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JACQUELINE SUTHERLAND wrote on February 17, 2016 at 1:03 AM
To whom it may concern,
Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to find out any service information that you may have please, on my grandfather DAVID ARNOLD. He was born on 29 May 1892 and died on 4 October 1956.

He was with the British Transport Police (possibly with the Greater Western Railway - number 294) and based primarily at Swansea docks. I believe that he would have joined the British Transport Police after 1913 and worked with them to 1940's.

I can provide a newspaper photograph of him and others if that will assist.

Many thanks for your assistance.


Jacqueline Sutherland (Granddaughter)

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Jacqueline Connor wrote on January 28, 2016 at 5:57 AM
My great grand father William Jennings from Ireland is listed in the 1901 census as a Dock Constable (Harbour) and possibly( L. & D co.) Is this a private police force? He died within 3 years of the census as did his wife Lily. My grandmother was placed in the Bethnal Green Poor House orphanage. They were living in West Ham. I would like to find out more about him and wondered if you can help me trace his records or point me in the right direction, please. Thank you.

Yes, being shown as a Dock Constable indicates he was employed at one of the docks, and as they lived in West Ham it was probably one of the London docks. He would have the powers of a police constable whilst on the dock and been employed by the dock company.
Although the BTP History Group includes dock and canal police amongst its constituent forces, the London docks are not part of it, as they had no connection with the railways. I did check his name against our records, just in case, but with a negative result – although our records are far from complete.
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Jacqui Woodham wrote on January 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM
I have a photograph of my great great grandfather who I believe, according to stories and the census information was a railway detective. His name was Henry Johnson born around 1851 aka Bluff Johnson. I wondered if you had any record of him and likewise would you like the photo to accompany this information?
Ronnie Coulter wrote on January 14, 2016 at 6:04 PM
Trying to find out some information out on my grandfather Joseph Coulter born July 31, 1884, in Ballymena, Antrim, Northern Ireland. We know he served in the BTP after serving with Glasgow Police.
Rhys Davies wrote on June 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM
Trying to find out some information out on my father Geriant Davies would have been mid to late 1960's done his training in Hendon later transferred to Gwent police don't know if anyone has any info / pictures passing out etc


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Richard Law wrote on March 6, 2015 at 8:23 PM
Have you any information on my father Richard William Law whom served around 1938 - 1953ish in Peterborough. I believe he may have been a Sergent. We have no family history.

Hi Richard, we do not have any employment records relating to your father, but I was able to find a mention of him in the LNER magazine from 1938. I have sent you more details by email.
David Paul Armstrong wrote on January 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM
Hi John Powell, Memory not as good whether some photos refer either to BT Police Cadet Course and/or initial PC Tadworth Course. 196Os Course venues Tadworth, Newby Wiske, North Yorkshire (Outward Bound Cadet Course Ilkley, Yorkshire). Please see impending Tadworth group Football Photo 1964, you name definety rings a bell even after all these years. Cheers Dave Armstrong (Newcastle upon Tyne Central).
John Powell wrote on December 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM
Hello David, read your article with interest concerning your being a cadet and attending Tadworth ,I do not know whether that was as a cadet or maybe on a recruit course, of course it was a all long time ago and although I do not recollect if we ever met I have a photo of our recruit course with the information on the back marked \"Southern Region Publicity May 1966\" I can remember all the faces and most of the names. Although we were only together three months, at the end we were very much a family. I had always planned to take my wife back to the village to revisit that part my youth ( I was 19yrs when I started at Tadworth) but sadly it would not seem the same with the old place gone. My only claim to fame was putting our instructor in a hammer lock and bar during our beat incidents in the hall - all done at lightening pace, I had to arrest him and march him up onto the stage and present him to be charged after he knocked my helmet off on an imaginary station platform - it drew a gasp from the assembled students. Happy memories and best wishes to all.
David Armstrong wrote on December 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM
Hi John Powell,
Our paths may well have passed, I was a Newcastle upon Tyne (Central) B.T. Police Cadet in the early sixties, trained at Tadworth and (Newby Wiske) North Yorkshire. I first attended an outward Bound Course on Ilkley Moor ( A pleasant but fresh air, exercise shock to the system to a City lad). Took part in a three day fairly tough expedition (Groups of 3 Cadets) with dehydrated food. The rain, rained upwards, map reading, the lot supervised by a no-nonesense B.T. Police Sgt METCALFE hard as nails, (I am not sure possibly Ex Army but caring towards us. A never to be forgotten positive learning adventure experience for a Police Cadet. I will never forget Sgt Metcalfe, bless him, he taught us a lot and looked over us.

Sorry forgot to add my NAME (Re outward Bound Course, Ilkley Moor) David Paul Armstrong (Cadet) Newcastle upon Tyne (Later PC 30 British Transport Police, Newcastle upon Tyne (Central).
Bob Steed wrote on November 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Could anyone tell me the minimum height to join the force in 1905 , my grandfather joined at Bristol and served to 1932. Many thanks.

