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Officers of the Exeter City Police Force from 1919

Page updated 31st January 2012

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This list has been compiled from a document whose exact origin is uncertain. Maurice Hawker and Peter Werran had some input in the original, with Sid Rowsell and Peter Hinchcliffe adding to the list. It was Peter Hinchcliffe who kindly made the list available to the site. We believe it is accurate, but please email Exeter Memories with any corrections.

The list commences in 1919 (although some officers who served in the First World War are mentioned) and includes men who were recruited after Military Service in the First World War, and continues until the amalgamation. Where the date is blank in “Years of Service” the man was serving before 1919 or was still serving when the Force was amalgamated in 1966. Some information is not available, e.g. Initials or number, unless stated we believe the man was a constable.

In the early 1930's there were 58 County Police Forces and 121 City and Borough Forces in the country. Exeter was listed at number 62 in the City list, based on size with a strength of 81 officers, comprised of the Chief Constable, 6 Inspectors, 10 Sergeants and 64 Police Constables.

In 1965 Sir Peter Rawlinson QC stated in a public enquiry "The Exeter City Police Force was regarded by many as the best and most efficient Force in the whole country". They served this city through two world wars and this page is dedicated to remembering them. Also see 19th Century Policemen and History of the Exeter City Police Force.

Name
Forename
No
City Rank
Years of
Service
Remarks and final rank
Abrahams - 36 - 1946 1948 -
Abrahams - - Police Sergeant - 1922 -
Ackland Tim 8 Chief Inspector 1934 1964 -
Ackland E J 32 - - 1939 -
Adams D 93 - 1951 - Police Sergeant
Adams M 13 - 1935 1946 -
Addicott W 40 - 1945 - -
Aggett - 29 - 1957 1960 -
Alford A 27 - 1963 1963 -
Allder Tom 53 - 1949 - Police Sergeant
Allen S 58 - 1949 1953 -
Annett - - - - 1928 -
Aplin D 37 - 1955 - -
Arnold H 1 Inspector 1928 1956 -
Ashplant HG 46 Police Sergeant 1935 1960 -
Aslett D 102 - 1955 1964 Transferred to Bristol City
Avery C 26 Chief Inspector 1937 - -
Baker J 126 - 1963 - -
Baker - 134 - 1963 1965 -
Baker A 39 Police Sergeant 1930 1955 Transferred to Major Military Control Comm
Baker - 40 - 1948 1950 -
Baker AH 64 - - 1947 -
Balment - 38 - 1939 1947 -
Bamsey G 59 Police Sergeant 1960 1966 Transferred from Met -  Transferred to Herts - Chief Inspector
Barnard B 153 - 1965 - Transferred from Kent
Barnes - - - 1926 1927 -
Barratt J 57 - 1919 1943 PC Barrett is remembered by Olive Nibbs in the side panel
Barrett D 62 - 1948 - -
Bartlett Les 22 Police Sergeant 1946 - -
Baskerville HD 15 - 1935 1965 -
Bassett - 113 - 1957 1958 -
Bauer P PW7 - 1960 - -
Beavan - 65 - 1947 1948 -
Behoth - - - - 1923 -
Bell HE 57 - 1947 - -
Bennet EJ PW3 Police Sergeant 1958 - -
Bennett - 2 Inspector 1927 1951 Died in Service
Berry J 20 Chief Inspector 1935 1965 -
Bishop SJ 59 Inspector 1932 1962 -
Bishop - - - - 1938 -
Bissett J 148 - 1964 - Colonial transfer Chief Superintendent
Black R 16 Police Sergeant 1963 - Transferred from Durham
Blackmore R 121 - 1961 1962 -
Blackmore - - - - 1926 -
Blake S PW2 PW2 1956 1962 -
Bond - 134 - 1962 1963 -
Boothby - 58 - 1953 1954 -
Bowers ST 75 Police Sergeant 1936 - -
Bradford - - - - 1930 -
Bradley JL 2 - 1955 - -
Brealey W 66 - 1946 1953 -
Brenchley - 48 - 1939 1948 -
Brewer - - - 1926 1927 -
Brown R 67 - 1965 - Colonial transfer Superintendent
Brown NR 82 Police Sergeant 1940 1942 -
Brown J - 36 - 1935 1936 -
Brown - - - 1927 ?? -
Bullen - - - - 1922 -
Burd G 23 Inspector 1947 1977 -
Cameron W 86 - 1963 - -
Cannings MJ 42 Special Inspector 1952 1967 Starting as a Special Constable he rose to Special Inspector. His daughter, Della Cannings joined the force in 1975, rising to Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. See Police Photos.
