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Special Constabulary & War Reserve Police

    7th Feb 1940 Scare

    3rd Mar 1940 Excerise

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    Those known to have served with

    Special Constabulary & War Reserve Police

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    William Bell

    When we moved to our new house in Blairgowrie, Perthshire 10 years ago My Dad found a gas mask,Helmet whistle and badge which we think belonged to Willie Bell, Special Constable 21, who once lived in our house. He died many years ago.

    Jane Ward

    Harry Whitehead

    My Father,Harry Whitehead was recruited into the police force during World War 2 as a War Reserve Policeman his number was B128 and he served in Manchester fighting fires in the blitz and saving lives. He is dead now but he never received any recognition for his Wartime Service. He worked from Willert Street Police Station and his beat was around Cheetham Hill, which was a big Jewish area. People felt this was why the bombs were concentrated there. I would like to find out if my Father was entitled to an award or medal. It would mean a lot to me and his Grandson.

    Norma Ritchie

    SPC. Albert Henry Sparey Somerset Constabulary

    I found this Special Constabulary Warrant Card at my auntie's, it says that Albert Henry Sparey (my great grandfather) was to act as Special Constable in the Parish of Ston Easton, Somerset. It was written on 13th September, how could I find out which year? Or how I could find any other information on him related to his role and duties?

    Lucy Williams

    Station Sgt. Frederick John Blake H Division Metropolitan Police

    Sergeant Blake, together with PCs W R Edwards and L D Hall were awarded the George Medal for rescuing people who were trapped when a bombed warehouse collapsed and fell onto a large public shelter. This happened on the night of 19-20 April 1941 at the Co-op Warehouse in Barchester Street, Poplar, East London. The London Gazette's citation of 18 November 1941 said that Hall and Edwards, together with Sergeant Blake and other police officers, faced searching through piles of debris on and around the site. After tunnelling through the mass of fallen masonry they discovered four injured/trapped people, freed them and took them outside. After this, they found more survivors, who were also freed. The Gazette said `Edwards and Hall continuously risked their lives' throughout the rescue. My father, a War Reserve officer, knew these police officers, and said of this incident that most of the police officers he knew had experienced something like the scene described above.

    Walter Rees Edwards GM. H Division

    PC Walter Rees Edwards was awarded the George Medal, along with Station Sergeant Blake and PC L D Hall for rescuing people trapped in the rubble of the Co-op Warehouse, Barchester St, Poplar on the night of 19-20 April 1941.

    PC Leonard Dennis Hall GM H Division Metropolitan Police

    PC L D Hall, together with Station Sergeant Blake and PC W R Edwards was awarded the George Medal for rescuing people trapped under the Co-op Warehouse, Barchester St., Poplar on the night of 19-20 April, 1941. The building had been bombed and the debris fell onto a public shelter.

    Charles Leslie Batterham

    Charles Batterham was a bank manager in Sheffield and joined the Special Constabulary in 1939. He carried out police work in bomb storms. I heard a story that he had pulled some people out of a burning building.

    He took part in the post-war parades in Sheffield, where he and his colleagues marched with the armed forces. He rose to the position of commandant in 1968 and on Thursday, August 20th 1970 he featured on the front page of the Morning Telegraph newspaper, Sheffield. The headline was entitled 'The Specials started with King Charles'.

    Charles remained in the Specials until his death on November 16th 1973. At his funeral uniformed specials acted as pallbearers. He believed in public duty and loved being part of the Special Constabulary.

    Helen Clarke

    SPC. William James Price

    My grandfather William Price was a coal miner and also a special constable during WW2. His lapel badge shows he was with the Glamorgan Constabulary number 2782.

    Linda Webb

    PWR. Leacey Gloucester

    I purchased a copy of ABC for Special Constables and Police War Reserve. Written in inside cover is "PWR Leacey, 218 Tewkesbury". Sadly that's all I can find at this stage.

    Adrian Boast

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