Burma Police Medal

Catalogue number
  • OMD 6874
Department
Exhibits
Alternative names
  • Burma Police Medal
  • medal, British
Category
Decorations and awards

History note

Col. Clyne Garden Stewart OBE (1888-1959) was educated at Robert Gordon's College and Aberdeen University graduating MA in 1911. He joined the Burma Police as cadet in 1912 and was awarded the King's Police Medal in 1926, OBE (1932) and Burma Police Medal (c.1937-1942). He was Head of the Police Training Academy Mandalay in the1920s - an iconic photograph shows him surrounded by trainee police cadets including Eric Blair aka George Orwell. Clyne Stewart was reportedly the inspiration for the teetotal Scots police inspector described in Orwell's novel "Burma days", and is mentioned in George Orwell's biography. He was eventually promoted to Chief of Police in Rangoon. Stewart interrogated the Burmese nationalist political leader Gallon Saw while he was being held in detention in Palestine 1941. Following the rapid Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942 Clyne Stewart underwent the arduous trek to safety in India, developing cholera en route. His description of this journey "The Trek from Burma" was accepted into the IWM Documents Department in 2008 (item 15267, box ref 06/114/1). After surviving the trek out of Burma Clyne Stewart joined Mountbatten's Southeast Asia Command in Delhi as intelligence officer with rank of Colonel. He returned to Aberdeen 1945 and worked for Ministry of Food before undertaking teacher training. His final post was as headmaster for some years of a village school in Aberdeenshire.

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