There were many family
reasons why children were accepted as orphans by St George's, the first requirement
however was that they had to have come from a police family of specified
Police Forces, see following excerpt from the Rules (the full list of
which can be seen by looking at the Admission page)
'The Forces to
benefit from the organisation of St George's House are
those contained in Schedule 2 of the Charity Commissioners' Scheme,
sealed 11th December, 1931, and are as follows:-The counties of Chester,
Cumberland, Derby, Durham, Lancaster, Lincoln, Northumberland,
Nottingham, Salop, Stafford, Westmorland, York, Anglesy, Caernavon,
Denbigh, Flint, Merioneth and Montgomery'.
This page is
devoted to some of those Police Officers whose families had children
cared for by St George's House.
Scroll down to read information about the families, which also
includes references and photos of family members who also served
or are presently serving in Police Forces around the UK:
Det. Const John Robert
Died: March 1926
Police Force: River
Wear Police (joined 1919) Sunderland Borough Police Force (joined
Gertrude Gwendoline Mitchell nee Gray. 1897 - 1979
Mitchell, entered St George's 1929. Child number 394
Mitchell. Joined the First
Gwendoline Mitchell with her mother
Gordon Highlanders and after the war
the River Wear Police and Sunderland
Photo taken at How Stean Gorge near
Borough Police Force.
Harrogate, in 1932.
John Robert Mitchell 1895 – 1926. Mother: Gertrude Gwendoline 1897
When war was
declared in 1914 my father joined the First Gordon Highlanders. After
initial training he was sent to France at the end of 1914. During heavy
fighting he was taken prisoner with many other soldiers, within weeks of
being in France. Their treatment was harsh and cruel and he and many
others were made to work down in the salt mines.
English, French, Italian and Russian prisoners of war in my father’s
camp. He started English lessons for them and encouraged the other
nationals to give lessons in their own languages. My father came home
with fluent French, Italian and Russian and a necessary small amount of
He was demobilized
in 1919. Later the same year my father joined the River Wear Police and
served with that Force for two and half years. He then joined the
Sunderland Police Force and served as a Police Constable, and later as a
member of the CID. In March 1926 he died of TB. I was two years old. I
would have loved to have known him. I have enclosed a letter from Mr.
W.H. Prior, which was published in the Sunderland Newspaper, 10.4.1926,
shortly after my father died. My mother was widowed at the age of 28.
She had to work for many years to financially support herself. Although
life was sometimes hard for her she had the great pleasure of being part
of my own family after I married. When she died aged 82, I placed her
ashes in my father’s grave.
Gwen George nee
Mitchell (St. George’s
entered St. George’s in 1929 at the age of six and spent the first six
weeks in the Sick Wing, she was unable to settle into the lifestyle. At
the suggestion of Dr. Yeoman, Miss Knocker offered her mother a
residential job at St. George’s with a view to helping Gwen to settle
in. Her mother remained at St. George’s for three and a half years,
after which, and when Gwen had adjusted to life at St. George’s, she
took up a position of Cook/Housekeeper at the Harrogate Ladies’ College.
Letter to the Editor of Sunderland Echo, published 10 April, 1926.
Written by William H. Prior
A TRIBUTE TO A HERO
I have recently received news, together with a cutting from your paper,
telling of the death of the late P.C. John R. Mitchell.
The news had something more than a saddening effect upon me for I had
the privilege of "Jock" Mitchell's friendship whilst a prisoner of war
in Germany. I was taken in 1918 and Mitchell had been there for
nearly four years. I will not enlarge on the fact that he
practically saved my life when I was in a starving condition and was
lucky enough to meet him, when he shared what he had in the way of food
What I shall never forget is that he struck me as being one of the
finest examples of the "Old Contemptibles" I have had the good
fortune to meet. He was one of those who got into enemy hands in
the early days of the War, an enemy who did his utmost to break the
spirit of "the Englanders".
There are stories, only known to men who were prisoners of war, of
Britishers who have been thrown down mine shafts for refusing to do work
that would directly assist the Germans against the British Army, stories
of men who have been held with their bare backs to blazing furnaces for
refusing to salute the German uniform, tales of British prisoners who
have shown their contempt of bullying German sentries by taking their
rifles out of their hands and handing them back and your German soldier
is no mug in his handling of a rifle. One lesson per sentry was
The history of the Great War will never be written, least of all that
part which deals with those Britishers who were in German hands and of
whom "Jock" Mitchell was a fine specimen. Four bitter years
of captivity failed to bring him to his knees and he carried himself
throughout with a splendid contempt for the Hun and paid homage to
nothing except the traditions of the British Army. He was the most
popular man in our camp with prisoners of all nationalities. With
the British prisoners he was regarded as a leader and an
authority. He deserved it, he set an example to the rest of us.
The cutting I have received records the making of one who was a
gentleman and a sportsman and a British soldier of the first water.
If there are any more of Mitchell's breed in Sunderland, I take off my
hat to them.
William H. Prior
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)
27 Custom House Street
Cardiff. April 10, 1926
P.C. Walter Holdsworth
Police Force: Leeds City
Holdsworth, entered St George's 1932. Child number 421
Doreen joined the Leeds City Police and served in the Chapeltown area.
She retired from the Police Force during the Second World War and later
worked for the Leeds City Council. Doreen married John Wilson in Leeds
19/9/1941. She was born 30/12/1922 and died in St James Hospital,
Leeds 11/7/1980 aged 57.
P.C. 182 Thomas Harland
Born: Whitby, North
Police Force: West
Yorkshire, Leeds City B Division.
Wife’s name: Mary
Alice Harland nee Levitt
Elsie Harland, entered St
George's 1931. Child number 417
Raymond Harland, entered St George's 1931. Child number 418
Marjorie Harland, entered St George's 1931. Child number 419
Bernard Harland, entered St George's 1934. Child number 449
Godfrey Harland, entered St George's 1936. Child number 480
Mary Alice Harland nee Levitt
served in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment from April 1915 to March
1921, he then worked as a Grocer before joining the Police. He
originally applied to serve in the Middlesbrough Force but, as there was
no position available at the time, joined Leeds City B Division, Police
Force. The initial probationary period was from February 1922 during
which time he was paid 70/- (seventy shillings) per week. After his
appointment was confirmed in February 1923 he was paid 72/- (seventy two
shillings) per week. His record shows that he sat his Sergeant's
promotion examination, passing Part 1 in 1926 and Part 2 in 1927, it is
unclear whether he actually assumed the rank of Sergeant.
