A Collection of Police Medals
Date of Auction: 9th May 2018
Sold for £1,300
Estimate: £700 - £900
King’s Police Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Gallantry (Harold P. Withers, Inspr., Lincolnshire Constaby.); Defence Medal; Coronation 1953; Police Long Service Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue (Inspr. Harold P. Withers.) mounted as worn, nearly extremely fine (4) £700-900
FootnoteK.P.F.S.M. for Gallantry London Gazette 14 June 1945.
The Recommendation states: ‘On 26th October 1944, Inspector Withers began investigations into the theft of stores from the Home Guard, and suspected George Ashford an absconder from an approved school. The following day, the Inspector was with Constable Selby in a car, when he saw Ashford in a soldier’s uniform. As Constable Selby approached the boy, he pulled a hand grenade from his pocket, and was about to pull the pin, as the Constable grabbed his arms, pinning them to his side. Inspector Withers came up as Ashford freed himself, but the Inspector punched him on the jaw, knocking him down. Ashford dropped the grenade, which Inspector Withers picked up, and made safe.’
Harold Poynton Withers served as an Inspector with the Lincolnshire Constabulary; both he and Police Constable Arthur Selby were awarded the King’s Police and Fire Service Medal for Gallantry for this action.
Sold together with a copied photographic image of the recipient.