Carpenter - - - - 1937 -
Carr G 48 Superintendent 1933 1966 -
Carr D 12 - 1959 - -
Carr SH - - - 1938 -
Carter EJ 47 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Cavey W 79 Inspector 1938 1957 Chief Constable, Brighton & Cumbria
Chandler R 63 - 1962 - Police Sergeant
Chandler - 93 - 1951 1951 -
Chappell TB 28 - 1926 1939 -
Clark EE 86 Inspector 1947 1965 Transferred to Wiltshire - Chief Superintendent
Clarke K K 116 - 1960 - Inspector
Coade M 10 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Cody H (Bert) 24 - 1937 - Was absent for three years after volunteering in 1942 for aircrew.
Coffin - 4 - 1951 1952 -
Cole Stanley J 32 Inspector 1939 - -
Collett J 11 - 1950 1955 -
Collins SG 62 Police Sergeant 1927 1947 -
Collinson - 69 - 1947 1951 -
Coop A 156 - 1965 - Colonial transfer Police Sergeant
Cork Tom E 84 - 1940 - -
Court TS 88 - 1948 - -
Cowling - 79 - 1956 - -
Cross Bernie 40 - 1950 - -
Cullen J PW4 PW4 1959 - -
Cummins - - - 1923 1923 -
Cusworth A 9 - 1949 1957 -
Davis - 82 - 1946 1948 -
Day J 119 - 1963 - -
Dean HE 21 Police Sergeant 1935 1965 -
Dean - 114 - 1959 1960 -
Dearing - 27 - 1963 1966 -
Deeley - - - 1927 1928 -
Dodd B PW5 PW 1959 - -
Dolley A 114 - 1962 - -
Domaille John 30 Police Sergeant 1954 - Assistant Chief Constable West Yorkshire
Dooling M 11 - - 1948 -
Draper J 51 - - 1946 -
Drew Arthur E 55 Police Sergeant 1939 - During the war he was selected for pilot training, learnt to fly in Florida and joined 74 Squadron flying Hurricanes.
Dunn GC 30 - 1924 1954 -
Eastgate - 6 - 1947 1948 -
Edwards J 101 - 1952 - Transferred from Devon
Edwards - - Chief Inspector 1936 - -
Elford - - - - 1933 -
Emmett R 46 - 1960 - -
Evans MT 126 - 1961 1963 -
Evans PC 43 Chief Inspector 1939 - -
Evans GB 74 - 1935 1937 -
Farrant T - - - 1935 -
Farrant M - - - 1926 -
Fey - - - 1939 1939 -
Firebrace W 34 - 1938 1942 -
Foote D 145 - 1964 - -
Ford Steve 155 Superintendent 1965 - Superintendent
Ford G 3 - 1947 - -
Foster D 151 - 1964 - -
Fouracre - - - - 1926 -
Fraser Ernest 56 Inspector 1927 1957 Commended for bravery during the May 4th, 1942 bombing.
