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  1. Hi, Personally I find these original newspaper articles/short stories fascinating. I could read them all day and hopefully you will find even more...……………………...
  2. Hi, ''Police families often just get bigger.'' On the 4th of April in 1908, George W Fulcher's son ''Walter Ansell Fulcher'' marries Beatrice Mole and he is recorded as being a Metropolitan Police Constable .I have photographed his pension records. On the 12th of September in 1908, George W Fulcher's daughter ''Beatrice Mary Annie Fulcher [26] marries William Henry Washington Page [27] who is also recorded as being employed as a Police Constable. I have attached their wedding photograph.
  3. Hi, Police Constable 491 George Walter Fulcher served in the City of London Police basically during the same period as Police Constable 881 Edward Watkins. Police Constable 491 George Fulcher's City of London Police personal file has not survived and his Queen Victoria City of London Jubilee medal for 1887 has been damaged. The ribbon suspension bar has been removed and somebody has tested the metal.... by filing the metal between his initial and surname on the rim of the medal. Apart from the above damage, the medal has a very nice patina and the engraved details can still be easily read. George Walter Fulcher was born in Bermondsey, in London, in 1848. What we can confirm is that in the England Census of 1871, George Walter Fulcher was employed as a City of London Police Constable and was boarding at 1& 2 St. Thomas the Apostle Police Station in the district of the City of London. Therefore it is reasonable to suspect he would have probably joined the City of London Police in approximately the 1869 period. In the Old Bailey trial records for the 13th of July in 1871, it records the trial of James Wood [18] who was charged with ''pocket picking.'' James Wood stole a purse containing a quantity of money from a Sarah Webster at the Moorgate Street Station. The prisoner bumped into Mrs Webster, cut her jacket pocket and stole the purse. PC 491 George Fulcher took the prisoner to the Moor Lane Station where he was charged with the offence. The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to 7 years penal servitude. [There was no messing about with that sentence]. In the Old Bailey trial records for the 26th of June in 1882, it records the trial of John McMahon [20] and Thomas Mead [21] for robbery with violence on Charles Jack and the stealing of a diamond ring and scarf pin from the victim. The incident occurred at Blackfriars Bridge and PC 491 Fulcher arrested and took the prisoners into custody. A 12 months hard labour sentence was given to John McMahon and Thomas Mead was found not guilty. In 1887, awarded the Queen Victoria City of London Jubilee medal. In the Old Bailey trial records for the 24th of October in 1887, it records the trial of Margaret Jones [54] for coining offences. Margaret Jones attempted to purchase a quantity of meat at a butchers shop in Water Lane, in the City of London, with a bad half-crown. PC 491 Fulcher took the prisoner into custody and she was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months hard labour. [obviously they took the coinage offences very seriously]. In 1888, you have the Jack the Ripper murders……………….. Although we do not know exactly when PC 491 George Walter Fulcher retired on pension from the City of London Police, we can reasonably assume, it was around the 1894 period. In the England Census of 1901, we find that George W Fulcher [52] and his family are residing at 31 Ely Place, Hatton Gardens and Liberty of Saffron Hill, in London. George Fulcher is recorded as being a retired City of London Police Constable and is now employed as a house-keeper in charge of officers. In the England Census of 1911, we find that George W Fulcher [62] and his family are residing at 14 Brookfield Avenue, in Walthamstow, in Essex. In 1919, George Walter Fulcher died.
  4. Hi, The following photographs refer to a ''Special Branch undercover operation in 1911. [long after Herman Bulterman died in 1895] But the photograph definitely reminds me of that ''Dad's Army episode of ''Operation wake-up Walmington'' where the platoon dresses up as ''cut-throats and desperadoes.''
  5. Hi, The following photographs are of ''Adolphus Frederick ''Dolly'' Williamson'' [1830-9/12/1889] and who was the head of the Detectives Branch and then became the head of the newly formed Criminal Investigation Department in 1878. This is also the man that recruited German speaking detectives into the C.I.D. at the Commissioner's Office at Scotland Yard in approximately 1883/84 . Herman Henrik Bulterman's career started as a ''detective'' because of the forward thinking of Adolphus Williamson and others.
