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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 (1841–1911), a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle (...

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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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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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Henry, Sir Edward Richard, baronet (1850–1931), police officer, was born at Shadwell, Middlesex, on 26 July 1850, the only surviving son of Alexander Henry MD (d. 1890), of Lagaturn, co. Mayo, and his wife, Maria McDonnell. He was educated at home and, briefly, at ...

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Mallon, John (1839–1915), detective, was born on 10 May 1839 at Meigh, co. Armagh, a small village in the parish of Killeavy. His father, Thomas Mallon, a Catholic tenant farmer, may have belonged to the secret Ribbon Society. Mallon went to the local national school and ...

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McLevy, James (1793/4?–1873), police officer and author, was born near Markethill in the parish (whether Roman Catholic or civil is not clear) of Ballymacnab, co. Armagh, the son of John McLevy, weaver, and his wife, Catherine Dourie. McLevy remained true to his Catholic faith, which helped to define his approach to crime and detection throughout his police career in ...

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Melville, William (1850–1918), police officer and intelligence officer, was born in Sneem, co. Kerry, Ireland, on 25 April 1850, the eldest of three sons of James Melville, tenant farmer, and his wife, Catherine, née O'Connor. After attending the local Christian Brothers' school until the age of fifteen he worked for his father, who was then a baker and publican in ...