P.C.Thomas Harland died in 1931 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and is buried
in Hunslet Cemetery, Leeds in a multiple grave, a practice that was
common at the time.
See also From the past page.
P.C. John Ashburne
Born: Cumbria 1865
Police Force: West
Yorkshire, Dewsbury Division
Elisabeth Ashburne nee Carr
emigrated to Australia
Ashburne, entered St George’s 1898, child number 6
Ashburne, entered St George’s 1898, child number 7
Both boys emigrated to
Canada early 1900’s and served in the Canadian Armed Forces in the First
Richard was killed in France and is buried there, his name being
recorded on the WW1 Memorial that was located in the foyer of St
George’s House, this Memorial is now on display at Ripon Museum.
See also The Services page, of this website.
P.C. John Ashburne
See also article on
P.C. 130 Thomas William Bradley
Bolton Lancashire, 18
Died: 24 Feb. 1942
Bolton Borough Police Force
Wife’s name: May
Bradley nee Wright. (Married 11 Dec.1920)
Irene Bradley. Born
1921.Married William Cavanagh, deep sea diver R.N.
Nellie Bradley. Born 1922. Died aged 2 years 7 months of Measles.
Thomas William Bradley Jnr. Born 1925. Deceased, served in the Army during WW2.
James Bradley. Born 1927. Guardsman. Deceased
Elsie Bradley. Born 1932, entered St George's 25 March 1942. Left July 1948.
Norma Bradley. Born 1936, entered St George's 25 March 1942. Left 1950. Child
May Bradley nee Wright
Thomas William Bradley, served in the East
Lancashire Regiment in WW1, he lied about his age in 1914-1915 and was
to France, where he was later wounded with shrapnel. His father had been
killed in the Boer War.
He joined the Bolton Borough Police Force in December 1920, Police
P.C. Bradley died 24 February, 1942 aged 42 (Coronary Thrombosis)
Townley Hospital, Bolton
and was buried with full Police Honours at the family grave in Heaton
Cemetery, Bolton, on Saturday 28 February, 1942.
His widowed mother Jane, outlived him by almost 10 years, dying at the
age of 80 in Bolton, in June 1951.
Det.Const. 75 Ernest James Taylor
Hullavington, Wiltshire. 1890
30 October 1942
Rank: DC 75
marriage) Ada Elizabeth Taylor nee Fry,
born Grittleton, Wilts, 1 Oct,1893,
June 1915 age 22.
(Ernest's second marriage)
Jane Annie Taylor nee
age 41. Mother
Ernest William Taylor (born
Vera R. Taylor
(born 1921 died 1922)
Raymond Taylor (born 1923)
Ronald V. Taylor
Joseph Taylor (born 7/4/1926 )
Jane A. Taylor (died March
Taylor (born 26/5/29)
(Ernest's third marriage)
Taylor nee Neilson, died June 2008
Taylor (born 2/5/1936)
entered St George's 1943, child 559 emigrated to New Zealand
Peter Grenville Taylor
entered St George's 1943, child 560 emigrated to New Zealand
Pamela Hilda Taylor (9/4/1941) emigrated to New Zealand
Sunderland Echo notice 30th October, 1942.
A native of
Hullavington, Wiltshire, Det.Const. Taylor served in the Sunderland Police Force
for 23 years and had been in the C.I.D. for the last
seven years, prior to his death. He served in the Royal Artillery during the Great War and
leaves a widow and family, including a son
(Ernest) who is serving in the Middle East and another son (Worthy) who
is in the Royal Air Force.
Ernest Taylor's second wife
Ernest Taylor's third wife
Det.Const Ernest Taylor
The grave of 'Bessie'. Jane Taylor nee Whitfield Hilda Taylor nee Neilson
Elizabeth Taylor nee Fry
Sunderland Borough Police
Sunderland Echo Obituary notice, 2nd November, 1942.
Funeral of Det. Const. E.J. Taylor
Sunderland Police Force and the Fellowship of the Services were largely
represented at the funeral yesterday of
Detective Constable Ernest James Taylor (52) of Hurstwood Road.
Detective Constable Taylor was escorting a prisoner from London to Sunderland when
he collapsed in the train and died in hospital.
Funeral service in St Nicholas's Church and at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery
was conducted by Rev. I. Dent.
The cortege was headed by the Police Band and by a detachment of police
under Inspector L. Stockdale.
Bearers were four detective sergts,- G. Bell, W.R.Taylor, T.Jermy and
Sunderland Corporation was represented by the Mayor (Coun. Myers Wayman)
and Councillors A.W. Semple and
Sunderland Police Force was represented by the Chief Constable (Mr G. H.
Cook), Deputy Chief Constable (Mr E.V.Smith)
Chief Detective-Inspector T. Middlemist, Inspectors Watson, Sneddon,
Johnson and Parkinson and a detachment of
River Wear Watch officers paraded under Mr Pennington and Insp. R. Hill
headed a detachment of Special Constables.
A unit of N.F.S. men was in the charge of Senior Company Officer L.
Allinson and Company Officer D. Stoddart.
Det. J. W. Tierney represented Newcastle C.I.D. and Miss Carter and Miss
Short of Sunderland C.I.D. office staff,
were also present.
Ex-members of the Police Force present included Messrs Byers, Tierney,
Matthews, Thirlwall and Blackbell.
Sunderland Fellowship of the Services was represented by Messrs E. S.
Rimer, J. Bainbridge, J.A.Jobling, R.R. Short,
S. Ord, E.A. Hadrum, W.P.Brown, J.W. Snowball, J. Butterfield, E.Rake,
R. Short, A.Weetman and R. Webster.
Others present included Messrs H.F.Logan, J.C. McKenzie, T.C. Croisdale,
F.S.Blackett, T. Taylor (Monkwearmouth
Hospital), Capt H. W. Newton (Group 19D Wardens), D. Berger,
T.H.Johnston, J. Castle, Mr & Mrs L. Marshall,
Miss Hodgson, Mrs Harper and Mrs Whyte.
