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  1. Part 2 - 'It only takes one person to remember.' Andy Brown was the 15 year old boy who took part in the original 4 member search team in February of 1942. Finding the Wellington Bomber and knowing that its 8 man aircrew had died must have created memories that would remain with him for the rest of his life. Andy Brown believed there should have been a memorial to them and so in 1999 he applied to the Ministry of Defence for permission to recover the Pegasus engines from the R1646 crash site. The engines could only be removed from the site by helicopter and a RAF Sea King helico
  2. Hi, Imagine it is February in 1942 and the Second World War is being fought in many places around the world. You are in Braemar Village which is in Aberdeenshire, in the Scottish Highlands. Braemar Village is approximately 58 miles from Aberdeen and that you are a Scottish Police Constable serving on the Home Front. [Braemar is the place where they hold the 'Royal Highland Games.] As Private Fraser from Dad's Army might say, 'it is a wild and lonely place.' Most of the able bodied men have gone to serve in the armed forces and it was mainly the young and the old and those in res
  3. Here we have a small but interesting article from the Dundee Courier, dated Wednesday the 10th of October in 1877. Therefore the story is 143 years old and is titled '''London Policemen and their Beards - City of London Policemen denied the right to have beards.''' London Policemen and their Beards - London City Police Constables are complaining of the regulation which denies them the privilege long since conceded to the Metropolitan Police of wearing beards and moustaches. ''Of course writes one, if beards are wrong in one place, they are wrong in another.'' In Victorian London
  4. Hi, I remember many years ago watching the film, '''Battle of the River Pate,''' and this event in history really impressed me because many years later I bought a set of naval medals which were directly connected to the, '''end of the Admiral Graf Spee.''' I should point out I am not a collector of military medals and only have a few examples in my collection. M38967 Petty Officer Thomas George Wilcox, HMS Cumberland, Royal Navy, I was there to witness the end of the heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee, scuttled in the River Plate estuary, at Montevideo, in neutral Uruguay. After th
  5. Many thanks for the update, I did not even realise this was an America form and it make sense that the 8055 MASH would have completed the documentation. It was the story of ''Gunner Michael Banbury'' I just could not resist because military medals are not really in my collecting area. Although I have one or two examples in my collection. Alan.
  6. Even in 1952 the British Army was very careful and professional when dealing with those who had died. Gunner Michael Banbury's body came directly from the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital but the British Army personnel were extremely careful when identifying the body and the recording process was fully documented. Here are some parts of the forms used when they dealt with the body of Gunner Michael Banbury.
  7. Hi, '22546434 Gunner Michael Banbury died in Korea, in 1952.' Michael Banbury was born on the 26th of February in 1930 in Blaby, in Leicestershire. On the 7th of December in 1950, he elected to be a regular soldier with the Royal Artillery, on a five-year engagement with seven years in the reserve. 22546434 Gunner Michael Banbury served in Korea with the 61st Light Regiment, 120 Battery, in 'E' Troop. The 61st Light Regiment which was equipped with the 4.2 inch mortar was originally designed to be an infantry weapon to give greater firepower and range than the standard 2 or
  8. This is just a quick and small correction to Arthur Sawyer's details........ Arthur Sawyer was born on the 28th of April in 1850 and was baptised on the 25th of May in 1851 at Saint Paul, in Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham. This means he was 21 years old when he joined the Metropolitan Police. I had originally stated he was born in 1852 which was a mistake.
  9. Here we have some basic details on Police Sergeant Archibald Edward Sawyer who is Arthur Sawyer's son. This is the final part in this Metropolitan Police ''Sawyer family story'' of service with the Constabulary. On the 18th of December in 1885, Archibald Edward Sawyer is born in Stepney in London. Archibald Edward Sawyer's father is Arthur Sawyer who is a Police Constable with the Metropolitan Police. On the 25th of February in 1907, Archibald Edward Sawyer joins the Metropolitan Police and is issued with the warrant number of 94267 and is assigned to Islington or 'N' division.
  10. Here are some basic details on Police Constable James Sawyer who was Arthur Sawyer's father. Note that on his Metropolitan Police pension records it states that Police Constable James Sawyer retired on pension because he was '''''worn out.''' It is refreshing that the Victorians, in this case, did not mince their words. James Sawyer was born on the 22nd of February in 1821, in Down, in Kent and his son was Arthur Sawyer who later followed in his fathers footsteps and also joined the Metropolitan Police. On the 29th of May in 1843 James Sawyer joins the Metropolitan Police and is assi
  11. Hi, Research done so far......this is another Whitechapel Police Constable that was part of the team hunting JTR. Police Constable Arthur Sawyer.....a good, solid and reliable Police Constable who served in Whitechapel or 'H' division during the Jack the Ripper murders. Arthur Sawyer was born in Hammersmith, in Middlesex, in 1852. Arthur Sawyer joined the Metropolitan Police on the 8th of May in 1871. Police Constable Arthur Sawyer was issued with the warrant number of 54145 and was assigned to St James's or 'C' division. Police Constable Arthur Sawyer, at some later p
  12. Hi, I did a quick check in the National Archives and ''Metropolitan Police retirement reference number 21/17/6405 relates to the retirement of James McQueen who left the service sometime between 1884-1887.'' I would suspect James McQueen retired on pension before Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887 and was not one of the pensioners that was requested to return to duty to assist in the Police manning for this event. Nothing came up when entering the original warrant number of 40396. You could get a copy of his retirement details from the National Archives which would be worth while since you
  13. Hi, ''A good man but has a difficult way to die.'' or ''The 7% solution.'' The retirement of Police Constable 883 James Ferguson of the City of London Police in 1911. On the 8th of June in 1911, Police Constable 883 James Ferguson retired on pension from the City of London Police. It is recorded on his ''superannuation records'' that he retired from the service because he was suffering from ''''General Paralysis.'''' General paralysis is also known as ''general paralysis of the insane [G.P.I.] or general paresis or paralytic dementia. It is a severe neuropsychia
  14. Here we have some original research from 2009 but the details were not recorded as well as they could have been. If you have dealt with these early City of London application forms to join the Force, it is easy to know which facts come from that document. Police Constable 883 James Ferguson's joining date and address etc clearly come from this original document. When the London Museum returns to normal working I will request copies from his personnel file.
  15. Here are some photographs showing the marriage certificate for James Ferguson and Ellen Mary Brider in 1889 and confirmation of his abode as being 21 Cottage Lane.
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