Misc Police Snippets after 1938

Evening Express, Jan 9th, 1939

He dealt with 250,000 offenders

Police Constable Richard NORTH, of Liverpool City Police Force, who is affectionately known as, Old Dick, retired today after 32 years service, during which, as custodian of the dock in the third or Drunks Court, more than a quarter of a million offenders passed through his hands. In cases where deaf and dumb people were accused he interpreted the proceedings to them by the deaf and dumb alphabet. He was noted for his kindness and consideration towards prisoners.

Alderman ROBERTS on behalf of his fellow magistrates, expressed appreciation of the able service of Police Constable NORTH, and wished him good luck and health in his retirement.

Mr W. A. BOLTON for the magistrates clerks, and Mr W. S. OLIVER, for the prosecutions department, added tributes.


Liverpool Daily Post, March 3rd, 1939

The March Past of the Bootle Police Force during the annual inspection yesterday by Lieut Colonel F. BROOKE, who is in the foreground on the left, with the Chief Constable, the Mayor and members of the Watch Committee.


Evening Express, March 27th, 1939

Popular chief of Division E, retires this week

After nearly 40 years service in the Liverpool City Police Force, Superintendent W. HUGHES of Westminster Rd, police station, E. Division, retired this week.

Superintendent HUGHES, who is 60, joined the Liverpool force in 1900 as a police constable. After 2 years of street duty he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, where he remained until he was made superintendent. For a time he was at police headquarters in Dale St. He was promoted from inspector to superintendent in September 1922. He has been in charge of E. Division for more than 16 years and is one of the most popular officers in the force.

When promoted Superintendent he was transferred from the C.I.D, to the uniformed branch. He wears three merit badges, and has been rewarded on numerous occasions for his work.

During his service with the C.I.D, Supt HUGHES was commended by the Home Secretary and by the Director of Public Prosecutions. He possesses the King George V. Jubilee medal and the King George V1, Coronation medal. He has been awarded the Silver medal of the Watch Committee for good service.


Evening Express, May 22nd, 1939

Evening Express, May 23rd, 1939

Inspector of Constabulary

Liverpool City Police review in Sefton Park

H. M. Inspector of Constabulary, Lt Col F. BROOK, inspecting the mounted police at the annual inspection of Liverpool City Police in Sefton Park today. He was accompanied by the Lord Mayor and the Chief Constable Mr A. K. WILSON.


Liverpool Daily Post July 22nd, 1939

Police Chief to retire

Captain A. C. DAWSON, of Birkenhead

The impending retirement of Chief Constable of Birkenhead, Captain A. C. DAWSON, is mentioned in the minutes to be submitted to next Wednesdays meeting of the Birkenhead Council.

The Council will consider a recommendation of the Watch Committee that applications for the position be invited by advertisement. The salary to 850 pounds per annum rising to 1,100 pounds.

Captain DAWSON who became Chief Constable of Birkenhead in May, 1923, was formerly a member of the Liverpool City Police Force for 27 years. He was educated at a private school in Cheshire and in Liverpool and afterwards went to work in a Liverpool shipping office. After 8 years he joined the Liverpool City Police in February 1896 as a constable. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in October 1898, to Inspector in July 1907, and to superintendent and deputy chief clerk in December 1912.

He was presented with the Kings Police Medal in January 1933. A short time after this he received special commendation from the Birkenhead Council on his work in connection with a serious outbreak of rioting during unemployed demonstrations. In 1933 he was elected president of the Chief Constables Association and in 1937, as chairman of the championships council he acted as host to police athletes from all parts of the British Isles at the tenth annual police athletic championships at Imber Court, Surrey.

Captain DAWSON is an expert on licensing and has shown keen interest in the organisation of motor patrols and traffic signals. He has often been out spoken in his comments during his annual reports.


Evening Telegraph 17 April 1940

250 pounds damages for PC.

Slander of a Private detective

Damages of 250 pounds and costs were awarded by Mr Justice Lewis at Liverpool Assizes

to Stanley Kane, former goalkeeper for Liverpool Football Club and now a constable in Liverpool City Police.

He sued Albert Dixon, a former Liverpool detective sub-inspector and now a private detective, for slander.

