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Peter John BYNG

Former Detective Sergeant Peter Byng (affectionally known by colleagues as 'Bynger') passed away peacefully at Queen Alexandra Hospital on 12th January 2024 (aged 85). He had been admitted following a fall that resulted in a broken hip.

Peter joined Portsmouth City Police (PC 112) on 26th October 1964 having previously served in the Royal Navy during which he was a member of the service Field Gun Team and avery enthusiastic rugby player. Peter also played rugby for the Hampshire Constabulary. He was initially posted to Portsmouth Central as uniformed officer and was subsequently appointed to CID duties at Central. He later severed both as a Detective Constable and Detective Sergeant at stations including Cosham, Havant Southsea and Kingston Crescent. During his service he was also seconded to both the Fraud Squad and the Regional Crime Squad.

Peter retired from the Force in 1965 and became a Security Officer for a large building company but his police interests drew him back to serve in a civilian capacity on the Crime Desk at both Cosham and Kingston Crescent before retiring finally the age of 65.

Gavin John Kirtland TAYLOR

Former Police Sergeant Gavin Taylor (known throughout his service as John) passed away on at the Hartwell Lodge Nursing Home in Fareham on 12th December 2023 (aged 89). John had sadly had a number of falls at home, one resulting in a hip fracture and subsequently went into care in September 2023.

John joined the Hampshire Constabulary after service in the Army Medical Corps. He was initially posted to Totton in February 1956. Postings followed to Yarmouth in May 1958 , and Emsworth in August 1959. John was promoted to Sergeant in October 1967 and posted to Cosham where he served for 10 years. He was transferred to Southsea in October 1977. In October 1982 John was transferred to Portsmouth Central and undertook duties at the adjacent Crown Court. John retired from the Hampshire Constabulary on 23rd March 1986, but continued duties at the Crown Court in a civilian capacity.


Former Superintendent Robert (Bob) Gouldie passed away on 13th November 2023 (aged 87) following many months of ill health.

Bob joined Portsmouth City Police (PC 362) on 17th September 1962. He was initially posted to Southsea and in September 1966 to Divisional PHQ where he was engaged in administrative duties before returning to patrol duties at Southsea. On 30th April 1971 Bob was promoted to Sergeant and posted to Hythe during which he was briefly seconded to assist with Recruiting.  On 15th February 1978 he was promoted to Inspector and posted to Lymington. Bob received a further promotion to Chief Inspector and returned to Hythe in February 1980. After a short secondment to the Bench Office he undertook duties at Lymington. and in May 1986 was promoted in situ to Superintendent. On 1st October 1991 Bob was transferred to Discipline and Complaints at PHQ from where he retired from the Constabulary in 1996.

Gilbert Edward FRENCH

Former Police Sergeant Gilbert (Gil) French passed away on 14th February 2024 (aged 84) following a long illness with heart complications and subsequently Motor Neurone Disease.

Gilbert joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 19th June 1964 and was posted to Winchester. He subsequently became a Traffic Officer in 1970 and continued duties at North Walls. In January 1977 he was promoted to uniform Sergeant at Fareham and in 1979 transferred to Southampton Central. In August 1982 Gilbert was posted to the Force Intelligence Bureau at Police Headquarters Winchester where he served for over 4 years before a transfer to Shirley in April 1987. His final posting was back to Winchester from where he retired on 30th June 1994.

Michael Thomas JENKINS

Former Detective Constable Michael (Mick) Jenkins passed away at home on 4th February 2024 (aged 84). Mick was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease approximately 9 years ago and had also suffered with heart issues.

Mick joined Portsmouth City Police on 30th January 1961 (PC 269) and was initially posted to Cosham and subsequently to Portsmouth Central. As a keen and accomplished cricketer and footballer, Mick played for the Portsmouth City and subsequently Hampshire Constabulary teams. He had a keen interest in CID and was subsequently appointed to these duties serving at Portsmouth Central during which time he was seconded to several murder enquires. Mick was later appointed to Special Branch at Lyndhurst and finally to Havant from where he retired in 1994.

Richard BEALE

Former Chief Inspector Richard (Dick) Beale passed away at home on 31st January 2024 (aged 73) following a long and protracted battle with a heart condition and cancer.

Dick joined the Hampshire constabulary on 8th August 1969 (PC844) and was initially posted to Aldershot.  He subsequently served at Gosport, Southampton Central, Basingstoke and Whitchurch before being appointed to Traffic at Eastleigh in September 1974. He resigned from the Force in September 1977 to pursue another ambition, but missed the Police Service so much he rejoined on 24th April 1978 (PC1622) returning to Traffic at Eastleigh. He was promoted to Sergeant  in November 1983 serving at Havant before being transferred to Portsmouth Central Bridewell on Custody duties. Subsequently Dick was promoted to Inspector at Eastleigh before transferring to Romsey and later took up a position on the Force Inspectorate at PHQ.

