New Photo Album

New Photo Album

 

NEW PHOTO ALBUM

Due to technical issues, it has not been possible to post photos onto the Photo Album section and despite numerous attempts to rectify the problem, the problem has not been fixed.

Therefore, the DPP NARPO website now has two Photo Albums.

To access photos posted on the website from October 2021 onwards go to the Menu Bar and click on NEW PHOTO ALBUM.

To access photos posted on the website pre October 2021, go to the Menu Bar and click on OLD PHOTO ALBUM.

 

A LENGTHY PERIOD OF DEVOTED SERVICE

Many thanks to Mr. Huw Thomas of Kilgetty for the below photographs featuring his grandfather, Anthony Thomas, who joined Pembrokeshire Police as PC64 in November 1899 and retired as Deputy Chief Constable in June 1941.

During his service Mr. Anthony Thomas served at Pembroke Dock, Tenby, Saundersfoot and Letterston and upon his retirement the following words of appreciation were written:

He is an example of application and devotion to duty which many a young man might do well to follow. He has worthily upheld the dignity and honour of the force and takes with him the good wishes of all whom he has come into contact with during his service.

 

From left to right: PC Thomas No 64, PS Thomas 64 & Deputy Chief Constable Anthony Thomas taken shortly prior to his retirement.

July 1913: PC Thomas taking James Connor into custody for arson in parish of Carew. St John's Church, Pembroke Dock in the background.

June 1934: Pembroke Dock Division pictured in the grounds of Albion Square School. Mr. A Thomas (DCC) sat 3rd from right

January 1935: Tenby Races – Flanked by PS Griffiths and PS Bodman

Tenby racecourse (at one time near the site of New Hedges roundabout), grew into what was to become the hub of Welsh racing and the centre of the Welsh National Hunt social racing calendar. Every January, the top jockeys, horses and trainers in the United Kingdom and Ireland visited Tenby to compete at the highest level of National Hunt racing.

1937: Tank sold for scrap – Mr. Thomas with local dignitaries.

At the end of WW1, a British tank was placed at the entrance to the Memorial Park, Pembroke Dock as a memorial to the many local men that made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. In 1937 the tank was sold for scrap to a local scrap dealer who purchased it for £35!

 

MILFORD HAVEN POLICE DANCE 1971

The below photo received from Mr Roger Inward (Rtd. PS SWP) appeared in the West Wales Guardian in March 1971. The photo was taken at the annual Police dance held at the Petroleum Club, Milford Haven.

Pictured are Bill Lennon, Roger Thomas, Ieuan Owen, Keith Allen, Sue Brien, David Evans, Derek Hollywell, Ernie Jones, Alan Coles, Jack Edwards (see below), Dennis Hughes, Richard Cowley, Eira McKay, Trevor Millichip, Roger Inward, Dai Phillips, Les Smith, Dai Morgan, Patrick Loam.

Mr Jack Edwards (centre of photo) was C/Inspector at Milford at the time, shortly afterwards he left for pastures new in Ammanford. He retired as C/Supt. D Division and his four sons, Clive, Mark, Andrew and Phillip all joined ‘the job’.

Roger Inward served in Dyfed-Powys for just over two years before transferring to South Wales Police. Sadly, a number of those pictured are no longer with us.

 

A DIVISION RUGBY TEAM 1979 -1980.

The below photograph received from Terry Stokes features the A Division Rugby team from around 1979 / 1980. The first captain was Geoff Roberts who previously played for The Scarlets (Llanelli RFC).

The team played almost every week against works team like Fire Service, Collieries and universities as well as local rugby clubs usually under their floodlights. We also played in the Towy Valley cup but never competed in a league.

Back row  (L to R): Gwilym Evans, John Davies, Mike Donovan, Howard Davies, Delme Phillips, Dylan Evans, Dillwyn Augustus, Alan Lewis, Meurig Evans

Front: Mike Davies, Alwyn Price, Alun Williams, Terry Stokes, Geoff Roberts, Norman Welch, Roger Anthony, Mark Williams

 

FALKLANDS WAR AND RUGBY LED TO 40 YEAR FRIENDSHIP

Many members, especially those who served in A & C Divisions, will remember Irfon Higgins (Rtd. PC). Prior to joining Dyfed-Powys Police in 1985, Irfon served in the Royal Marines.

Irfon (front, extreme left) in his DPP days at Haverfordwest

During his service in the Royal Marines, in 1982 Irfon was deployed to the Falkland Islands following the invasion by Argentina.