  6. Hi, Regarding a newspaper article I had listed previously................. ''The newspaper article from June of 1888 which stated that Scotland Yard detectives had arrested two notorious American burglars at the Café Monaco, in London, on behalf of the German Empire. The two criminals were to face extradition back to German on the charges of stealing £30,00 from a Munich jewellery shop.'' It is interesting to note the Detectives involved were Herman Bulterman, Alfred Leach, Fank Froest and White [unknown]. If Herman Bulterman had not died when he was only 40 years old, I believe, he may have attained a much higher rank as his service progressed. Alfred Leach, warrant number 58059, joined the Metropolitan Police on the 20th of July in 1874. Retired on pension on the 1st of January in 1908 as a Superintendent in the C.I.D. [C.O./Commissioner's Office] at Scotland Yard. Frank Castle Froest, joined 17th of March in 1879 and retired on pension on the 1st of October in 1912. On retirement his rank was that of Superintendent in the C.I.D. [C.O./Commissioner's Office] at Scotland Yard. Frank Castle Froest [1858-1930], a British Detective and Crime writer. A journalist once described Frank Froest as being, ''short, thick-set, full-faced and when in uniform looked more like a Prussian Field-Marshal than anything else. Out of uniform he was always immaculate in a silk hat, patent leather boots and carrying a carefully rolled umbrella.'' He was known to be extremely strong and in retirement also became an author. There is lots of information about him on the internet. So Herman Hendrik Bulterman was in some very fine company in 1888.
  7. Hi, The transformation from 'Special Irish Branch' to 'Special Branch' within the Criminal Investigation Department of Scotland Yard - 1883 to 1887. Police Constable Timothy Enright of 'K' or Bow division joined the 'Special Irish Branch' on the 19th of March in 1883. Police Constable Timothy Enright only served with the Special Irish Branch for approximately 2 months before he was returned to 'K' or Bow division for being reprimanded and cautioned. Police Constable Herman Bulterman was also assigned to the 'Special Irish Branch' on the 10th of April in 1884 and was sent abroad to observe and monitor the activities at Rotterdam Port but he remained with the Branch for more than a decade and rose to the rank of Detective Police Sergeant. In 1887, the majority of the Criminal Investigation Department personnel at Scotland Yard were in Section 'A' which meant they were dealing with London criminals and London crimes. Police Order dated 5/3/1887 - then established 'Special Branch' in a more formal and permanent way :- Section 'B' [Special Irish Branch]. Manned by 25 C.I.D. officers. Their main responsibility was stated as focusing on the 'Fenian groups in the London area. Section 'D' [Special Secret Branch]. Manned by 4 C.I.D. officers. [Inspectors].Their main responsibility was stated as focusing on the 'Fenian groups outside the London area. Section 'C' [Watching Ports]. Manned by 6 C.I.D. officers. Their main responsibility was stated as focusing on observing and monitoring the activities occurring at the ports. That is a very simplistic version of what the Sections within the Special Branch in the C.I.D. at Scotland Yard were doing and working on. There were threats from anarchists, socialist and other groups, stories of Royal protection duties and dealing with foreign citizens for all various reasons etc. I believe, that Detective Sergeant Herman Bulterman may have continued to serve in Section 'C' because he had the experience of working at ports, including his time at Rotterdam Port. Herman Bulterman's linguistic skills would have been much in demand and very useful in dealing with foreigners and in relation to European activities etc and since Section 'C' is dealing with all ports, this seems the most appropriate use for his skills.
  8. Hello G, I noticed this group as well....and I suspect there may be a couple of reasons for it not selling just now. [a] The seller has, to their credit, added an ''important notice'' in the descriptive text stating that this individual was not in the Metropolitan Police during the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. I can find the group under ''Metropolitan Police medals'' but it does not seem to appear under ''Police medals.'' [c] It does appear to be quite expensive but that is just my opinion. [d] There does not appear to be much on this individual ie Old Bailey trial records etc. [e] and I think you may be right...the market seems to be a bit quiet at times
  9. Hi Paul, I totally agree and understand what you are saying. The auction house that sold Deputy Inspector General Norman Mainwaring medals and other items also kept the flag with these items and therefore they were all sold together. The decision made economic sense for the auction house and for their client. The dealer that purchased them, then sells them separately. The dealer is running a commercial business and therefore has to obtain the best price for his purchases. The decision to sell them separately made economic sense for the dealer. My point is that it is sad from a collectors or historic point of view that the items are no longer together. Alan.
  10. Hi, ''Your words of wisdom and warning, I believe, have been heard loud and clear and are much appreciated.'' There is a point I would like to make about the Deputy Inspector General Norman Mainwaring's medals and other items. When these items were originally sold by the Auction House and bought by a dealer and I must stress that both of these companies are very good and reputable companies, there was a flag with the group. It was a ''Khalafat Flag'' which was given by the Madras Government and was officially listed as being presented to Deputy Inspector General Norman Mainwaring. The flag, I believe, was captured on the first day of the Rebellion when the ''Khalafat Standard Bearer'' was killed. Deputy Inspector General Norman Mainwaring was one of those who led the charge and his Police company was responsible for killing this flag bearer. The flag must have meant a great deal to him because it remained with the other items for so long. I understand the pressures on the dealers and that they are commercial businesses and have many overheads and expenses which must be met. Items therefore must also be commercially viewed and split up, if necessary but I would have never have divided these medals from the flag and sold them off separately. The medals and flag had a strong connection and story but the flag on its own does not have the same meaning. This is just my opinion in this particular case.