Other members of
the Taylor family who served in the Police Forces in England.
Uncle to Reg & Peter
Taylor Uncle to Reg & Peter Taylor
Uncle to Reg & Peter Taylor
Brother of Reg & Peter Taylor
PC Joseph Arthur Stretch PC Charles Worthy
PC Arthur Mundell (and family) PC Worthy
Wiltshire Constabulary, Shrewton,
River Police, North
Morley Police Force,Yorkshire.
in the Army during WW1
Bristol, also served Scorton, Yorkshire
in the Navy, Royal
Force. PC Worthy Taylor, back row, third from right.
To this day two other
members of our family (nephews) are serving members of the Sussex and
Darlington Police Forces.
See also article on
From the Past page
Det. Sgt.4 George Boschi
Liverpool. March 1905
22nd November, 1940
Detective Sergeant 4
Ann Rothwell Boschi
Arthur Boschi, entered St
George's 16th December, 1940, left July 1946. Child 536
Barbara Boschi, entered St George's January 1941, left July 1948. Child
Sergeant Boschi had
also served with the Fire Service and his coffin was carried on a fire
engine draped with the Union Jack
through the streets of Stockport. His funeral service was held at
Dialstone Methodist Church followed by the burial ceremony
at Stockport Cemetery.
His coffin was borne by colleagues from the C.I.D. and the funeral was
attended by local dignitaries with whom he had served
throughout his distinguished career.
Sgt 510 George Frederick Rich
Rank: Sergeant No:510
City of Sheffield
Ivy Gwendoline Rich
Gwendoline I. Rich,
entered St George's 1947. Child 594
Marguerite A. Rich, entered St George's 1947. Child 595
Elizabeth M. Rich, entered St George's 1947. Child 596
Sgt George Frederick
Rich served in the Mounted Police Division, City of Sheffield, Mounted
P.C. 34 Henry Owen
Newcastle upon Tyne. 23
8 July 1962
Rank: Police Constable
Emily Owen nee Hope
Frank Owen (died early
Bertha Owen, 1908-1985, entered St George's 1918. Child 269
Irene Owen, 1911-1998, entered St George's 1918. Child 270
Edith Owen, 1913-2008, entered St George's 1918. Child 272
Harry Owen, 1915-1976
Nancy Owen, 1916-1993
P.C. Henry Owen
P.C. Henry Owen was attacked whilst on duty and suffered severe head
injuries which subsequently caused him to experience mental problems. His
resulting committal in 1917 to St Mary's Hospital at Stannington,
Morpeth, was devastating to his wife Emily and family, resulting in
three of the children being cared for by St George's, see also 'From the
Henry died on
8th July, 1962, in St Mary's Hospital having spent 45 years separated
(apart from occasional home visits)
from his family.
Staff at the hospital spoke of Henry as being a very gentle, honourable
and kind man, who enjoyed tending the grounds and gardens of the
See also article on from the Past page.
P.C. Albert Francis Higton
September quarter, 1926
Rank: Police Constable
Rose Annie Higton,
George Higton, born in
West Hartlepool, 1915, entered St George's 1926. Child 353
Harry Higton, born West Hartlepool, 1919, entered St George's 1926. Child 354
Albert Higton was born
in Bombay, India and the 1901 UK Census taken in Lancaster shows that he
was a Private and Drummer,
aged 18, with the Royal Lancaster Regiment, before he joined the Durham
P.C. George Corby
Rank: Police Constable
City of Sheffield
wife) Ann Catherine Corby nee Martin. Died 1896
Martha A. Corby
Laura Corby nee
George Corby, born
Tom Corby, born 1901 Sheffield
Laura Corby, born 1902, Sheffield
Willis Corby, born 1904, Sheffield, entered St George's 1913. Child 208
Muriel Corby, born 1910,Leicester.
Willis Corby (208) was a
son of George Corby who was a Police Constable with the Sheffield Police
Willis Corby was born in
the March Quarter of 1904 in Sheffield. BMD Ref: Eccleshall Bierlow
Volume 9c Page 508. The son of George Corby and his second wife Laura
nee Garwood, who was born in the Doncaster area in the March Quarter of
1875. BMD Ref: Doncaster Volume 9c Page 683. She died aged 35 in the
very early part of 1911, before the 1911 Census. BMD Ref: Southwell (
Notts) Volume 7b Page 259. George Corby and Laura Garwood married in the
September Quarter of 1896 BMD Ref: South Sheffield Volume 9c Page 746.
George Corby was born in 1862 in Empingham Rutland. His first wife was
Ann Catherine nee Martin born in the March Quarter of 1859 BMD Ref:
Oakham ( Leics) Volume 71 Page 245. They married in the September
Quarter of 1878 BMD Ref: Oakham Volume 7a Page 457. There was a daughter
of this marriage Martha A Corby born in December 1879 in Empingham
Rutland. Ann Catherine Corby nee Martin died before September 1896.
1911 Census taken at Easthorpe, Southwell, Nottinghamshire shows all
these children living with their widower father George Corby, aged 50,
Retired Police Pensioner.
George Corby died in the September Quarter of 1913 BMD Ref: Southwell (Notts)
Volume 7b Page 450.
See also article on From the Past page.
P.C. 730 Thomas William Elliott
Hebburn, South Shields. 23
Died: 22 Aug 1939, aged 35
Rank: Police Constable No:730
Mildred Elliott nee
Name unknown. Died
Pearl Elliott, born
22 Nov 1927 entered St George's 1939. Child number 521
June Elliott, born 21 June 1929 entered St George's 1939. Child number
Mildred Elliott, born 7 April 1931 entered St George's 1939. Child
William Elliott was born 23.11.1903 in Hebburn, South Shields. His
Police Record shows that he was a Miner before joining the Durham County
Police Force 22.9.1924, as Police Constable 730. He was 6 feet tall, had
a fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He married Mildred Hawkins
27.2.1927 at St. Barnabas Church, Burnmoor, County Durham. Mildred was
born c 1897 in Bitterne, Southampton, Hampshire, the eldest child of
James Hawkins and his wife Emily. The 1911 Census taken at The Cottage,
Newbridge Bank, Chester le Street, County Durham shows that her father,
James was 33 and a Gamekeeper, who was born c 1878 in Horton Heath
Hampshire. Her mother Emily Hawkins was 31 and was born c 1880 in
Soberton Hampshire. Mildred aged 14 was a Scholar. There were two other
children, James Junior aged 10, a Scholar, born in Bitterne, Southampton
and Lilian aged 6, born in North Stoneham, Hampshire.