On promotion to Chief Inspector he served at Bitterne, Lyndhurst and finally Gosport from where he retired in 2000.


Former Police Sergeant Richard (Dick) Chalmers passed away on 17th October, 2023 (aged 74) whilst at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Dick joined the Hampshire Constabulary in April 1974 following service in the Royal Artillery. He first served a Winchester and also at Fareham as both a PC and Sergeant. He had two secondment to the Vice Squad. On being promoted to Sergeant (PS 249) Dick served at Fratton, Kingston Crescent,  Southsea and Portsmouth Central. He also at one point worked in the Area Control Room and served on the Tactical Firearms Unit.

On retiring from the Force, Dick took up employment both with the Portsmouth City Council and Fareham Borough Council.

Anthony Edward HICKMOTT

Anthony (Tony) Hickmott passed away 23rd September 2023 (aged 97). Tony had  recently been in ill health and was admitted to the Queen Alexandra Hospital where he subsequently died.

Tony joined Portsmouth City Police on 31st January 1948 as PC 198. He served at Southsea, and Fratton but spent the majority of his time on the Traffic Department retiring after 28years service.

John Richard MARSHMAN

Former Detective Constable John Marshman passed away on 18th September 2023 (his 78th birthday). John had suffered ill health since 2017 and following a number of seizures was diagnosed with a brain abscess. Despite two operations his health further deteriorated and he spent his final years in a Care Home.

John had been a Special Constable in the Hampshire Constabulary from 1963 until he joined the regular Force in 1978 as PC 1658. He was posted to Cowplain where at one point he was the Crookhorn Beat Officer. He was later appointed to CID where he served in various specialist departments which included Witness Protection, Crime Squad, Special Branch and latterly the Child Protection Unit.

John retired at the age of 60 and took up a position in 'Safeguarding' both for the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Methodist Church.

John Russell LEE

Former Superintendent John Lee passed away on 10th September 2023 (aged 92).

John joined Portsmouth City Police on 28th June 1952 (PC 208) and was posted to Fratton. He became a Sergeant on 6th June 1964 and served at Southsea before  promotion to Inspector at Cosham in 1966. Following amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary in 1967 he was transferred to Basingstoke. Further promotions followed and he later served as Traffic Superintendent in Portsmouth from where he retired on 31st October, 1982. John subsequently spent 10 years working in a civilian capacity at Fareham Police Station.

During the course of his retirement John was a very active within the Portsmouth NARPO Branch serving both as the Branch Secretary and Chairman.

Ian Richard CHAPLEN

Former Detective Constable 1300 Ian Chaplen passed away on 9th September, 2023 (aged 78).

Ian joined Portsmouth City Police as PC 235 on 15th March 1965 and became PC 1300 after amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary. He was posted to Fratton and subsequently became a Detective Constable in 1973. On 21st October 1974 he moved to Eastern Division Drug Squad and in March 1977 to Portsmouth Central CID. In July 1990 Ian transferred to the Fraud Squad at Netley. He briefly returned to Portsmouth Central CID in 1991 where he served for a short while before returning to the Fraud Squad at Netley in 1992 where he remained until his retirement from the Constabulary on 27th September 1996.

Ronald WOOD

Former Police Constable Ronald Wood passed away on 26th July 2023 (aged 84). He had been diagnosed with Lung Cancer in November 2022.

Ron initially joined the Metropolitan Police in 1968 following service in the Royal Navy. In 1971 he transferred to the Hampshire Constabulary (PC 1877) and was posted to Kingston Crescent. In 1973 he moved to Petersfield where he spent the majority of his service  before being posted to Whitehall from where he retired in 1993.

Julian Lindsay Lewis BARNES

Former Police Inspector 1723 Julian Barnes unexpectedly passed away on 21st July, 2023 (aged 54) following a collapse at his home.

Julian (known by close associates and colleagues as 'Griff') joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 16th September 1991. During his career he served at many stations including Southampton Central, Hedge End, Portswood, Portsmouth Central and Gosport. He most recently served as an Inspector at the Portsmouth Hub prior to retirement. Following his Police career 'Griff' took up a post with the Border Force at the Portsmouth Ferry Terminal where he was still employed at the time of his passing.

Keith Charles SPOONER

Former Police Constable Keith Spooner passed away on 2nd July 2023 (aged 87) whilst in hospital..

