New picture from WWII – Sgt Holmes with Special Constabulary

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Tim Knebel, Project Coordinator for ‘Peak in the Past’ has very kindly provided this picture. He came across it amongst some largely uncatalogued Derbyshire Police Constabulary records at Derbyshire Record Office.

On the rear of the photograph it states ‘Sgt Holmes with Special Constabulary Stoney Middleton (2nd world war)’. Can you name anyone? Its not clear where the picture was taken or if these gentlemen were all from Stoney Middleton, however we know that Sgt Homes was indeed the local bobby for Stoney Middleton at this time, so its likely they were.

The Special Constabulary were as they are now a voluntary force, supporting full time officers. They came into their own during WWI and WW2 when large numbers of police were needed to enforce the new restrictions imposed on the civilian population. The service was expanded by about 50% with 130,000 men enrolled in the Special Constabulary. They helped with rationing and blackouts in addition to their ordinary duties of maintaining law and order.


3 Comments

  • Barbara Ford says:

    Very pleased to see the photograph and read the article. The police sergeant is my maternal Grandfather…Frank Holmes( not Homes)
    My paternal Grandfather was Urban Wyatt Hallam, a farmer, who lived in Stag House. His 3 sons all served in the forces.
    Regards
    Barbara Ford nee Hallam

  • Barbara Ford says:

    Very pleased to see the photograph and read the article. The police sergeant is my maternal Grandfather…Frank Holmes( not Homes)
    My paternal Grandfather was Urban Wyatt Hallam, a farmer, who lived in Stag House. His 3 sons all served in the forces.
    Regards
    Barbara Ford nee Hallam

    • Glenn Trezza says:

      Mrs Ford, just saw your comment and wanted to say hello. My maternal great-grandfather John Wm Hallam and your grandfather Urban Wyatt Hallam were 2nd cousins-their fathers, Peter John Hallam and John Hallam, were first cousins, friends, and regular correspondents back in late Victorian times after my branch of the family immigrated to New York City. I’ve been to Stag House to meet your late Uncle George Wm, and I visited your late Aunt Muriel a number of times in Grindleford and have met several of her children, your first cousins (your Aunt Muriel in particular was a great help with my genealogy research, for which I will always be thankful). I hope that all your family are well. Sincerely, your fourth cousin once removed, Dr Glenn Trezza, Boston MA, USA (whose Mum was Miss Hallam back in the day, until she became Signora Trezza!).

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