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  1. Hello Everyone, Here are some Special Constabulary items from my collection. I'm not sure how long this will take to post so I'll just keep adding to this thread as I go. Please feel free to add your material as well and your comments are, as always, welcomed. The Special Constabulary was founded because so many police officers were signing up for military service in WWI that the authorities needed to fill the ranks. First up is a photo of a Special Constable in "uniform". Please note the armband as I will post a similar item later in this thread. I hope you like this thread and please do add to it. Regards Brian
  2. I recently acquired the following Police jacket: http://postimg.org/image/553sfvwfh/ http://postimg.org/image/52op54ey3/ It's an original of the 5-button pattern adopted in 1897 by the Metropolitan Police (to replace the older 1864 pattern tunic for normal day and summer use, and itself replaced by the newer 7-button version in 1934). I have been after one for a while now, so I was very pleased to find this one for sale in Canada (although not so pleased to have been done by Customs who treated it as a modern piece of clothing and charged accordingly before I was able to get it!). It's been particularly useful to me in showing the details of its construction as I am working on getting some sort of copy done in my size for living history purposes, and it even has what appears to be a very well executed period modification to the left breast pocket so that it now has a large bag pocket on the interior accessed through a slit made under the pocket flap. It's had a hard life, and will require some restoration before I do anything more with it. But I now have something of a dilemma as to how I should rebadge it. It is ex-Warner Brothers Costume Department marked. The seller thought it was probably used originally by a WW1 Special Constable, as it has black gartered KC Met Police buttons up the front which are correct for the period, and generic black crown buttons to the pockets. However, now I have it in hand the Met buttons are clearly pot-metal copies (but very well made) painted black, and whilst the chest pocket buttons are originals the stitching says they are not original to the jacket. It displays clear evidence of having had a set of Long Service Good Conduct stripes very thoroughly and neatly applied to the lower left sleeve at some point. Immediately above this are two holes about 15mm and clear evidence of having had a badge mounted there for some considerable time. Either side of the collar are three pairs of vertical holes. There is no evidence the jacket ever had loops for a Duty Armlet on the lower left sleeve, but what looks to be wear from an armlet possibly being worn around the upper left sleeve instead. Apart from the buttons, which have certainly been changed in the past, I believe the jacket has otherwise NOT been messed about with by Warner Bros, and that the stitching marks, holes in the collar and sleeve, and chest pocket modification are as a result of its original Police service. I had originally planned to redo this as a Regular Met PC of the WW1 period. But to my mind the two holes in the sleeve would match the 1918 issue of the 1914 Special Constables star very nicely. The LSGC stripes would fit someone with a bit of time behind him as well. If this was originally a Specials jacket, how would it have been badged? Are there potentially any clues I missed. At the moment I'm thinking of using correct/original pressed horn gartered KC Met buttons, Met SC star on the left sleeve, and a set of stripes on the left sleeve. But what pattern would the stripes have been? Pictures of them in use seem rare. I'm thinking white tape on dark blue backing. And how would the collar have been badged? There's no evidence of a single "full-stop" hole, so it seems like either three numbers, or some other combination of badges or letters on their own. Help!
  3. A member of the Cape Mounted Police with his family. The CMP cap badge is clearly visible.
  4. A recent addition to my collection is the SC mufti lapel badge shown in the attached photo. It is marked on the reverse as being made by "Vaughtons Ltd, Bham". It has a circular (not the usual "horseshoe" shaped) button hole fitting. The rank suggests that it may originate from a Scottish force. The design is very unusual and I've not previously seen a similarly shaped SC badge. It probably dates from the first world war. Can anyone pin it down to a specific police force? Dave.
  5. Hi All Looking for information on a new badge in my collection. It is same size as WWII specials lapel badge, but has CC and a dark green background as opposed to the normal blue. I have seen one other like this but have been unable to attribute to any force. Hoping GMIC members can help me out with this one.
  6. Special Constabulary medals are notoriously difficult to research unless you have a Force or the recipient has an unusual name. I do not have an interest in the Special Constabulary but when the pair to Special Constable George White came on the market I made it my business to obtain them as I was aware of the story behind them. At ten minutes past six on the evening of 20th July, 1965, a Caledonian Airliner took off from Speke Airport ( now the John Lennon Airport) and almost immediately crashed into the Mothack Chemical Plant near Woodend Avenue and Speke Boulevard, Liverpool. Two female factory workers were killed as were the Pilot and Co-Pilot. The Police and Fire Service were quickly on the scene and commenced to search for survivors. It was soon realised that there were fatalities and a call went out for assistance. Amongst those responding was Special Constable George White from "A" Division, the senior officer present was informed that George was an undertaker by calling, the officer informed George that the scene was harrowing and asked if he would assist in the recovery of those killed, George volunteered and then worked throughout the night recovering and dealing with the victims. For his actions George was Commended by the Chief Constable and soon after promoted to Special Sergeant. I am sure there are many such stories and also acts of bravery behind the Special Constabulary medals we see for sale every day but they remain untold because the recipient has a common name or threw the box of issue away.
  7. I recently purchased on Ebay a 1927 copy of the "Official Handbook" of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary Reserve and a blank notebook, both named to "Sergeant J.H.Gough, Metropolitan Police Reserves, N. Division,Tottenham", with the additional address "71 Lansdowne Road, Tottenham, N17." I wondered if anyone might be able to help me find if there is any further information on his career, etc, available?
  8. Hi there, Could you tell me if there is a site/list where I can look up Special Constable, Long Service Medals going back from George V to present day? I am a member of Ancestry.com but nothing seems to come up with the searches. Cheers, Alan
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