Thomas William Elliott and his wife Mildred nee Hawkins
had four children. One child died in infancy from influenza.
father served with the Chester le Street Division of the County Durham
Police Force and from 21.12.1929 was stationed at Ravensworth Colliery
County Durham. He retired from the Police Force 10.7.1939 due to ill
health (arthritis) and died 22.8.1939 at the age of 35. His wife,
Mildred, died in April 1945.
PC Thomas William
Naomi Goodman (left) Metropolitan Police Officer based
in Hackney, London. Great grand daughter of Thomas
See also article on From the Past
1913. Louth, Lincolnshire
Died: 2009, aged 96
York City Police Force entered the Police Force 3 May, 1937.
Edith Betsy Parkes. Born: 1917. Ruskington, Lincolnshire. Died 1975
Jean Parker. Did not attend St George's
John William Parker,
entered St George’s Orphanage 1948
Child number 616
born 1946 entered St George’s
Orphanage 1948 Child number 617
Rodney Parker, born 1947,
entered St George’s Orphanage 1948
Child number 618
George Parker served in the Coldstream Guards after which he joined the York Police
in 1937 as a mounted Policeman.
George Parker - Coldstream Guards Edith
Betsy Parkes - Mother
PC George Parker - York Mounted Police
PC George Ernest Parker. York City Mounted Police. Photo taken at York,
St Leger in August 1945
P.C. Ralph Madew
Died: 5.5.1928, Betley,
Rank: Police Constable
Stoke on Trent
Ethel Madew nee
Brookshaw. Born 27.9.1891. Died 13.6.1976. Stockport
born 22.3.1919, Hanley Staffordshire,
entered St George's 1928. Child Number 382.
Died 25.10.1994. Cheshire.
Cyril Madew, born 17.10.1920, Hanley Staffordshire, entered St George's 1928. Child number 383.
Died 15.7.1996. Oxford, (Cyril was a Police Officer with Thames
Valley Police Force).
PC 124 Ralph Madew
Welsh Horse Mounted Military Police
Stoke on Trent Constabulary
joined the Army 29.4.1915. He had been a Police Constable for 5 years ,
serving at Longton Division, Stoke on Trent, Staffs.
Home address: Beech Cottage, Betley Nr. Crewe.
He was serving in the
Army when he married Ethel Brookshaw in 1916; Registered in Newcastle
under Lyme BMD Ref; 6b page 87.
Served in Welsh Horse
Mounted Military Police. Regt. No: 1153
Served in Bedford Yeomanry. Regt. No: 204156
Served in Bedfordshire Regiment .............4th
Bedford........Regt. No: 41309
Army Form: W3494 dated 17.12.1917
Regt: 4th Bedford Regt. No: 204156
Approved Society: Hearts of Oak.
Ralph received the
Victory Medal and the British Medal ( Ref: Roll K/2/104 B13. Page
Ralph was transferred
from the Welsh Horse to the Bedford Regiment 6.7.1917, on Cavalry
Rates of Pay, and then posted to the Bedford 4th Regiment
Depot 5.11.1917, which is the date on which he was admitted to
hospital. Firstly a Military Hospital at the Bedford Regiment Depot
and later to the 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln.
Ralph was wounded (
Result of active service) . Gunshot wound to the head. and was
hospitalized at the General Hospital Lincoln, from where he was
discharged 21.12.1917. He was considered to be of 80% Lessened capacity
and was awarded a Pension of 27shillings and sixpence for four weeks,
then a Pension of 22 shillings a week ....to be reviewed in 48 weeks.
Ralph was discharged
from the Army to his home at Beech Cottage 11.1.1918
A Badge ( Bedford 4th
Regiment) was received by Ralph at Beech Cottage, Betley 13.1.1918
Children of Ralph & Ethel Madew:
Olive Kathleen Madew, born 12.04.1917 died 1924
Lawrence Madew, who married Margery Muscroft. Their four
Kathleen Ince nee Madew, born 31.01.1953
John Ralph Madew, born 30.10.1954
Christopher Madew, born 25.05.1957
Elizabeth Madew, (Sergeant Metropolitan Police) born 01.01.1962
Cyril Madew, (Police
Constable), who married Mary Rawlings. Their two children:
Jane Elizabeth Henry nee Madew, born 28.01.1956
Helen Mary Lee nee Madew, born 25.05.1957
Police Sergeant Elizabeth Madew, being presented
with her Long Service Medal and Commendation, by Sir John Stevens QPM,
See also article on From the Past page
Sgt.46 John Helyer
Rank: Sergeant No46
Police Force: South Shields
Police Force and later Durham County Police Force (Houghton le Spring
Albert Helyer entered St George's 1928. Child Number 377.
Vincent Helyer entered St George's 1928. Child Number 378.
Edwin Helyer entered St George's 1930. Child Number 405.
John Helyer's father,
Edwin Alfred Helyer, was also a member of the Police Force, having
reached the level of Detective Inspector with the River Police.
See also article on
From the Past page
P.C. James Hinson
24 August, 1898. Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
Isabella Hinson nee Reid
born c1854 died 18 May,
Married 22 May, 1880
James Arthur Hinson, born
John Hinson, born 13 January, 1885 died 1965
Elizabeth Hinson, born 1888
Charlotte Hinson, born 12 February,1889, entered St George's 1898, child
number 20. Married John William Smith 3/6/1910
and died 25/2/1967
Edwin Hinson, born 1894
James Hinson was a
coachman to the Bishop of Durham prior to his joining the Police Force.