Good question, Bob. I think 5' 8" was the de facto minimum height for many police forces and had been certainly prior to this period, but I do not have anything specific about the GWR police. I'll make some enquiries, but would also welcome comments from others.
Adrian Barker wrote on November 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM
Looking to find information about my grandfather Theophilus Barker who was a Sargent with the LNER Police pre & post WW1, based certainly after the war in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

We did find a record for Theophilus and a reply has been sent privately.
Barbara Thomas wrote on November 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Your page on Southampton Docks Police - Birth of the Division refers to William Tubbs, Harbour Master, and mentions that the writer has been unable to establish whether or not he continued as Harbour Master after being recruited for Police duties.
William Tubbs was the 3 x g grandfather of my former husband. He died in May 1852. The death certificate gives his occupation as Harbour Master. On the 1861 census his widow's occupation is shown as: Harbour Master's widow, so she obviously felt that this was a status worth mentioning. Both the 1841 and 1851 censuses give William's occupation as Harbour Master. Your website is the only mention I have found of William's recruitment for Police duties.

Many thanks for filling in this missing aspect to William Tubbs’ story.
I have advised the writer of the article and replied to you directly.
David Paul Armstrong wrote on September 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Hello all, I have written and have had successfully published two **Constable on the Track articles**, the first being published in the BACKTRACK Railway Magazine (March 2010,) outlining my experiences as a British Transport Police Officer at Newcastle Central Railway Station during the 196Os. (backdated copies available). My second (and final article) has a similar title, namely*.........*Constable on the Freight Track**, outlining my experiences as a B.T. Officer at the 'Tyneside Railway Central Freight Depot', Felling *(Gateshead) again during the 196Os. This article second will appear in the HERITAGE Railway Magazine, dated 25th September, 2014 (Magazine Number 194). Both articles with some photographs, 'hairy and humorous. Of particular interest to British Transport Police retired officers particulars those associated with Tyneside and the North East of England.

Thanks for the information David, we look forward to reading the article.
karen bailey wrote on July 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM
i just found your fantastic picture of the dock constables 1890s
you have a particular one in middle row henry batten born 1846 in whit parish you also say he died
1902 but he's on my family tree and very much alive on 1911 census he actually died 1913.
thank you for a fascinating picture

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your comments. I'll pass your information on to the writer, David Caplehorn, to add to his research.
I'm sure he'd appreciate anymore information you have on Henry.
John Powell wrote on April 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM
Great to see the centre at Tadworth.. I was there in the spring of 1966 on a recruit course, very hard work , we must have spent at least five hours a day writing notes along with all the other training, we had some good times in the local pubs after a walk down through the woods from Withybed. I remember the mad dash on Fridays to get to the station to go home to South Wales. Our drill instructor was Sgt Hoath who taught us to march. Great days!

Thanks John.
The buildings may have gone, but the memories remain.
Martine Heartland wrote on March 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM
I'm so glad I found this site.
I've been researching Alfred William Lipscombe (b.1835), Railway Inspector of Worcester Shrub Hill. I've found numerous newspaper articles about him and a few about an Illuminated Address presented to him by GWR which apparently included a photograph of him. Thanks to your site I can piece together a little more about his duties and uniform.
Thank you

Thanks for your kind comments, Martine.
And good luck with your research.
Paul Small wrote on December 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM
Hello I am trying to find out information on my Grandad who was in the N.E.R. as a Railway Policeman circa 1915 based in Sunderland his name was Ernest Small Born in 18/09/1880
Any info would be welcome

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Joop Goedhart wrote on November 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM
I'm the former football liason officer of the Dutch Railway Police in the years 1987-1991. On 23-03-1988 their was a friendly football match between England and the Netherlands at the (old) Wembly. By invitation of the BTP we were there for a whole week in London at Tavistock Place. I've forgotten the name of your Football liason officer. Can you help me? Shortly after 1988 he was retired. Details of these days: The ferry Ostend-Dover was on strike, the Dutch supporters could not cross the channel by coach so they went by foot en were transported by train to Liverpool street station. Special detail: Half an hour before arriving at Liverpool Street Station, a murder took place in one of the trains in Liverpool Street station.
With kind regards,
Joop Goedhart.

Joop, thanks for sharing your memories.
I believe the Football Liaison Officer was Inspector Dennis Temporal. He was awarded the MBE for his services in 1990.
Fiona Stacey Shanahan wrote on October 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Really interesting. Lovely to see Betty Marshall featured. She was a sergeant when I started at Waterloo in 1980 and ran our First Aid Team. Happy memories.

Thanks Fiona, glad you like the website.
john holloway wrote on July 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Hi there

My father joined the GWR Police on demob from the army after WW1.
He was stationed all of his time here in Shrewsbury until his untimely death in 1953.

I do have a couple of photos him in his uniform and of him in the police football team some time in the 1920's here on Shrewebury Football Club ground;team photo in fron of the main stand. Are they any use to you if I get tham scanned ?



Thanks John,
We would indeed welcome the submission.
I have replied to you directly by email.