A Collection of Medals to the Indian Police

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £360

Estimate: £350 - £400

A K.P.M. awarded to Deputy Inspector-General of Police John Lacon Ommanney, Burma Police

King’s Police Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (John Lacon Ommanney, Off. Dep. Insp.-Gen. Burma Police) in case of issue, nearly extremely fine £350-400


K.P.M. London Gazette 1 January 1921. ‘John Lacon Ommanney, Officiating Deputy Inspector-General, Burma Police.’

The citation listed in the Gazette of India 1 January 1921 reads:

‘Mr Ommanney joined the Burma Police as an Inspector in 1892 and officiated as an Assistant Superintendent of Police from 1894 till 1904, when he was confirmed in that rank. He was made a District Superintendent of Police in 1908. He is an exceptionally hard-working officer. He is keen, active, capable and energetic and resourceful. In connection with the operations undertaken to deal with the criminals who had escaped from the subsidiary jail in Kyaiklat in the Pyapon District and taken refuge in the Hanthawaddy District, the services rendered by Mr Ommanney were of pre-eminent merit. He was in charge of a body of Military Police which had the good fortune to come upon the gang, and showed admiral resolution and disregard of personal risk in at once engaging the armed absconders as they attempted to emerge from their hiding place in dense jungle, and it was due to his courageous and successful action and to the dispositions made by him during the ensuing conflict that only three members of the gang of twelve succeeded in making good their escape. He received the thanks of the local Government for his valuable service. Mr Ommanney has been distinguished throughout his career as an officer of exceptional ability and merit. He was recently appointed to officiate as a Deputy Inspector-General of Police.’

Fohn Ommanney retired from the Burma Police in 1923 and died on 11 January 1945 and was buried at Hindhead.

With copied marriage and death certificates; gazette extracts and research on his father.