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Officer 62

Location of interview:Residential Home, Newton Abbott, Devon

Officer's Gender:Male

Date joined Met Police:16 November 1914

Date left Met Police: 1 January 1941

Rank of leaving:Sergeant

Divisons served:Residential Home, Newton Abbott, Devon

Specialist service:No specialities

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Track A2: Joined Metropolitan Police in 1914 and was in Peel House when World War One started. Joined Coldstream Guards in 1918 as machine gun instructor. Duty enforcing speed limit by timing motorists with stop watch. Lived at 478 Archway Road. General Strike 1926. Promoted Sergeant at Finchley.

Track A3: Read about police strike in newspaper whilst on holiday at Whitstable and hurried back to police station to avoid being dismissed as PC 350D. Duty at Woolwich dockyard 1st Division.  Lived at Shooters Hill police station. Some officers avoided being dismissed by remaining on duty inside police station.

Track A4: 4' 59”:  On recruitment, was transported from Scotland Yard to Maryebone Lane in horse drawn cab. Lived in section house near Tottenham Court Road.  Hours of duty.  Split shifts. Refreshments eaten on beat. Paraffin oil lamp. No motor ambulances.  Pushed hand ambulance to hospitals. Serge uniform for summer;  greatcoat in winter. Family members in police.

Track A5:  3' 42”:  Duty in HM dockyards 1916 – 1919.  Officers issued with firearms on each tour of duty. Reserve duty for Silvertown. Rats.  Arrested burglar whilst at Marylebone Lane and his transfer to Devonport cancelled as a result.  Later transferred to Woolwich instead.  Marylebone Lane described.  Albany Street.  Crawford Street.  Tottenham Court Road.

Track A6:  2' 28”:  Dealing with explosives and shilling a day allowance for working in danger area. Becoming machine gun instructor in First World War.

Track A7: 3' 49”: Duty outside Buckingham Palace.  Home Guard.  Drill instruction at Wellington Barracks rather than at Peel House. Police marching out from police station to their beat.

Track A8:  10' 11”:  Working a beat. Retired Police Officer Association and welfare issues. (Interruption). Playing bowls in retirement.  Duty at Air display at Hendon Aerodrome.  (Shown photographs). Amateur Tug of War champions  whilst at Highgate, sport being done in private time. Y Division pipe band. Recollection of Superintendent Abbiss (?), later an Assistant Commissioner (Interruption and miscellaneous conversation).

Track A9: 4' 35”: Requirement to parade at police station for payment of wages in cash. Discussion on rates of pay.

Track A10: 5' 39”:  Explanation from Charles Hasler about interviews.  News of the end of the Boer War and death of Queen Victoria. Saw Kaiser and funeral of Kind Edward VII. Lining route for visit of US President Wilson. Royal Ulster Constabulary at funeral of King George VI.

Track A11:  19' 46”:  Duty on S Division, Golders Green.  Stopped runaway horse.  Traffic duty on D Division.  Posted outside Selfridges in Oxford Street.  Describes ground at Marylebone Lane.  Pensioner for 51 years. Sergeant's pension in 1941 just over £6 per week. 27 shillings per week was his starting pay. Desborough Committee on police pay and conditions. Commissioner Lord Trenchard visited him at Highgate court.  Assistant Commissioner Admiral Royds senior officer. Sir Edward Henry was Commissioner when he joined.  Took part in centenary parade in 1929.  Awarded George VI Coronation Medal.  Alexandra Park race meetings. Epsom. Opening of Vauxhall Bridge, replacing wooden bridge by Tate Gallery.  Pensioned in 1941.  Allowed to take pension as he had been bombed out.  Worked in Post Office after retirement.  Worked until age of 70. Duty with stop watches to enforce speed limit. Royalty.  Severe winter of 1919 and influenza deaths.

Track A12: 7' 48”: Recruiting after 1st World War manpower shortages.  Allowed to retire during WWII  because he had 27 years service and had been bombed out of his home. Narrowly missed being hit by piano thrown out of window because of anti-German feeling.  West and East Middlesex Army bases. Support of magistrates in arranging his posting to S Division.  Use of firearms.

Track A13: 0' 24”:  Concluding remarks by Charles Hasler.


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