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City of Glasgow Police 1800 - 1975

This section features medals to officers from City of Glasgow Police.

 

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PC John Cape City of Glasgow Police

PC John Cape's British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1911 Medal

British War Medal

Victory Medal

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC John Cape

 

 

John Cape was born in Cumbria on 25 March 1883. he joined City of Glasgow Police on 5 February 1908 and was posted to Southern (D) Division. 

 

The 11 October 1912 edition of The Police Review and Parade Gossip confirm his award of the King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911 while still serving in Southern Division.

 

He resigned on 19 September 1916 and joined 2/2 Scottish Horse as Private 6050. He later transferred to first the Military Foot Police and then the Military Mounted Police and served in Egypt. His MFP/MMP number was P-5846.

 

His Medal Index Card and Enlistment papers confirm his service and medal entitlement.

 

He survived the war and was re-appointed to the City of Glasgow Police on 16 July 1919. 

 

He resigned from the City of Glasgow Police on 2 November 1929 at his own request.

 

 

PC John Charles Carter City of Glasgow Police

PC John Charles Carter's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC John Charles Carter  

 

John Charles Carter was born in 18 November 1874. He was unable to produce a birth certificate but produced "...his father’s Small Book (Army) showing that he was born on that date".

 

He had served in the 1st Battalion South Stafford Regiment since 21 August 1890 in the UK, Gibraltar and in South Africa during the 2nd Boer War. The medal Roll of 1st Btn South Staffordshire Regiment shows his entitlement to the Queen's South Africa Medal with the Clasps for Wittebergen and Cape Colony. He was discharged at the end of his engagement on 15 September 1902.

 

John Charles Carter joined City of Glasgow Police on 3 December 1902.

 

According to the Resignations Register of City of Glasgow Police, John Charles Carter died in service on 21 December 1917 at 96 Oran Street, Maryhill.

 

He died of tuberculosis as did his wife and daughter, within a few years of his death.

 

He had 15 years service and his conduct was described as "Very good".

 

This is only medal entitlement in the police.

 

PS Andrew Clark City of Glasgow Police

PS Andrew Clark's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PS Andrew Clark 

 

 

Andrew Clark was born in Drumhone in County Donegal, Ireland in 1853.

 

He joined E (Northern) Division of City of Glasgow Police on 18 January 1876.

 

He was promoted to Sergeant on 10 September 1888 and later transferred to H (Maryhill) Division in 1903.

 

Andrew Clark retired on pension on 31 January 1909. His conduct was described as "Good".

 

This is only entitlement to a police medal.

 

His son, Hamilton Clark, also served in E Division of the City of Glasgow Police having joined in October 1899. Hamilton Clark was dismissed for a Discipline Offence in 1905. He went on to serve in the Army in WWI.

 

 

 

PS Robert Donnan City of Glasgow Police

PS Robert Donnan's 1903 & 1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PS Robert Donnan  

 

 

Robert Donnan was born in Port William, Wigtownshire on 6 November, 1869. He was a Farm Labourer before joining City of Glasgow Police on 9 December 1891.

 

He served in B (Western) Division until 1907.

 

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1907 and transferred to G (Queen’s Park) Division.

 

He was commended in April 1900.

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

April 13, 1900

For stopping a runaway horse

Certificate & 7/6d (£0.37.5p

 

 

He retired on pension from City of Glasgow Police after 31 years and 27 days on 31 March 1922. His conduct was described as “Exemplary”.

 

 

PC Charles William Greig City of Glasgow Police

PC Charles William Greig's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC Charles William Greig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles William Greig was born in New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire on 12 December, 1868.

 

He was a Farm Labourer before joining City of Glasgow Police on 18 January 1893.

 

In September 1902 he was commended.

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

September 12, 1902

For stopping a runaway horse

Certificate & 15/- (£0.75p)

 

 

He retired on pension on 30 November 1923.

 

His name is not on the list of City of Glasgow Police officers awarded the Coronation Medal 1911 and this was his only police medal entitlement. 

