Maurice Tomlin

Medals awarded

  • The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • The Order of St John
  • Queen’s South Africa Medal
    Clasp: Cape Colony
    Clasp: Orange Free State
    Clasp: Transvaal
  • Kings South Africa Medal
    Clasp: South Africa 1901
    Clasp: South Africa 1902
  • Royal Niger Company Medal
    Clasp: Nigeria 1886-87
  • East and West Africa Medal
    Clasp: 1898
    Clasp: 1897-98

Medals are shown left to right, as per the bullet point list above.

Maurice Tomlin joined the Green Howards as a second lieutenant in February 1888. He served with the West African Frontier Force in Niger in 1897–1898, during which he was Mentioned in Despatches.

He served with the regiment during the Second Boer War in 1901, and was again mentioned in despatches for gallantry. He retired from the army in July 1907. Clearly, the military life was in his blood as, in April 1908, he became a Major in the Territorial Force, serving until 1912.

Tomlin was appointed a Chief Constable in the Metropolitan Police in December 1912 and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1926. He retired from public service in 1927 and in 1936 published Police and Public, his assessment of the role of the police force in a changing society.