Keith joined Portsmouth City Police on 5th January 1961 as PC361 and served at Cosham, Fratton and Portsmouth Central. Sadly he had to retire on the grounds of ill health in 1974 after only 13 years service. Keith's father was the former PC 137 Stanley Charles Spooner who also served with Portsmouth City Police but was sadly killed during World War Two on 11th July 1940 by enemy action whilst on duty aged 28 years.

Ronald Herbert FOORD

Former Police Constable Ronald Foord passed away on 28th June 2023. Ron had been suffering with dementia and had been admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital following a serious fall and did not recover.

Ron joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 27th March 1962 as PC 826 and was posted to Alton and subsequently Hayling Island in June 1963 and then Emsworth in February 1969. Ron resigned from the Force on 22nd February to work in the United States of America, but returned to the UK and rejoined the Hampshire Constabulary in March 1970 as PC1825. He initially worked at Whitchurch followed by a spell at Havant before becoming the Rowlands Castle Beat Officer. Postings to Cosham and Havant followed and a secondment to Ports Special Branch prior to retirement.

Anthony BIRNIE

Former Detective Sergeant Anthony (Tony) Birnie passed away on 4th June 2023 (aged 75) following a battle with Colon Cancer diagnosed only the year before.

Tony joined the Hampshire Constabulary in 1969. during his service Tony served at Gosport. Ringwood, Bitterne, Waterlooville, Southampton and Fareham (although not necessarily in that order) He also worked on the Fraud Squad and was a much respected Detective Sergeant at Park Gate. He was renown for his immaculate appearance at all stages of his career.

Michael John ANDERSON

Former Police Constable Michael Anderson passed away on 21st May 2023 (aged 67). Michael was living in Portugal following his retirement. He had been suffering with an aortic aneurysm and following an an unsuccessful operation on 18th May which resulted in him having a kidney removed he sadly did not recover.

Michael joined the Hampshire Constabulary in 1979 and was posted to Southsea. He subsequently became an Area Car driver and later served on the Traffic Department as car driver and motorcyclist at both Havant and Cosham. Michael was a qualified firearms user and also served on the Commercial Vehicle Unit. Towards the end of his career he served at Fareham.

Graham Charles NORMAN

Former Police Inspector Graham Norman passed away on 25th April 2023 (aged 66).

On joining the Hampshire Constabulary he was posted to Newport on the Isle of Wight followed by Southsea where he subsequently became an Area Car driver. On promotion to Sergeant Graham served at Fratton and Portsmouth Central before being promoted to Inspector at Southampton  Central before retiring after 33 years service. Upon retirement  he worked as a Liaison Officer with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Alan Richard WAGSTAFF

Former Police Constable Alan Wagstaff  passed away on the 4th March 2023 (92 years).

Alan joined Portsmouth City Police on the 24th June, 1950.  (PC 335). It is understood that Alan served all his 25 years in Portsmouth, predominately at Fratton.

After retirement in the mid 1970's he worked in the Royal Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth.

Philip Edward DAVEY

Former Detective Inspector Philip Davey passed away on 29th January 2023 (aged 93). He had been a resident at Greenbanks  Care Home, Liphook.

Phil joined Portsmouth City Police (PC 333) on 25/04/1953 serving in all Divisions of the old force either in uniform or CID. On amalgamation Phil was posted as Det-Insp at Cosham followed by a posting at Kingston Crescent and subsequently the Fraud Squad. From 1975-1983 he was seconded to the Royal Hong Kong Police ICAC (Independent Commission against Corruption). On return to Hampshire he was posted to Aldershot as D/I.  Upon his retirement from the Service Phil was employed as a Financial Investigator by First National Securities.

Michael John HARLAND

Former Chief Superintendent Michael (Mike) Harland  passed away on 31st December 2022 (aged 88 years). He had been a resident at Hartwood House Care Home, Lyndhurst in recent months.

Mike joined Portsmouth City Police on 30th April 1962 and initially served at Cosham. He was selected for the Special Course at Bramshill and was subsequently posted to Portsmouth Central as Sergeant. He later served as an Inspector at Shirley, Cadet Training at Bishops Waltham and Andover. He was later appointed as Chief Inspector at Southampton Central and subsequently serving at Portswood before being posted on promotion to Superintendent tasked with setting up the Complaints and Discipline Department at HQ. He later served in this rank at Lyndhurst, Eastleigh and Shirley Before being promoted to Chief Superintendent Operations HQ and finally Mid Hants.

During Mikes Service he served as the Secretary and subsequently Chairman on the Superintendents Association in Hampshire. He retired from the Hampshire Constabulary on 22nd December 1991.

