A Collection of Police Medals

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £260

Estimate: £100 - £140

Four: Detective Inspector R. L. S. McKinstray, Glasgow Police, late Royal Navy

War Medal 1939-45; U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed as issued; Jubilee 1977, unnamed as issued, in Royal Mint card box of issue; Police L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue (Sergt. Robert Mc.Kinstray) nearly extremely fine (4) £100-£140


Robert Louis Stevenson McKinstray served as a Fleet Air Arm Mechanic in the Royal Navy from June 1945 to March 1947, before joining Glasgow Police as a Probationary Constable on 4 March 1947. He resigned on 6 April of that year, and returning to the Navy served as Engineer Officer in R.F.A. Green Ranger and R.F.A. Brown Ranger in Korean waters (although his service in these vessels did not qualify for the Queen’s Korea Medal). He was re-appointed to the Glasgow Police on 27 February 1951, on an annual salary of £330, and was appointed Detective Constable on 1 June 1960, being promoted Detective Sergeant on 30 October 1967, and Detective Inspector in the Scottish Crime Squad on 15 June 1973. He transferred to the Fraud Squad on 2 April 1974, and was pensioned on 7 March 1977. During the course of his police career he was six times Commended by the Chief Constable, and started the Glasgow Police underwater unit. He was subsequently employed as a National Security Manager, and died in Ayr on 7 May 2012.

Sold with named Buckingham Palace certificate for the Silver Jubilee Medal; letter from the Director of Navy accounts regarding the recipient’s Royal Naval service; and various photographic images of the recipient.