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Dave Wilkinson

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    Formby, Merseyside
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    Social history. Have collected British and British Colonial police insignia since 1966. Am a founder member of the Police Insignia Collectors Association of Great Britain.

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  1. Please see the appended images. The Lancashire Constabulary did use an identical helmet plate to that which is fitted to the helmet with the obvious exception that it had their force title on it and the County shield centre. I hope this is helpful. As an aside, I'm not aware of any forces in the north of wales who wore a similar helmet in Victorian or Edwardian times. On the balance of probabilities your helmet originates from a force in the North West of England. Dave.
  2. I have an identical helmet of similar age, also manufactured by Christy's. This type of helmet was worn by many police forces in the North West of England. My own originates from Burnley. Also, its not unusual for helmet plates to be interchanged on helmets once the helmet leaves its original issued force. Dave.
  3. You could try the National Archives at Kew as a long shot. Dave.
  4. Yes, I do have several badges from the Gilbert & Ellice Islands Constabulary, the Gilbert Islands Police and their successor organisations. Dave.
  5. Isle of Wight Constabulary. Aside from the distinctive helmet plate, he has the letters "IW" on his epaulette. Dave
  6. No, you've got it wrong. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for 18 months. If he re-offends within 18 months the two years imprisonment comes into effect. He is currently a free man. Dave.
  7. Actually, he did not go to jail. He received a suspended sentence. Dave.
  8. The pattern of the uniform and style of the kepi suggests its of French origin. I'm sure someone with greater knowledge than I will expand on that. Dave.
  9. I would date to pre. 1970's. The full name is "British Overseas Airways Corporation" Dave.
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