Fricker J 117 - 1959 - -
Frost J 100 - 1949 1958 -
Fursman FD 66 Police Sergeant 1953 - Police Sergeant
Gadsby W 132 Police Sergeant 1962 - Transferred from Kent Inspector
Gale - 53 - 1945 1949 -
Gammon B 70 - 1950 - -
Gardner M 118 - 1959 - -
Gardner D 97 Police Sergeant 1949 - Police Sergeant
Gay S 36 - 1949 - -
Geraghty J 52 Inspector 1960 - Inspector
Gibbings FI 12 Superintendent 1935 1965 -
Gibbings - - - - 1923 -
Gill J 159 - 1965 - Transferred from Nottingham City Inspector
Gill D 160 - 1965 - Transferred from Notts County
Gill - 70 - 1949 1950 -
Glanville E PW2 - 1949 1953 -
Glaysher - - - 1923 1923 -
Glover AE 54 - 1947 - -
Godwin Gerry G 73 Police Sergeant 1936 1965 -
Graham CJ 50 - 1937 1948 -
Graham L 78 - 1941 - -
Greasley E 71 - 1950 - -
Green C 72 Inspector 1950 - Inspector
Greet B - Superintendent 1952 - -
Gregory - 122 - 1965 1965 -
Gregory J 63 - 1943 - -
Gribble - - - 1937 - -
Grimes P 115 - 1959 1964 -
Gruber E 130 - 1962 - -
Hamlyn - 40 - 1946 1948 -
Hammond W - - - - Member of the City Police who was awarded the Medal of St George by the Czar after serving in the 35th Battery, Royal Field Artillery at Neuve Chapelle.
Harmer - 70 - 1946 1947 -
Harmes - 57 - 1946 1947 -
Harris P 14 Police Sergeant 1944 - -
Hart BA 105 Chief Superintendent 1956 - Chief Superintendent
Hartley M 100 - 1958 - -
Harvey - - - - 1936 -
Hatchard P 12 - 1956 1959 Transferred from Devon
Hawken DW 28 - 1940 1945 Killed 1944 Air Crew
Hawker M 43 - 1957 - -
Healey T 7 Police Sergeant 1927 1956 -
Hedgley W 131 - 1962 1964 -
Helman A PW4 - 1955 1958 -
Hempstead R - - 1957 - Transferred from Bristol city
Hender C 116 - 1957 1960 Transferred to Met
Hill - - Inspector - 1923 -
Hinchliffe Peter 20 - 1958 - Inspector - memories of Peter Hinchcliffe - Memories 1  Memories 2  Memories 3
Hinchliffe R (Dick) 108 Police Sergeant 1956 - Police Sergeant
Hockin J 11 - 1948 1950 Transferred from Devon Transferred to Devon - Superintendent
Hodder - - Chief Inspector - 1943 -
Hoile L 14 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Holman J 107 - 1956 - Police Sergeant - filmed Princess Diana's visit in 1986
Holman PT 81 - 1940 1946 -
Hooper - 102 - 1964 1964 -
Hooper R 64 Police Sergeant 1947 - Chief Superintendent
Hooper S 10 - - 1946 -
Hopper R 96 Police Sergeant 1964 - Transferred from Met Police Sergeant
Hosgood R 60 - 1946 - -
Hoyle W 81 Police Sergeant 1946 - -
Hoyle - - Inspector - 1925 -
Hubbard - 59 Police Sergeant 1957 1958 -
Hubber R 109 Police Sergeant 1956 - Police Sergeant
Hulme D 89 Police Sergeant 1949 - Superintendent
Huntley R 139 - 1963 - -
Hurford - - - 1928 - -
Hurved A 2 - 1953 1955 Transferred to Colonial
Hussey Alec 31 - 1947 - -
Hutchings DTH 112 - 1956 - Chief Superintendent
Jarman - - - - 1935 -
Jefferies B 141 - 1963 - -
