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Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom February 2nd, 2018, 04:55 PM
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Posted By Alan Baird
nice story

I thought the story was really interesting and a nice insight into 1941.
thanks............
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom February 1st, 2018, 05:43 PM
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Posted By Alan Baird
I think you are right

I think you are definitely right Anna because when you look back at all the old war films, the pilots or navy officers always end up dancing and eating in some fancy restaurant in London.
I had to...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom February 1st, 2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
fish and chips during the war

Hi Caroline and Robert,

I remember that episode of 'Dad's Army' so well......Private Pike was going to the RAF and the platoon were having a celebratory fish supper meal to mark the occasion and...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 31st, 2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
fish and chips

Hi Robert,
I think he must have preferred the quality of life in Cornwall and Devon, rather than London city life. When you think of it, in 1939, his job was about to get very...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 31st, 2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
Inspector Helson and Sergeant Godley

At about 10 minutes to midnight on the 7th of July in 1891, Charles Hescott [22] and Albert Lack [23] and two other men were outside Joseph Schwarer's jewellery shop at 14 Green Street, in Bethnal...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 30th, 2018, 03:16 PM
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Posted By Alan Baird
fish and chips

Hello Robert,
I don't think we will ever find out, he probably just got disillusioned with the job but what I can imagine, is Albert making a lot more money with his fish and chip...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 30th, 2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
The murder of PC Cole

Joseph Henry Helson attended the Old Bailey, many times, in his career and here are just two cases that maybe of interest.

[1] On the 15th of September in 1884, the Old Bailey trial of Thomas...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 29th, 2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
forgot to mention

I meant to mention :-

Inspector Joseph Henry Helson's son Albert Henry Helson is quite an interesting story. PC Albert Henry Helson joined the Metropolitan Police on the 20th of November in 1899,...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 29th, 2018, 04:49 PM
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Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
great photo big hands

Hi everybody,

Now that was the kind of picture I wanted to do --- many thanks Anna

and for everybody else that thinks I have big hands [ha, ha.] my secret is owning a crappy digital camera.
...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 29th, 2018, 03:46 PM
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Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
thanks

Hi Anna,
Your methods are better than mine.

Unfortunately, I think I am the only one in the family that is not on twitter or facebook and that sounds really quite old fashioned to...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 29th, 2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
My apologies

Hello,
My apologies the pictures are not very good and a bit blurred and the wrong size.

Alan
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 29th, 2018, 02:34 PM
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Views: 535
Posted By Alan Baird
Interesting find : Inspector Helson Coin

Hello,
I hope I have attached these photographs properly, as some of them keep coming up as being too large for this site and so I have only attached two of them for the moment.

So if the...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 31st, 2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
my apologies

My apologies I have made a total mess of this thread. I have been reading two stories at the same time ie the murder of Francis Coles 1891 and the murder of PC Ernest William Thompson 1901. PC...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 31st, 2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
Sadler outside the Royal Mint

Hi,
I have just read an article which states that James Thomas Sadler who was the main suspect in the murder of Francis Coles was spotted on the pavement outside the Royal Mint on the Saturday...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 31st, 2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
photo of PC Jesse Barlow

I am not sure if I have attached this photograph of PC Jesse Barlow onto this post properly so if I have made a mess of it ... then obviously it will not be shown.
Alan.
PC Jesse Barlow is 3rd from...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 31st, 2017, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
one conclusion

Hi,
I have come to the conclusion that where the army was given the primary responsibility of protecting a specific Crown property, then the Civil presence ie Metropolitan Police, may have been...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 30th, 2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
do you get the point

Hi Gary,
That sounds horrific and very unusual and your Sergeant Durrant appears to be :-

Police Sergeant William Durrant,
Warrant number 48388,
Joined 13/5/1867,
Retired 23/4/1894 as a...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 30th, 2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
Sgt Durrant great sketch

Hi Gary and Howard,
The sketch of Sergeant Durrant is really good and I would imagine the duties of the Metropolitan Police at the Royal Mint were solely to do with the...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom July 30th, 2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By Alan Baird
Francis Cole & Royal Mint PC

Hello,
This is just a minor point but I thought it might be of interest to somebody.

I have just read an old casebook dissertation called, ''My Valentine by Bernie Brown,'' from the year 2000. It...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 9th, 2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Alan Baird
Thanks on two counts.

Hi,
The last couple of days have been quite busy and I have been away and so my apologies for this late, 'thank you' to Monty for the information on the chevrons.

Therefore I can now confirm...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom January 4th, 2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Alan Baird
SPS = 4 chevrons

Hi,
This is just a small point that many people will already know about but I did not realize the obvious difference between a 'Station Police Sergeant' and a 'Police Sergeant' and that is :-
...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom December 26th, 2016, 03:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Alan Baird
Thanks

Thank you Rob for highlighting the link to the blue plaque on Sir Edward Henry's house and did you notice the iron fencing around the front of the house appears to be of the same design as that shown...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom December 23rd, 2016, 06:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Alan Baird
brilliant

Hello Rob,
The coverage of the incident by the, ''Illustrated Police News,'' is brilliant.

Obviously, it was a very big story at the time but even after 104 years the drawings are...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom December 23rd, 2016, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Alan Baird
tradition of pleading for leniency for your attacker

Hi Robert,
Actually, even although Sir Edward Henry was still suffering from his wound whilst giving evidence at the trial, he pleaded for leniency for his attacker.
Sir Edward was...
Forum: The Community's Collective Wisdom December 23rd, 2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,667
Posted By Alan Baird
passing of the ''age of the horse.''

Hi
Here are a couple of observations and hopefully are of interest.


PC Walter Ford joins the Met. just a couple of years after Jack the Ripper.

PC Walter Ford is assigned to PCB in 1902.
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