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At the Extraordinary General Meeting held in conjunction with the June Branch meeting the proposed new rules which had been circulated to all of the membership were adopted. The rules which had last been revised in 1999 now reflect the changes in categories of membership to bring us in line with the National NARPO rules. One of the changes adopted bring about a name change for the Branch to reflect the modern times we are in. Henceforth the Branch will be known as Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Branch. Thanks are expressed to all of the Committee who have worked hard in recent months to ensure that the Branch is fit for purpose.


Memoirs of a Portsmouth Woman

By Gladys Howard

The memoirs of the late Portsmouth City Police officer and NARPO Member Gladys Howard will soon to be available in print. Gladys worked on these memoirs after she retired but they lay in boxes in her house until Clifford Williams took a look at them. The last thing he told Gladys before she died last summer was that he would get them published. And now that is happening. Order in advance to get a special book plate, your name in the book and post free delivery. Please click on the link to the publisher below;

Never A Dull Moment by Gladys Howard

Any Royalties made on this book by the Hampshire Constabulary History Society will be donated to the Gurney Fund


At the AGM it was an end of an era for our Chairman Paul Donnellan who after carrying out the role for the last seven years, he stood down from his role and can now once again enjoy trips out with Cheryl in the MG with the roof down (provided of course the weather's good). Tributes were paid to Paul for his sterling work during his time in office and best wishes were extended to both him and Cheryl

Mary Hopes was duly installed as Madam Chairman and takes over the mantle of keeping the Branch on an even keel and moving forward. After taking over the role Mary made a short speech to the meeting during which she felt privileged to be taking on the role and while not trying to emulate Paul would carry out her duties in her own way whilst maintaining the traditions of the Branch. Other changes on the Branch committee saw Dave Burgess stand down as Vice Chairman although he is remaining on the committee and will continue to represent the four Branches on the Hantspol welfare committee. Vice Chairman will now be Roy Pether.

As a Branch we wish both Mary and Roy every success in their new roles working alongside the reformed committee.

Full details of the new committee are on the contact us page of this web site.

As a final tribute to Paul Donnellan on behalf of the Branch a request was made to NARPO HQ to grant him Life membership in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the Branch over many years. Mike Haycocks took the opportunity to turn the tables on Paul and he was sat at the front with Cheryl while Mike read out the citation which had been sent to the NEC for consideration.

Fuller details of the AGM will appear in the Branch newsletter which will be sent out in a few days' time.


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.


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


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.

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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.