Register of Rural Constabulary

Emily Smith

The Register was started when the Gloucestershire Police Force was founded in December 1839 and it includes details of all the men who joined the Police up to 1919.

The entries are arranged alphabetically by letter and then by the date the man joined the Force.  All the entries follow a similar pattern and give details of the man’s name, warrant number, age, height, place of residence and previous occupation together with details of the progression of his career and the date he left the Force.

It can give information about the reason the Officer left the Force.  Sometimes they retired after a long and distinguished career like Young Salisbury who joined the Police in 1866 and retired after the end of the Great War in 1919.  The career of some men, like John Dorey of Stroud was less glorious – he was one of the first recruits, joining the Force in December 1839, but was dismissed in 1840 for “making use of insolent language to the Chief Constable”.

This document is a starting point for the early history of the Police Force.  It is complemented by other records such as the series of personnel files and the standing orders.

This page was added on 16/11/2015.

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