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Alan Baird

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Part two of the story of James Kelly and Police Constable 883 James Ferguson. On the 26th of July in 1887, James Ferguson joins the City of London Police and his address is recorded on his application form as being '21 Cottage Lane, City Road.' Police Constable 883 James Ferguson is lodging in the Brider family home. I believe the murder of Sarah Ann Kelly nee Brider, at this address in 1883, would still have been an important and well known local story. Police Constable 883 James Ferguson would have almost certainly have known of the tragic events that occurred at 21 Cottage Lane. O
  15. Hi, Another City of London Police Constable who may have known Police Constable 881 Edward Watkins? James Kelly the murderer who was also a Jack the Ripper suspect and Police Constable 883 James Ferguson's involvement in the case. James Kelly was brought up in a religious household but at the age of only 15 his world was turned upside down. Suddenly and without warning James Kelly was told that Teresa Kelly whom he always believed was his mother was actually his grandmother and that Teresa's daughter Sarah Kelly was his birth mother. Sarah Kelly at the tender age of 15 gave birth to
  16. Hi Peter, Your information is very interesting and much appreciated and everything adds to the story. The information on Melville's younger son Sir James Benjamin Melville was fascinating and Andrew Cook's book appears to be a good read and I will definitely visit your site. Sometime in the future I will go back over the research for these individuals previously listed and usually you can find new information. many thanks, Alan.
  17. Detective Sergeant William Lennard [Special Branch. C.I.D. Scotland Yard.] - other known Royal and protection duties were as follows :- William Lennard's career in Special Branch started in 1905. It is recorded that Detective Sergeant William Lennard was also on Royal assignment guarding the Duke of Windsor in London and in Oxford and which also included the Duke of Windsor's various friends and other members of the Royal family. During the First World War Detective William Lennard was also given the heavy responsibility of protecting Cabinet Ministers and other leading figures
  18. Again Detective Sergeant [Special Branch] William Lennard strikes again...…...…. ''The dramatic arrest of Mrs Emmeline Parkhurst by Detective Inspector George Riley and Detective Sergeant William Lennard of Special Branch.'' Mrs Emmeline Parkhurst had been serving a prison sentence in Holloway Prison but because of her poor state of health, due to her hunger strike and being force fed, she had been released for a week to recuperate. The Government did not want any of the suffragettes to die in custody and so the release was allowed under the, ''Cat and Mouse Bill.'' Obviously Mrs Pa
  19. This relates to another early Special Branch Policeman......…. ''''King George V expresses his appreciation for the manner in which Detective Sergeant William Lennard of Special Branch had performed his duties whilst stationed at Milton Ernest.'''' On the 4th of September in 1914, Mr Carrington from the Privy Purse Office at Buckingham Palace was commanded by King George V to request the approval of Sir Edward Henry the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, as to rewarding Sergeant Lennard for the manner in which he had performed his Royal duties whilst stationed at Milton Ernest.
  20. Hi, There are some outstanding questions relating to Edward Watkins and his family who are residing at the family home at 2 Bramley Street, Walmer Road, in the Parish of Kensington, in 1871. There can often be discrepancies with these types of records and therefore you have to be aware that the information may not be 100% reliable for numerous reasons. The England Census of 1871 took place on Sunday the 2nd of April in 1871. Many thousands of ''enumerators'' were responsible for the delivery and collection of this information. Sunday was a good day for doing this work as many pe
  21. Hi, Since Edward Watkins, I believe, fathered 6 girls, it is easy to get the names confused. [1911 4 were alive/2 died]. Anyway the girls in the England Census in 1871 were :- Mary born 1864. Sophia born 1866. Sophy born 1870.
  22. Hi, Edward Watkins and family in 1871...... The question is, ''what kind of man was Edward Watkins.'' My answer to that would be, ''Edward Watkins was practical and down-to-earth and who used his common sense to achieve his goals.'' I believe, we can use the information in the England Census of 1871 to evidence and understand what is going on in Edward Watkins life and that of his wife and children. The information in this specific census is confusing and difficult to understand but when you consider the whole picture, then his strategy becomes clearer. In the England
  23. Hi, Many thanks for the help because it all seems to make sense now..... The letter is obviously referring to Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Parade through London which took place on the 20th of June in 1887. I would suspect the letter is referring to some special advantage points, along the route that Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Parade through London would take, that spectators could use but only if they possessed the Ivory paper/authorisation and they could only remain up there until the procession came into view. Obviously the Police Commissioners were heavily invo
  24. Hi, An interesting letter puzzle..... Police Constable 881 Edward Watkins of the City of London Police, during the Jack the Ripper reign of terror, was commanded by Sir James Fraser who was the Commissioner of the City of London Police. Here we have a letter, on very fine paper which was written by Sir James Fraser's boss and that was Henry Matthews, the Home Secretary. The letter is dated the ''18th of June in 1887'' and was written to Lord Cranbrook who in 1887 was the ''Lord President of the Council.'' The position of being the ''Lord President of the Council'' is consid
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