Gloria Helen BODEN

Former Police Constable Gloria Boden (nee Kennett) passed away on the 21st December 2022 (aged 81years). Gloria joined Portsmouth City Police on the 30th November 1964 (WPC 6). Her late husband Jack Bowden had also been a Portsmouth police officer.


Former Police Sergeant Darren Osgood passed away on 5th November 2022.

Darren served initially at Bitterne, followed by Netley before being posted to Cosham. He was subsequently appointed on promotion to Sergeant at Havant.

David John DAISY

Former Superintendent David Daisy passed away on 25th November, 2022 (aged 89). He was a resident in the Tudor Care Home at Fareham.

David joined the Hampshire Constabulary in 1952 and served at Winchester, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Farnborough before moving to the south of the County serving at Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth Central and Havant. David retired in 1985 on medical reasons following a stroke.

Clive Edward CUTTING

Former Police Constable 1310 Clive Cutting passed away on 16th November 2022 (aged 70) at the Rowans Hospice after a lengthy battle with advanced bladder cancer.

Clive joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 12th March 1975 and was initially posted to Fratton. He completed his probationary training at Lymington before being posted to Havant  in the 1980's and later serving at Hayling Island. Clive was at one point seconded to Netley to support a murder enquiry and also served on the Stolen Vehicle Squad. He was said to have had a remarkable recall of stolen vehicle index plates, hence his expertise in this field.  Clive retired from the Service in 2002.

John Anthony HYDE

Former Chief Superintendent John Hyde passed away on 18th October 2022 (aged 84) at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

Following in the career of his father Percy, John joined Portsmouth City Police Cadets in 1954 and on 24th June 1957 joined the regular Force (PC 112) being posted to Portsmouth Central. John was promoted to Sergeant on 29th September 1963 having been selected for the Special Course at Bramshill Police Staff College. On his return he was a Patrol Sergeant and later worked in plain clothes on the Licencing Squad.

He was made Inspector in 1966 working at Portsmouth City Police HQ and following amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary in April 1967 was posted to Southsea before being transferred to Andover. In 1971 John was promoted to Chief Inspector at Winchester and in 1973 moved to HQ Special Operations. He subsequently took charge of the Force Operations Room before being promoted to Superintendent, Force Training Officer in 1975. Between 1976 and 1978 John was at Aldershot Division before being promoted to Chief Superintendent and seconded as Staff Officer to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary.

On returning to Hampshire in 1980, John was posted to the Isle of Wight as Divisional Commander where he worked for a year before transferring to Sussex Police in 1981 working both Northern and Western  Division Commands. In 1984 John was put in charge of the Sussex Force Review Team before retiring from the Police Service in 1986.

Following retirement John took up a second career as a Senior Inspector with the Gaming Board where he worked for 15 years retiring in 2002. In  2007 he took up a position as Facilities Officer with ACRO Criminal Records Office where he worked for two years finally, yes finally retiring in 2009.

Nevertheless, John's  association with the Police Service family didn't end there as he was an active member of NARPO and was the Chairman of the then Portsmouth and Gosport Branch of the Association for some 7 years up until 2011. John will also be fondly remembered for his involvement in arranging the annual Remembrance Service at Portsmouth Guildhall for former Portsmouth Police Officers who died in service in Portsmouth City during the two world wars or whilst serving with the armed forces.

Anthony (Tony) Norman THOMPSON

Former Chief Superintendent Tony Thompson passed away on 7th September 2022 (aged 80) at the Rowans Hospice after a long battle with diabetes and subsequent complications.

Tony, a former Merchant Navy Navigation Officer, joined Portsmouth City Police (PC 432) in December 1965 and after initial training was posted to Cosham. In 1969 he was selected to attend the Special Course at Bramshill Police Staff College in the rank of Temporary Sergeant. On return to the Force Tony was subsequently made a substantive Sergeant and posted to Basingstoke in October 1970. The following year Tony was promoted to Inspector at Lymington and subsequently Force Operations Room at PHQ. In 1975 he was made Chief Inspector at Newport and subsequently served in that rank at Havant and Cowplain.

Tony became a Superintendent in 1979 serving at both Fratton and Portsmouth Central. Uniquely in May 1985, Tony was seconded to the States of Jersey Police where he was the Deputy Chief Officer for two years.

On return to Hampshire he served as Superintendent at Shirley and Southsea before being promoted to Chief Superintendent at Newport in April 1990. After a year on the IOW Tony was posted to Career Development at Police HQ Winchester before taking command of Mid Hants Division and finally back at HQ where he headed up the Constabulary's Complaints and Discipline Department retiring on 31st March 1996. During this period he was also a very active member of the national Police Superintendent's Association.