 

PC William Hill City of Glasgow Police

PC William Hill's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC William Hill 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Hill was born on 22 May 1856 in Leswalt in the County of Wigtown.

 

He joined the City of Glasgow Police on 29 October 1879 and posted to D (Southern) Division.

 

During his career, he was disciplined twice and commended four times. The details are shown below.

 

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

April 7, 1882

Worse of liquor

Fined 2/6d (£0.12.5p)

November 16, 1887

Arresting 2 men for Assault & Robbery

7/6d (£0.37.5p)  Reward

 

January 1, 1897

Worse of liquor

Pay reduced to 28/6d (£1.42.5p)

 

June 9, 1899

Stopping a runaway horse

7/6d (£0.37.5p)  Reward

 

January 9, 1900

Stopping a runaway horse

7/6d (£0.37.5p)  Reward

 

January 29, 1901

Apprehending 2 Housebreakers (Burglars)

5/- (£0.25p) Reward

 

 

On 26 September 1889, he married Annie Will in Glasgow. According to the Census of 1911, they were married for 22 years in that year, had three children together, only one of whom was still alive.

 

According to the Police Review and Parade Gossip of 11 October, 1912, PC William Hill of Southern Division was one of those awarded the King George V 1911, Coronation (Scottish Police) Medals in that year.

 

His 1911 medal is not present. If you know where it is, please get in touch.

 

William Hill retired on pension from City of Glasgow Police on 30 November, 1913. His Certificate of Service states that his conduct was “Exemplary”.

 

I can find no record of either his or Annie’s deaths in Scotland. I did, however, find a record for 27 June, 1930 when a William Hill, born in 1856 left Glasgow on the ‘Letitia’ owned by the Anchor-Donaldson Line en-route to Montreal, Canada. The man was 74 years of age.

 

 

PC Duncan Keith City of Glasgow Police

PC Duncan Keith's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC Duncan Keith  

 

 

Duncan Keith was born on the island of Jura in Argyllshire on 9 August 1876.

 

He was a Farm Servant before joining City of Glasgow Police on 22 February 1899.

 

He was Commended in 1901 and 1905, the latter incident was when he “Rescued a man and a woman from a burning house” for which he was awarded 7/6d (£0.37.5p).

 

In 1909 he passed his Sergeant’s Certificate and a year later, his Inspector’s Certificate. He also passed his Drill Certificate in 1925.

 

He was promoted to Sergeant in M (Marine) in September 1910. In September 1911, he transferred to D (Southern) Division.

 

PS Keith retired on pension on 4 October 1926.

 

His name is not on the list of City of Glasgow Police officers awarded the Coronation police Medal in 1911 and the 1903 medal is his only entitlement from his police service.

 

 

PC William Kilpatrick City of Glasgow Police

PC William Kilpatrick's 1903 & 1911 Medals

 

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC William Kilpatrick 

 

 

William Kilpatrick was born in Raphoe in County Donegal, Ireland on 7 May 1873. 

 

He was a Labourer before joining City of Glasgow Police on 29 May 1895 and posted to C (Eastern) Division.

 

He was awarded 3 Commendations for Crime arrests between 1905 and 1910 and disciplined once in 1908. The details are shown below:

 

 

Date

Remarks

Disposal


 

August 17, 1905

Apprehending three men in possession of

stolen goods


 

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

August 21, 1908

Apprehended a housebreaker (Burglar)


 

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

December 31, 1908

Idling his time

Fined 2/6d (£0.25p)by Superintendent

January 3, 1910

Apprehending two Housebreakers (Burglars)

 

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

 

William Kilpatrick retired on pension on 30 August 1925 after 30 years and 94 days’ service. His conduct was “Exemplary”.

 

I can find no record of his death in Scotland.

