Police Awards From the Collection of John Tamplin

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2003

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £500 - £600

A fine O.B.E., K.P.M. group of four awarded to Chief Constable John Carmichael, Dundee City Police

The Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Civil) 1st type, the reverse hallmarked for 1926; King’s Police Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Chief Constable, Dundee City Police); Coronation 1911, Scottish Police (Ch. Const.); The Royal Victorian Medal, Silver, G.V.R., nearly extremely fine (4) £500-600


O.B.E. (Civil) London Gazette 4 June 1928.

K.P.M. London Gazette 1 January 1925. The recommendation states: ‘Has completed 42 years’ service which has been distinguished by very exceptional merit and ability and during which he has gone through all the grades of the force. He was specially commended by the War Office for service during the war and his conduct of the Detective Department has been marked by great ability and success.’ Carmichael was invested with his King’s Police Medal on 12 February 1925 at Buckingham Palace by King George V.

John Carmichael was a Lanarkshire man, and was born in about 1865, the son of a policeman who for many years was stationed at Hamilton. He joined the Police Force in about 1882, and in 1885 he joined the Dundee Force. His promotion was rapid, becoming a Sergeant in 1887, an Inspector in in 1890, a Lieutenant in 1892, and Deputy Chief Constable in 1894. After 15 years in the latter position, he was appointed Chief Constable of Dundee in 1909, and remained as such until his death in 1931.

In July 1914, King George V paid a visit to Dundee during an official tour of Scotland. For his services on this occasion Chief Constable Carmichael was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal in Silver. He was for many years an Elder in Rye Hill Church, and a J.P. for the County and City of Dundee. Chief Constable John Carmichael died in Fernbrae Nursing Home, Dundee, on 4 August 1931, aged 66. Sold with full research.