Medals from the Collection of R.W. Gould, MBE

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Date of Auction: 20th September 2002

Sold for £430

Estimate: £300 - £350

A K.P.M. awarded to Police Constable Bertram Allison, Metropolitan Police, for the arrest of an armed housebreaker

King’s Police Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Bertram Allison, Pol. Const. Metropolitan Pol.) light contact marks, otherwise good very fine £300-350

Footnote

K.P.M. London Gazette 1 January 1921.

On 9 September 1919, P.C. Allison saw a youth removing some objects of dentistry from the front of a house in Camberwell Road. The Constable pursued the youth who drew a revolver with which he threatened his pursuer. The Constable continued his pursuit and the youth stopped, turned round and fired, but fortunately missed. Other constables arrived on the scene and the youth was finally run to ground in an out-house.

Bertram Thomas Allison was born at Thornton Heath, Surrey, on 26 February 1897. He served in the Army for 3 years and 7 months before joining the Metropolitan Police on 16 June 1919, aged 22. He retired on pension in October 1944, and died on 19 October 1979, aged 80.