Awards to Civilians from the Collection of John Tamplin

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Date of Auction: 19th September 2003

Sold for £260

Estimate: £250 - £300

The Looshai campaign medal awarded to District Superintendent Jack Patch, Bengal Police

India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Looshai (J. Patch, Dist. Supt. Police) edge bruising, contact marks and polished, otherwise nearly very fine £250-300


Jack Patch joined the Bengal Police Department on 17 May 1863, as an Assistant Superintendent of Police. He transferred to Assam in January 1869, was promoted to District Superintendent of Police in September 1870, and took part in the Looshai expedition of 1871-72. He continued to serve in Assam until July 1884, when he returned to Bengal, and subsequently served at Cuttack, Lohardugga, Hazaribagh, Hooghly, and finally at Hazaribagh again, by which time he had risen to become a District Superintendent 1st Grade. Patch retired in April 1894 and is last recorded in the India Office List of 1913.