 

 

Superintendent Andrew Gow Lindsay City of Glasgow Police

Superintendent Andrew Gow Lindsay's 1903 &1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

Superintendent Andrew Gow Lindsay  

 

 

Andrew Gow Lindsay was born on 14 March 1856 in the Parish of Eassie and Nevay in the County of Forfar where his father was the Church of Scotland Minister.

 

He studied at the University of St Andrew's and was a Legal Clerk before joining City of Glasgow Police on 22 May 1878. He was posted to D (Southern) Division.

 

On 17 May 1880, he was promoted to Detective Officer and transferred to A (Central) Division.

 

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 November 1883 and transferred to F (St Rollox) Division.

 

On 5 January 1900 he was promoted to Superintendent and transferred to B (Western) Division.

 

On 1 May 1911, he transferred to A (Central) Division and became Head of the Criminal Investigation Department as well as Divisional Superintendent.

 

He retired on pension from City of Glasgow Police on 30 May 1915. After 37 years in the City of Glasgow Police, he was said to be of “Good character”.

 

He died in Glasgow in December 1939.

 

These are his only medal entitlements from his police service.

 

(The picture of Supt. Lindsay is courtesy of Alastair Dinsmor of the City of Glasgow Police Museum) 

 

 

 

Superintendent Andrew Gow Lindsay wearing his 1903 medal

Lieutenant William Raitt Matthew City of Glasgow Police

Lieutenant William Raitt Matthew's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police 

 

Lieutenant William Raitt Matthew

 

 

 

William Raitt Matthew served in Leith Burgh Police from 21 August 1893 to 11 August 1897. His uncle was also a Leith Burgh Police officer.

 

He joined City of Glasgow Police and was posted to C (Eastern) Division.

 

He was awarded this medal in 1903 as a PC in C (Eastern) Division.

 

He was Commended on three occasions between1905 and 1907. 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks

Disposal

 

September 16, 1905

Apprehended a man in possession of

stolen lead

 

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

January 21, 1906

Apprehended two housebreakers (Burglars)

 

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

July 25, 1907

Apprehending a thief

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

 

May 25, 1909

Sergeant’s Certificate

 

 

May 27, 1909

Inspector’s Certificate

 

 

 

 

On 7 September 1910, he was promoted to Sergeant in A (Central) Division.

 

He was promoted to Inspector on 3 March 1920 and transferred to F (St Rollox) Division.

 

On 1 April 1923, he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to B (Western) Division.

 

He retired from City of Glasgow Police as a Lieutenant on 30 April 1929 after 34 years and 184 days service. His conduct was described as “Exemplary”.

 

His name is not on the list of City of Glasgow Police Officers awarded the Coronation Police Medal 1911 and this is only medal entitlement from his police service.

 

To see a biography of Lieutenant Matthew, please click here.

 

Please note, all the images relating to Lieutenant William Raitt Matthew, with the exception of his medal, are due entirely to the kindness and generosity of his grand-son, Alistair Matthew.

 

Alistair sent me images of his grand-father’s birth, marriage, commendations and promotion class certificates and much more for which I am very grateful.

 

 

Lieutenant William Raitt Matthew wearing his 1903 medal.
PC 133 C William Raitt Matthew's Certificate for his actions on 21 January 1906

PC David McGregor City of Glasgow Police

PC David McGregor's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC David McGregor

 

David McGregor was born on 19 November 1871 in the Gorbals District of the Burgh of Glasgow. His father was William McGregor, a ‘Police Day Constable’. 

 

According to the ‘Burgh of Partick Constables’’ Register, Record and Defaulters ’Book’, David McGregor served as a Constable from 11 June 1894 until 29 July 1895 when he was “Discharged on Resignation”. His conduct was “Good”.

 

 On 31 July, 1895, he was appointed to City of Glasgow Police and posted to A (Central) Division).