His death aged 41 on 22 August, 1898, which is recorded on the Police
Roll of Honour website (Northumbria), was caused when he tried to stop a
SAD DEATH OF A NEWCASTLE CONSTABLE
A member of the Newcastle
Constabulary, named James Hinson, about 36 years of age, died very
suddenly this afternoon. The deceased, who is a native of Belford
district, came to Newcastle some years ago, and joined the police force,
but had not long been in that capacity when he left and took a situation
in the county of Durham, as a coachman. His employer dying, he was
thrown out of employment, and retraced his steps to Newcastle, and
rejoined the force. He was for a long time one of the four mounted
policemen who patrolled the city and district, and also driver of the
At the beginning of the
year, he was again put on regular duty, and one day in March, whilst
walking along Waterloo St, he observed a bull running quickly along the
street. He endeavoured to stop it and in doing so fell to the ground,
injuring himself about the head and chest. He was taken to the Infirmary
where he lay for some time. Ever since, he complained frequently of
pains in the head. He was on parade at Westgate Police Station at 10
o’clock this morning, apparently in his usual state of health, but a
little over an hour afterwards, whilst on duty in Clayton St, he
suddenly became very unwell. Assistance was obtained, and finding him
unable to walk the ambulance was sent for and he was conveyed to the
Infirmary, where, despite all that medical skill devise, he gradually
sank, and died shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. The deceased
leaves a widow and five children. Amongst the force great regret is
expressed at the sudden loss of a comrade, who was held in high esteem,
and who was a favourite with all his colleagues.
* * *
The 1911 census shows Isabella Hinson employed as a servant with the
McDonald family in Otterburn, Northumberland.
On and Off Duty (Police
SAD DEATH OF A
NEWCASTLE POLICE OFFICER
James Hinson, a member of
the Newcastle Police Constabulary, died very suddenly. The deceased, who
was about thirty-six years of age, was a native of Belford district. He
was for a long time one of the mounted Policemen who patrolled the city
and district, and also driver of the fire engine. In March last, whilst
walking along Waterloo St, he observed a bull running quickly about the
street, and in endeavouring to stop it he fell to the ground and injured
himself about the head and chest. Ever since he complained of pains in
the head, although he was on parade at Westgate Police Station as usual,
but shortly afterwards, whilst on duty in Clayton Street, he became
unwell, and had to be conveyed to the Infirmary on an ambulance, where
he died shortly before one o’clock. The deceased, who leaves a widow and
five children, was held in general esteem by his colleagues in the
* * *
THE LATE P.C. HINSON –
FUNERAL AT ELSWICK CEMETERY.
The funeral of the late
P.C. Hinson, of the Newcastle Constabulary, took place at Elswick
The cortege left the
residence of the deceased in Raby St, Byker, shortly before two o’clock.
There were three carriages containing relatives and friends, besides a
number of relations who walked immediately behind the hearse, amongst
these being Messrs. William, Thomas, and John Hinson, brothers; Messrs.
William Collins and William Anderson, brothers- in- law. No fewer than
100 members of the Police Force were present, including four
Superintendents, one Inspector, and twelve Sergeants, the whole being
under the command of Chief-Supt. Robert Wilson. The coffin was of oak,
with a brass plate bearing the name and age of the deceased. The coffin
was covered with flowers and immortelles.
and article on From the Past page.
P.C. 12 James John Fawcett
13 April 1911
Died: 7 December 1939,
aged 28 years.
Millgarth, Leeds City
Kathleen Mary Fawcett nee Colley,
born York, 3 January,1913,
died York, 17 March 1947.
Frank Fawcett. Born
York, 1932, entered St George's 16 November,1939. Child Number: 532.
Barbara Fawcett. Born Leeds, 1937, entered St George's 31 January 1940. Child
James John Fawcett, whose
photograph is shown below, apparently did not follow the rest of the
family into the York Force because he failed the medical. He was tall
enough at 6'4" but his chest was deemed to be not broad enough, but he
was accepted by the Leeds City Police Force. James Fawcett
contracted TB and was admitted to Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds. With the
outbreak of War, 3 September 1939, patients suffering from 'incurable
diseases' were sent home, to make room in the hospitals for expected war
casualties. Sadly, he died at home on 7 December, 1939.
Great Uncle to Frank &
PC 12 James John Fawcett.
PC 95 Thomas Watson Fawcett
City Police, A Division, Millgarth Street, with his wife Kate & son Jimmy.
7 October, 1932. Died 7 December,1939.
Joined York City Police Force, 8 April 1914,
served in the Army WW1 from 11 February
1915 to 12 April 1918 and then rejoined
York City Police.
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Sgt. Thomas William Johnson
1 June 1870, Derbyshire
Died: 8 July, 1918,
Burton Joyce Nottinghamshire
(Promoted Inspector) PC68
Johnson nee Wood
Ethel Johnson, 1897
Hilda Johnson, 1899 - 1981
Nellie Johnson, 1902 - 1988
William Henry Johnson, 1904 - 1995
Constance Johnson, 1907 - 1997
Horace Johnson, 1 June 1910 - 16 September 1987. Entered St George's
1920. Child Number 291
Thomas William Johnson, 29 January 1912 - 13 February 1995. Entered St
George's 1920. Child Number 292
Ellen Johnson, 1916 - 2005
Sgt.Thomas William Johnson
1870 – 1918.
Police Service Record: Sgt T.W.Johnson
He joined the Army – Derbyshire Regiment in 1889 – 1898. He then joined
Constabulary on 19 May 1898.
His Police Service was interrupted when he was recalled as a Reservist
to the Army for the Boer War.
He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps –
Johannesburg, Diamond Hill,
Cape Colony, Orange Free State plus the King’s South Africa Medal with
clasps South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902.
He returned to Police duty on 5 March 1902. He was promoted Inspector in
1918 but died suddenly on 8 July 1918 before he could take up the
His sons Horace and Thomas
William, were taken to St Georges by their sister Ethel, where they were
admitted in 1920.
Johnson Jnr with his mother Ellen Johnson.
PC 968 James Innes Shepherd
22 April, 1896. Born in Auchnavaird in
the parish of Old Deer.
15/9/1933. Victoria Hospital, Keighley, Yorkshire.
West Riding Constabulary
Malinda Shepherd, nee Barker.
Fred Shepherd, born 30/9/1924, entered St George's 26/10/1933. Child
James Shepherd, 30/8/1927, entered St George's 26/10/1933. Child number
Peter Shepherd, born 19/10/1930, entered St George's 1935. Child number
James Innes Shepherd served in the Scottish Horse Regiment during the
1914 - 1918 war, later serving as a Police Officer in the West Riding
Constabulary. James & Malinda were married in Christ Church, Liversedge
(known as Liversedge Parish Church) in 1924.
