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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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John Cottingham Alderson (1922–2011) by unknown photographer, 1982 © Photoshot

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Mary Sophia Allen (1878–1964) by Mrs Albert Broom, 1916 [centre, with members of the women police] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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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Bakewell, George (1805–1883), police officer, was born at Kingstone, Staffordshire, where he was baptized George Webb Bakewell on 26 February 1805, one of ten children of James Bakewell (1765–1826), size manufacturer and (in 1815) likely insurance fraudster, and his second wife, Elizabeth. From the mid-1820s ...

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Bather, Elizabeth Constance (1904–1988), police officer, was born on 11 October 1904 in Winchester, Hampshire, the daughter of the Revd Arthur George Bather, a housemaster at Winchester College, Hampshire, and his wife, Lilian Dundas Firth. She was educated at St Swithun's School, Winchester...

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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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Shirley Cameron Becke (1917–2011) by Jeremy Mcgovren, c.1970s The Times / NI Syndication

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Bond, Ernest Radcliffe (1919–2003), police officer, was born on 1 March 1919 at 58 John Street, Barrow in Furness, the son of William Edward Bond, shipyard worker, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, née Radcliffe. He worked initially as an apprentice French polisher after leaving school. On 16 September 1935 he joined the 2nd battalion, ...

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Bower, Sir (John) William Nott- (1849–1939), police administrator, was born on 20 March 1849 at 17 Micklegate, York, one of the children of John Bower, a barrister and leader of the bar in the ecclesiastical court of the province of York, and his wife, ...

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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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Carbonell, William Leycester Rouse (1912–1993), police officer in Malaya, was born on 14 August 1912 at 150 Albert Palace Mansions, Battersea, London, the youngest of three sons and fourth of five children of John Carbonell, owner of a small engineering firm, and his wife, ...