GALLANTRY MEDALS, ORDERS & DECORATIONS
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Samuel George Button
Punjab Police
Indian Police Medal (For Distinguished Conduct) S.G. Button, Dy Supdt of Police Rawalpindi    500 
Photocopied research.
Samuel George Button was born at Quetta 20 March 1903, the son of George (an engine-driver) and Isabella Button. 
Joined the Police in Lahore 20 July 1921.
At some point he served on the Viceroy of India's personal protection staff and appears to have been recommended for the Indian Police Medal in 1938. Indian Police Medal awarded 1 January 1941.
Inspector of Police, Rawalpindi 1 April 1941 (Lahore Fort, Officiating Deputy Superintendent of Police)

Copy telegram 21 May 1942 states: "Secret. For a purpose which you can guess Governor-General would be grateful if services of Inspector Button Punjab Police lately of Viceroy's personal protection staff could be made immediately available here." In reply: "The Punjab Government have now agreed to let Inspector Button go and he has been ordered to report at once to the Military Secretary to H.E. the Viceroy."
A Home Department letter dated June 1942 states: "STRICTLY SECRET. I have no doubt that you are already aware of arrangements that have been made for S.G. Button, who is, I understand, an officiating Deputy Superintendent of the Punjab Police, to accompany a certain important personage on a projected tour of India. We propose appointing Button Officer on Special Duty in the Home Department for this purpose.... Button will be required to report for duty to the Military Secretary to His Excellency the Viceroy at New Delhi on the morning of June 8th from which date his Special Duty will begin."
Copy Telegram: "Secret Cipher. Lieut-General H.R.H. Duke of Gloucester is visiting India shortly."
Samuel served as personal protection to the Duke of Gloucester during his tour of India. Details of the tour included.

The Special Duty ended 17 July 1942.
Inspector of Police, Lahore 19 July 1942
Deputy Superintendent of Police 1 February 1943

The Indian and Pakistan Year Book 1949 states: Superintendents of Police: 7 names, S.G. Button being the only British name.

He died in London in 1974.



British Empire Medal 10547615 SGT. FREDERICK W. CALDERHEAD, R.A.O.C.
Defence Medal
1939-45 War Medal

Frederick William Calderhead was born in August 1903 and enlisted in July 1941. Served as a store man and served in the UK until discharged in November 1945. He died in Eastbourne in March 1976. B.E.M. London Gazette 9 January 1946.
Group of Three: 285 

British Empire Medal 4262385 SGT. JAMES V. RICHARD, R.A.O.C.
1939-45 Star
Defence Medal
1939-45 War Medal

James Valentine Richard was born Decemner 1900 and enlisted 25 May 1922 into the 6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Army) and served until December 1925. Re-enlisted in September 1939. Posted to No.5 Ordnance Company and went to France. Evacuated from Dunkirk he spent the rest of the war in the UK. Discharged August 1946. He died 8 August 1950 when he fell from a fourth-floor window in Blythe Road, Hammersmith.
B.E.M. London Gazette 9 January 1946.
Group of Four: 285 



Chief Officer Gerard Lee Tuppen
Rangoon Municipal Fire Brigade


Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Conduct (GV) Gerard Lee Tuppen, A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Officer Rangoon Municipal Fire Brigade   525
Copy research. Gerard Lee Tuppen was born 21 June 1883 in Willesborough, Kent and educated at St. John's Choir School, St. Leonard's on Sea 1892-95 and St. Alban's Grammar School 1895-99. Goldsmith's Technical Institute, New Cross 1900-1902. Engineering Apprentice 1899 to 1903. Employed by Merryweather and Sons Ltd, London, who sent him around the world to work on fire fighting equipment.
July to November 1904 in charge of electrical light installation for Rio de Janeiro Police Fire Float.
April to November 1905 in charge of installing machinery for Steam Pumping Float in Venice.
November 1905 to November 1906 in charge of erecting and testing a petrol Fire Float in Huelva, Spain.
June to August 1910 constructed and transported a Motor Fire Engine to Riga, Latvia for demonstration and testing.
August to April 1911 constructed and transported motors and machinery to Montevideo, Uruguay and provided instruction in use.
April to July 1911 conducted trials and instructions on 3 Motor Fire Engines in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
July to November 1912 construction and transported special Motor Fire Engines to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and provided instruction.
1918 a Founder Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
July 1920 sailed to Rangoon, Burma and appointed Chief Officer and Engineer, Rangoon Municipal Fire Service.
In 1935 he filed a patent for a Refuse Destructor: "Gerard Lee Tuppen, Burma, India".
January 1938 arrived in the UK with his wife and daughter. Intended residence is London.
Fire Protection and A.R.P. Book 1940 lists "four Engineering Inspectors" including G. Lee Tuppen.
He died in Tunbridge Wells 8 February 1954.

Order of British India (2nd class)    950
Full-size, gold and enamels. It looks to have had a suspender added and the ribbon shortened to enable it to be worn on the chest.

Imperial Service Medal (GVI)  ERNEST JACKMAN          30                                                                             
London Gazette 2 December 1952: Labourer, HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. In the 1939 census he is shown as: Ernest Jackman, born 27 April 1889, married, Heavy shipyard worker. Lived at 33 Raglan Street, Portsmouth.