Police Constable 263 John Hayden

Thanks to David Hanks

This photograph was bought on an internet site and Gloucestershire Police Archives was challenged to find information about the officer in the photograph.

The event was the inauguration of Edgar Charles Sumner Gibson as  Bishop of Gloucester in 1905.


Police Constable  263 was John Hayden born 5th January 1876 in Castletown County Kilkenny.

He joined the constabulary on 21st April 1901 having been previously employed a groom.


He married his wife Annie in 1908 and they had 2 daughters and a son between 1911 and 1916.


He retired on 31st October 1930 having been stationed in Gloucester 1901-1911, in charge at Corse 1911-1916, then in charge at Churchdown from 1916. Electoral roles also show him at Stroud Police station during the 1920s. It is thought that he died in Gloucester during 1969.


He was commended several times.

30th September 1915 commended for detection of game trespassing and carrying a gun without a licence

11th November 1918 commended for detection of larceny of potatoes by German prisoners of war

11th August 1920 commended for good work during  1919.

6th November 1920 commended for detection and arrest in a housebreaking case.

31st May 1922 commended for detection and arrest following larceny of a horse.

1st January 1923 specially commended for energy and ability in connection with arrest of man for wounding with intent to murder.

10th November 1928 commended for detection and arrest housebreaking.


He was also a member of the Gloucester City Police Ambulance Team who won many awards.

Gloucester City Police Ambulance Team.
(Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 9967)


He also featured in another photograph we were researching.

These four unknown officers appear together in an untitled photograph.

This page was added on 02/03/2021.

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