Police Awards From the Collection of John Tamplin

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2003

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

An Edward VII King’s Police Medal group of four awarded to Police Sergeant William Lambert, Metropolitan Police

King’s Police Medal, E.VII.R. (P.C. W. Lambert, Met. Police); Coronation 1902, Metropolitan Police (P.C., M. Div.); Coronation 1911, Metropolitan Police (P.S.); Royal Humane Society, small bronze medal (successful), (P.C. 24th Feby. 1909) light contact marks, otherwise better than very fine (4) £800-1000


K.P.M. London Gazette 9 November 1909, presented by the King on 2 July 1910. The recommendation submitted by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police states: ‘P.C. Lambert. Conspicuous gallantry in diving into a dock on a bitterly cold winter’s night to save the life of a drowning seaman.’

This rescue took place at Debnams Dock, Deptford, on 24 February 1909, at 1 a.m. in the morning. Lambert saved the life of a sailor called Ohlsen who fell into the dock, 14 feet deep, when going on board his ship, and was awarded the bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society (Case No. 36,547).