 

He started off quite well as his commendations record shows:

(City of Glasgow commendations & rewards are in red ink)

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

March 23, 1896

Apprehending two thieves

 

Certificate & 7/6d (£0.37.5p)

September 28, 1898

Apprehending two Housebreakers (Burglars)

 

Certificate & 5/-(£0.25p)

January 18, 1899

Stopping a runaway horse

Certificate & 7/6d (£0.37.5p)

 

May 15, 1900

Apprehending a Housebreaker (Burglar)

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p)

 

 

 

 Unfortunately, his disciplinary record outnumbers his commendations:

(City of Glasgow disciplinary records are in black ink)

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

July 3, 1899

Idling his time

 

Fined 5/- (£0.25p)

September 21, 1899

Worse of liquor

 

Fined 5/- (£0.25p)

March 1, 1903

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p) and Warned

 

September 18, 1904

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p) and Warned

 

October 30, 1907

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p), Warned & transferred to B

 

January 31, 1908

Worse of liquor on duty

Dismissed

 

 

His transfer to B (Western) Division was effective from 31 October 1907.

 

He was “Dismissed on July 3, 1908”.

 

In the Census of 1911, he was living with his parents at Dowanhill Street, Glasgow. His father’s occupation was “Engine Fitter – Shipyard” while David’s occupation was “Tailor”.

 

David McGregor was found dead in a motor car parked outside the Western Infirmary, Glasgow on 16 October, 1926. After a Procurator Fiscal’s Precognition, the cause of death was determined as “Cardiac Failure”.

 

His father died in Cumnock, Ayrshire in 1928.

 

This is his only medal entitlement.

 

PC David William McGuffie City of Glasgow Police

PC David William McGuffie's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC David William McGuffie 

 

 

David William McGuffie was born in Drummore, Wigtownshire on 13 August 1880. He was a Labourer before Joining City of Glasgow Police on 31 October 1900. He was posted to D (Southern) Division.

 

According to the 1901 Census, he was living along with 42 other single Constables at the Police Barracks, 60 Nicholson Street, Glasgow.

 

In November 1902, he was disciplined and transferred to A (Central) Division. He was disciplined twice more in 1903.

 

However, he seems to have learned by his mistakes and was commended in June 1903.

 

 

Date

Remarks

Disposal

June 16, 1903

Apprehending a housebreaker (Burglar)

3/6 (£0.17.5p)

 

 

On 15 February 1909, he was transferred to G (Queen’s Park) Division.

 

He resigned from the City of Glasgow Police on 24 April 1911.

 

He had 10 years and 6 months service.  His reason for resignation was he was “Going to Canada”. His conduct was described as “Good”.

 

This is his only medal entitlement from his police service 

 

 

PC James Riach McKenzie City of Glasgow Police

PC James Riach McKenzie's British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1903 Medal

British War Medal

Victory Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

 

City of Glasgow Police 

 

 

 

 

 

PC James Riach McKenzie 

 

James Riach McKenzie was born in Ardclach in the County of Nairn on 3 March 1882.

 

He was a Draper before he joined the City of Glasgow Police on 9 January 1901.

 

It is possible that James McKenzie may have had a poor example to follow because in his first two and half years, he infringed the Discipline Code three times:

 

Date

Remarks

Disposal



 

July 11, 1902

Improper language to a man

Admonished

 

August 12, 1902

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p) without Certification

 

July 9, 1904

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p) with Certification

 

 

It would seem that he had learned his lesson and between May 1904 and March 1913, PC McKenzie was Commended 8 times for a variety of Crime arrests.

 

He also passed his Sergeant’s and Inspector’s Certificates. 