Mr Justice Lewis ordered that the documents should be impounded.

The action arose out of a traffic accident in which the son of a police sergeant was injured. It was stated that Kane saw the accident and made a report. A claim for damages was made on behalf of the boy and Dixon was employed by an insurance company to investigate the accident.

The alleged slander, spoken by Dixon to another Liverpool police constable says :-

That case is coming off at the Assizes next week. I do not want to make any trouble with Kane as he is a decent lad, but I have got ample proof that he did not witness the accident. I am afraid I shall have to report it to the Chief Constable for disciplinary action as the evidence is perjured.

Dixon denied that he ever used these words, and said he had never attempted to justify the words attributed to him.


Evening Express, July 9th, 1940

Liverpool Police Appointment

Second Assistant Chief Constable

Liverpool Watch Committee today appointed Chief Superintendent Hugh MILROY, at present in charge of A. Division, Liverpool City Police as Second Assistant Chief Constable of Liverpool for the duration of the war.

Mr MILROY was made superintendent in 1931, and chief superintendent in 1938. Both his father and brother had served in the Force. He is a native of Carsfarne Dumfrieshire.

He served as constable in B. Division of Liverpool for some years, on being transferred to A. Division, was a clerk in the offices until his promotion to rank of sergeant. As an Inspector he went to G. Division and in 1939 the Watch Committee approved his appointment as Chief Superintendent of A. Division in succession to Chief Superintendent John LEARMONT [retired]


Chief Inspector Thomas KAY

Evening Express March 25th 1941

Chief Inspector retires

Chief Inspector Thomas KAY, who rejoined Liverpool Police Force a few hours after the outbreak of war as liaison officer between the police and A.R.P control, has retired. He originally retired in July 1934 after 25 years service with the Liverpool Police Force . He started his career as a constable with the West Riding Police Force in 1906. He is 57, years of age and lives at Heydale Rd, Allerton


Evening Express, Nov 22nd, 1941

Liverpool Police promotions

Two Liverpool City Police officers newly promoted are Inspector Austin RAWLINSON, Prosecutions Dept [Left] and Sub Inspector William CULSHAW, who takes over the duties in the Convict Supervision Office.


Liverpool Daily Post, April 11th, 1942

Chief Constable of Hastings

Appointment of Liverpool Inspector

Hastings Watch Committee have unanimously decided to appoint Inspector Angus Gordon CARGILL of the Liverpool City Police as Chief Constable of Hastings. Inspector CARGILL who is 34 was awarded the British Empire Medal in the last New Years Honours List, and was educated at the Morgan Academy Dundee, the R.A.F, College of Cranwell, St Andrews and Liverpool University. He was appointed a constable in the Liverpool Police Force in April 1928, performing both police control and fire brigade duty. He was promoted sergeant in April 1934, becoming an instructor in the Liverpool police training school. In July 1939 he was appointed inspector. Inspector CARGILL holds a Home Office air raid precautions special certificate and at the outbreak of war was attached to the Liverpool air raid precautions main control.


Chief Inspector R. FREEBOROUGH

Evening Express June 17th 1942

Liverpool Police appointment

Chief Inspector R. FREEBOROUGH appointed superintendent by Liverpool Watch Committee. He is 49 and joined the police force in 1920. He was company sergeant major in the last war.


Evening Express, Feb 3rd, 1943

New Post for Liverpool Police Officer

Inspector Thomas M. SKELTON, of E. Division, Liverpool City Police, who received a bar to the B.E.M, for bravery in the Docks of Liverpool and during air raids has been appointed Chief Constable for Hyde Cheshire.

Insp SKELTON, who is 40, lives at Parkhurst Rd, West Derby Liverpool, he joined the Liverpool Police in 1920 after serving in the army.

He last year was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre for the part he played in removing ammunition from a Belgian ship hit by incendiaries during a raid on Merseyside.


Evening Express, March 18th, 1944

New Police Chief

Chief Inspector William E. PITTS of E. Division, Liverpool City Police, has been promoted to the rank of Superintendent at the early age 0f 43, he joined as a constable 25 years ago.

