On 22 November 1952, Constables Archibald Whyte and David Taylor, both of the Eastern Division, Glasgow Police, were on beat patrol on Duke Street, Glasgow, when they were confronted by two men. One of the men was armed with a pistol and the other a poker. The man with the pistol threatened to shoot the constables but they closed in on the men and detained them both.
Both constables were awarded the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service for their courage and gallantry in arresting the armed men. Both constables were also awarded the Corporation of Glasgow Medal for Bravery.