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

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Date of Auction: 28th & 29th March 2012

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

A C.M.G., C.V.O., K.P.M. group of seven awarded to R. J. P. McLaughlin, Inspector-General, Nigeria Police

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, with neck cravat, in Garrard, London case of issue, slight enamel damage and repair; The Royal Victorian Order, C.V.O., Commander’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, reverse officially numbered, ‘1254’, with neck cravat, in Collingwood, London case of issue, slight enamel damage; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer’s breast badge, silver and enamel; King’s Police Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue, for Distinguished Service (Roy J. P. McLaughan, C.P.M., Asst. Commr. Nigeria Police); War Medal 1939-45; Colonial Police Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Meritorious Service (Sen. asst. Supt. Roy J. P. McLaughlan, Nigerian Police); Coronation 1953, unnamed; together with an erased pair of British War and Victory Medals, the medals mounted court style for wear; together with a corresponding mounted set of nine miniature dress medals, full-size medals with contact marks, fine and better (18) £1200-1500


Royal James Philip McLaughlan was born on 25 July 1898 and educated at The English School, Cyprus and Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. During 1917-23 he was with the General Staff Intelligence in Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Appointed Inspector and Surveyor of Roads, Cyprus in 1925. Then in Nigeria he was Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1927; Superintendent in 1944, Assistant Commissioner in 1949, Commissioner in 1951 and Inspector-General in 1952. For his services he was awarded the C.P.M. in 1942, K.P.M. in 1950 C.M.G. and O. St. J. in 1955 and C.V.O. in 1956. Latterly living at 7 Rosemary Park, Belfast, N. Ireland, he died on 15 April 1982.