Date of Auction: 17th March 2021
Sold for £6,000
Estimate: £1,800 - £2,200
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Civil) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt, with Toye, Kenning, & Spencer, London, case of issue; Queen’s Police Medal, E.II.R., 2nd issue, for Distinguished Service (Peter Thomas Moor. CPM.); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Colonila Police Forces Meritorious Service Medal, E.II.R., 2nd issue (Peter T. Moor. Sen. Supt., Hong King Police.); Colonial Police Forces L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue, with two Additional Award Bars (Chief Superintendent P. T. Moor Hong Kong) mounted court-style as worn; together with the recipient’s related miniature awards, these similarly court-mounted as worn; the recipient’s Royal Hong Kong Police Commemorative Medal 1997, silver (SDCP P. T. Moor. OBE, QPM, CPM), together with the related miniature award, in fitted Spink, London case of issue; a commemorative Hong Kong Service Medal, bronze, unnamed as issue in case of issue, together with the related miniature award, the Second War medals all heavily lacquered, with the 1939-45 Star somewhat silvered, generally very fine and better (18) £1,800-£2,200
FootnoteO.B.E. London Gazette 31 December 1980:
Peter Thomas Moor, Q.P.M., C.P.M., Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hong Kong.
Q.P.M. London Gazette 11 June 1977:
Peter Thomas Moor, C.P.M., Assistant Commissioner of Police, Royal Hong Kong Police Force.
C.P.M. London Gazette 1 January 1969:
Peter Thomas Moor, Senior Superintendent, Hong Kong Police Force.
Peter Thomas Moor was born in Jarrow-on-Tyne on on 3 January 1926, and having moved with his family to Staines, upon leaving school joined a firm of insurance brokers as an assistant account. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1943, and after training initially as a pilot-navigator and bomb aimer, he then went through further training, this time as a wireless operator, before being posted to India where he was stationed in Bombay, Delhi, Karachi, Calcutta, and then Bhopal at an R.A.F. radio base. He left the Royal Air Force in 1947 and, because of his radio training, joined the British Post Office for two years as a telecommunications engineer.
Arriving in Hong Kong as a probationary Sub-Inspector of police in August 1949, over the next 34 years Moor served in all the major branches of the Force, including Uniform Branch, ClD, Special Branch, Traffic and Marine, as well as serving in all four regions (Hong Kong lsland, Kowloon, the New Territories, and Marine).
During his time with the Force, Moor had been the Recruiting Officer for the Hong Kong Government in Pakistan in 1961, and seconded to the Ministry of Overseas Development as Deputy Director of Overseas Police Courses at Hendon for two years from 1963. He was also the Recruiting Officer in Canada in 1973. He was the only officer to command the Auxiliary Police for two separate periods, and was Principal Staff Officer at the Auxiliary Police Headquarters during the 1967 disturbances.
Moor commanded Kowloon Police District from 1975 to 1978, and was also chairman of the Hong Kong International Airport Security committee, as well as heading delegations to Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia. He also visited Zambia with General Fursdon from the Ministry of Defence to evaluate the Zambian requirements in regard to their Police Para-military Forces and the re-organisation of the Zambian Police Force.
Twice Commended by the Commissioner of Police, Moor was advanced Deputy Commissioner in 1978, and was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1981 New Year’s Honours’ List. He also served briefly as Acting Commissioner of Police
Retiring in 1983 to West Sussex, he took an interest in local affairs, being a County Councillor from 1997 to 2009, and serving as Vice-Chairman of West Sussex County Council from 2005 to 2009. He also held various charitable appointments, and was President of the Royal Hong Kong Police Association up until his death. He died on 15 June 2012, aged 86.
The Peter Moor Building, at the School of Foundation Training, Hong Kong Police College, is named in his honour, and is the current headquarters of the Hong Kong Police Band.
Sold with the Bestowal Document for the O.B.E., this mounted in a glazed display frame; the recipient’s Royal Hong Kong Police cap; and the following presentation items:
i) A large Silver Presentation Salver, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T. Moor, J.P., Senior Superintendent of Police, by the Gazetted and Inspectorate Officers of the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force as a mark of their esteem, Hong Kong, 1st December 1967’
ii) Silver-plated Presentation Bowl, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Deputy Commissioner of Police, by the Officers of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force on the occasion of his being awarded the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen 1981’
iii) Presentation Salver, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Deputy Commissioner of Police, by Members of the Shatin Junior Police Call on the occasion of the opening of their Clubhouse, 1.9.1981’
iv) Presentation Salver, inscribed ‘Presented by the Gazetted Officers of the Crime Wing to Mr. P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, on his Retirement from the Royal Hong Kong Police 1983’ and engraved with the subscribers’ signatures
v) Presentation Salver, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T. Moor on his Retirement from All Pakistan Police Officers on 9th June 1983’
vi) Presentation Salver, inscribed ‘D/Commr. Peter T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Royal Hong Kong Police, with Best Wishes from your Canadian Friends 1983’
vii) Presentation Ewer, complete with interior ice tube, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T,. Moor, C.P.M., M.B.I.M., J.P., Chief Superintendent of Police, by the R.H.K.A.P. Officers Mess, May 1975’
viii) A pair of identical Presentation Goblets, both inscribed ‘Presented by the Staff of Police Training School 20th April 1974’
ix) Presentation Tankard, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T. Moor, D.S. S.S.P. on his departure from the Colony by the Officers of S.S.P. Division’
x) Presentation Tankard, inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Acting Commissioner of Police, on the Occasion of his Retirement from Civil and Administrative Department 23 June 1983’
xi) Presentation Mounted Figurine of a Police Officer, the plinth inscribed ‘Mr. P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ops), Chairman, Joint Emergency Control Committee 1979-1983, from the Members of J.E.C.C.’
xii) Presentation Hong Kong Police Swagger Stick, inscribed ‘P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., Deputy Commissioner of Police’, in fitted case; together with two other Swagger Sticks, one inscribed ‘P. T. Moor, O.B.E., Q.P.M., C.P.M., F.B.I.M., J.P., the other uninscribed.
xiii) Two Royal Hong Kong Police Presentation Truncheons, both in fitted cases.
Please note that this lot is not suitable for shipping, but can be hand delivered within mainland Britain by prior arrangement with Christopher Mellor-Hill.