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    I have a few Police Constables I am trying to verify or find:

    Police Constable James Forbes G 260
    Police Constable Jones G 166
    Police Inspector Poule G Division

    Can anyone tell me what the numbers in their Title means? I assume the G is for G division but can't figure out what the next bit means? Is that their PC number?
    JAMES KELLY
    (Friday, April 20, 1860 - Thursday, September 17,1929)

    HOME OFFICE FILES: H.O. 144/10064
    BROADMOOR HOSPITAL: File 3510 KELLY, J.
    BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE: D/H14/D2/2/1/1167, D/H14/D2/2/1/3510


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    Originally posted by Ryan Miller View Post
    Can anyone tell me what the numbers in their Title means? I assume the G is for G division but can't figure out what the next bit means? Is that their PC number?
    It is, Ryan - think of them as serial numbers. Referred to as collar/epaulette numbers, they're used to identify an individual police officer.

    More info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collar_number
    Kind regards, Sam Flynn

    "Suche Nullen"
    (F. Nietzsche)

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    • #3
      Thanks Sam. Do you think their are records of these constables still? Ancestry.com hasn't shown me anything?
      JAMES KELLY
      (Friday, April 20, 1860 - Thursday, September 17,1929)

      HOME OFFICE FILES: H.O. 144/10064
      BROADMOOR HOSPITAL: File 3510 KELLY, J.
      BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE: D/H14/D2/2/1/1167, D/H14/D2/2/1/3510

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ryan Miller View Post
        Thanks Sam. Do you think their are records of these constables still? Ancestry.com hasn't shown me anything?
        The Metropolitan Police Museum would be a good place to look.

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        • #5
          Hi Ryan,

          Upon joining a division, each constable is given, as Gareth states, a collar number for visible identification. This number stays with them until they are either promoted or transferred, at which point a new recruit to the division will take it on.

          All constable have a warrant number, this stays with them for life. I mention this because if you are researching policemen, the warrant number is the key. However, it is possible to trace without it...just takes a bit longer.

          You didn't mention dates, but there are a few things you can get re the police from the National Archives, if you are interested just PM me and I shall reply.

          Finally, I suggest you mail the Met Police Heritage Centre. They have incomplete records but will do a free search for you, and provide you with whatever info they hold.

          http://www.metpolicehistory.co.uk/me...ge-centre.html

          Cheers
          Monty

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