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Hi Gents,

I wonder if there is anyone who can assist me please - I am trying to find out any information about a PC William Soper who served in the Metroplitan Police in the mid-19th Century. The exact dates are not known but he was born in 1831 and died in 1916.

I have the fantastic book by Jim Kemp - “The Metropolitan Police The Men and their medals. Vol. 1” which does list an officer of that name but the period of service is too late (1884 - 1907) to be the man I am trying to research.

Anything you can tell me would be much appreciated. He was the G/Great Grandfather of a friend, who recently showed me some memorabilia of his and asked if I could help her trace any records, as I am a retired policeman myself. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the Metropolitan Police nor how to access any records.

Kind regards,

 

Kevin.

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Kevin, have you tried the Old Bailey  website? You never know he might have given evidence at some point. I’ve discovered a wealth of information from this source whilst researching the medals in my collection. Certainly worth a try!! Gordon. 

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His pension papers are available on Ancestry.

 

William Soper, b. 29 Nov. 1829 Woodbury Devon. Discharged 24 Feb. 1874 (deafness).  Joined at Blackheath Stn. Oct 25, 1858.  In R Division until 1865, then P Division. 5' 10" Warrant 3851.

Father James Soper; mother Emily. Wife Elizabeth

     

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Thanks for this information and advice gents. Much appreciated.

Kevin.

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