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Marine Police

Categories: Armed Forces

Founded by magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and Master Mariner John Harriott, on the site from which it still operates. Set up to protect the cargo ships from theft which was proving very costly to the companies using the docks. Initially financed by the West India Merchants and the West India Planters Committees it covered just the Pool of London - that's the section of the Thames from London Bridge down to Cuckold’s Point (the north-​​eastern tip of the Rotherhithe peninsula).

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Police in 1839 as the Thames Division. Lots more interesting information and stories at Thames Police Museum.

Our picture is an 1859 etching by Whistler of the Wapping Wharf with the police headquarters being the building on the right (with the words "Thames Police" helpfully inscribed at the top.)

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Marine Police

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Marine Police

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E. H. Tyson

E. H. Tyson

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

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Lord Weatherill

Lord Weatherill

Trustee of The Memorial Gates Trust. Bruce Bernard Weatherill, Baron Weatherill, KStJ, PC, DL, was born on 25 November 1920, the son of Bernard Bruce Weatherill (1883-1962) and Annie Gertrude Weat...

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F. A. Wright

F. A. Wright

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
F. J. Clark

F. J. Clark

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
Lieutenant Hugh Cecil Benson

Lieutenant Hugh Cecil Benson

Hugh Cecil Benson was born on 3 July 1883 in London at 16, Young Street, Kensington Square, the elder son of Cecil Foster Benson (1857-1934) and Constance Mary Benson née O'Neill.(1860-1935). His b...

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