A native of Rowsley, Derbyshire, he was formerly a telegraphist in the R.N.V.R. He holds the Police Good Service Medal.

Superintendent PITTS will take the place of Superintendent R. CLARKE, who has been released for special duties in the Forces.


Evening Express, June 22nd, 1944

Awards to Police Sergeants

Two Liverpool Police Sergeants have been commended by the Watch Committee and given the rank of Temporary Inspectors. They are Police Sergeant Edgar MENZIES, aged 42, Traffic Department, Liverpool Police and Police Sergeant John Edward COWLEY, aged 41.

Temporary Inspector MENZIES was appointed to the force in January 1921, and promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1935. He has been commended and made an award by the Watch Committee, for his invention of a bicycle radio. He is a wireless expert.

Temporary Inspector COWLEY has been awarded and commended by the Watch Committee eight times for police duties since joining the force in 1923. He was promoted Sergeant in 1934. He will act as liaison officer between the Chief Constable Mr H. WINSTANLEY and the Chief Warden, Major J. BENNETT.


Evening Express, Nov 22nd, 1944

Training Police Constables

During his 23 years as Head of the Recruiting and Training Department of the Liverpool Police Force, Chief Inspector John T. McKENZIE has trained six men who are now Chief Constables and several other high officers in the Force and police forces of neighbouring boroughs.

A member of the Police Force for over 41 years Chief Inspector McKENZIE is to retire at the end of the month.

Altogether he has examined more than 7000 candidates for promotion, and has trained about 600 War Reserve Constables.

In August 1919 during the police strike a large mob was reported to be pulling down gates at the Liverpool Docks. He took 400 men with him and successfully cleared the area. These men under Chief Inspector McKENZIE earned for themselves the title of, Flying Squad, and did splendid work.

Chief Inspector McKENZIE who is 63 and lives at Hampstead Rd, Fairfield, supervised the training of the Ambulance teams which won the Northern Counties Championship on six occasions. Two of the teams also won the All England and Wales Championship Trophy.


Mr and Mrs Frederick BODDY

Evening Express Jan 9th, 1945

Married 52 years ago

Mr and Mrs Frederick BODDY, Leasowe Rd, Wallasey, who today celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Mr BODDY aged 78 was formerly a constable in the Liverpool Police Force and holds the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medals. He has been a Methodist local preacher for 52 years, Mrs BODDY is 83 next month.

They were married at St Cuthberts, Robson St, Everton in 1893 and lived in Everton for 25 years. They have two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.


Marriage: 9 Jan 1893 St Cuthbert, Everton, Lancashire, England

Frederick Boddy - 26, Police Constable, Bachelor, 45 Solva St

Ellen Peacock Fitzpatrick - 29, Spinster, 53 Queens Rd

Groom's Father: James Boddy, Labourer

Bride's Father: Henry Fitzpatrick, Sanitary Inspector

Witness: James Boddy; Jane Elizabeth Boddy

Married by Banns by: John Wood Curate.

Register: Marriages 1878 - 1899, Page 133, Entry 265

Source: LDS Film 2147911


Evening Express, June 21st, 1945

City Police Officials retiring

Among a number of police resignations accepted by Liverpool Watch Committee is that of Chief Supt David LESLIE, chief clerk who had tendered his resignation on completion of 40 years service. He is 61 and was appointed to the Liverpool City Police Force in 1905, promoted to sergeant in 1914, inspector in 1919, superintendent in 1924 and chief superintendent in 1925. Except for one year on patrol duty at the beginning of his service he has spent all his time at headquarters. He did exceptionally good work during the war and among his medals he holds the Kings Police Medal for distinguished service and the Silver Good Service Medal with three bars.

Other resignations tendered for health reasons included those of Sergeant Joseph HORNE of the Coroners Office, and Detective Sergeant James HALL. Sergeant HORNE, who is 56, was appointed to the Police Force in 1912. He lost an arm while serving in the Grenadier Guards in the last war and on his return was attached to the Coroners Court. He was promoted Sergeant in 1934.

Detective Sergeant HALL joined the Police Force in 1918, and was promoted Sergeant in 1925. During his service with the Police Force he was awarded two Merit Decorations.