PC 29 Herbert Jones
25 March, 1889 at Wheelock Heath (nr
Cheshire Constabulary 4/6/1910
Wirral Division - New Ferry Police Station 24/7/1910
Altrincham Division - Altrincham Police Station 30/9/1910
Runcorn Division - Runcorn Police Station 30/9/1911
Runcorn Division - Stockton Heath Police Station 1/7/1912
Runcorn Division - Grappenhall Police Station 2/3/1913
Altrincham Division - Hale Barns Police Station 21/3/1915
Herbert Jones stayed at Hale Barns Police Station until 10/3/1919 when
he died of Influenza and Pneumonia, this was during the 'Spanish Flu' epidemic of 1918/1919.
Ada Jones nee Read. Married at St Peter's, Outrington, Lymm, Cheshire,
Ada was born at Rush Green, Lymm on 24/2/1887 and died in 1969 aged 82.
Dorothy Mary Jones,
entered St George's 1919. Child number 286
Edith Jones, entered St George's 1920. Child number 299
entered St George's 1924.
Child number 325
1907 aged 29
PC number unknown
Hannah Bracken nee Casson -married 3 January 1900 - Died 1945
Jane Bracken - born 1901, died 1905
James Bracken - entered St George's 1908. Child number 137 - born 25
July 1902 - died 1976
Hannah Bracken, entered St George's 1908. Child number138 - born 1904
(known as Dot or Dottie) - Died 1978
entered St George's
1909. Child number 149
- born 10th Dec
(known as Maggie or Peggie)
entered St George's 1909. Child number 150 -born 10th Dec 1905 (known as
Sonny) - Died 1964
entered St George's
1914. Child number 218 - born 9th Dec 1906
- Died June 1994
Walter Bracken, born 28th March 1908 - Died August 1993
PC Walter Bracken 1878 -
1907 Photo of the Bracken family,
taken shortly after death of Walter Bracken.
Ernest, Margaret, Ada (front), Hannah (mother), baby Walter, Hannah &
Extracts from the local
Death of a
P.C.Walter Bracken died at Workington Infirmary yesterday (Friday)
morning in his thirtieth year, leaving a widow and five children the
eldest seven. Blood poisoning was the cause of death but the
circumstances were peculiar. One day last week he fell asleep on a couch
at home and burnt his elbow with a cigarette he had been smoking. He
thought little of the incident and allowed his shirt to stick in the
sore. On Monday, just after noon, he was in Church Street, making
inquiries along with Sergt. Mounsay and P.C.Cooper about the man Denard,
who hanged himself, when he fainted, being prevented from falling by
Constable Cooper. He went home, and later in the day sent his daughter
to tell Supt. Sanderson he was not fit to return to duty. Dr. Eadie, who
was summoned, found that blood poisoning had set in, and on Tuesday
afternoon had him removed to the infirmary. He became delirious on
Thursday, and throughout the night two of his brother Constables sat
with him. He passed away at 2 - 3am.
Deceased was a genial, very energetic, and exceptionally capable officer
who could be depended upon to the uttermost. He was a native of
Kirkoswald, having joined the constabulary in 1898, when 20 years and
nine months old.
He was stationed successively at Whiteaven, Penrith Maryport, Sebergham,
and Longtown, before being removed to Workington.
It may be remembered that it was he who got on the track of the Rosley
burglars at Longtown, and pursued them into Scotland, where he arrested
them. He received the merit badge for that promptitude and intelligence
he displayed on that occasion.
The remains of P.C.Bracken were interred in Harrington Road Cemetery on
Monday, the Rev.T.W. Jackson officiating. Between 40 and 50 members of
the Police Force attended from Workington, Cockermouth, and Maryport,
including Supt.Sanderson, and amongst the wreaths was one bearing the
inscription: "In memory of Walter Bracken, police constable, as a token
of respect from the officers and constablesof the Workington Division".
PC Adam Robertson Drummond
Wark on Tweed,
Gateshead County Borough Police Force (joined January 1920).
Wife’s name: Agnes
May Carr (born Barelees, Northumberland, 23 May, 1900)
Margaret Carr Drummond, born in Norham, 1920.
Adam Robertson Drummond, born in 1922.
Isobel Carr Drummond, born in 1924.
Richard Drummond, born in 1926.
James (Jim) Gregson Drummond, born in 1930.
Desmond Charles Drummond, born in 1935. Entered St George's September
1944,. Child number 564
Douglas Hamilton Drummond, born in 1937. Entered St George's September
1944,. Child number 565
Edmund (Eddy) Martin Drummond, born in 1939. Entered St George's
September 1944,. Child number 566
Albert Alexander Drummond, born in 1941. Entered St George's September
1944,. Child number 567
information about the Drummond family can be seen by visiting the
Memories page of this website.
Emma Lizze Gilbert
nee Mears born 1902
Frank Gilbert, entered St Georges 1936 child number 478
Peter Gilbert, entered St Georges 1936 child number 479
Dennis Gilbert, entered St Georges 1937 child number 492
Ivor Gilbert, entered St Georges 1937 child number 493
Doris Gilbert, did not enter St Georges.
PC Frank Gilbert, on duty.
PC Frank Gilbert, boxing exponent.
John Williams, entered St George's 1939
Tom Williams, entered St George's 1939
Jean R. Williams, entered St George's 1939
three children of Constable Williams
Tom Williams, Jean Williams, John Williams
all of whom were cared for by St George's,
with a family friend.
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P.C. Charles Arthur Parkes
19 January, 1870.
13 February, 1906.
York City Police/ East
Riding Constabulary 1902 - 1906
Served 2nd Battalion
Coldstream Guards (18 Feb 1890 - 24 May 1902) Buckingham Palace Guard,
South African War
1899 - 1900. Awarded War Medal with clasps: Belmont, Modder River,
Wife’s name: Alice
Ann Elliot, born 31 July, 1868, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Died: 12
July, 1903, Pollington.
Married September quarter
1893 in Sheffield.
Evelyn May Parkes,
born 1 March, 1894, entered St George's in 1906. Child number 119. Died
13 April, 1973, Waterdown, Ontario,
Charles Arthur Parkes
(Jnr), born 25 September,
1896, Keighley, Yorkshire. Died, 9 October, 1927 in Toronto, Canada as a
result of wound received 1916, Ypres, Belgium. Served with 9th
Mississauga Horse Militia, later to become 4th
Canadian Mounted Rifles
CEF, Canadian Expeditionary Force, WW1.