On the SS Canberra in the heat of the Falklands War, Irfon was tasked with guarding 4,500 prisoners of war and through a mutual love of rugby, became firm friends with Giorgio Podesta who acted as an interpreter.

Irfon (right) with Giorgio

The friendship still exists today and features in a book written about the 72 day conflict.

To read more about the unusual bond, click on: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59838958

 

PHOTO ALBUM INDEX 2021

Many thanks to members who have supplied photos during the year. A list of the photos can be found by clicking on INDEX.

 

VASCAR INSTRUCTION IN THE 80'S

The following has been received from Mr Emyr Daniel (Rtd. PS197):

The below photo was taken from a cutting in the Western Mail when the late John Morris was an Inspector in charge of 'A' Division Traffic at Llanelli.

Emyr is unable to recognise the officer looking over his shoulder - (according to Gwyndaf Prosser, possibly PS Derrick Davies).

The below photo was received from Mr Huw Jones and shows him explaining the VASCAR device to Mr Chris Jones JP, Chair of the Tenby Magistrates.

Note: VASCAR Units were first installed in DPP patrol cars during the early 80’s. A VASCAR unit uses a stopwatch and a simple computer. An operator records the moments that a vehicle passes two fixed objects (such as a white circle or square painted on the road) that are a known distance apart. The vehicle's average speed is then calculated by dividing the distance between the points by the time taken to travel between them.

 

NORTH POWYS CHRISTMAS LUNCH
After missing last year due to Covid restrictions, it was good to resume the North Powys retired police officers’ Christmas lunch at the Lakeside, Garthmyl on Tuesday 30th November.

Many thanks to Derek Bloomfield for organising this year’s event.

1. Kevin Scourfield, Paul Herdman, Bill Rowbottom    2. Gloria Hughes, Edwina and Derek Bloomfield   3. Gary Jones, Roger Eagles, Myra Williams   4. Bill Smith and Keith Blanchard.   5. Brian Randle, John Williams, Jan Eagles   6. Bob Evans, Dave Crees   7.Teresa Jones and Grace Blanchard.   8. Phil and Gill Hopkins   9. (Partial of Trudy Randle), Meudwen Rowbottom, Vi and Lyn Clark

Derek received the following email prior to the lunch from former Chief Constable Mr. Ray White:

Dear Derek,

Although I now live in Queensland, Australia, I try to keep in touch and have managed to visit Wales about every two years prior to Covid 19. It is now 15 years since we emigrated and as you probably know just over two years since our sad loss of Trish from a sudden heart attack.

When Covid hit, I had booked up another trip to the U.K. which, of course, had to be cancelled. If possible, I hope to make it for May/June next year. My sister, Chris lives on the Isle of Wight and I would really like to see her.

Australia has had it relatively easy during Covid compared with the U.K. Over the whole of the country, we have only had about 1000 deaths in  total and only six in Queensland.  Our government shut down all air travel from the outset and being an ‘island’, we have been able to keep tight control.

I hope that you enjoy a lovely Christmas Dinner.

Please pass on my very best wishes to all of our colleagues.

Kind regards,

Ray White


POLICE CRICKET IN 1921

In August 1921, Supt. WG Thomas of Pembrokeshire Police arranged a charity cricket match between Pembrokeshire Police and a Captain Ferguson’s Xl.

The match was held to raise funds for Pembroke Dock Nurses Home and it is envisaged that the nurses were tending to men wounded in WWl which ended less than three years previously. A letter appealing for donations was sent to residents of Pembroke Dock which can be read by clicking on APPEAL.

 

The above photograph from the collection held by the late Mr. Eric Powling was taken in 1921 and features the Pembroke Division. Supt WG Thomas is sat in the middle of the front row. Supt. Thomas joined Pembrokeshire Police as PC 9 in 1894 and retired as Deputy Chief Constable on 14th April 1924.


WELSHPOOL POLICE IN THE 1940’S

The below photos have been posted on the Memories of Welshpool Facebook page. The three smartly turned officers are stood outside the old New Street Police Station in Welshpool town centre.

It is thought that the officer in the middle is Inspector George and from a comment posted on Facebook, he was not someone to be messed about! The names of the other two officers are not known.

Judging by the uniform tunic and cap badge, it is believed the officers were members of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary. The force amalgamated with the Radnorshire & Breconshire Constabularies in 1948 to form the Mid-Wales Constabulary. 


 

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