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29th Mar 1940 Orders

28th May 1940 Withdrawal

29th May 1940 On the Beach

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Those known to have served with

Military Police

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Owen Wright 1st Airborne Division Provost Company Corps of Military Police

My Dad was a Scottish Jock serving in the 1st Airborne Division Provost Company, Corps of Military Police stationed at the nearby Stubton Hall, Lincolnshire. There he met my Mother Doris, who was serving in the Womens Land Army, based at Stubton Rectory in the village of Stubton. After the war, they married and set up home in Hamilton, Scotland.


Pte. Clarence Cyril Sydney "Yaker" Ward Northamptonshire Regiment

My Dad, Clarence Ward, as far as I know, was wounded at Dunkirk and was taken off on a hospital ship and treated in a Hospital in Wakefield. He was transferd to the Corps of Miltary Police went back to France after D-Day and was demobed end of 1945

John Ward

Cpl. George Charles "Chubby" Smith Royal Warwickshire Regiment

As far as I know, my father, George Charles Smith, known as Chubby or Smudger, served with the Warwickshires and the Gloucesters, but I'm not sure of what order. He finished up with the Military Police towards the end of the War in India. He was posted to North West Frontier, Red Fort Deli, Calcutta, Rangoon. He returned to England aboard the ship SS Maloja out of Bombay on the 18th of December 1949 with my mother Enid Maisie Smith and four children. I also have an address in Calcutta, 30 Gobra Road, Entally, Calcutta. I would like to find more info on my father's travels from Thornbury, South Glouctershire, his place of birth. He had a brother Gilbert who also entered service.

Nigel Smith

L/Cpl. John Waterfield Millitary Police

My granddad, Jack Waterfield was a volunteer and joined the Royal Marines in 1940. He became a Military Policeman and spent 2 years of his 5 years service on HMS Auora (1941,1942,1943) having first joined the ship in the UK. He then went to the Med and served as batman to Kenneth Moore. I recall he mentioned the big bangs from the guns when they saw action, other than that I know little else about his war exploits.

Steve Sault

Cpl. Michael Aptaker Royal Military Police

My brother was in the Military Police. He came back to the UK via Dunkirk. After being in the B.E.F. He served 5 years in the Army.

Bernard Aptaker

L/Cpl. R. David Corps of Military Police

CMP - one stripe on arm denotes Lance Corporal. Two carry revolvers on both belt and shoulder straps (Smith & Weston). White bands on legs and arms for traffic visibility. Boots were heavy and uncomfortable and had metal pads on soles for longevity. Date 1945.

My Dad, R. David, arrived as a British subject from India and was conscripted into the Corps of Military Police, age 16. His multilingual skills were useful in dealing with other Indian recruits, mostly Sikhs, and local populations. He said it was the best time of his life and spent most of his time around the Middle East but also a short stay in Communist Europe. They never told him where the ships docked but he is sure he stopped in Malta, Famagusta (Cyprus) and Habbaniyeh (Iraq). He likes to show me a bullet he picked out of a wall that narrowly missed him while his friends took aim at a wild cat (blamed for routinely raiding the canteen). He mostly dealt with traffic violations but also minor crimes. He recounts the CMP had the power to arrest much higher ranking officials and once arrested a 2nd degree Officer for being “Out of bounds” (no go area). The Officer was found at a brothel and politely requested another 30 more minutes, which my Dad agreed.


Pte. Harold Walker Corps of Military Police

My Father Harold Walker was in the Corps of Military Police. There are stories of him coming back to Manchester to arrest absconders, who had not returned from leave. Many of those arrested turned out to be neighbours in his own town. There is also a story that he did prisoner escort duties on board the Queen Mary.

Irene Bate

Roland Breakwell Coldstream Guards

My father Roland Breakwell joined the Coldstream guards in 1935 and served in England and Palestine until leaving the service in January 1939. He was remobilized on 1st September 1939 and sent with the British Expeditionary Force to France on 29th September.

He then was transferred to Corps of Military Police on 25th March 1940 and evacuated from France on 4th June 1940. From then till 24th February 1943 I think he was with 177 provost company guarding Scottish ports, then he was in North Africa.

If anyone can fill in further information I would be very grateful

Paul Breakwell

Norman Rees Blissett Military Police

My Grandfather, Norman Blissett from Merthyr Tydfil, survived the bombing of the Lancastria ship in 1940. It was amazing as he could not swim. He was a military policeman in the Army. He would never go on holidays with the family after the war, as he said that he was fed up with traveling during the war.

Unfortunatly, I never met him as I was born 5 years after he suddenly passed away in 1974. He sounded a very interesting man.

celia blissett

Victor Graham Military Police

I am looking for my biological father. Don't know much about him except he was stationed in Aldershot. I was born in March 1941, so I know he was there in 1940. I am told his name is Victor Graham (spelling may be different) and was 39 years old. I understand he was a Military Police. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thelma Conant

Harry Kelk Military Police

Harry Kelk served with the Military Police. I am trying to find more about his service.

Richard Hellyer

Gnr. Albert "Ginger" Jennings 81st Field Regiment Royal Artillery

Albert Albert joined the 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1940 as a Territorial for the duration of the War. In February 1942 he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Highland Regiment and nine months later transferred to the Royal Artillery, from 1945 until 1948 he served with the Royal Military Police.

Albert re-joined the Army in 1949 and served in Egypt and Germany. In 1958 he transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps, serving in Herford and Verden in Germany, Household Cavalry in London and finally in the Command Pay Office in Singapore. Albert returned to Aldershot in 1967 and died in the Cambridge Military Hospital in 1968.

Robert Jennings

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