Johnson A 6 - 1949 - -
Jones R 9 Police Sergeant 1957 - Transferred to Leicester Inspector
Jones A 106 - 1956 - Transferred from Bristol
Jones BF 78 Police Sergeant 1949 - Transferred from Devon Police Sergeant
Jordan A 7 - 1956 - Superintendent
Kelly - 8 - 1944 - -
Kemble - - Inspector 1923 1941 Transferred toSouthampton
King - 78 - 1947 1949 -
Knight R 59 - 1966 - Last recruit
Lawson - 74 - 1938 1951 -
LeRoux J 95 - 1965 - Colonial transfer Inspector
Leach B 125 - 1961 - -
Leach F 49 - 1937 - -
Leaman - 91 - 1948 1949 -
Lewis - 115 - 1957 1958 -
Lewis - 80 Police Sergeant 1946 - Police Sergeant
Leyman L 5 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Lightfoot J 55 Inspector 1924 1952 -
Lindsey - - - 1938 1943 -
Litchfield JH 135 Police Sergeant 1962 - Police Sergeant
Litton D PW6 - 1960 - -
Lloyd - 154 - 1965 - Inspector (Bristol)
Lock - 114 - 1961 1962 -
Lovatt G 82 - 1946 1946 -
Lovell DC 39 Police Sergeant 1950 - Superintendent
Lovick - - Police Sergeant - 1938 -
Lyon R 122 - 1961 - Transferred from Bolton
Maddocks R 128 - 1962 - -
Madge - - - - 1926 -
Mallett - 104 - 1953 1955 -
Manders - - Chief Inspector 1923 1947 -
Marsh M 111 - 1956 - -
Martin - - - 1935 1937 -
Martin - - Chief Inspector - 1922 -
May D 59 - 1958 1960 -
MacCaffery - - - 1935 1935 -
MCardle - 78 - 1946 1947 -
McKiernan C PW1 Police Sergeant 1955 - Transferred from Durham
Mearns P 134 - 1965 - -
Meldon - 114 - 1960 1961 -
Melhuish W 66 - 1937 1943 -
Mildon - 114 - 1960 1961 Transferred from Met Transferred to Met
Miller G 65 - 1948 1954 -
Milton O 17 - 1948 1978 Retired in 1978 and died June 2008. See photo on Exeter Police.
Mitchell D 51 - 1947 - -
Mizen D 157 - 1965 - Transferred from Met
Moger L 11 - 1955 - Police Sergeant
Moore - 131 - 1964 1965 Colonial transfer - became Barrister
Moore L - Inspector 1928 1958 -
Morgan C 123 - 1961 - Police Sergeant
Morgan G 99 - 1949 - Police Sergeant
Mortimore HI 110 - 1956 - Transferred from Devon
Munro - 76 - 1953 1959 -
Murray A 29 Police Sergeant 1927 1957 -
Murrin K 136 - 1962 - -
Napper I PW2 - 1953 1956 -
Needham T 152 - 1965 - Transferred from Leicester Police Sergeant
Netherton - - - 1926 1927 -
Newman E 45 Police Sergeant - 1944 -
Nicholls C 86 - 1962 1963 -
Nicholson - 146 - 1964 - Transferred toMet
Nicholson AF - Chief Constable 1913 1930 -
Noakes G 34 - 1947 - Transferred from Birmingham
Noble PG 65 Police Sergeant 1930 1947 -
Norden - 3 Inspector 1927 1957 -
Nordqvist PR 91 - 1963 - Transferred from Met Police Sergeant
Norman - - Police Sergeant 1938 - -
Norton - - - - 1930 -
Oldridge LJ 68 Chief Inspector 1937 - -
Osborne Gren 91 Inspector 1949 1976 Superintendent
Paddon M 124 - 1961 - Chief Inspector
Paddon Terry 120 - 1961 - Chief Inspector
Palmer - 150 - 1964 - -
Palmer F 72 - 1935 1950 -