 

Date

Remarks

Disposal



 

May 22, 1904

Arresting a shebeener (Illegal drinking den)


 

5/- (£0.25p) Reward

May 15, 1905

Arresting a bookmaker

5/- (£0.25p)

Reward

 

November 18, 1908

Securing convictions against a number of persons for Housebreaking (Burglary), Theft & Betting

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p) Reward

 

 

December 10, 1908

Securing convictions against 4 persons for Street Betting

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p) Reward



 

September 29, 1909

Securing convictions against 2 persons for Street Betting,  6 for Theft and 3 Found with intent to Steal

 Certificate & 10/- (£0.50p) Reward

 

March 3, 1910

Apprehending a man in possession of a quantity of stolen brass

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p) Reward



 

August 5, 1913

Securing convictions against 2 men for General Traffic, 7 men and 2 women for Betting, 86 men for Gaming and 1 woman for Whisky Hawking


 

Certificate & 5/- (£0.25p) Reward



 

November 17, 1913

Securing convictions against 9 persons for Betting and 11 for Theft

Certificate & 7/6d (£0.37.5p)

 

May 27, 1909

Sergeant’s Certificate

 

 

August 23, 1913

Inspector’s Certificate



 

 

 

In 1902 he married Mary Ann Magill in Glasgow. In 1903, their son James Riach McKenzie was born.

 

He was awarded the King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal in 1903.

 

In the 1911 Census, the family were living at 63 Bedlay Street in Glasgow.

 

On 9 November 1915 he resigned and joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (A & SH) the same day.

 

He became Private S/14099 and was posted to the 12th Btn Argylls in Salonika (Thessaloniki) in Macedonia, Northern Greece near the border with Bulgaria and Serbia.

 

One year later, James Riach McKenzie was a Serjeant in ‘B’ Company.

 

The regiment was part of a Division whose principal role (according to the Regimental War Diary) was “to prevent the enemy around Kristali from withdrawing troops to reinforce those in Monastir”.

 

The General Officer Commanding 26 Division wrote to the Adjutant of 12thBtn A & SH on 25 October 1916 and said

 

 

“A study of recent patrol reports shows that the opposition met with is tending to increase and the Divisional Commander considers that this is the best proof of success in the somewhat thankless, though important task allocated to you”.

 

 

Sergeant James Riach McKenzie “Died of Disease” aboard Her Majesties Australian Transport Wandilla, a Hospital Ship, somewhere in the Mediterranean on 8 November, 1916, almost one year to the day after he joined up.

 

Page No. 362, of “The Return of Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the 12th Btn A & SH” in which his death is listed has 15 names.

 

Of the total, 5 were ‘Killed in action’, 2 ‘Died in the Field’, 3 ‘Died of wounds’, 2 ‘Died of Dysentery’, 1 of Died of Malaria’ and the last 2 ‘Died of Disease’. It is too small a sample to judge accurately but it does indicate the possibility that ‘disease’ was resulting in a third of the casualties in that theatre.

 

His Medal Index Card (MIC) confirms his rank, number and his entitlement to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

 

James Riach McKenzie is commemorated on the City of Glasgow Police War Memorial Tablet.

 

The final entry on his City of Glasgow Police record states “Nov. 8 1916 Died on Hospital Ship Wandilla”.

 

Given his excellent police record, what might he have achieved had he lived?

 

 

Inspector Alexander McLennan City of Glasgow Police

Inspector Alexander McLennan's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

Inspector Alexander McLennan 

 

 

Alexander McLennan was born in Urray near Dingwall in the County of Ross on 15 June, 1853.

 

He was a Labourer before he joined the City of Glasgow police on 17 November, 1874 and was posted to D (Southern) Division.

 

On December 20, 1886, he was appointed Sergeant.

 

He was promoted to Inspector on 29 January 1890.

 

His commendations and awards are shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

May 26, 1876

Catching a runaway horse

 

Rewarded with 21/- (£1.05p)

February 9, 1888

Obtained a Certificate of Efficiency in Ambulance Instruction

 

 

October 18, 1897

Apprehending two Housebreakers (Burglars)

Rewarded with 7/6d (£0.37.5p)

 

 

Alexander McLennan was a piper and his medal came with two silver medals that he had won in piping competitions. The details are shown below:

 

 

Piping Medals to Inspector Alexander McLennan – City of Glasgow Police

 

 

 The first medal is silver and in a Maltese Cross shape. The obverse is inscribed:

 

“Won by A. McLennan.”

