown below were often involved with terrorist campaigns in :- Palestine, Cyprus, Kenya & Malaya.
The Queen's Police Medal was instituted 19 May 1954. The QPM for Gallantry has been effectively redundant since 1977 when it was made possible to award the George Medal posthumously. Prior to this the QPM was the posthumous equivalent of the GM for Police Officers.
Major Albert Gardner AMES CPM QPM Imperial Service College 1920.2 - 1924.2
He was born 4 September 1906. Son of Major Ames. RMC Sandhurst. Commissioned Lancashire Fusiliers 1926 seconded to the Gold Coast Regiment .RWAFF 1931 - 1937 Captain 1937.Retired 1937 Joined Gold Coast Police 1937. Major 1941 Mention in Despatches 1941. Colonial Police Medal 1953. Assistant Commissioner Police. Queen's Police Medal 1958. Died 22 November 1958.
District Superintendent Sackville Hamilton BERKELEY KPM United Services College 1876.3 -1880.1
He was born 1 April 1865. Son of General J. C. Berkeley CIE. Indian Police (United Province) 1887. District Superintendent. Awarded the King's Police Medal for :- "Capturing a noted Dacoit". Retired 1913. During Great War commanded a Labour Corps & later a German POW Camp in England. died 24 November 1925.
Chief of Police Digby Rowland Albermarle BETTINGTON United Services College 1889-1897
King's Police Medal, 1920.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Cordeux BLISS QPM Haileybury, Lawrence 1925.3 -1931.2
He was born 10 March 1914. Son of H. F. Bliss. During WW2 he served 1941 - 1945, as a Flight Lieutenant with the RAF in Coastal command, UK, USA & Middle East. He joined the Metropolitan Police College at Hendon 1936. Detective Chief Superintendent 1959. Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) 1954. Deputy Assistant Commissioner 1965 National Co-ordinator Regional Crime squads 1965 - 1970. Churchill Fellowship 1967. QPM 1970 Retired 1971
Chief Constable John Edward Stevenson BROWNE CBE QPM Imperial Service College 1923.3 - 1928.3
He was born 27 June 1910. Son of Major E. D. Browne OBE JP. Joined Sheffield City Police 1930. Chief Constable Scarborough 1944. Commandant Police Training Centres Hawkshills, Yorks. & Plawsworth, County Durham 1945. Assistant Chief Constable North Riding Yorkshire 1947. Chief Constable Nottinghamshire 1949. Seconded as Chief Constable to Cyprus during the EOKA Terrorist Campaign 1958 - 1960. Queen's Police Medal 1960. CBE 1969.
Commissioner of Police Lawrence Peter Reginald BROWNING QPM CPM Haileybury Le Bas 1929.2 - 1933.2
He was born 7 August 1915. Son of G. F.R. Browning. Colonial Police Service 1935. Commissioner Police Jamaica 1958. CPM 1950 QPM 1958. Order of St. John 1962 1st Secretary Diplomatic Service South East Asia 1962 - 1966. Died 5 June 1956.
Deputy Director General, Simon Robert Aitken CRAWSHAW QPM Haileybury Lawrence 1955.3 - 1958.3
He was born 18 March 1942. Son of Reverend H. M. A. Crawshaw. Metropolitan Police 1962 - 1993. senior Command Course, Police Staff College 1981. Deputy Assistant Commissioner, New Scotland Yard 1986. Deputy Director General, National Criminal Intelligence Service 1991 - 1993. Queen's Police Medal. QPM, He then commenced a second career in commerce and achieved a high reputation as Group Head of Security for NATWEST Bank.
Superintendent Robert Charles EHRKE CPM Haileybury Edmonstone 1926 .2 - 1932.2
He was born 10 November 1926. Son of C. E. Ehrke (Staff). Federated Malay States Police 1933. Assistant Superintendent 1937. General List 1943 - 1946 Lieutenant Colonel India, Malaya. Malayan Police 1946. Superintendent 1950 CPM 1955 Retired 1956. Died 25 December 1961
Assistant Superintendent Llewellyn Bramwell Lewis EVANS CPM Haileybury Colvin 1931.1 -1931.2
He was born 22 January 1917. Son of Lieutenant Colonel L. F. Evans. Abyssinia Ceylon 1939 - 1946. Assistant Superintendent Kenya Police Reserve 1952 - 1956 during Mau Mau troubles. Colonial Police Medal 1956.
James William FELLOWES KPM Haileybury Colvin 1883.1 - 1985.3
He was born 15 March 1869. Son of Colonel J. Fellowes. Indian Police, Bombay .King's Police Medal. Died 2 April 1926.
