A Collection of Police Medals

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020


Estimate: £200 - £240

Four: Inspector W. E. Reynolds, Birmingham City Police, late Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force

British War and Victory Medals (251924. 3.A.M. W. E. Reynolds. R.A.F.); Defence Medal; Police L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R. (Inspr. William E. Reynolds) in named card box of issue; together with 16 Prize Medals, silver and bronze, comprising 4 Birmingham Police Ambulance Competition ‘Rowland Mason Challenge Cup’ Prize Medals, all silver, all named to the recipient, and all in Vaughtons, Birmingham, cases of issue; 7 Warwickshire County Swimming Association Police Life Saving Championships Prize Medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze, all named to the recipient, the silver ones all in cases of issue; 2 Warwickshire County A.S.A. Police Life Saving Championships Prize medals, silver, unnamed; 2 Birmingham City Police “D” Division Sports Club Swimming Prize Medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze, both named to the recipient; and 1 ‘Hereford City Charity Cup’ Prize Medal, silver, named to the recipient, in case of issue, good very fine and better (20) £200-£240


William Edward Reynolds was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on 23 October 1898, and joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 8 March 1918, transferring to the Royal Air Force on its formation on 1 April of that year. He was discharged to the Reserve on 11 December 1919, and joined the Birmingham City Police on 27 April 1920. He was promoted Sergeant on 1 January 1933, and Inspector on 1 January 1944. He retired on 30 November 1951: ‘during his service he was rewarded twice and complimented on five occasions for efficiency in rendering First Aid. He was also complimented for courageous action at the Hockley Brook fire on 2 December 1925.’ He was retrospectively awarded his Police Long Service Medal in 1953, and died at Handsworth on 1 November 1953.

Sold with copied record of service and other research including a photographic image of the recipient.