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

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Date of Auction: 20th September 2002

Sold for £620

Estimate: £300 - £350

A K.P.M. group of three awarded to Police Constable Henry Lovegrove, Metropolitan Police, late Private, East Kent Regiment, for courageous conduct in stopping a runaway horse

King’s Police Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (P.C. Henry Lovegrove, Metropolitan Police); British War and Victory Medals (G-15014 Pte., E. Kent R.) good very fine (3) £300-350


K.P.M. London Gazette 1 January 1924.

On the evening of the 14th June 1923 a horse attached to an uncovered van bolted along Stoke Newington Road, throwing the driver from his seat. The Constable attempted to stop the animal but was obliged to release his hold owing to the van colliding with and electric light standard. The horse then broke away from the van and continued its flight. Lovegrove pursued it in a motor van and drawing alongside seized the reins and jumped from the van. After being dragged along for about 40 yards he brought the runaway to a standstill.

Henry Frederick Lovegrove was born at West Ham, Essex, on 6 August 1892. He joined the Metropolitan Police on 9 February 1914, and served during the Great War in the East Kent Regiment, from May 1918 to February 1919. Returning to the Metropolitan Police after the War, he served until 13 February 1939.