Visit to Ireland Medal 1903, with shamrock top bar, Sergeant A. Boles, Royal Irish Constabulary.
Claw loose from wearing.
Sergeant Andrew Boles was a long serving officer of the constabulary, he was born in Down during 1859 and served many years in the Force until his retirement to his pension on 18th January 1911.
His promotion to Sergeant, North Down Herald and County Down Independent 19th January 1900:
“CONSTABULARY PROMOTION AT DOWNPATRICK – The inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary has been pleased to promote constable W.G. Stewart, Downpatrick and Constable Andrew Boles, Largymore, to the rank and pay of Acting-Sergeant from the 1st inst.”
He was Sergeant in charge of Gilford Station, County Down during 1905.
Newry Reporter 5th March 1907:
“POLICE AT SCARVA
The police barracks at Scarva, which was abolished some years ago, have been re-opened. The premises taken over for the purpose are very commodious and situated in the centre of the village, near the railway station. Sergeant Andrew Boles, of Gilford Police Station, has been placed in charge, and constables John O’Brien, J. Galbraith and Farrell Blayney have been transferred from their respective stations to take up duty in Scarva.”
Portadown Times 23rd December 1827:
“DEATH OF MRS BOLES
Sincere regret is felt in Tandragee at the death of Mrs Emma Boles, wife of Mr Andrew Boles, ex-Sergt, R.I.C., which occured at her residence, Scarva Road, Tandragee, on the 14th inst, after a short ilness. Deceased who was over 60 years of age, deeply felt the loss of her son, Harry, who died in August last, and she never recovered from the shock…..”