A Collection of Medals to the Indian Police

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £1,450

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800

A C.I.E., K.P.M., I.P.M. group of seven awarded to Deputy Inspector-General of Police John Lewis Jenkins, Bengal Police

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, C.I.E., Companion’s 3rd type neck badge, gold and enamel, in Garrard, London case of issue; King’s Police Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Distinguished Service (J. L. Jenkins, I.P. D.I.G. of Police, Bengal); Indian Police Medal, G.VI.R., for Distinguished Conduct (John Lewis Jenkins, Indian Police, Superintendent of Police, Bengal); British War and Victory Medals (8495 Pte., 28-Lond. R.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, these unnamed; together with a mounted set of seven miniature dress medals, similar to the above but with C.I.E., silver-gilt and enamel, with top bar and K.P.M. on incorrect ‘Gallantry’ issue with ‘Gallantry’ ribbon, very fine and better (14) £1400-1800


C.I.E. London Gazette 12 June 1947. ‘John Lewis Jenkins, Esq., Indian Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Presidency Range, Bengal.’

K.P.M. London Gazette 29 December 1944. ‘John Lewis Jenkins, Indian Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Burdwan Range, Chinsurah, Bengal.’

I.P.M. awarded in 1941.

John Lewis Jenkins was born in Glamorgan in 1899. As a Private in the 28th Battalion London Regiment, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war in November 1916. Commissioned on 2 February 1919 (according to m.i.c.) and latterly served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers. The London Gazette of 18 August 1917 records that John Lewis Jenkins was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the Pembrokeshire Volunteer Regiment on 30 July 1917. Post-war he served in the Indian Police, attaining the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police and being awarded the C.I.E., K.P.M. and I.P.M. After his retirement he remained in India as Labour Officer for the Indian Jute Mills Association and the Dooars Planters Association. He died on 31 August 1968.

With copied gazette extracts, m.i.c. and other research.