In retirement Tony subsequently became the Secretary of our NARPO Branch and became undertook a significant role in organising the annual Portsmouth City Police Remembrance Service at Portsmouth Guildhall. He was also one of the longest serving members of the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir.

Roger William LONGCROFT

Former Detective Constable Roger Longcroft passed away on 28th July 2022 (aged 87) after a long struggle with declining health.

Roger initially joined the Metropolitan Police Service  on 19th January 1959 before transferring to Portsmouth City Police  in October 1965 (PC 293)  and on amalgamation with Hampshire became PC 1177. He initially served at Portsmouth Central and subsequently became a member of the C.I.D. He served on both the the drug squad and the Regional Crime Squad retiring in 1989.

Roger was a member of The Hampshire Constabulary Band. He leaves a widow, Pauline.

David James WHITE

Former Police Inspector David White passed away on the19th June, 2022 (aged 90) at the Barchester Denmead Grange Care Home in Denmead.

David Joined the Hampshire Constabulary in 1952 following service in the RAF as a military police officer.  He initially served at Farnborough and then Aldershot. He subsequently served at Eastleigh and was then posted to Fareham/Portchester on promotion to Sergeant. Following a period as a crime prevention officer he was promoted to Inspector in the force control room in Winchester before transferring to Kingston Crescent,  Portsmouth from where he retired in 1979.

Following retirement David worked for a Portsmouth solicitor. This notification was received from his son Andrew White.

Anthony (Bud) Edgar ABBOTT

Anthony Abbot, affectionally known throughout his Police Service as 'Bud' passed away (aged 93) at Petersjield Hospital from bronchial pneumonia on 8th May 2022.

Bud joined the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary after his military service in the Royal Horse Guards and initially served at Winchester. This was followed by a period on the Isle of Wight and he subsequently returned to the mainland as the Hursley Beat Officer. Bud later served at Havant where he was on the Traffic Department as well as being a Firearms Officer. He later became a gaoler at Havant Police Station.

Bud will be remembered as an enthusiastic member of the Hampshire Police Choir. On retiring from the Service he worked in Education Welfare.

John William SMITH

Former Police Sergeant John Smith away (aged 79) on 25th April 2022. Many would have be aware that John had been unwell for some time but  had been immensely strong and resolute throughout his illness.

John was a former Portsmouth City Cadet and joined the City Force as a Constable (PC 372) on 7th July 1961 starting at Southsea. He subsequently joined CID and served at Havant and also on the Fraud Squad. John was promoted to uniform Sergeant in 1981 and retired from the service whilst at Portsmouth Central on 31st October 1991.

After retirement John took up a voluntary role as a guide at the Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson. He will also be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm and work for the Volvo Owners' Club where he was once a Director. John is survived by his widow Gerry.

Denis (Dusty) Charles MILLER

Denis, more familiarly known as 'Dusty' passed away on 4th January 2022 at Queen Alexandra Hospital. He had been admitted to QA following a fall at his home in mid November 2021 fracturing his femur, and was subsequently moved to a Care Home. However, following an infection he had been readmitted to QA.

Dusty joined Portsmouth City Police on 23rd October, 1948. He had previously served in the RAF during the course of WW2. He was initially posted to Cosham and served in both uniform and on CID. He served at other Portsmouth stations and was promoted to Sergeant on 9th January 1960 and Inspector on 2nd August 1964. He was finally posted to Cowplain as Chief Inspector from where he retired in 1972. He leaves a widow Shirley.

Brian Albert OAKSHOT

Former Police Constable Brian Oakshot passed away on 3rd December 2021 following a heart attack at the QA Hospital where he had been admitted following a fall at home.

Brian joined Portsmouth City Police on 25th March 1956. After periods at Fratton and Portsmouth Central, Brian moved to the Warrants and Summons and Criminal Justice Departments as well as Crown Court Liaison.  He retired in 1984 and became a Crown Court Usher. Brian finally retired in 2001. He is survived by his wife Juliet.

Bernadette Eleonore SIMMONS

Former Police Constable Bernadette (Berni) SIMMONS, nee Jones (62 years)  passed away on 16th November, 2021 at the Queen Alexandra Hospital after suffering multiple organ failure. She had not been well following two major operations in 2017.

Berni joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 9th March 1983 (WPC 656). She was posted Romsey and subsequently to Southampton Central where she later became an Area Car Driver. Berni was a talented linguist being able to speak eight languages. These skills were utilised during a posting to the Special Branch Ports Unit at Southampton Airport. During this period she undertook an attachment to the National Joint Unit at NSY. After a period at Waterlooville and on CID at Fratton, Berni transferred back to Special Branch and until her retirement worked on the Counter Terrorist desk. Berni is survived by her husband Brian, a retired Hampshire Officer.

