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FRAMED ROYAL VICTORIAN MEDAL EDWARD VII TO SERGT. WILLIAM JAMES BEDWELL, L.M.C., 31 MARCH 1905.

Royal Victorian Medal Edward VII to William James Bedwell, L.M.C., 31 March 1905 housed in a bespoke contemporary glazed frame with half box of issue mounted onto felt with book-leaf style lifting lid.
Price:
£350.00
Description

Taken from the Preston Herald, April 11, 1906: "Shock For An Angler: Body Found in the the Ribble. Valued Official's Distressing End. The inquest on Sergeant William James Bedwell, of the Lancashire County Constabulary, whose body was found in the Ribble near Brockholes Bridge, Samlesbury, was held at the Preston Police Station on Saturday before the deputy coroner, Mr Harold Parker. About twelve years ago the deceased met with an accident while performing mounted duty in Middleton. He was thrown from his horse and severely injured about the head and other parts of the body. Since that accident he had periodically complained of pains in the head and had at times a dazed appearance. Of late he had complained more frequently of pains in the head. Witnesses identified a razor, overcoat, watch and chain and postcard addressed "Sergt. Bedwell, County Police, Preston. Charles Pearson, 21, of 21 Salter St., Preston, said that he was fishing in the Ribble on Friday afternoon when he discovered the body of the deceased lying face upwards in the water. He informed P.C. Davies and they recovered the body from the water. The deceased overcoat and stick were on the bank, but there were no signs of a struggle having taken place. Chief Superintendent Whittam, of the County Police, addressing the court, said that by the death of Sergeant Bedwell, the public of Lancashire, as well as Lancashire Constabulary, had lost a good servant. He had had a most meritorious career in the county constabulary and had been honoured by His Majesty the King. Widespread sympathy was evidenced on Tuesday morning at the funeral at Preston Cemetery. The cortege left the deceased's private residence and at the rear the Chief Constable of the County, Colonel Moorsom, rode in his private carriage, accompanied by Mr T. Whitlaw, chief clerk. The party were met at the cemetery by a posse of police; 25 men attending from headquarters, and 39 from other divisions. Among others who attended to pay a last tribute were Ibbetson, the Deputy Chief Constable, under whom the deceased served in the 4th Dragoon Guards, and Inspectors Barnes, Carr and Young of Great Harwood. Included among the floral tokens, which were very numerous and beautiful, was one from deceased's brother officers at head quarters."

 

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