Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

Date of Auction: 26th March 2009

Sold for £1,300

Estimate: £500 - £550

A Great War ‘Western Front’ I.D.S.M. group of three awarded to Constable Kala Khan, Federation of Malaya Police, late Jemadar, 8th Cavalry, Indian Army

Indian Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Jemdr. Kale Khan, 8th Cavy.); British War Medal 1914-20 (Jemdr. Kala Khan, 8 Cavy.); Colonial Police L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 2nd issue (8784 Const. Kala Khan s/o Mir Zaman, Fed. Malaya Police) note small variation in name, mounted for wear, good very fine (3) £500-550


Kala Khan, the son of Mir Zaman, served in the Great War as a Jemadar in the 8th Cavalry. He was awarded the I.D.S.M. ‘for gallantry and distinguished service in the field’ on the Western Front, by General Order 536 of 16 March 1918 (Gazette of India 1918, p.399). Kala Khan subsequently served in the Federation of Malaya Police as a Constable. In this rank he was awarded the Colonial Police L.S. & G.C. by the Federation of Malaya Government Gazette of 3 November 1949.

With some copied research.