Ronald George Charles KNIGHT

Former Police Constable Ronald (Ron) Knight (93 years) passed away on 3rd November 2021 at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Ron joined Portsmouth City Police on 26th September 1953 (PC 74).

Ron served at all four Portsmouth sub-divisions (Central, Southsea, Kingston and Cosham both as a beat officer and motorcyclist. He thoroughly enjoyed anything to do with motorised transport having previously served as an engine mechanic in the RAF. Ron was subsequently seconded to Special Branch to undertake Home Office and Immigration enquiries. He retired after serving in this capacity for 8 years.

Alfred BATES

Former Police Constable Alfred (Alfie) Bates (83 years) passed away on 24th October 2021. Alfie served as a Royal Marine for nine years before joining the Portsmouth City Police on 26th April, 1965 (PC 418) and was posted to Portsmouth Central. After amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary he became PC 1308.

Alfie was a beat officer for many years but also spent time working with the Drug and Vice Squads. He was later posted to the Special Branch Ports Unit in the City before returning to Portsmouth Central where he finished his service as a Court Gaoler retiring on 17th July 1993. He is survived by his widow, Marie.

Peter Edmund GIBBS

Former Inspector Peter Gibbs (91 years) passed away on 18th September, 2021. He was residing in Leicestershire at the time having moved there in the nineties to be close to his family.

Peter joined the Hampshire Constabulary (PC 641). He is known to have served at Petersjield, Eatsleigh, Fordingbridge and Fareham and was a Sergeant (PS 97) at Portchester. He retired at the rank of Inspector in the early 1980's having worked at Winchester and Training Department.

Deborah Mary DONALD

Former Police Constable Deborah (Debbie) Donald (66 years) passed away on 1st September 2021. Deborah joined the Hampshire Constabulary in 1982 (WPC1).

Debbie is known to have served at Basingstoke and became an Area Car Driver. She served in the Force Control Room between 1992 and and 1996. After a short career break Debbie returned to the Force (PC 680) and subsequently became a Roads Policing Officer. In 2000 Debbie undertook a specialist role dealing with foreign nationals which led her working with Special Branch in 2007 where she was involved in liaison duties with various Border Agencies. Debbie retired in 2011.

Douglas Edward QUADE

Former Detective Superintendent Douglas (Doug) Quade passed away on 23rd July 2021 having suffered a rare and aggressive brain tumour.

Doug joined the Portsmouth City Police (PC 444) on 23rd May, 1966 and was initially posted to Southsea. Following amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary in 1967, Doug transferred to Basingstoke and in 1971 was appointed to CID and posted to Romsey. Doug continued with his CID career and served at Farnborough, then Northern Area Drug Squad on promotion to DS in 1976, He was seconded to C9 at NSY and subsequently C11 on promotion to DI. Doug continued to serve in this rank on return from London at HQ Drug Squad, Portsmouth Central and Fareham. In August 1986 he was promoted to uniform Chief Ins. at Gosport before returning to CID duties in 1988 as DCI at Western Div. H.Q. Hulse Rd. Doug was promoted to Det. Supt. Eastern Div. HQ in 1992 and subsequently to PHQ where in 1995 he took on the newly established position of Director of Intelligence. Doug retired from the Hampshire Constabulary on 11th October, 1996. He leaves a Widow, June.


Former Police Constable 1879 Peter Cobbett (74 years) passed away at the Oakhaven Hospice on 14th July 2021 following a long and debilitating battle with various cancers.

Peter joined the Hampshire Constabulary in 1970 and was initially posted to Cosham before going on to serve at Portswood in 1971 where he subsequently became an Area Car driver. In 1975 he was posted to the Traffic Department on the Isle of Wight. Peter returned to the mainland in 1977 and continued on Traffic until his retirement in 2000, serving at Queens Crescent, Havant and finally at Fareham. He leaves a Widow, Wendy.

Ronald Nicholas WAUGH

Former Police Constable Ronald (Ron) Waugh (85years) passed away at the Clarence Unit, Woodcot Lodge, Gosport on 9th July after suffering long term spinal stenosis and COPD.

Ron joined the Portsmouth City Poice (PC193) on 2nd May, 1960 and was initially posted to Southsea, where he subsequently became a sub- divisional motorcyclist. Ron later served at Cosham, Kingston Crescent and Portsmouth Central before retiring after 30 years service.

David Charles DEW

Former Police Constable David Dew (83 years) passed away at the Rowans Hospice on 6th July 2021 having suffered from prostrate cancer.