The Watch Committee also accepted the resignation for health reasons of Inspector E. O. JONES, main bride well, and his position has been filled by the promotion of Sergeant 31K, MORRIS to the rank of Inspector.

Inspector JONES, who is 45, was appointed in 1919, promoted sergeant in 1935, and Inspector in 1939. He served from 1915 to 1919 with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Inspector MORRIS who is 47, has 25 years service with the Police Force, and was promoted sergeant in 1937. He was awarded the Military Medal while serving with the K.O.L.R, during the Great War.


Evening Express, Sept 18th, 1945

Chief Inspector retires after 39 years

Tackled crime bombs

Chief Inspector Joseph William STOREY, one of the most well known and most popular officers of the Liverpool City Police Force retired today after 39 years service.

Chief Inspector STOREY has had many interesting and exciting experiences, his must recent being during the enemy raids on the city. In association with bomb disposal officers, he assisted in de detonating of enemy bombs which fell on the south end of the city, and from March 1941, he was police officer in charge at Civil Defence Main Control, under the Chief Constable Mr H. WINSTANLEY.

Among his achievements there was the investigation of 25 deaths in one day, 17 of which resulted in inquests the next day, at which 75 witnesses gave evidence.

After 8 years service as Coroners Officer he went to Westminster Rd Division for twelve months, and was then promoted to Chief Inspector in the Essex St Division, he remained here until he went to main control. He was one of 7 officers commended by the then Secretary of State in 1928 for his work in the prosecution of aliens and suspected persons during the Great War. He was also prominently concerned in the quelling of sectarian riots in the city in 1909 and on, Bloody Sunday, in 1911.

Chief Inspector STOREY will immediately take up a new appointment with the Ministry of Food in his native county of Westmoreland.


Evening Express, Nov 14th, 1945

Sandy LINN retires

Popular Super

After serving in nearly every department of the Liverpool Police Force, Police Superintendent W. J. LINN of F. Division, Allerton, is to retire. His resignation came before the Watch Committee this afternoon.

Known to his host of friends within and without the Force as, Sandy, he has been one of the best known personalities, and one who had won respect through his capable and discreet discharge of his duties.

Born at Eccletechan, Dumfriesshire , he joined the Liverpool City Police in July 1906 when he was 20, he rose from constable to Chief Inspector in A. Division and in February 1938 was promoted Superintendent serving in that capacity at Rose Hill and Prescot St, Divisions. Since July 1938 he has been in charge of F. Division at Allerton. He holds several medals including the Police Good Service Medal and has been concerned in many important duties.

He has been chairman of the Police Horticultural Society and is a keen supporter of the Liverpool Burns Society, where he has frequently proposed the “Immortal Memory.”

In his 40 years service Supt LINN has served under five Chief Constables of the city which he represents on the Police Federation. He was a member of the tug o war team at the Grasmere Games.

He will continue to reside in Liverpool


Sergeant Christopher GARTLAND

Evening Express Oct 8th, 1945

Tribute of Recorder to Police Strong Man

A tribute to Sergeant Christopher GARTLAND of the Liverpool Police was made by the Liverpool City Recorder Mr E. G. HEMMERDE, K.C, at the opening of the Liverpool City Quarter Sessions today.

The Recorder said that before business begins in the court he desired to say a few words about an old friend who has kept order and discipline in the court for several years and had now left, he referred to Sergeant GARTLAND a man well known in the Army for gallantry and well known in the city for bravery shown in the war.

I should merely like to say how much we shall miss him, because he has been a regular figure head in this court. I am sure he has been regarded by members of the legal profession with real affection. I know he will have a worthy successor in Sergeant MORRIS, who has taken his place.

Sergeant GARTLAND who has been described as the strong man of the Liverpool Police Force, won the George Medal for his part in the rescue of a trapped fire watcher. Two policemen were holding on to a sinking beam amid falling debris, which was forcing them down Sergeant GARTLAND by exerting abnormal strength, released the trapped man. Before the beam collapsed, bringing down the whole building, he also pulled one of his comrades clear from the falling debris. The rescues were made in the nick of time.


