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Portsmouth & Gosport Branch News

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM RECORDING OF ‘EDDIE’ WALLACE

An oral history recording of Herbert Edward George 'Eddie' Wallace can be found on the Imperial War Museum Website. Eddie served as a fireman with Portsmouth Fire Brigade, 1939-1941; served as a policeman with Portsmouth Police Force, 1941-1942;  served as a gunner with E Troop, 383 Bty, 86th Regt, Royal Artillery in GB and North West Europe, 1942-1945.


To listen to this recording, Click Here.


SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

Dear Friends,


On Friday the 10th November, 2017, this Branch held its annual Remembrance Service at Portsmouth Guildhall in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr. Kenneth Ellcome.  Many of you will be aware of the fact that the Lord Mayor is a former Hampshire Constabulary police officer and a member of our Branch of NARPO.  Also present was Assistant Chief Constable Mr Scott Chilton (Representing the Chief Constable Mrs Olivia Pinkney QPM); Mr James Payne CEO from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner representing Mr Michael Lane PCC); the Chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter and Det. Supt. Paul Barton who is the Chairman of the Southampton Police Club Trust Fund.


We were honoured, as ever, to welcome the families of Police Sgt. Tom Butterley who died in a flying accident in the Second World War and the family of P.C. Stanley Spooner who died in a bombing raid at Kingston Crescent and who was the first police officer to be killed by enemy action in the country. P.C. Stanley Spooner's son, Keith, a former Portsmouth City police constable and member of this branch was present with his wife, Maureen.


We were more than pleased to invite the family of the late Sgt Daniel Sorfleet R.A.F. to join us and for them to lay a wreath in memory of their uncle who was killed in a flying accident having taken off from Vancouver Island in Canada.  The Sorfleet family have no police connections.  He died with two other crew members, one of whom was former P.C. Charles Wilton who is remembered on our Memorial. The crash site, on Sulfur Mountain, Alberta,  was not found for years' and then an 'administrative error' prevented the families ever knowing of the site and that the bodies of the crew had ever been found.  The remains were buried at the crash site.  Their parents died not knowing what had happened to them. This was their opportunity to close this sad chapter in their family history and it was our  privilege to invite them to lay the wreath under the Memorial which bears the name of P.C. Charles Wilton, former Police Constable of the Portsmouth City Police with whom Daniel died.


During the Service the new and additional memorial in memory of Police Cadet Timothy Lyons, of Special Constable Harold White and of Police Constable William Harley, who died in the 2nd  South African war, also known as the Boer War, was unveiled by two former Portsmouth City Police Sergeants, Sgt. Eddie Wallace (Royal Artillery and D Day Veteran)  and former Sgt. 'Laurie' Davis, (R.A.F. Bomber Command). Eddie joined the Portsmouth City Police Cadets on the same day in 1939 as did Tim Lyons who was later killed serving with the R.A.F. whilst on a bombing mission.  Special Constable Harold White was killed at home with his wife Mabel and six year old son Alan by German bombs. He was probably not included on the Memorial because he was off duty at the time; how very sad.  With the inclusion of P.C. Harley, who was a member of the Portsmouth Borough Police, our Roll of Honour now stretches back to the 18th May, 1900.


Our thanks to Inspector Kelvin Shipp and to Diana Gregg for their research which brought this all to today's most satisfactory and proper conclusion. conclusion.  Kelvin was also responsible for the research appertaining to Sgt Daniel Sorfleet and the attendance of his family at the Service.


The newly acquired Portsmouth City Police Drape was Blessed by our Branch Chaplain, the Reverend Sylvia Martin who conducted the Service throughout in a most moving and relevant manner.  Sylvia is a member of this Branch and is the the wife of fellow member Alan Martin. It has to be said that it would be difficult to find a more appropriate and better qualified Chaplain to serve this Branch than the Reverend Sylvia Martin and we thank her for officiating at the Service.


Wreaths were laid by the following members and guests:-  The Lord Mayor on behalf of the City of Portsmouth; A.C.C. Mr Scott Chilton on behalf of the Chief Constable and the Hampshire Constabulary;  Chairman of the Police Federation, John Apter on behalf of the Federated Ranks of the Hampshire Constabulary; Mr James Payne on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner; Mr  David Sorfleet and Mr Peter Sorfleet on behalf of their uncle Sgt Daniel Sorfleet R.A.F. and Mr Laurie Davis on behalf of the Portsmouth and Gosport District Branch of NARPO.