Dave initially joined the Metropolitan Police as a Cadet in 1956 and as a PC he served at Poplar Police Station. In February 1962 he transferred to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary (PC819) and was initially stationed at Fareham before being posted to Cowplain later that year. Dave was one of the first officers to join the newly formed Tactical Firearms Unit. In 1979 he was seconded to Fraud Squad duties as an 'exhibits officer' where he worked until 1984 before returning to uniform duties at Cowplain where he remained until his retirement from the service in 1987. He leaves a Widow, Shirley.

Juliet Frances BEHRENDT

Former Chief Inspector Juliet (Julie) Behrendt passed away at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight on 19th May, 2021. She had only been at the hospice a short time following treatment at St. Marys Hospital, Newport for a perforated bowel and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Julie joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 30th March 1970 (WPC 5). She severed at both Portsmouth Central and Southampton Central in the early 70's and undertook an attachment to Vice Squad. Julie became involved with Cadet Training which continued following her promotion to Sergeant in 1978. A later transfer to Gosport was followed by promotion to Inspector in Computer Development. She was subsequently appointed Chief Inspector and retired in 2000. On leaving the Service Julie moved to live in Sandown, Isle of Wight. The news of Julie's passing was notified by her brother Rupert.


Former Detective Constable Nigel Corbould passed away at his home at Bexhill-on-Sea on 19th February 2021 having bravely fought a long and very private battle with cancer.

Nigel joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 3rd November 1972 (PC 1215) having previously served in the Army. He was initially posted to Shirley, Southampton and later served at Southsea, Stubbington and Havant before joining the CID in 1981. During his CID career Nigel served at Havant, Cowplain, Ports SB, SIS and General Special Branch at Portsmouth. He subsequently worked at Southsea, and both Child Protection and Paedophile Units. Nigel retired from the Constabulary on 2nd November 2002. Given Nigel's previous military service, he was affectionally referred to as 'Corporal' throughout his time in Hampshire. However, clearly still having policing instincts running through his blood, he went on to serve with MOD Police as a Detective until 2005 before working for Cambridgeshire Constabulary as a Civilian Station Duty Officer until finally retiring in 2015. Nigel leaves a Widow, Linda.

Terrence William SWETNAM

Former Police Constable Terrence (Terry) Swetnam (86 years) passed away on 12th February 2021 from the effects of Covid-19 whilst undergoing treatment at the Rehabilitation Centre, Jubilee House Portsmouth. In recent years he had lost a lot of his mobility having had several falls at home.

Terry joined Portsmouth City Police as a Cadet and became a Constable (PC 108) on joining the regular Force on 26th March 1955. He started at Portsmouth Central and served at most stations within Portsmouth. He subsequently became a Dog Handler, retiring in 1984. Terry was an enthusiastic collector of Portsmouth City Police memorabilia and a keen supporter of the Hampshire Constabulary History Society. Terry leaves a Widow, Margaret.

James Cristopher RENWICK

Former Detective Constable James (Jim) Renwick (73 years) passed away at Queen Alexandra Hospital on Friday 12th February after a short but rapid illness which, after many tests, was subsequently diagnosed as CJD.

A former Royal Signals operative in the Army, Jim joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 31st December, 1974. His first posting was Southsea before transferring to CID duties at Southampton Central. He subsequently served as a Detective at Bishops Waltham and Special Branch at Portsmouth before moving to Scenes of Crime at Cosham from where he retired. The information on Jim's passing was received from his Widow Sylvia.

Nicholas John IMBER

Former Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas (Nick) Imber (84 years) passed away on Monday 11th January 2021. In latter years Nick had been suffering from a worsening but long standing heart condition and had developed severe Alzheimers.

Nick joined Portsmouth City Police on 21st June 1965 (PC 200). He served at Portsmouth Central before moving on to an extensive CID career which included the Regional Crime Squad (where he served in three different ranks), the Special Investigation Squad, Havant (DS & later as DCI), Portsmouth Central (DI) and finally as DCI at Eastern Divisional HQ from where he retired in December 1995. The information on Nick's passing was received from his Widow Mary.

Alfred Thomas Matthew BARTRAM

Former Detective Constable Alfred (Alf) Bartram passed away on 4th January 2021 having contracted Covid-19.

Alf joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 18th May 1977 (PC 1041) and served at Farnborough before being posted to CID duties where he served at Cosham, the Regional Crime Squad and finally on Special Branch at Portsmouth. Sadly Alf suffered a major heart attack when he was only 37 and subsequently had major heart surgery. As a result of his deteriorating health situation he retired on medical grounds after only 14 years service. Following his Police service, Alf worked in the security industry but continued to to suffer significant health issues.The information on Alf's passing was from his Widow Helen.