Winifred Belmont Parkes, born 14 April, 1900, Wilsden, Yorkshire. Died,
1 July, 1904, Pollington.
Leonard Cecil Parkes, born 20 April, 1902, entered St George's
1906.Child number 120. Died, 21 April 1949, served with RCAF,
killed in plane crash, bodies found years later at crash site in a
remote wooded area by hunters.
Served in United States Marine Corps c1925
RCAF 1939 - 45 O.C. Squadron Leader. Wireless No2 School Guelph,
Camp X 1940 - 45.
Notes: Evelyn May Parkes aged 17 and her brother Charles Arthur Parkes
aged 16 sailed from Liverpool on the Megantic, arriving in Portland
Maine, USA, in 22 April, 1913. The ship was bound for Halifax, Nova
Scotia. Later records show that Evelyn was in Domestic Service and
Charles employed on a farm. Both travelled Steerage with British Bonus
allowance, bound for Toronto.
Memorial plaque:Charles Arthur Parkes and photo of actual flowers,
feathers used on his casket.
Memorial notice for Alice Ann Parkes 1868 - 1903
Wedding photo of Charles & Ann Parkes
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P.C. George Robert Nuttall
18 October, 1861. Burnley
20 October, 1897. Burnley
Edith Maria Jurd. Married:
8 April, 1884. Born 1863, Died 21 June, 1897.
George Robert Nuttall. Born 1888, entered St George's in 1898. Child
Alexander Nuttall. Born 1891, entered St George's in 1898. Child number
Arthur Nuttall. Born 1893, entered St George's in 1898. Child number 4
George Robert Nuttall's first occupation was a seaman
with Royal Navy. The family moved between naval bases of Sheerness and
Gosport. When he was discharged from the navy, George returned to
Burnley and became a borough police constable which also included the
duties of a fireman. In June 1897, his wife Edith died at the age of 33
from tuberculosis. George had 4 children to care for, the oldest was
Emily Maude and she was 14. And there were 3 boys under 9 years. On 20th
October, the same year George Robert was killed whilst fighting a fire
at the New Hall Street Spinning Mills, Burnley. Apparently he was on a
ladder when the building collapsed and he was crushed by falling
Visit the Police Roll of
Honour website, under Lancashire Constabulary to see record:
From newspaper reports, despite the funeral being
announced as private, thousands of persons lined the streets for the
funeral. Blinds were drawn along the entire route and forty policemen
from Burnley attended as well as a similar number from other forces. The
coffin was carried on a horse drawn carriage, thickly lined with
flowers. The children travelled in the first coach with their aunt and
uncle. This was the third generation in succession that Nuttall children
had been orphaned.
The following Sunday there was a memorial service at
the Salem Congregational Chapel attended by the police.
A Nuttall fund was opened by the Mayor and the sum of
(pounds) was collected (see following)
The 2 older boys, George, aged 9, and Alexander, aged
7, were admitted to the newly established police orphanage at Harrogate
The youngest boy, Arthur lived for a while with his Aunt Alice, as did
his sister Emily and then joined his brothers at the orphanage.
The boys, as adults were always welcomed back to
reunions and the Lady Superintendant was very proud of the success they
made of their lives.
George (Junior) joined the Merchant Navy and rose to
the rank of Master Mariner. Alexander married in 1911 and set sail for
Sydney, Australia, where he made his home. Arthur, upon leaving the
orphanage, returned to Burnley to live with his Aunt, Alice Smith and
her husband Robert Smith. He became Robert's apprentice as a joiner and
spent his working life as a Master Joiner and Undertaker in Burnley.
Arthur married in 1916.
The following letter is
written by Caleb Thornber, Mayor of Burnley.
A poem written at the time in honour of PC/Fireman George Robert Nuttall,
by Herr Hartli, is shown below.
Inspector Thomas Robert Grist
8 June, 1882.
Anwick near Sleaford
Died: 5 June, 1925.
Police Force: 1911, served as PC in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, then in 1921
as a Sergeant in Alford, Lincolnshire, finally serving in Louth,
Lincolnshire where he was promoted to the rank of Inspector. He served
in this capacity up to the time of his death in 1925.
Thomas Robert Grist was born in Anwick, near Sleaford and was one of
nine children. At that time his father, Benjamin Grist was a tenant
farmer. Thomas Robert Grist was buried in Sleaford with his mother &
Wife’s name: Rose
Hannah Lee. The marriage took place on 5 September, 1911, in Folkingham,
Jack Grist. Born 4
August, 1915, in Skegness, Lincolnshire, entered St George's 1927, child number 368.
After leaving St
George's and before WWII Jack worked at the County Hall Boston.
During the war he reached the rank of Captain, in charge of transport,
serving in Palestine up to at least 1948 where he met and married an
American - Dorothy May Donnell (she was involved with scouting and the
girl guide movement) on 10th March 1948 in Nuseirat.
After briefly returning to England Jack emigrated to USA never returning
to the UK.
Dorothy May Grist died on June 12th 1993 in Greensboro North Carolina.
Jack and Dorothy lived there all their married life where he was an
administrative officer with the North Carolina State Court system. He
later married Tess Ellington who also predeceased him. Jack died 22nd
Dennis Grist. Born
21 May,1921 in Alford, Lincolnshire, entered St George's 1927, child number 363.
Dennis was born in Alford Lincolnshire on 21st may 1921 and died on 26th
February 2004 in Boston Lincolnshire. During WWII he spent time in
Winnipeg, Canada and Malta. He married Mary Georgiana Pinches in Boston
on 16th June 1952 and was a clerical officer with the Inland Revenue.