Liverpool Daily Post, Dec 12th, 1945

Special Constables asked to stay

Merseyside move to meet police problems

To meet the needs of the Liverpool city police force in the New Year when war reservists and about 1,000 regular officers are entitled to leave, the Chief Constable Mr H. WINSTANLEY has asked special constables to volunteer for resumed duty. A similar step is contemplated at Birkenhead and Bootle. At the moment the strength of the Liverpool force shows some improvement owing to the return of men from the Services, but at the New Year many of the war reserves, who number well over 300 of the 1,000 regular men at the end of their term, will be going.

These regulars joined the force at the time of the police strike, and have thus completed 25 years service. All who have no special reason for retiring have been asked to stay on, and there has been a good response.

The special constables numbering about 400, had already undertaken to attend one parade per month during the present winter in order to keep the organisation in being, and now they have been asked to volunteer for patrol duty one evening every week. They have come forward in a fine spirit of public duty to perform this service without pay.

The Chief Constable also makes it known that he will receive applications for membership of the Special Constabulary. Though they serve in close liaison with the regular police in all divisions, they are, where possible, assigned to the districts in which they live.

It is officially stated that there is a present no crime wave in Liverpool, indeed the curve is descending, and the position is very much better than it was last August, when the peak was very high. It was explained, however, that while crime of all kinds is less common than during the earlier part of the war period, the figures are higher than they were before the war.

Mt T. BELL, Chief Constable of Bootle, stated, that the mobilising of special constables on a rota system to do night duty, was under consideration. This step was extremely likely in view of the serious position in the borough. Furthermore, he gave the opinion that these specials should be paid on this occasion and that the matter would have to be given consideration by the Watch Committee. There was justification for giving these men remuneration, many had to come long distances, they had their own daytime jobs to attend to, and sometimes had to work overtime.

In view of the existing crime wave, the matter would have to be treated as an emergency. There was about 70 specials in the borough, and parties of 10 or 12 would be asked to turn out for spells of night duty. The critical period when inadequate police supervision in the borough was absolutely essential, lay between 6pm and midnight.

The Chief Constable of Birkenhead, Mr H. J. VANN stated he was in negotiations with the special constables on the question of taking up police duties after the New Year. The Birkenhead force of Specials, relinquished their war time street duties some months ago, and only on special occasions, such as parades, have they been seen since.

Non move has been made at Wallasey as yet to reinstate special constable, although the Chief Constable, Mr J. ORMEROD, said a strong force of volunteer, Specials, is still available and standing by.


Evening Express, Dec 20th, 1945

New City Police Inspectors

Two members of the Liverpool City Police Force who have been appointed to the rank of Inspector are Sub Inspector William CULSHAW [Left] and Detective Sergeant Herbert Richard BALMER [Right]

Inspector CULSHAW joined the Liverpool City Police in 1919 after his discharge from the army. For some years he had been in charge of records both at the Assizes and the Sessions, and H.M. Judges on many occasions have commended him on his careful handling and fairness to accused people.

Inspector BALMER joined the Force in 1926. A native of Liverpool he has taken part in many prominent arrests, including the arrest of Sir Sydney JONES attackers.

On Tuesday he was presented with 10 pounds and a merit certificate for his part. Both officers have been in the Prosecutions Department.


Evening Express, Dec 24th, 1945

New Officer for Coroner

Inspector William GLEESON has retired from the position of officer for the Coroner in Liverpool, after 18 years service in that capacity and more than 40 years in the Liverpool City Police Force.

He is succeeded by Inspector Frederick GRUNDY, who was formerly detective sergeant in the C.I.D.

Inspector GRUNDY joined the Pals, Battalion, of the Kings Regt, Liverpool at the age of 15, and become a company sergeant major when he was 18 years of age. He served in France from 1915 to 1918, during which he won the Military Medal and afterwards was in the Army of Occupation in Germany, he joined the Liverpool Police Force in 1919.

Constable R. J. BEBBINGTON has been promoted sergeant in succession to Sergeant J. W. HORNE, who retired recently.

In the 1914 to 18 war Sergeant BEBBINGTON served in Mesopotamia for nearly four years with the Cheshire Regiment.



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