  11. Hi, The first ''Special Branch'' or ''Special Irish Branch,'' as it was known then within the Metropolitan Police was created in March of 1883. It is also stated that after the formation of ''Special Branch'' they were also given the responsibility for the ''applications for naturalisation.'' It makes sense for Special Branch to do the verifying on who is trying to become a British Citizen. They were responsible for checking the good character, employment, addresses and references that had be presented in the application to the Home Secretary. Herman Bulterman's application was processed in 1890 but it would appear there was never any doubt he would be accepted and Herman could have probably completed this processes even earlier, if he had wished to. Special Branch checking Special Branch. [The photographed page comes from the book - Metropolitan Special Branch. A history 1883-2006 by Ray Wilson and Ian Adams. I have only just got the book so I have not read it yet.]
  12. Hi, Now we have the sad part of the story to tell...……. On the 1st of March in 1895, Detective Sergeant Herman Bulterman resigned from Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police. Police Sergeant Herman Bulterman was given a gratuity payment for his services. The reason for the resignation was ill health and approximately one month later, in April of 1895, he died when he was only 40 years old. On the 24th of April in 1895, Herman Bulterman [40] was buried in the district of Southward. If he had not died so young, he may well have continued to climb the promotional ladder, within Special Branch in the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland Yard. Herman's wife Goverdina Bulterman [66] remained a resident of London and her death was registered in Wandsworth in 1906. They did not have any children. [I know very little about Special Branch or the Fenian's and other bombing campaigns so if I have made any mistakes or come to any wrong conclusion, I would be most grateful for any information.]
  13. Hi, The books are great. I must admit I never really appreciated how interesting this whole subject is.....Special Branch, the whole Fenian and bombing campaigns that were taking place and now we have a new set of Police characters like Bulterman and Greenham and lots of others. In March of 1894, Andreas Seiler, a German national, arrived at Scotland Yard and wanted money to take him to either Bavaria or to New York. We now know that Police Sergeant Herman Bulterman could also speak German, as Andreas was taken upstairs to speak to Police Sergeant Herman Bulterman. Police Sergeant Herman Bulterman explained ''he would get not money here'' and escourted him back downstairs. Unfortunately Andreas Seiler decided it was a good course of action to then break a glass panel and hit a Constable on the back of the head. At his court hearing he complained ''he did not feel clear headed due to the drugs the Police had given him.'' The prisoner was remanded in order that his state of mind might be enquired into. In 1878, Detective Chief Inspector George Greenham could speak 3 languages ie French, German and Italian and was considered the best linguistic officer in the whole of the Metropolitan Police Constabulary. It now appears that we can confirm that Detective Sergeant Herman Bulterman equalled that same level of linguistic expertise with being able to speak Dutch, French and German.
  14. Yet more to come. If the majority of the cases which involve Detective Sergeant Herman Bulterman …….relate to foreigners and foreign Governments etc then we can confirm that he is still working in Special Branch. Exactly because he is not investigating or arresting the usual common or serious criminals of London. The problem is that much of his work would have been confidential and the details would never have been released to the press. In June of 1892, Detective Sergeant Bulterman and Craggs went to 34 Portland Road in Tottenham to arrest Otto Hymmen. There was an extradition warrant against him for embezzling money from within the jurisdiction of the German Government. On seeing the officers he jumped from a window to the ground floor which was a drop of 20 feet. As the prisoner was an acrobat he managed to land without injuring himself and ran off. Detective Sergeant Herman Bulterman gave chase and after a quarter of a mile managed to arrest the prisoner. [Scotland Yard always gets their man....if Herman is around.]
  15. Hi, Herman Hendrik Bulterman's story from 1891 onward...…………. On the 7th of January in 1892, at the Extradition Court at Bow Street, a French couple appeared on the charge of murder. Sergeant Herman Bulterman of the Detectives Department at Scotland Yard had taken the prisoners into his custody from a prison in Jersey. Sergeant Herman Bulterman speaking in French cautioned them and explained he had a warrant for their arrest on a ''murder charge'' which had occurred in France. Sergeant Herman Bulterman also recorded their replies to the charge. The prisoners were remanded for a week. We now have confirmation that Herman Bulterman also speaks French and I'm sure he would have been better than ''Del Boy.''
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