PC Thomas Robert Grist
Thomas & Rose Grist with their sons Jack & Dennis
Inspector Thomas Robert Grist
P.C.5 Charles Squires
23 January, 1871
Died: 19 April,
Wife’s name: Kezia
Robert William Squires
Ada Squires, entered St George's 1914
George Squires, entered St George's 1914
Charles worked as a farm hand at East Cowick, Yorkshire before joining
the Leeds City Police on 22nd March, 1895. His collar number was 5 and
he had one commendation for meritorious conduct in the capture of a gang
of thieves. He also blotted his copy book twice, once for receiving
gratuities from residents and not reporting same and once for being 11
minutes late on his beat. He had seven children; Emma; Lily: Annie;
Robert William; Ada; George and Charles. Lily died as a baby. George and
Ada became numbers 210 and 211 at St George’s. Their mother, Kezia, also
died in 1924 just as Ada and George would have been leaving St George’s
and going to live with their eldest sister. Charles’ brother, Frederick
joined the Cheshire Police but resigned after about 10 years service and
Charles’ grandson, Geoffrey joined the West Riding Constabulary in 1955.
PC 5 Charles Squires
The Squires family Kezia Squires
Insp. William Stephenson
Hull City Police Force
Sarah Stephenson nee Richardson
Gordon Stephenson, entered St George's March, 1909. Child number 142
Linda May Stephenson.
Gordon Stephenson was born in 1898 and he
was the son of William Stephenson and his wife Sarah. William and Sarah
also had a daughter, Linda May. William Stephenson was a Detective
Inspector in the Hull Police Force and died at 39 years old on 5 August 1907.
William joined the force in July 1888 and worked his way up the ranks
when he became a Detective Inspector on 23 July 1902. He was also a very
active member of the Police Cricket Club. It
seems likely that Sarah cared for her two children after her husband’s
death, before Gordon entered St. George’s House aka Northern Police
Orphanage, Harrogate as child No: 142 in March 1909. Linda May remained
at home with her mother Sarah and in the 1911 census was living in Hull.
According to St. George’s records Gordon became a Marine Engineer, but
nothing further is known of him at this time.
P.C. Frederick Lawrence Smith
Born: c1863 Witton le
Sunderland Borough Police Force
Jane A. Smith nee Snowdon, married Auckland 1883, died 1938.
Elizabeth A. Smith born 1887
Minnie Smith born 1889 entered St George’s Orphanage 1898 Child number 1
Isabella Smith born 1890
Frederick G. Smith born 1893
The family lived at 10 Rothesay St, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, and
Frederick worked at Sunderland Police Station, Barclay St, Monkwearmouth,
surrounding Minnie Smith's entry in 1898 to St George's are not known
but she is recorded as being the first child to be admitted into the
orphanage, being identified as child number 1, she would have been
around nine years of age.
Barclay St, Monkwearmouth,
where the Police Station was located (looking towards William St).
1901 Census form showing
entries for Catherine Gurney, Emma Chapman, Minnie Smith and others.
We thank Pamela Taylor of Newton Aycliffe and members of the Sunderland
Antiquarium Society for their help in sourcing information used in the
P.C.Thomas Ellis Williams
Margaret Williams nee Scott
John Williams. Entered St George's 1939. Child number 513
Tom Williams. Entered St George's 1939. Child number 514
Jean R. Williams. Entered St George's 1939. Child number 515
Prior to his death
was a patient at a hospital in Manchester and also received convalescent
St Andrew's Police Treatment Centre, Harrogate.
PC 30 Donald McLaren
17 January,1862. Overton, Flintshire, Wales
Died: 17 June, 1910.
Flintshire Police Force
Ellen Frost. Marriage date: 25 December,1891.St Martin's Church,
Edith Jessie McLaren, born 1892.
Margaret Ellen McLaren, born 1893.
Harriet Janet McLaren (known as Janet) McLaren, born 1895.
Thomas John McLaren, born 1896 died 1898.
Emma McLaren, born 1897 died 1908.
Florence Lily McLaren, born 1898.Child number 162,
entered the Orphanage in 1910.
Hector Baden McLaren, born 1900 died 1908.
Donald McLaren, born 1901 died 1903.
Doris May McLaren, born 1903.Child number 163,
entered the Orphanage in 1910.
Elsie McLaren, born 1904.Child number 164,
entered the Orphanage in 1910.
Minnie Hinton McLaren, born 1907.Child number 243.
entered the Orphanage in 1916.
Donald was the youngest child of Thomas & Janet
McLaren (Thomas McLaren attained the rank of Inspector of Police) and
enlisted in the Army on 21 October, 1885 (his service number being
511328) he was stationed at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Heavy Tree,
When Donald and Ellen's first child was born in 1892, Mulberry St,
Devon, Donald was a Bombardier in the Army.
The ship Donald McLaren sailed to Halifax on in 1885 to serve in the
By the time their second child was born in 1893 at Ewloe Barn, Hawarden,
Flintshire, Donald had become a Police Officer.
Flintshire Police badge
P,C. Donald McLaren
Platoon photograph of Flintshire Police Force.
This photograph taken in 1908 after his wife Ellen's death, shows Donald
McLaren with his children.
From left to right -
Florence Lily, Harriet Janet, Donald with Elsie sitting on his knee,
Edith Jessie with Minnie on her knee, Margaret Ellen and Emma. Sitting
on the floor mat are Hector Baden and Doris May.
Donald McLaren died at the
Flintshire Police Station on 17 June, 1910, his wife Ellen died 23
October 1907, nine days after giving birth to Minnie Hinton, it is
thought by the family that she died through suffering a heart attack.
Both Donald and Ellen are both buried at St Chad's Church, Flintshire.
Death certificate of PC30
Donald McLaren's inquest
on 18 June 1910 Ellen McLaren's inquest on 25 October 1907.
Of the eleven McLaren
four, Florence Lily, Doris May, Elsie and
Minnie were cared for by the Northern Police Orphanage.
Ann Fowler, who provided all of the information for this article, says
that her grandmother Janet McLaren (Harriet Janet) just missed out going
to the orphanage and went into service working at Cherry Lodge in Malpas,
Cheshire. Janet married Richard Sidney Heatley on 24 January, 1925 at
the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Castle Hill, Whitchurch,Shropshire.
Ann's mother, Joan Audrey Heatley was born in 1926, she was the eldest
of three children.
These two rare photographs
of the Northern Police Orphanage girls would have been taken in the
early 1900's and some, if not all, of the McLaren girls would be
included in the photographs, unfortunately they are not able to be
P.C. George Ernest Parker
South Yorkshire Staffordshire
West Riding North Yorkshire
East Riding United Kingdom