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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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Blogg, Henry George (1876–1954), lifeboat coxswain, was born in Cromer on 6 February 1876, the son of Ellen Blogg. He was educated at the Goldsmiths' School, Cromer, where he proved quick at learning and revealed an unusually retentive memory. He took no part in games, failed to defend himself against bullying, and never learned to swim. When nearly twelve he began life as a longshore fisherman. In 1894 he joined the ...

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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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Braidwood, James (1800–1861), fire officer, was born at Edinburgh on 3 September 1800, the ninth of ten children of Francis Braidwood (b. 1752), a cabinet-maker who became a successful builder, and his wife, Janet Mitchell. His grandfather, William Braidwood, a strict sabbatarian, was one of the ‘...

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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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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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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 ...

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Oxford, Sir Kenneth Gordon (1924–1998), police officer, was born on 25 June 1924 at 44 Bengeworth Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Ernest George Oxford, at that time a stoker in a hospital and later an interior decorator, and his wife, Gladys Violet Seaman...

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Rowan, Sir Charles (1782?–1852), army officer and police officer, was born in co. Antrim, the fifth son of Robert Rowan (1754–1832) of Garry, co. Antrim, and North Lodge, Carrickfergus, and Mary, daughter of Hill Wilson of Purdysburn, co. Down. Field Marshal Sir William Rowan...

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Scott, Sir Harold Richard (1887–1969), civil servant and commissioner of police, was born in Banbury on 24 December 1887, the youngest of three sons of Richard Scott, a skilled craftsman, and his wife, Hannah Hopecroft. The family moved to Taunton, and Scott won a scholarship to ...

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Shaw, Sir Eyre Massey (1828–1908), fire officer, was born on 17 January 1828 (though in later life he allowed the date to be given as 1830), probably at Glenmore Cottage, Ballymore, Cobh, co. Cork, the third son of Bernard Robert Shaw (b...

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Sillitoe, Sir Percy Joseph (1888–1962), police officer and intelligence officer, was born at Tulse Hill, London, on 22 May 1888, the second son and second child of Joseph Henry Sillitoe, average adjuster, and his wife, Bertha Leontine Smith. There was also a younger sister. The family suffered from the improvidence of ...

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Tozer, Alfred Robert (1853–1906), fire officer, born in London on 22 December 1853, the eldest of five children of Alfred Tozer 1831–1911 [see below] and his wife, Jessica Louisa, née Brown (1832–1900), belonged to a noted fire-fighting dynasty.

His grandfather Robert Tozer (1799–1877)...

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Vincent, Sir (Charles Edward) Howard (1849–1908), politician and police administrator, born at Slinfold, Sussex, on 31 May 1849, was the second and eldest surviving son of the five sons of Sir Frederick Vincent, eleventh baronet (1798–1883), rector of Slinfold and prebendary of Chichester Cathedral...

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Warren, Sir Charles (1840–1927), army officer, police commissioner, and archaeologist, was born on 7 February 1840 at Fairview House, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the second son of Major-General Sir Charles Warren (1798–1866) and his first wife, Mary Anne (d. 1846), daughter of William Hughes...

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Whitmore, Sir George Stoddart (1829–1903), army officer and police officer in New Zealand, was born in Malta on 30 May 1829, the son of Lieutenant (later Major) George St Vincent Whitmore RE and his wife, Isabella Maxwell, the daughter of Sir John Stoddart...

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Young, Sir Arthur Edwin (1907–1979), policeman, was born at 55 Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, on 15 February 1907, one of four children of Edwin Young (1878–1936), a builder, and his wife, Gertrude Mary Brown (1880–1945). He attended Portsmouth grammar school and when aged sixteen joined the city's police against his family's wishes. For a non-...