Police Records 1791-1868 (CD)

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Metropolitan policemen who were born in Buckinghamshire and retired or resigned between 1852 and 1909 and who were granted or, after 1890, qualified for a police pension.
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The basic personal details of more than 400 Metropolitan policemen who were born in Buckinghamshire and retired or resigned between 1852 and 1909 and who were granted or, after 1890, qualified for a police pension have been extracted from MEPO 21 and the Crown copyright material is reproduced here with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office. (The series runs on to 1932.) Full details of the Metropolitan Police Records of Service are described in The National Archives Domestic Records Information Leaflet No.53.

The CD contains lists of 400 police and 800+ relatives in a searchable database

The Establishment of the Metropolitan Police also had responsibility for the police of the Royal Dockyards and military stations, Portsmouth, Chatham, Devonport, Pembroke and Woolwich from 1860 until 1934 and such pensioners can be found in these documents.

The full entry at the Public Record Office, Kew, contains pension number, details of service, where and when joined, date and place of birth, date of, and reason for, retirement or resignation and rate of pension, personal details (height, colouring, marks or deformities and details of injuries sustained during service), next of kin, current address and intended residence after pensioning and, until around 1891, names of parents.

 

A pre First World War cut-off date of 1910 has been chosen as by this time the records have become marginally less useful.

These records will be of assistance to those who are aware of ancestral Metropolitan Police connections but lack specific birth details. The emergence of a precise address will often lead to census entries which may not have previously been obvious. It is a fact that pensioners invariably opted to remain near to their service address, probably for family reasons, and seldom returned to their village of birth.

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