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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 360

(x) Three: Police Constable J. Dempster, Metropolitan Police

Jubilee 1897, bronze, Metropolitan Police issue (P.C. J. Dempster, E Divn.); Coronation 1902, bronze, Metropolitan Police issue (P.C. J. Dempster, E Div.); Coronation 1911 (P.C. J. Dempster), very fine and better (3)

John Dempster was born in Falkirk, Scotland in April 1865 and joined the Metropolitan Police in January 1890. He was a big man for age, weighing in at nearly 12-stone and standing at over six feet. Appointed a P.C. in A Division, he transferred to E Division (Holborn) later in the same year and served for many years at Bow Street Police Station.

His service record notes that he sustained ‘a contusion of the bowels in attempting an arrest’ and the Police Review of November 1896 describes the occasion on which he was presented with a silver pocket watch by the Director of the Larkhill Brewery Company - a reward for having saved the contents of a company collection box that fell from a dray. The presentation was made at Bow Hill Police Station, in the presence of several senior officers and 150 Sergeants and men.

Dempster was finally discharged to a pension in April 1918; sold with copied police records.

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