Palmer LA 54 Police Sergeant 1936 1947 Transferred from Met
Paris - - - 1939 1939 -
Parish - - - - 1933 -
Parker D 58 - 1954 - -
Parker G - - - 1930 -
Parker W - - - 1928 -
Parsley A 19 - 1963 - Transferred from Devon
Passmore Richard 29 - 1960 1980 -
Pavey - 158 - 1965 1966 Transferred from Met Transferred to Met
Payne I 68 - 1961 - Transferred from Met
Peacock R 74 Police Sergeant 1951 - Police Sergeant
Pearcey - 74 - 1951 1951 -
Pembroke R 115 - 1965 - -
Pengelly R 76 - 1936 1946 -
Perkins - - Sub Inspector - 1925 -
Perry John 25 - 1951 1959 -
Pessell Joe 25 Superintendent 1935 1961 Transferred to Chief Constable Southport Luton
Phillips P 65 Police Sergeant 1955 - Police Sergeant
Pike A 144 - 1964 - -
Pike - - - - 1923 -
Pinfold HW 96 Inspector 1949 - Transferred from Met Chief Superintendent
Pinn D 127 - 1962 - -
Pitcher A 60 - 1938 1940 -
Pitkin - 6 - 1923 1944 -
Pitts - - - - 1923 -
Poole J 90 - - 1948 -
Potter J 147 - - 1964 -
Poulton K 25 - 1960 - -
Powell SJ 67 Police Sergeant 1938 1965 -
Preece R 56 - 1953 - -
Proctor John 63 Inspector 1946 - Assistant Chief Constable
Pryor B 92 Police Sergeant 1948 - Police Sergeant
Pym D 121 - 1962 - Transferred from Bristol Insp
Pyne R 55 - 1935 1939 -
Radford B 113 - 1958 - -
Rainsbury Eric 38 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Randle - - - 1935 - -
Reed C 61 - 1900 1926 -
Reed J 58 - - 1949 -
Reed - - - 1935 1937 -
Reed - 61 - - 1926 -
Reeves - 7 Superintendent 1924 1956 -
Richards - 42 - 1957 1958 -
Richards - PW3 - 1955 1958 -
Richards SJ 31 - 1936 1945 Killed Air Crew 1944
Rickard J 21 - 1965 - Transferred from Derbyshire
Ridd WJ - Inspector 1928 1940 Transferred to Suffolk C C
Ridler - 70 - 1946 1947 -
Riggs J 129 - 1962 - Transferred from Cumbria
Roach EJ 52 Chief Inspector 1938 1964 -
Roach - 69 - 1951 1951 -
Robb - 102 - 1950 1954 -
Roberts - 89 - 1948 1949 -
Roberts - - - 1924 - -
Roberts - - - 1924 1924 -
Robinson D Ian 1 Police Sergeant 1950 - -
Roper Herbert Hughes (Bert) 16 Police Sergeant 1937 1962 At the outbreak of war PC Roper rejoined the Coldsteam Guards with whom he had previously served. He returned to the Force in 1945 having served as a Squadron Sgt Major in the Guards Tank Brigade in several theatres of war. He died at the age of 91 on the 10th January 2005.
Rounsley - - Inspector - 1939 -
Rowe WH 77 - 1937 1951 -
Rowland - - Inspector 1927 1954 -
Rowsell Syd 77 Police Sergeant 1951 - Sergeant Rowsell ran the Eagle Tavern for a time.
Rowsell Albert E 50 Chief Constable 1919 1958 Chief Constable Brighton
Russell - - - - 1935 -
Sampson R 41 - 1959 - -
Sanders William (Bill) 61 - 1938 - -
Sanford - - Chief Inspector 1931 - -
Sangster LC 1 Police Sergeant 1924 1949 Sergeant Sangster was a mounted policeman when required - see Police Photos.
