Colonial Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, GV, 237 Sgt Mjr S.A. Bailey, Jamaica Constabulary.
A beloved policeman and member of the community in Kingston, Jamaica during the 20th century, he made history when for the first time ever a Jamaican Born policeman was promoted to an Officer when he and P.E. Rose were granted the rank of Inspector during 1946, a daring move by the Bustamante Regime.
He was already nearing retirement when he was promoted and continued to serve, by the end of his career he had spent over 40 years with the Constabulary retiring as Assistant Superintendent of Police.
Simeon Augustus Bailey was born on 18th February 1888 in Claremont, St Ann, Jamaica. He first joined the Constabulary as a Police Clerk on 16th February 1908.
He was awarded this medal whilst serving as Sergeant Major with St Mary Division, Jamaica Constabulary having served for 28 years, 5 months in the service, he was presented the medal by the Acting Governor on 31st July 1936.
He is mentioned many times over the years in the Kingston Gleaner Newspaper and his promotion to an Officer is mentioned in the Book, The Saga of a Liberator, or, The Bustamante Story, by Vivian Durham.
Provenance, ex DNW 27th June 2012, the Raymond A. Brandon collection of Jamaican & West Indies medals