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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Bacon, Sir Ranulph Robert Maunsell (1906–1988), police officer, was born on 6 August 1906 at 30 Ridgmount Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the only son of Arthur Ranulph Bacon (1872–1949), electrical engineer, and his wife, Hester Mary Ayles. There was at least one sister, Joan Alice Mary (Mrs Bury)...

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Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, first baronet (1836–1911) by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1900 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Cafferata, Raymond Oswald (1897–1966), colonial police officer, was born on 13 March 1897 at 17 Onslow Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the son of Wilfrid Charles Cafferata (1867–1943), a solicitor, and his wife, Mary Grace, née Parkinson (1869–1945). He entered Wimbledon College on 3 October 1911, and was educated there until Easter 1913, excelling at cricket and football. Aged seventeen he enlisted as a private in the pals battalion of the ...

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Raymond Oswald Cafferata (1897–1966) by unknown photographer Middle East Centre Archive, St Antony's College, Oxford, GB165-0044 Raymond Cafferata collection

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Jerome Caminada (1844–1914) by unknown photographer, c. 1895 Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives

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Caminada, Jerome (1844–1914), police officer, was born at 33 Peter Street, Manchester, on 15 March 1844, the third son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Francis Caminada (d. 1847), a cabinet maker originally from Lombardy, and his wife, ...

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Patrick Colquhoun (1745–1820) by Robert Dunkarton, pubd 1802 (after Samuel Medley, exh. RA 1802) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Colquhoun, Patrick (1745–1820), magistrate and a founder of the Thames police, and his twin, Ann, were born on 14 March 1745 in Dumbarton. Their parents, Adam Colquhoun (1711–c.1755), sheriff-substitute and keeper of the register of sasines for Dunbartonshire, and Isabell, née...

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Conant, Sir Nathaniel (1745–1822), bookseller and police magistrate, was born on 10 April 1745, the sixth of eight sons of John Conant, rector of Hastingleigh and vicar of Elmstead, Kent, and his wife, Mary, daughter of the Revd William Wake. Four of his older brothers died in childhood or early adolescence. The ...

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Walter Dew (1863–1947) by World's Graphic Press, 1910 [left] collection of Stewart P. Evans

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Dew, Walter (1863–1947), police officer, was born at Far Cotton, Northampton, on 7 April 1863, the third son among the ten children of Walter Dew (c.1822–1884), railway guard, and his Irish-born wife, Eliza, née Fisher (c.1832–1914). The Dew family moved to ...

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Dighton, William (1717–1769), excise officer and murder victim, was born in 1717, though further details of his family and early life are unknown. His first post was in Gloucester in 1741; thereafter he worked in Evesham, Worcestershire, and Woodstock, Oxfordshire. By 1758 Dighton...

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Sir Herbert Layard Dowbiggin (1880–1966) by unknown photographer [front row, third from right] The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS Ind. Ocn S. 19

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Dowbiggin, Sir Herbert Layard (1880–1966), colonial police officer, was born in Cotta, Ceylon, on 26 December 1880, the eldest surviving son among the four sons and four daughters of the Revd Richard Thomas Dowbiggin (1838–1901), who was in charge of the Church Missionary Society...

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Halland, Gordon Herbert Ramsay (1888–1981), police officer, was born at the vicarage, Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire, on 13 April 1888, the elder son (there were also two older daughters) of John Thomas Halland (1857–1941), vicar of Witham on the Hill and later rector of ...

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Harrel, Sir David (1841–1939), police officer and civil servant, was born at Downpatrick, co. Down, Ireland, on 25 March 1841, the youngest son of David Harrel of Mount Pleasant, co. Down, who was agent for the Ker estate in that county, and his wife, ...

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Harriott, John (1745–1817), magistrate and a founder of the Thames police, was born on 14 June 1745 at Broomhills, Great Stambridge, Essex. His father was a seafarer whose forebears had been tanners and copyhold tenants in Brigstock, Northamptonshire. It is difficult to establish family details from surviving evidence but ...