King Edward VII’s Police Coronation Medal
Obverse and reverse: Metropolitan Police version.
Awarded forPolice and members of ancillary services on duty in London on Coronation day.
Presented byUnited Kingdom
Established1902
Total57 silver & 19,885 bronze medals

Ribbon: King Edward VII Police Coronation Medal

Ribbon: King Edward VII Police Medal (Scotland)
RelatedKing Edward VII Coronation Medal
Visit to Ireland Medal 1903

The Police Coronation Medal was sanctioned in 1902 as an award to policeman, firemen and members of ambulance units on duty during the official celebrations of the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 9 August 1902.[1]

Award

The medal continued the practice of awarding a special medal to police and support services on duty during major royal celebrations established with Queen Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Police Medals.[1] It was presented in silver or bronze, according to rank, with the silver medal awarded to superintendents and above in the police and fire brigade.[2] A total of 67 silver and 19,885 bronze medals were awarded.[3]
The reverse indicates the service in which the recipient served, there being five types:
Metropolitan Police: 51 silver, 16,709 bronze medals.
City of London Police: 5 silver, 1,060 bronze medals.
L.C.C. M.F.B. (London County Council Metropolitan Fire Brigade): 10 silver[2] and 1,000 bronze medals.[4]
St John Ambulance Brigade: 912 bronze medals.
Police Ambulance Service: 1 silver,[5] 204 bronze medals.

Description

The medal, 1.4 inches (36 mm) in diameter, was designed by George William de Saulles.[1]

Notable recipients

Recipients of the medal in silver include:[2]

Recipients of the medal in bronze include:

King Edward VII Police Medal (Scotland), 1903

Also called the Visit to Scotland Medal, it was awarded to members of the Scottish Police and ancillary services on duty for the celebrations related to the King's post coronation visit to Scotland in May 1903.[9] The medal is identical to the Police Coronation Medal, except the reverse inscription reads FROM HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII 1903, with SCOTTISH POLICE above. The ribbon is plain red, omitting the central blue stripe of the 1902 medal, and has an ornamental suspension bar decorated with a spray of thistle.[1] A total of 2,957 medals were awarded, all in bronze.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. pp. 31–33. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  2. ^ a b c d Silver medals for the 1902 coronation to senior police officers, Derek Bunning. Orders & Medals Research Society Journal, June 2017, pp 106-112
  3. ^ a b John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. pp. 284 Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015.
  4. ^ Note: The National Archives file MINT 20/164 contains a delivery note for 12 silver and 1,183 bronze medals with the LCC MFB reverse, although this may include stock to replace any future lost medals. See: Silver medals for the 1902 coronation to senior police officers, Orders & Medals Research Society Journal, June 2017, pp 111-112.
  5. ^ Note: Awarded to Dr Alexander Mackellar, Chief Surgeon of the Metropolitan Police. See: Silver medals for the 1902 coronation to senior police officers, Orders & Medals Research Society Journal, June 2017, p 109
  6. ^ Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. pp. 3-4. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  7. ^ "No. 32300". The London Gazette. 22 April 1921. p. 3184.
  8. ^ Frederick Wensley: 'The greatest detective of all time' , Simon Brookman. Orders & Medals Research Society Journal (Volume 58, number 4) December 2019. pp 252-256.
  9. ^ "Scottish Police Medals website".