Sargent AW 83 Police Sergeant 1940 - -
Scott Joe 28 - 1946 - -
Searle M 76 - 1960 - -
Searle A 41 Police Sergeant 1929 1959 -
Searle - - - 1922 1923 -
Seldon - 97 - 1949 1951 -
Shilston - 95 - 1949 1949 -
Simmons J 103 - 1950 - -
Simmons - - - 1937 1938 -
Skinner - - - 1919 1936 -
Smith - 94 - 1949 1950 -
Smith - 69 - - 1947 -
Smith - - - 1939 ? -
Smith - - - 1935 1935 -
Snell - - - - 1922 -
Snow EBW 35 - 1956 - Superintendent
Sowden MW 94 Police Sergeant 1952 - Superintendent
Stacey K 26 - 1960 - -
Stacey P 87 - 1947 - Police Sergeant
Steele Ken 104 - 1956 - Transferred from Devon
Steer KE - Chief Constable 1931 1966 -
Steer Kenwyn Edgar E 33 - 1928 1957 -
Stephens R 149 - 1964 - Transferred from BTC
Stocker - 51 - 1946 1947 -
Stone A (Rocky) 53 - - 1945 -
Stranks D 76 - 1946 1951 -
Strawbridge - - - - 1937 -
Swain D 4 - 1952 1966 -
Symes J 19 Police Sergeant 1933 1963 -
Tame HJ 18 - 1923 1942 -
Tancock R 140 Police Sergeant 1963 - Police Sergeant
Tarr Jack 50 Inspector 1948 - Chief Inspector
Tarr M 80 - 1939 1946 -
Tarry Fred T - Chief Constable 1931 1941 Transferred from Brighton - Transferred to Southampton - Chief Constable
Taylor HJ 85 Police Sergeant 1940 - -
Temby GL 13 Inspector 1947 - Chief Inspector
Thomas B 48 Police Sergeant 1948 - Police Sergeant
Thorpe A 119 - 1960 1963 -
Tolley F 71 - 1946 1949 -
Townhill - - - - - Mentioned for heroic conduct while serving with the Royal Field Artillery during World War 1. He rescued an officer from a perilous position while under heavy fire.
Tozer B 137 - 1963 1966 -
Traill A 98 Police Sergeant 1949 - Chief Inspector
Tregedeon D 102 - 1964 - -
Trickey F 101 - 1949 1950 -
Tuck WJ - - 1930 1938 -
Tucker P 143 - 1963 - -
Tunstall R 62 - 1946 1948 -
Turner W 42 Police Sergeant 1930 1957 -
Tyrrell J 17 - 1938 1948 -
Underhill Michael E 44 - 1958 - -
Underhill W - Police Sergeant - 1928 Grandfather of PC ME Underhill
Underwood JE 33 - 1957 - -
Veevers J 18 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Vinnicombe S 22 - 1919 1945 -
Wadland D 142 - 1963 - Chief Inspector
Walker - 66 - 1946 1946 -
Wallace - - - 1937 1938 -
Wallen A 95 Inspector 1950 - Chief Constable Guernsey
Waller S 44 Chief Inspector 1935 1965 -
Walter N 93 - 1948 1951 -
Walters - - Police Sergeant - 1927 -
Ward H 37 - 1924 1954 -
Ware F 35 Police Sergeant 1935 1965 Sergeant Ware was also a mounted policeman when required - see Police Photos.
Ware V PW2 - 1963 - Inspector
Ware - - - - 1932 -
Warren G 82 Inspector 1949 - Superintendent
Watkin W 13 Police Sergeant 1964 - Police Sergeant
Webb D 15 - 1965 - Chief Superintendent
Webber R 27 Police Sergeant 1938 1962 -
Weeks RH 70 - 1940 1945 -
Weeks W 71 - 1936 1942 Transferred to Southampton
Weeks - - - - 1935 -
Werran Peter Edward 69 Inspector 1951 1981 Inspector Werran was for a time a police photographer. He was also a keen film maker and examples of his work can be found here
West R 138 - 1963 - Transferred from Met
White WG 45 Police Sergeant 1947 - -
Whiting F 104 - 1950 1953 -
Wilde D 76 - 1951 1953 -
Williams S 9 - 1947 1949 -
Windeatt - 31 - - 1927 -
Wise - - - - 1927 -
Wood - - - - 1932 -
Woodland A 32 - 1964 - -
Woollacott Victor - - 1922 1929 Knocked down and killed, when a Devon General bus skidded, while he was on point duty at Exe Bridge. He was single, and 27 years old when he died.
Wooldridge Phyllis PW1 - 1949 1955 First female officer
Worth N 133 - 1962 1966 Transferred from Met Police Sergeant
Wreford - - Sub Inspector - 1922 -
Wright - 114 - 1957 1958 -

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