 

 The reverse is inscribed:

 

Glasgow Police Sports 1883 – 2nd Prize – Playing Bagpipes.”

 

  

The second medal is circular and the obverse is inscribed:

 

 “Glasgow Police Sports – 1st Prize – Bagpipe Playing.”

 

 The reverse is inscribed:

 

“Won By – 7th May 1892.”

 

  

Inspector Alexander McLennan resigned and retired on pension “under the Police pensions (Scotland) act, 1890”.

 

In the Census of 1911, he was living at 72 Westmoreland Street, Glasgow with his son Alexander, (29) and his daughters, Grace, (23) and Christina, (14).

 

The medals also came with a 1914-1915 Star, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal to 10478 Lance Serjeant A. McLennan of the Scots Guards.

 

His son, Alexander was wounded by a gunshot wound (GSW) on 21 December 1915 and so seriously injured, he was eventually medically discharged on 12 May 1917. He was awarded a War Badge and Certificate on 11 May 1917 and a King’s Certificate (No. 577), issued on 26 September 1918.

 

His medal entitlement is proved by his Army Records and his Medal Index Card (MIC).

 

Lance Serjeant McLennan gave his next of kin as his father, Alexander McLennan of 72 Westmoreland Street, Glasgow.

 

Alexander McLennan, retired Inspector of Police died on 1 September 1919 at 72 Westmoreland Street, Glasgow. He was 66 years old.

 

Pictures of the medals can be seen below. 

 

 

Glasgow Police Sports Bagpipes Medal - 1883 - PC Alexander McLennan
Glasgow Police Sports Medal - Bagpiping - 1892 - Inspector Alexander McLennan
Medals of 10478 Lance Serjeant Alexander McLennan - Scots Guards

PS John McRae City of Glasgow Police

PS John McRae's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow police

 

PS John McRae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PC Henry Murison City of Glasgow Police

PC James Nivison City of Glasgow Police

PC Henry Murison's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC Henry Murison

 

Henry Murison was born in New Deer in the County of Aberdeen on 27 March 1880. He was a Farm Servant before joining City of Glasgow Police on 5 June 1901 and serving in G (Queen’s Park) Division.

 

In the Census of 1911 he was living at 27 Daisy Street in Govanhill.

 

He was Commended five times between 1908 and 1922 when he passed his Sergeant’s Certificate with a mark of 95.5%.

 

He transferred to A (Central) Division in 1923.

 

Henry Murison retired on pension from City of Glasgow Police on 30 September 1932.

 

His name is not on the list of City of Glasgow Police officers awarded the Coronation Medal in 1911 and this is only medal entitlement. 

 

PC James Nivison's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC James Nivison 

 

James Nivison was 29 March 1874 in Sanquhar in the County of Dumfries.

 

Before joining City of Glasgow Police on 18 March 1901 he had served in Ayrshire Constabulary from 22 June, 1895 until 15 March 1901.

 

Like many other police officers of his time, he was awarded commendations and rewards but also occasionally subject to the Discipline Code. The details are shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

December 21, 1901

Arrested two Housebreakers (Burglars)

 

5/- (£0.25p) Reward

 

March 3, 1906

Arresting six thieves

5/- (£0.25p) Reward

 

December 31, 1908

Idling his time

Fined 2/6d (£0.12.5p)

 

December 20, 1910

Worse of liquor on duty

7/6d (£0.37.5p)  Reward

 

September 29, 1916

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined £1

 

April 24, 1917

Stopping a runaway horse (lorry)

Certificate & 7/6d (£.37.5p)

 

 

He retired on pension on 27 December 1921.

 

James Nivison died in Main Street, Glenluce in the County of Wigtown on 6 August 1945. He was 71 years old.

 

 There is no record of his name on the list of City of Glasgow Constables awarded the 1911 medal and this is only police medal entitlement.

