The very fine Southampton July 1985 Tackling of an armed gunman Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and Malayan Emergency campaign pair awarded to Private E.C. Jacopson, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, later the proprietor of a car dealership. E.J Cars of Southampton, who was decorated for assisting in the apprehension of an armed man who was firing indiscriminately, and incident which led to the award of two Queen’s Gallantry Medal’s and three QCBC’s.
The very fine Southampton July 1985 Tackling of an armed gunman Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and Malayan Emergency campaign pair awarded to Private E.C. Jacopson, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, later the proprietor of a car dealership. E.J Cars of Southampton, who was decorated for assisting in the apprehension of an armed man who was firing indiscriminately, and incident which led to the award of two Queen’s Gallantry Medal’s and three QCBC’s. Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct pair of silver laurel leave insignia, housed in their Central Chancery presentation case; General Service Medal 1918-1962, EIIR Br.Omn. bust, 1 Clasp: Malaya; (23158622 PTE. E.C. JACKOPSON. R.HAMPS.), second mounted swing style as worn. Condition: official correction to rank and letter ‘p’ of Hamps on naming, overall Good Very Fine. Edward Charles Jakopson served as a Private (No.23158622) with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, seeing service out in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency in 1954 when his battalion formed a part of the 18th Infantry Brigade, Jakopson was most likely a national serviceman who then left the army and later found work in Southampton, forming the car dealership E.J Cars, and it was on 5th July 1985 that he performed the actions which led to the award of his Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct, together with another similar to Constable David George Barker, Hampshire Police, and a fellow employee, Mr Ian Malcolm Murray of EJ Cars, while one police officer, Constable Robert George Morrow, Hampshire Police, and another employee of EJ Cars, Mr Darren John Goodall, were awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, these awards being all for tackling an armed and violent person in the forecourt of EJ Cars. The citation for Morrow’s Queen’s Gallantry Medal gives the following story: ‘On 5th July 1985 a man arrived on the forecourt of a car sales company and discussed with Mr. Goodall the purchase of a car. Mr Goodall took him on a test drive. The man then agreed to purchase the car but asked to be driven to a building society in order to withdraw cash for the payment. Mr Goodall drove him the short distance to the building society and waited outside. Inside the building the man produced an automatic pistol, threatened a member of the staff and stole money. Mr Goodall drove him back, but became suspicious. At the car sales forecourt he stopped a passing police vehicle driven by Constable Morrow. The man attempted to escape in a vehicle from the forecourt, but Mr Goodhall blocked his exit with his own car. The man then attempted to hijack the police car, pointing his pistol at Constable Morrow. The Constable refused to release his vehicle and reversed away. The man, holding the weapon in a threatening manner, attempted to enter various cars in a line of traffic without success. Mr Goodhall, together with other civilians and police officers chased him. From a distance of approximately twelve feet the gunman fired the pistol in the direction of Constable Morrow. In a road with no access to cars, Mr Goodhall, a police motor cyclist and two other civilians, continued the pursuit. A second bullet narrowly missed them. Back in a vehicular road he fired again at Constable Morrow’s car, and twice, more at the chasing group. Eventually Constable Morrow manoeuvred so as to be able to drive his vehicle directly at the gunman. The man jumped backwards and fired yet again. Mr Goodall closed with the gunman and struck him with a metal bar with which he had managed to arm himself during the chase. The man fell back into a garden. Mr Goodall and Constable Morrow, assisted by others, overpowered and disarmed him. Mr Goodall and Constable Morrow displayed outstanding determination and bravery of a high order when, despite having been shot at, they pursued and brought about the capture of the gunman.’ All the awards were published in the London Gazette for 3rd October 1986, with the citations for the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery awards reading: ‘for services in pursuing a man who had fired indiscriminately on them in an attempt to evade capture following a robbery.’