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Alderson, John Cottingham (1922–2011), police officer, was born on 28 May 1922 at the municipal nursing home in Pindar Oaks, Barnsley, the eldest son of Ernest Cottingham Alderson (1886–1929), borough accountant's clerk, and his wife, Elsie Lavinia, née Rose (1894–1978). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Allen, Mary Sophia (1878–1964), police officer, was born on 12 March 1878 at 2 Marlborough Terrace, Newport Road, Roath, Glamorgan, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Allen, a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle. Her sister, Mrs Hampton...

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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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Becke [née Jennings], Shirley Cameron (1917–2011), police officer, was born on 29 April 1917 at 53 Cambridge Road, Chiswick, London, the daughter of George Louis Jennings (1878–1950), gas engineer, and his wife, Marion Lillian, née Cameron (1884–1968). She was educated at home and then at ...

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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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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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Cherrill, Frederick Rupert (1892–1964), police officer and fingerprint expert, was born in a cottage in Malt House Row, Dorchester-on-Thames, Berkshire, on 18 September 1892, the sixth of the nine children of George Edward Cherrill (1855–1923), carpenter, and his wife, Emma Ann, née Crook (1858–1923)...

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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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Cunningham, Sir Charles Banks (1884–1967), colonial police officer, was born in Argyll Street, Campbeltown, Argyll, on 8 May 1884, the seventh son of John Cunningham, physician, and his wife, Isabella, née Patrick. Educated at Cambeltown grammar school, he was initially trained in banking, and in 1902 became a member of the ...

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Daley, Harry (1901–1971), police officer and author, was born at 49 Stevens Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 14 November 1901, the second son and fourth of the five children of Joseph Daley (d. 1911), skipper of a fishing smack, and his wife, Emily Firman...

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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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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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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Fewtrell, (Ernest) Malcolm (1909–2005), police officer, was born on 28 September 1909 at the police station in Newport Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight, one of six sons of Ernest George Fewtrell, police officer, and his wife, Minnie Albanette, née Simms. At the time of his birth his father was a police constable; later he was a detective in the ...

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Fletcher, Yvonne Joyce (1958–1984), police officer, was born on 15 June 1958 at 4 Kingsettle Estate, Semley, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of Michael Henry James Fletcher, timber feller, and his wife, Queenie May, née Troke. Brought up in Semley, where she sang in the church choir, she was educated nearby at ...

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Hermon, Sir John Charles (1928–2008), police officer, was born at 28 Ardenvohr Street, in the Willowfield area of Belfast, on 23 November 1928, the son of William Rowan Hermon, slater, and his wife, Agnes, née Brown, both Presbyterians. His formative years were spent in the rural townland of ...

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Herschel, Sir William James, second baronet (1833–1917), developer of fingerprinting and judge, was born on 9 January 1833, probably in Slough, the eldest child of the three sons and nine daughters of Sir John Herschel, first baronet (1792–1871), astronomer and chemist, and his wife, ...

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Hopkins, Matthew (d. 1647), witch-finder, was the son of James Hopkins (d. 1634?), vicar of Wenham in Suffolk. His collaborator John Stearne described Matthew as 'the son of a godly minister' (Stearne, 61). James's will, proved in 1634, mentions six children, only two of whom (...

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Horwood, Sir William Thomas Francis (1868–1943), army officer and police administrator, was born in November 1868, the youngest son of Charles Horwood of the Manor House, Broadwater, Sussex. At twenty he was commissioned into the 5th lancers, serving as recruiting officer and adjutant for the ...