First World War Gallery

War grave of Major Chester-Master. May 1910 Major Chester-Master was appointed as Chief Constable, he was recalled to the colours 5th January 1915 killed in action 30th August 1917. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 57-3)
Police Constable 201 Joseph McKnight with rifle by a tent.Thought to be guard on Severn Railway Bridge during the 1914-18 war. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 1225)
Summer 1919 Police Headquarters first recruits after first World War. Police Constable 126 Tom Pittaway, front row, second from the right. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 111)
Members of Gloucestershire Constabulary who voluntarily joined the Army. (First World War) Constables J. A. Price (1),W. H. Windsor (2),W. G. Lewton (3). C.R. Harding (4). H. J. Surrett (5). C. T. Rogers (6). A. A. Willis (7). A. C. Spragg (8). P. W. Teal (9). S. Cooper (10). W. H. Hayward (11). F. Parsloe (12). H. W .Miles (13). A. Toms (14). W. G. Howkins (15). C. Holmes(16). S.Dovey (17). A. Ford (18). P. Nightingale (19). R. Dike (20). G. F. Tremlin (21). E. J. Brant (22). E. Young (23). G. Williams (24). P. H. Weekes (25). W. J. Francis (26). L.C. J. Reubinson (27). A. Perry (28). W. Smith (29). G. H. Dowsell (30). H. F. Illes (31). W. L. Dascombe (32). E. H. Towell (33). C. Coldicott (34). G. H. Smith (35). G. Palmer (36). Police Sergeant A.G. Wayman (37). Constables A. E. Garner (38). E. W .Price (39). H. J. Wilcox (40). S. W. Wickham (41). J. McKnight (42). W. Pugh (43). R. Rowland (44). T. F. Holland (45). J. C. Coldicutt (46). S. G. Hunt (47). R.J. Newport (48). J. Lacey (49). (Mr) F. E. Goodchild (50), Mr Brooke (51). Police Sergeant Pollard (52). Police Constables C. E. Wintle (53). F. J. Corbett (54). F. Gardiner (55). F. T. Knight (56). P. Phelps (57). W. H. Britton(58). H. L .Thompson (59). A. W. Hopkins (60). A. H. Roberts (61). W. T. Fry(62). A. H. Green (63). G. H. Beard (64). J. Hobday (65). H. G. Holder (66). H. Creed (67). W. J. Lafford (68). C. Beddis (69). R. C. Hayward (70). E. Hayward (71). T. Wigmore (72). W. C. Smith (73). E. Bunker (74). Mr Lane (75). Sergeant Major C. Jones (76). Police Constable C. Bull (77). Inspector B. Butt (78). Superintendents J .Dennis (79). E. Selwood (80). T. Griffin (81). Deputy Chief Constable W. Harrison (82). Mr Priday (83). Mr E. T. Gardom (84). Archdeacon Scobell (85). Sir R. A. Lister (86). Mr. M. W. Colchester-Wemyss (87). Mr J. Bruton (88). Mr. Stamford-Hutton (89). Mr. J E Rawlings (90). Superintendents Y. Sainsbury (91). A. W. Hopkins (92). J. B. Biggs (93). F. S. Phelps (94). E. Cooke (95). R. H. Hopkins (96). Police Constables C. S.Gowing (97). V. I. James (98). Ex Police Constable Hayward (99). Mr C. E. Clarke (100). Police Constable H. Boulton (101). F. Dobbins (102). J. W. Jeffries (103). G. Packer (104). D. Townsend(105). W. F. Bayliss (106). E. S. Harding (107). W. E. Wakefield (108). J .Lippett (109). F. C. Carter (110). T. H. Bourton (111). J. H. Pockett (112). R. Maynard (113). W. J. Neal (114). E. R. Ferryman (115). T. Mitchell (116). Mr T. Curtis (117). Police Constables S. A. Gamble (118). J. H. D. Coates (119). H Vickeridge (120). H. C. Miles (121). Major S.S. Champion 122). Police Constables S. G. Gwinnell (123). W. Coles (124). W. S. Shute (125). J. W. Ireland (126). F. C. Wood (127). A. C .H. Sollars (128). F. Wearing (129). H. Widdows (130). L. Edwards (131). H. Hayward(132). (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 80)
List of names of officers who volunteered for the Armed Forces World War 1 1914. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 1509 -3)
Royal Garrison Artillery heavy battery. Police Sergeant Harding and Police Constable Newport in photo. (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 2117)
Royal Garrison Artillery. Police Sergeant Harding and Police Constable Newport in photo but not identified. Cyril Reginald Harding appears to be the man third from left in the front row, holding the riding whip. This will indicate that he is a driver (as opposed to a gunner). Both Harding and Newport joined 129 Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery, raised in Bristol and known as the "Police Heavy Battery" as it contained almost exclusively police officers from Bristol City Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary. Harding was promoted Bombardier on 31st January 1916, indicating that the photograph was taken prior to that date (he isn't wearing any rank chevrons) and to Sergeant on 24th March 1916, three days before the Battery landed in France. According to his service record, Harding was discharged from the army on 2nd January 1918 as a result of "Glarcena of the right eye" (?). (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 2117)
Further Information from Bob Brunsdon
Soldiers wearing black arm bands in churchyard, location unknown, after the First World War? (Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 2230)
This page was added on 29/06/2016.

Comments about this page

  • My Grandfather was Victor Isaac JAMES and is No.98 on the large photo . I have limited knowledge of his military service and would be interested to know what service medals he received . I know he resumed service with the constabulary at the end of the war and served until retiring, His collar number was 286 I believe .I didn’t even know he’d been a serving officer until I myself had been serving for several years back in the later 80’s so I would be grateful for any info.

    By Philip Cooper (Tommy ) (11/11/2018)
  • Comparing the faces in the large photograph of recruits to the sitting group of Royal Garrison Artillerymen, Cyril Reginald Harding (No 4 in the recruits photo) appears to be the man third from left in the front row, holding the riding whip. This will indicate that he is a driver (as opposed to a gunner).
    Both Harding and Newport joined 129 Heavy Battery of the RGA, raised in Bristol and known as the “Police Heavy Battery” as it contained almost exclusively police officers from Bristol City Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary.
    Harding was promoted Bombardier on 31st January 1916, indicating that the photograph was taken prior to that date (he isn’t wearing any rank chevrons) and to Sergeant on 24th March 1916, three days before the Battery landed in France.
    According to his service record, Harding was discharged from the army on 2nd January 1918 as a result of “Glarcena of the right eye” (?).

    By Bob Brunsdon (25/10/2016)

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