James Thomson served in ‘D’ (Southern) Division of the City of Glasgow Police.
On 30 October 1971, he was alone on patrol in Eglinton Street, Glasgow, when he saw two men in a motor vehicle. They had just robbed a licensed grocer and were about to make their getaway. In an effort to apprehend the men in the car, Constable Thomson was dragged along by the vehicle and knocked unconscious when the car collided with a lamp standard. The men were arrested and Constable Thomson was taken to hospital. He recovered soon after.
In recognition of his gallantry, Constable Thomson was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Glasgow Corporation Bravery Medal.