Ric Hall’s Photo Corner

Photograph of William Warner during World War II (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo Collection)

 

 

 

 

For this week, Ric Hall’s photographic theme is the “King’s Police Medal and Surrey Detachment Connections.”

 

 

 

 

Prior to the Canadian Honours System being implemented in 1967, Canada relied on the British Honours system to recognize bravery.  For the police, it was the King’s Police medal which later became the King’s Police and Fire Service medal.

Several members received the King’s Police Medal.  The first member was Inspector Thomas Caulkin.  The medal was personally presented to him in October 1919 at  the “Depot” barracks by the Prince of Wales – who  would later become King Edward VIII.

Photograph of Thomas Caulkin receiving Kings' Police Medal from Prince of Wales

Thomas Caulkin received this medal for his actions and persistence during the Bathurst Inlet Expedition of 1917-1918 where he and Insp. F.H. French traveled 5, 153 miles on dog sled to locate two  Inuit men who had killed two white hunters in 1911. You can read about the details of the Bathurst Patrol here.

Two of the subsequent recipients of this medal had Surrey Detachment connections:

#11973 (o.454) Corporal Hugh Cecil Russell – (December 3, 1947) – received his King’s Police Medal in 1946 for gallantry while serving in Alberta.  He was a Corporal at the time.  From 1952-54, he was the Sergeant in charge of Surrey Detachment.

As a young constable, I appeared before Hugh Russell when he served as a Magistrate in ALberta after retiring from the Force.  Several ex-RCMP members traveled the court circuit as Magistrates .. they were tough on us young guys.” – Ric Hall

#12943  Corporal William Warner – On September 1945 in Prince Edward Island, Bill Warner and Constable Thomas Keefe were awarded the King’s Police Medal for conspicuous gallantry when affecting the arrest of two armed criminals.  Despite being shot at four times, both members were able to overpower the two criminals and effected their arrest.

April 1946 Charlottetown PEI - Constable William Warner is receiving the King's Police Medal from Lt. Gov. J. Bernard (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo Collection)

April 1946 Charlottetown PEI – Constable William Warner is receiving the King’s Police Medal from Lt. Gov. J. Bernard (Source of photo – Ric Hall’s Photo Collection)

Corporal Warner’s son – William Warner also joined the Force and was issued the regimental number #28913.  Bill retired from the Force and is now the Manager of Court Liaison at Surrey Detachment.

1937 - "Depot" Division. Barrack room with unknown member with guitar and Cst. William Warner (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo Collection)

1937 – “Depot” Division. Barrack room with unknown member with guitar and Cst. William Warner (Source of photo – Ric Hall’s Photo Collection)

"N" Division NCO Course.  Photograph includes Bill MacRae later to become C/S/M & Supt. and Corporal Bill Warner (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo Collection)

“N” Division NCO Course. Photograph includes Bill MacRae later to become C/S/M & Supt. and Corporal Bill Warner (Source of photo – Ric Hall’s Photo Collection)

1939 No.1 Provost Corp consisting of 100% RCMP members.  Constable William Warner is identified by the red circle (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo Collection)

1939 No.1 Provost Corp consisting of 100% RCMP members. Constable William Warner is identified by the red circle (Source of photo – Ric Hall’s Photo Collection)

During World War II and a member of No.1 Provost Corps - William Warner marries Lilly (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo Collection)

During World War II and a member of No.1 Provost Corps – William Warner marries Lilly (Source of photo – Ric Hall’s Photo Collection)

Broadview Detachment (Sasktachewan) - Photograph of Corporal William Warner on the telephone with an unknown Constable standing by (Source of photo - Ric Hall's Photo  Collection).

Broadview Detachment (Sasktachewan) – Photograph of Corporal William Warner on the telephone with an unknown Constable standing by (Source of photo – Ric Hall’s Photo Collection).

Photograph of the “Depot” Division cemetery grave marker for William Warner (Source of photo – Joe Healy’s National Gravesite database website)

If you have any old photographs you wish to have posted in one of Ric’s upcoming Photo Corners, please email him at rshall69@shaw.ca

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