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LSGC Rhodesia Nyasaland Sgt Group


Unusual Combination, Defence and War Medal, GSM, 2 bars, Palestine 1945-8, Malaya, Army LSGC, bar Rhodesia Nyasaland, Sjt J.K. Leighton, Palestine Police, Malaya and Rhodesian Army.

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Unusual Combination, Defence and War Medal, GSM, 2 bars, Palestine 1945-8, Malaya, Army LSGC, bar Rhodesia Nyasaland, Sjt J.K. Leighton, Palestine Police and Rhodesian Army.


Very unusual if not unique group with varied adventurous service.


GSM officially impressed: “2371 2/B/Sjt J.K. Leighton. Pal Police.”
LSGC officially engraved: “1255 C/Sgt Leighton J.K.”


GSM Palestine Clasp confirmed on the medal roll, which notes they tried to issue it in Jan 1951 but had to try again on 5th August 1952, as he was likely hard to trace being in Malaya, however by this point they looks to have issued the medal with also the Malaya bar attached as it appears to be officially riveted to the Palestine bar.


Served Palestine Police since 11th May 1943, which would only entitle him to the Defence and War Medal if he served in the capacity during WW2.


Born on 1st June 1923.


On 26th August 1946 he set off on the Arundel Castle for Singapore, for Port Said and eventually Palestine.


He was described as a Policeman from Lowton in Wigan, the boat was chock full of Policemen, Police Officer, Prison Officers, all on their way to Palestine to join the Palestine Police.


According to the medal roll, it was not his first time in the country, as he is recorded as having served with the Palestine Police since 11th May 1943 until “To Date” being still serving when the roll was written circa 1949.


As soon as the Mandate in Palestine ended during 1948, the Emergency in Malaya began, a number of men in the Palestine Police were allowed to transfer over and transfer their pensionable time for further service.


In 1952 it was asked in the Houses of Parliament:


“Sir Ralph Glyn


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the terms on which the Commissioner of Police, and other police officers who previously served in Palestine and were later transferred for service in Malaya can retire; whether previous service of a special nature can be counted towards pension scales; and how many such officers are affected.


Mr. Lyttelton


The officers concerned come under the ordinary pension law. The normal retiring age is 55. Previous pensionable colonial service in Palestine or elsewhere counts for pension.


Twenty-seven ex-members of the Palestine Police Force transferred to Malaya as gazetted police officers in pensionable posts. A further 26 Palestine officers were appointed on agreement with a prospect of pensionable employment.”


It would appear from his medals that he was one of those volunteer Policemen in Malaya.


After the end of another “Emergency”, Sergeant Leighton was left without an urgent need for his Police services.


He returned back to England temporarily and was working with the “Staff Corps” when he set off on another ship, the Winchester Castle on 12th September 1957, bound for the Cape in South Africa. He stated he last lived in Egypt and was on his way to move to Rhodesia.


The rare clasp to the Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal reading “Rhodesia & Nyasaland” was only awarded for a short space of time as the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyaslaand only officially existed between 1953-1963.


He was likely allowed to reckon some of his previous service time with the Police towards the award.