A Collection of Medals to the Indian Police

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £350

Estimate: £380 - £420

A K.P.M. pair awarded to District Superintendent Hugh Andrew Kelso, Indian Police (Bengal)

King’s Police Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Hugh A. Kelso. Dist. Supt., Ind. Pol. (Bengal)) on ‘Gallantry’ ribbon; Delhi Durbar 1911, silver, unnamed, mounted as worn, good very fine (2) £380-420


K.P.M. London Gazette 3 January 1911. ‘Hugh Andrew Kelso, District Superintendent, Indian Police (Bengal)’

Citation: ‘He rendered exceptionally good service in connection with the outbreak against the Indigo Planters in North Bihar in the cold weather of 1908/09. The disturbances spread over the Northern half of the Champaran District and required much tact, judgement and organizing power to quell. Mr Kelso handled the situation with conspicuous skill and he succeeded, not only in keeping the disorders from spreading, but also in bringing the offenders to justice. He had previously been instrumental in breaking up two desperate gangs of professional criminals who had defied the authorities and terrorized a portion of the district for a considerable time.’

With copied gazette extracts, citation and copied letters of appreciation.