A Collection of Police Medals
Date of Auction: 9th May 2018
Sold for £550
Estimate: £400 - £500
King’s Police and Fire Service Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Distinguished Service (Asst. Ch. Const. John H. Harker, Lincolnshire Constab.) edge prepared prior to naming, in Royal Mint case of issue; Defence Medal; Coronation 1937, in damaged card box of issue, extremely fine (3) £400-500
FootnoteProvenance: Dix Noonan Webb, July 2010.
K.P.F.S.M. London Gazette 10 June 1948.
John Harry Harker attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment and served during the Great War with the 1/5th Battalion on the Western Front from 1 March 1915. Commissioned Lieutenant in the Norfolk Regiment, he returned to the Lincolnshire Regiment, and was promoted Captain. Relinquishing his commission on the cessation of hostilities, he joined the Lincolnshire Constabulary and rose through the ranks to that of Detective Superintendent, before being appointed Assistant Chief Constable in August 1939. Whilst serving in this role he prepared the 1947 Edition of the Force’s Instruction Book, described in the Foreword by the Chief Constable as ‘the most lucid and comprehensive book of instruction that this Force has ever known.’ He retired on 31 July 1948, having been awarded the King’s Police and Fire Service Medal shortly before his retirement.