Medals from the Collection of Peter Duckers

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Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £850

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Second War 1940 K.P.M. group of five awarded to Khan Bahadur Nawab Ali Khan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, North West Frontier Province

King’s Police Medal, G.VI.R.,1st issue, for Distinguished Service (Khan Bahudur Haji Nawab Ali Khan, Dy. Supdt. of Police. N.W.F.P.); India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1930-31 (Dy. Supdt. S. Nawab. Ali Khan. Police Dept.); Jubilee 1935, unnamed as issued; Coronation 1937, unnamed as issued; Indian Title Badge, G.V.R., 3rd Class ‘Khan Sahib’, silver and enamel, reverse inscribed ‘Sardar Nawab Ali Khan 1st. Jany. 1931.’, mounted for display and housed in a glazed wooden frame, nearly extremely fine (5) £500-£700


K.P.M. London Gazette 12 June 1941.
The original Recommendation states: ‘This officer joined the N. W. Frontier Police as a Sub-Inspector in January 1908 and was promoted to Inspector in 1928. The next year he was selected to officiate as Deputy Superintendent of Police and was confirmed in that rank in 1933 and was appointed to the selection grade in 1937. His 33 years’ service have been spent in the executive line, in the C.I.D., on the deputation to Waziristan and to the Government of India Intelligence Bureau at Peshawar and for the last four years in charge of the Provincial Government Railway Police. In all these appointments, Khan Bahadur Haji Nawab Ali Khan has shown ability and devotion to duty, combined with integrity and tact. He has frequently displayed gallantry of a high order when he has been confronted by dangerous and excitable mobs. During his two years’ deputation in Waziristan he received the special thanks of the General Officer Commanding, whilst his work in the Government of India Intelligence Bureau was reported to be particularly valuable. As Deputy Superintendent of Police, Government Railway Police, North West Frontier Province for the last four years, the Khan Bahadur has handled a difficult independent charge successfully and his work has been commended by the railway administration.’

Nawab Ali Khan served on the North West Frontier as a Sub-Inspector of Police officer from 1908 and was awarded the title ‘Khan Sahib’ in the New Year’s Honours of 1931. Recommended for the K.P.M. for Distinguished Service in 1940, the award was approved on 6 June 1941 and announced in the King’s Birthday Honours of 1941.