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Officer 63

Location of interview:Ruislip

Officer's Gender:Male

Date joined Met Police: 1 September 1919

Date left Met Police: 1 September 1953

Rank of leaving:Constable

Divisons served:D Tottenham Court Road and West End Central

Specialist service:No specialities

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Track A2: 22' 10”:  Employed as plan drawer at Tottenham Court Road.  When Divisions were re- organised and he went to Marlborough Street station, later to become West End Central, he became plan drawer there.  West End Central was bombed and the plan drawer killed.  Various Superintendents and their support of sport.  Wounded by shrapnel in France in First World War. 1st Battalion Royal West Kent regiment, transferred from East Sussex because of shortage of men. His company of 200 men lost all officers and NCOs apart from one Lance Corporal. Worked as junior clerk for National Union of Railwaymen in 1914 but was unable to regain his post after the War, and then went to Scotland Yard to join the police. Of 90 candidates at time of second police strike seven men passed the examination.  The Branch Secretary stood at Tottenham Court Road and falsely told the officers coming for duty that all the officers at Tottenham Court Road were onstrike, and they then returned home.  Policemen got jobs on the door of night clubs.  Sergeant Fred Hillier resigned and kept his Constables at the station and would not let them go home in case they were dismissed for striking. Rate of pay £2.12 shillings per week.  Reduced rate of pay by 6 shillings.  Officer brought lady to police quarters. 10s 6d rent aid received. Born in London.Zeal and efficiency additional payments. Pension was £7 per week. Joined for 30 years' service fr pensionable pay.

Track A3:  17' 20”:  Served in WWII as Casualty Officer, obtaining details of dead and injured from hospitals, and informing relatives who lived on the ground. Informing relative of death and difficulties of identification. Sergeant Brailsford in charge of Rathbone House section house.Bomb killed firemen next to section house. Searching for a lady's husband reported dead, visit to mortuary and possibly false identification of bones as her husband's. Later discovery of body in ruins of building. Eight hour tours of duty.  Half hour refreshment break.  Discipline.  Thanked by store keeper for the standard of cleanliness of his leather belt when he handed in his uniform on retirement. Oil lamps. Arrest for man drunk in charge of motor car, and accompanied to court by Inspector. Training of junior officers by supervisors in dealing with dead bodies.

TrackA4:  5' 40”:  Called to child who had fallen under a train at Goodge Street station.  Month of night duty. 142 officers was the strength at Tottenham Court Road. Up to 52 officers on night duty, and no time off allowed if there were fewer than 40 on duty.  Use of hand ambulances and ruse to gain a replacement for hand ambulance with  defective front wheel.

Track A5: 2' 53”: Anecdote of Detective Chief Inspector disciplined because of relationship with bookmakers.

Track A6:  10' 35”:  Employed in plain clothes 1932, and became assistant to Detective Superintendent Sparks who arrested Alfie Hinds.  Maples robbery. Paid duty in theatres.  Dukes brewery on site of current Dominion theatre.  Cleaning horses and vans on the site.  Police officers acted as doorkeepers at theatres before Lord Trenchard stopped the practice. Prostitutes. Gaming machine raids and threat to call off duty officer acting as doorman as witness. Night clubs and Sergeant Goddard corruption scandal. Night duty officers entertained by local night clubs.  Cab drivers relationship with police.

TrackA7: 6' 37”: Discussion about changes of conditions in 1949, removal of rent allowance and police pay and conditions. Police officer received about £5 per week just after WWII. Pay rise about 1949. Edmund-Davis Inquiry. Overtime payments for Inspector and Chief Inspectors removed. Never received pay for overtime as he was employed as plan drawer.

Track A8: 5' 59”: Police officer posted to every crossing of Oxford Street. Female pretending to be nurse, asking police officers for loan of train fare.  Requirement for officer on beat to find damage to property, or to report it.  Punishment postings to boring patrol.

Track A9: 14' 44”: General Strike and relationship with strikers. Lived at Regents Park and received 10s 6d (53p) rent aid.  Posting to Division at least 10 or 12 miles from where family lived. Officer transferred because he married a publican's daughter.  Mrs Merrick's night club.Relationship with tobacco factory.

Track A10:  23' 38”:  Tottenham Court Road during WWII. Assistant Commissioner Royds and issue of reducing Sergeants in rank to Constable. Record sheet of officers. Royalty Protection Officer. Cricket and social activities of C Division pensioners. Played football for Queen's Park Rangers. Metropolitan Police football team and athletics. Wounded in 1917 and passing recruit medical examination to enter Police Service. Height limit for recruits.  Wastage of officers leaving police in first few months of service.  Discussion about other interviewees and NARPO.

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