A Collection of Police Medals

Date of Auction: 9th May 2018

Sold for £500

Estimate: £240 - £280

Four: Police Constable M. Spillane, Lincoln City Police, late Private, Irish Guards

1914 Star, with clasp (2302 Pte. M. Spillane. Ir: Gds.); British War and Victory Medals (2302. Pte. M. Spillane. Ir. Gds.); Lincoln City Police Good Service Medal (P.C. M. Spillane. 1933.) lacking integral top riband bar, mounted as worn, suspension claw re-pinned on last, edge bruising, very fine, the last scarce (4) £240-280


Maurice Spillane was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in 1886 and attested for the Irish Guards at Inniskilling on 5 June 1905. Posted to the 1st Battalion, he transferred to the Army Reserve on 5 June 1912, but was recalled to the Colours on 5 August 1914 following the outbreak of the Great War and served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 13 August 1914. He was wounded slightly in the thigh and leg in September 1914, and returned to the U.K. on 5 October of that year. Recovering he proceeded again to France on 16 August 1915, and served on the Western Front until the cessation of hostilities. He transferred to Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 10 March 1919, and was discharged on 31 March 1920, after 13 years and 279 days’ service. He subsequently joined the Lincoln City Police.