 

  

PS Patrick Shields Park City of Glasgow Police

PC Patrick Shields Park's 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1911 Medal

The 1914-15 Star

British War Medal 1914-1920

The Victory Medal 1919

The King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911 

 

City of Glasgow Police 

 

PS Patrick Shields Park 

 

 

Patrick Shields Park was born on 18 December 1882 in Dalry in the County of Ayr.

 

He joined the City of Glasgow Police on 3 November 1903 and served in Western (B) Division.

 

The 11 October 1912 edition of The Police Review and Parade Gossip confirms his award of the King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911 while serving in Western Division.

 

He resigned from City of Glasgow Police on 23 September 1914 and joined the Scots Guards the same day.

 

He was later transferred temporarily to the Military Foot Police and served in France for almost four years. He survived the war. His Medal index Card and Enlistment papers confirm his service and medal entitlements.

 

On 15 July 1919 he was discharged from the army and re-appointed to Western Division.

 

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1922 and transferred to Govan (K) Division.

 

He was still in Govan when he retired on 23 December 1933.

 

To see the full biography of Patrick Shields Park click here.

 

Lieutenant Archibald Ross City of Glasgow Police

Lieutenant Archibald Ross' 1903 & 1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

Lieutenant Archibald Ross 

 

 

Archibald Ross was born in Portree, Isle of Skye on 3 May 1851. He was a Labourer before joining City of Glasgow Police on 30 September 1894and posted to D (Southern) Division.

 

He was promoted to Sergeant on 27 March 1882. On 18 February 1884, he was promoted to Inspector.

 

On 31 March 1885, he was promoted to Lieutenant in D (Southern) Division.

 

On 7 September 1903, he was transferred to A (Central) Division where he worked under Superintendent Andrew Gow Lindsay (see above).

 

According to the Census of 1911, he had been married to his wife, Catherine for 23 years and they had 3 children. He was living at 53 Smith Street, Govanhill.

 

He retired on pension after 40 years’ service on 28 February 1915 and his conduct was “Exemplary”

 

These are his only medal entitlements from his police service.

 

 

 

PC William Rust City of Glasgow Police

PC William Rust's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC William Rust

 

 

 

William Rust was born in Banchory in Kincardineshire and was an Asylum attendant before joining City of Glasgow Police on 20 August 1884. He was posted to E (Northern) Division.

 

He was awarded 8 Commendations between 1886 and 1894 for a variety of Crime arrests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks


 

Disposal

January 13, 1896

Arresting two men in possession of property stolen by housebreaking (burglary)


 

7/6d (£0.37.5p)

May 14, 1888

Apprehending a housebreaker

7/6d (£0.37.5p)


 

August 2, 1888

Arresting a housebreaker

7/6d (£0.37.5p

 

August 11, 1888

Apprehending a housebreaker

7/6d (£0.37.5p)


 

January 4, 1889

Assisted in apprehending a housebreaker

7/6d (£0.37.5p)


 

March 3, 1891

Apprehending a housebreaker

5/- (£0.25p)


 

February 13, 1894

Apprehending a man in possession of stolen property


 

5/- (£0.25p)

August 27, 1894

Apprehending two lads who were attempting to break into premises


 

5/- (£0.25p)

 

He was appointed Detective Constable on 5 October 1903.

 

William Rust retired on pension on 29 November 1910.

 

The 1903 medal is his only entitlement from his police service but it commemorates an effective and efficient police officer who knew his duty and who went out and 'caught thieves'.

 

 

Lieutenant James Scott  City of Glasgow Police

Lieutenant James Scott's - 1903 Medal
Naming on Lieut. James Scott's 1903 Medal

PC Thomas Shields City of Glasgow Police

PC Thomas Shields' 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC Thomas Shields

 

 

Thomas Shields was born in Dungiven, County Londonderry, Ireland on 16 May, 1868.

 

He joined the City of Glasgow police on 4 November 1891 and was posted to C (Eastern) Division.

 

On 27 April 1894, he married Isabella Dorrie in Glasgow.