After the Service it gave me great pleasure to thank the following for their help and assistance which always makes our Remembrance Service so special:- The Lord Mayor and staff at the Guildhall for their unstinting and cheerful help as ever; NARPO member Tony Thompson who as our Remembrance Service Co-ordinator was responsible for everything and what an excellent job he made of it; our NARPO readers who bring such a personal touch to the Service; The Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir under the direction of Terri Freeman who also sang a beautiful solo during the Service and to her piano accompanist, Det. Supt. Paul Barton of the Southampton Policed Club Trust Fund for their unstinting support without which this would be a very different Service; Mr Nigel Smith; to Mr Ken White for making the new memorial and to his 'assistant', our loyal member Chris Scott who so willingly took on the responsibility for the design and actually getting the job done; to Marion Stoddart who produces the Order of Service for us; to Paul Forbes who played the pipes which added so much to the sheer atmosphere of the occasion; and last but not least to all our serving officers, members and friends who attended to pay their respects to those who died, for we owe them everything, a debt that can never be repaid.


It was also my pleasure to present Mrs Jackie Harris, daughter of former Portsmouth City Police  Constable George Body and step daughter of Pam Body with the embroidered Portsmouth City Police badge which had been used in the unveiling for it was a bequest from her parents that had paid for the Portsmouth City Police Drape.  Jackie was also presented with a medallion which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Police Amalgamation in 1967.


Paul Donnellan

Chairman.


To view photos taken at the Service of Remembrance, please Click Here


THE HAMPSHIRE POLICE & FIRE HERITAGE TRUST

Now that the Hampshire Police and Fire Collection is open to the public, we need to recruit people who are willing to spend a few hours a month helping us out. This can be simply by being a presence at the museum when it is open and chatting to visitors about the collection. We need people with either a Police or a Fire background. Detailed knowledge of the history and background of items is not essential as we will provide information sheets. We also need people who would be happy to conduct research into objects or service history. The museum is within the Solent Sky Museum, Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR. Free parking is available.


Volunteers play a vital role in museums and help us to keep them open for the enjoyment of the public. All volunteers are covered by the Solent Sky Museum insurance. The information you provide will be stored in confidence under the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Your completed form will be held securely and confidentially. Only authorized staff will have access to your information.


The Hampshire Police & Fire Heritage Trust Volunteer Application Form


ROCKY APPEAL HEROINE












On Saturday 26th August before an admiring crowd of friends and well wishes Eileen Burgess eased herself  out into space to begin her abseil down the face of the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf in Portsmouth.  This impressive photograph shows how much Eileen enjoyed the challenge, stopping as she did several times to wave to those friends and to admire the wonderful view of Portsmouth Harbour and its surrounds.  This was all in aid of our Branch Charity, the Rocky Appeal: what a brave lady she is following in the footsteps of member Joyce Taylor.  Eileen raised a very substantial sum for the charity but the final amount will be published later.


PENSION OMBUDSMAN DETERMINATION ON TAX LIABILITIES ON RE-EMPLOYMENT

The Pension Ombudsman in a South Wales case has determined that the Police and Crime Commissioner had a duty of care, as an employer, to have informed the Applicant of the tax implications of re - employment on his retirement benefits. Its failure to do so has led to the Applicant incurring tax charges on his retirement benefits.


As a responsible employer the Commissioner had a duty of care to inform the Applicant of the tax implications of re-employment on his retirement benefits. I find that as a consequence of their failure to do so that they should reasonably meet the tax PO-7096 liabilities incurred by the applicant in this regard. So, I agree with the stance taken by the Commissioner that it proposes to pay the tax liability for the applicant  in relation to this issue on confirmation of the amount from HMRC.


Full case link: https://www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk/determinations/2015/po-7096/police-pension-scheme/


MISSING POLICE MEMORIAL NAMES TRACED AND RESEARCH


























This photograph shows some of the damage caused to Talbot Road by German bombs during the Blitz. Special Constable Harold White lived there at number 66 and died at home together with his young wife and six year old son.


Please click on the names here to find information in relation to the missing names from the Portsmouth Memorial, Harold White, Tim Lyons and William Harley.

Thanks to the research carried out by Diana Gregg their names will be added to the Memorial in the coming months.