Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
(x) Four: Superintendent L. C. Peel, Metropolitan Police, late Royal Navy
British War and Victory Medals (M. 21586 L. C. Peel, V.A., R.N.); Defence Medal 1939-45; Police Exemplary Service, G.VI.R., 2nd issue (Ch. Inspr. Leonard C. Peel), good very fine (4)
Leonard Charles Peel was born at Clapham, London in August 1897 and entered the Royal Navy as a Victualling Assistant in July 1916. Among other wartime appointments, he served in the battleship H.M.S. Dreadnought from December 1916 until August 1918.
Demobilised in June 1919, he joined the Metropolitan Police in September of the same year, when he was appointed a Police Constable in D Division (Marylebone). He gained steady advancement to Chief Inspector and was awarded his Exemplary Service Medal in the summer of 1951, one of the first recipients of the newly instituted award.
Peel ended his career in the Criminal Investigations Department (C.I.D.) at New Scotland Yard, when he retired as a Superintendent in June 1954, aged 57 years. He died in February 1972; sold with a file of research.
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