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

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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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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 third wife, Elizabeth Hartshorn Webb...

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Basset, William (d. in or after 1185), justice and sheriff, was a younger son of Richard Basset (d. in or before 1144) and grandson of Ralph Basset (d. 1127?), who were among the new men staffing Henry I's government. His mother was Matilda...

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Beauchamp, William de (1100x10–1170), sheriff and baron, was the eldest son of Walter (I) de Beauchamp (d. 1130/31) of Elmley Castle, sheriff of Worcestershire, and his wife, reputedly named Emmeline, the daughter and eventual heir of Urse d'Abetot, sheriff of Worcester, and eventual heir of about half the land of her paternal uncle, ...

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Beauchamp, William de [William de Beauchamp of Bedford] (c. 1185–1260), judge and sheriff, was the son of Simon de Beauchamp (c. 1145–1206/7) [see under Beauchamp, de, family] and his wife, Isabella, whose antecedents are unknown. William's first wife, Gunnora (d...

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Bell, Henry Glassford (1803–1874), writer and sheriff, was born in Glasgow on 8 November 1803, the eldest son of James Bell (d. 1826), advocate, and his wife Janet (1780–1855), daughter of the Revd James Hamilton of Cathcart. Jonathan Anderson Bell, the architect, was his brother and ...

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Bell, John Montgomerie (1804–1862), lawyer and sheriff, was born at Paisley and educated at the Paisley grammar school. He studied at the University of Glasgow and was called to the Edinburgh bar in 1825. A poem which he wrote soon afterwards, 'The Martyr of Liberty'...

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Alan Boisragon (1860–1922) [left], by Elliott & Fry

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Boisragon, Alan Maxwell (1860–1922), army officer and police commander, was born in Meerut, Bengal, India, on 22 January 1860, the only child of Major General Theodore Walter Ross Boisragon (1830–1882) and his wife Margaret Emma Gerrard (d. 1883). In ...

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Bolland, James (c. 1727–1772), sheriff's officer and forger, was probably born in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, reputedly the son of a butcher, who, according to A True and Genuine Account of the Life (1772), died while Bolland was a child; his mother, who survived her husband, supported herself and ...

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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...