Commissioner of Police John Patrick Ilbert FFORDE KPFSM CBE CPM (Ford at school) Imperial Service College 1923.3 - 1927.2
He was born 17 March 1910. Son of Major C. W. Ford. Palestine Police 1931. Assistant Superintendent Hebron, .seconded to Army during operations in Syria & Lebanon with temporary rank of Major 1941. Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry 1941. King's Police & Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service 1945. Assistant Inspector General CID 1946 - 1948. Commissioner of Police Sierra Leone 1948 - 1951. Commander Order Saint John 1954. Commissioner of Police Northern Rhodesia 1951. CBE 1960. Retired 1963. Knight Order Saint John. Died in Johannesburg 26 March 1993
Chief Constable John Stuart Hinton GASKAIN CBE QPM Haileybury Hailey 1924.1 - 1928.3
He was born 11 May 1910. Hendon Police College 1936 - 1937. Metropolitan Police 1937 - 1942. Assistant Chief Constable Norfolk 1942. Seconded as Commandant Police Recruits Training Centre 1946. Chief Constable Cumberland & Westmorland 1952 Gloucester 1959 . MBE QPM 1960. Inspector of Constabulary 1962. CBE 1967.Retired 1969. Died 16 November 1971
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Shearman GODLEY OBE KPM United Services College 1887.2 - 1893.1
He was born 24 September 1876 . Son of Colonel W. A. Godley. British South African Police 1887. Anglo - Boer War 1899 - 1902. wounded at Mafeking. OBE & King's Police Medal. Lieutenant & Deputy Commissioner 1916. Retired 1931.
Superintendent Alan Leslie HARDY CPM Haileybury Melville 1936.2 - 1940.2
He was born 26 April 1922 . Son of Professor T. L. Hardy Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 14th Punjab Regiment. Captain served India , Burma & Malaya during WW2. 1946 - 1957 Malayan Police during the Emergency. Superintendent. Colonial Police Medal 1957.
Superintendent Robert Douglas Hardtman HOLMES a'COURT QPM Haileybury Bartle Frere 1926.3 - 1931.2
He was born 9 April 1913. Son of L. W. D. Holmes A'Court. Palestine Police 1933. British Honduras 1935. Barbados 1938 Superintendent of Police Nyasaland QPM 1965.
Sydney JENNINGS KPM United Services College 1878.2 - 1880.2
He was born 26 September 1864. Son of Major General C. J. Jennings. Imperial Police Burma 1888. King's Police Medal 1919. Deputy Inspector - General 1919. retired 1921.
Superintendent Colin Harold Millington LIMB CPM Haileybury Trevelyan & Melville 1942.2 - 1946.2
He was born 1 June 1928 . Son of W. M. Limb. Colonial Police 1950. Superintendent 1959. Nigeria , Trans -Nyasaland Police 1959 Superintendent 1962. Deputy chief Immigration Officer Malawi 1963. CPM 1963. Retired 1971.
Superintendent Robin Farwell MARSHALL CPM Haileybury Trevelyan 1939.3 - 1943.2
He was born 26 January1926. Son of A. Marshall. Served Royal Navy 1944 - 1947 on destroyers & mine sweepers with Home & Mediterranean Fleets. Kenya Police 1949 - 1961 including Mau Mau uprising. Mention in Despatches 1953. CPM 1961 Superintendent 1964. Retired from Business 1984. Died 17 July 1995
Major Cyril Clarke Boville MORRIS CBE MC KPM Haileybury Thomason 1896.1 - 1898.2
Awarded this medal as the Senior Dicsional officer, London Fire Brigade.
See under MC
Superintendent Ronald Hugh Montresor READ QPM Haileybury Trevelyan 1938.2 - 1942.2
He was born 24 July 1924. Son of Captain A. H. Read OBE. Royal Sussex Regiment 1942 - 1944. Kenya Police 1944 - 1963. Retired Superintendent 1963. Queen's Police Medal 1960. Died 28 June 1990
Assistant Commissioner of Police Lancelot Alban SEARLE CPM Imperial Service College 1929.3- 1933.1
Son of C. F. Searle (Le Bas 1896.2). He was born 25 February 1915, Jesus College Cambridge BA (Hons. Law) MA half Blue Boxing Assistant Inspector of Police, Colonial Police Hong Kong 1936. Interned during Japanese Occupation. Transferred to Malayan Police 1953 Head of Special Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Colonial Police Medal 1954, Selangor Distinguished Service Medal (posthumous). He was killed in ambush 20 April 1954 by the Communist insurgents.
Deputy Chief Constable Leonard SHIPTON QPM Haileybury Colvin 1922.3 - 1924.1
He was born 10 March 1908. Son of S. Shipton. General list Officers 1944 - 1947 in NW Europe. Deputy Chief Constable Derby Queen's Police Medal 1961. Retired 1968. Died 24 July 1980
Edmund Hervey SULLIVAN KPM Haileybury Hailey 1900.2 - 1905.1
He was born 21 November 1896. Son of W. J. A. Sullivan. Indian Police 1906. King's Police Medal 1916. Retired 1937 Died 29 June 1952.
Frank Herbert Graham TAYLOR CIE KPM Haileybury Batten 1904.1 - 1909.2
He was born 17 January 1890. Son of E. Taylor. Indian Police 1909. King's Police Medal 1932. CIE Retired 1945. Died 11 May 1971.
Captain John Alfred UNETT DSO DL KPM United Services College 1882.2 1887.1
See under DSO
Commissioner of Police Charles Henderson WARD OBE KPM Imperial Service College 1917.2- 1921.2
He was born 11 April 1903. Son of C. H. Ward. Saint Catherine's College Cambridge BA. Colonial Police Service. Commissioner of Police Sierra Leone OBE , King's Police Medal 1945