 

His record of Awards and Punishments is fairly typical of its time. The details are:

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

September 18, 1899

Worse of liquor     

Fined 7/6d (£0.37.5p)

 

November 23, 1906

Granted Certificate of Proficiency by St Andrew’s Ambulance Association

 

 

August 10, 1910

Drunk on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p)

 

 

In the Census of 1901, Thomas and Isabella were living with their son and daughter at 330 Old Dalmarnock road, Glasgow.

 

On 22 December 1903, PC Thomas Shields was transferred to G (Queens Park) Division.

 

By the Census of 1911, Thomas and Isabell had been married for 16 years and had seven children, all of whom were alive in that year although, only six are recorded at home that night.

 

According to the Resignations Register of City of Glasgow Police, “Thomas Shields, G Division, with 21 Years and 4 Months service, died on 27 March, 1913. His ‘Reason for Leaving’ is given as “Death”. He died in the Victoria Infirmary.

 

There is no record of Thomas Shields on the list of Glasgow Constables awarded the 1911 medal and this is his only medal entitlement.

 

PS Andrew Stark  City of Glasgow Police

PC Andrew Stark's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC Andrew Stark

 

 

Andrew Stark was born in Berwick on 17 June 1875. He was a Farm Servant before joining City of Glasgow Police on 7 June 1899.

 

Despite 7 separate findings of guilt for "Drinking on Duty" and "Being worse for Liquor" between 1907 and 1918, he still managed to retire on pension on 15 February 1925.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks


 

Disposal

April 26, 1907

Worse of liquor on duty

 

Fined 10/- (£0.50p)

August 31, 1907

Worse of liquor on duty

 

Fined 10/- (£0.50p)

May 10, 1908

Worse of liquor on duty & unsuitable for service through tippling

 

Fined 10/- (£0.50p) & increase in pay deferred

February 10, 1909

Worse of liquor on duty

Increase of pay deferred for three months

 

March 22, 1911

Worse of liquor on duty

Fined 10/- (£0.50p) and warned for last time

 

February 2, 1913

Absent without leave

Pay reduced to 35/7d (£1.78p)

 

October 6, 1918

Worse of liquor on duty

 

Fined a £1 and warned

 

 This is an unusual record for the City of Glasgow Police. Usually when there are ‘black’ entries for discipline, there are usually ‘red’ entries on the record to compensate. There are none in Andrew Stark’s record.

 

He retired on 15 February 1925 with 25 Years and 315 Days' service. His character was "Very Good".

 

The 1903 medal is his only entitlement from his police service as he is not on the list of those Constables in Glasgow who were awarded the 1911 medal.

 

 

 

PC George Tough City of Glasgow Police

PC George Tough's 1903 Medal

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

PC George Tough 

 

 

George Tough was born in Rothes, Morayshire and served in the Edinburgh City Police before joining City of Glasgow Police on 24 December 1886.

 

He was awarded 4 Commendations between 1891 and 1901.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Remarks

 

Disposal

November 24, 1891

Apprehending a man in possession of stolen property

Certificate & 7/6d (£0.37.5p)

 

April 9, 1894

Apprehending three housebreakers in South Stirling Street

 

7/6d (£0.37.5p)

July 3, 1898

Apprehending two men trying to break into a shop in Eglinton Street

 

7/6d (£0.37.5p)

September 20, 1901

Apprehending a housebreaker

 

7/6d (£0.37.5p)

 

 

 

He retired on pension with 32 years and 2 months service on 3 April 1920. His conduct was described as "Exemplary".

 

 

Inspector George Walker City of Glasgow Police

Inspector George Walker's 1903 & 1911 Medals

King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903

 

King George V Coronation (Scottish Police) Medal 1911

 

City of Glasgow Police

 

Inspector George Walker 

 

 

 

Picture of Inspector Walker's Medals courtesy of Ian Hall.

 

The '1903' medal has been 'silvered' and the medals are mounted on a privately made ornate silver suspension bar.

 

 

 

 

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