Orders, Decorations and Medals (28 & 29 March 2012)

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Date of Auction: 28th & 29th March 2012

Sold for £4,200

Estimate: £1,500 - £1,800

The C.M.G., O. St. J., K.P.M. group of twelve awarded to A. I. Sheringham, Commandant of Police and Governor of Prisons, Zanzibar; latterly Commissioner of Police, Uganda

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt, gold and enamel; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Commander’s (Brother’s) neck badge, silver and enamel; King’s Police Medal, G.V.R., 2nd issue, for Distinguished Service (Comdt. of Police and Gov. of Prisons, Zanzibar); Colonial Police Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Meritorious Service (Comm. of Police, Uganda); British War and Victory Medals (2nd Lieut.); War Medal 1939-45, unnamed; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, unnamed; St. John Service Medal, 4 silver clasps (853 A. I. Sheringham, Ceylon Police Cps., S.J.A.B.O. 1930); Zanzibar, Jubilee Medal 1936, Sultan Khalifa II, silver, unnamed, incorrect ribbon, the medals mounted court style for wear; Zanzibar, Order of the Brilliant Star, Commander’s neck badge, 9th type (1918-64) silver-gilt and enamel, last with slight enamel damage, fine but mostly better (12)


C.M.G. not confirmed.

Order of St. John, Commander London Gazette 24 June 1943.

K.P.M. London Gazette 1 January 1934. ‘Commandant of Police and Governor of Prisons, Zanzibar.’

Zanzibar, Order of the Brilliant Star London Gazette 13 May 1941. ‘Commandant of Police and Governor of Prisons, Zanzibar.’

Anthony Ilex Sheringham was born in April 1890 and educated at Brighton College. He enlisted as a Private in the 28th Battalion London Regiment on 4 June 1917. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry on 15 December 1917, later with the 5th Lancers and 18th Hussars. He served in France, relinquishing his commission on 16 May 1919. Appointed Probationary Officer in the Ceylon Police Department, 1909 and Assistant Superintendent of Police, 1913. After the war he returned to the Colonial Service, becoming Superintendent of Ceylon Police in 1920. In 1931 he left Ceylon for Zanzibar to take up the position of Commandant of Police and Governor of Prisons in Zanzibar. For his services he was awarded the Zanzibar Order of the Brilliant Star in 1941. He then went on to become the Commissioner of Police in Uganda. With copied service papers and gazette extracts; also with two copied photographs..