Former Detective Constable Brian Hallam (aged 67 years) passed away on Saturday 12th December 2020 following a fall outside his home the previous week which resulted in a serious brain injury.

Brian joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 9th March 1973 (PC 2075) and initially served at Basingstoke. Thereafter he served mainly in the Portsmouth area including Central and Southsea. During his CID duties  Brian served on the Drug Squad and latterly the Witness Protection  Unit before retiring in 2003. The information of Brian's passing was received from his Widow Lynne.

John Edward 'Scouse' WOODHOUSE

Former PC 1307 John Edward Woodhouse passed away on 2nd December 2020 at Southampton General Hospital following an aortic aneurism.

John, a former Royal Navy Submariner, who was affectionately known as 'Scouse' throughout his service joined Portsmouth City Police on 26th April 1965 as PC 416 and became PC 1307 following amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary. He spent his entire Police service in Portsmouth serving the vast majority at Fratton before moving to Portsmouth Central where he was a court gaoler.

Richard John HARMS

Richard Harms passed away on 9th November 2020 (aged 97). Richard  had been a Metropolitan Police Officer and became an 'Additional Member' of our Branch upon retirement to Hampshire after a second career working for a Brewery in the North East.

Richard joined the Metropolitan Police Service in January 1949 and left  in 1969 having spent a great deal of time in the Traffic Department. Prior to joining the Police, he achieved distinguished service with the RAF during World War Two, becoming a Warrant Officer with Costal Command.

Norman Victor LOWRY

Former Detective Sergeant Norman Victor Lowry (94 years) passed away on 7th October, 2020.  Norman had Welsh heritage and served in the Glamorgan Police from the early fifties until he transferred to the Portsmouth City Police in 1959 and after amalgamation, the Hampshire Constabulary. He served at Fratton and Kingston Police Stations and then appointed to CID, subsequently becoming a Detective Sergeant.  He spent his last six years as 'Coroners' Officer' in Portsmouth before retiring in the late 70's. He always enjoyed singing and was a member of the Police Choir for many years.    

Norman was widowed in 2015. He had suffered poor health, with renal failure in particular and this was the main cause of death. The informant was his daughter Gillian Wilkinson.

Jeffrey BOOTH

Former PC Jeffrey Booth (88 years) passed away on 26th September 2020. Jeff joined the Hampshire Constabulary in the mid 1950's following service in the Royal Navy.  He initially served at Gosport and was for a time the 'Beat Officer' for Lee-on-the-Solent.  He later served at Leigh Park and then at Havant and Portsmouth in the Traffic Department.  Upon retirement in the 1980's he remained within the constabulary as a civilian driver.

Jeff was a widower and living alone in his home in Havant and despite suffering from multiple cancers had remained independent and self sufficient. The informant was his son Alan.

James Edward SMITH

Associate member James Edward Smith (72 years) passed away on 2nd September 2020.  James had been a Metropolitan Police Officer and served at Stoke Newington and then subsequently at Chelsea on CID .  He was medically retired in 1974 and the family relocated to Hampshire.

In 2016 James had a fall in his garden which resulted in a spinal fracture and since that time he had been in a nursing home in Gosport paralysed from the neck down.  He contracted pneumonia which contributed to his passing. He leaves a widow Christine.

David John BIGGS

David BIGGS passed away on 4th October 2020. David had been suffering with Cancer and C.O.P.D.

David joined Portsmouth City Police on 25th January 1965 and after amalgamation with the Hampshire Constabulary. He served at Portsmouth Central and Kingston Crescent as well as the Traffic  Department and  Process Unit. He retired after completing 32 years service in 1997. He leaves a widow Annette.

Adrian ('ACE') Edward MAPPLEBECK

Former Detective Constable 1204 Adrian MAPPLEBECK (79 years) passed away in Spain on 9th August 2020.

Adrian or'Ace" as he was affectionally known throughout his career, joined Portsmouth City Police as a Cadet circa 1958 and during this time undertook overseas service in Cyprus and was awarded the Cyprus Medal.

'Ace' was appointed as a Constable in the Portsmouth City Police on 26th September 1960. He was initially posted to Southsea and subsequently appointed to CID. He also served as a Detective Constable at Portsmouth Central and Fratton. He retired after 35 years service and spent much of that time in Spain. He leaves a widow Ann.

Kenneth William TAYLOR

Former PC 256 Kenneth William Ernest TAYLOR  (89 years) passed away on 26th April 2020 at the Oaklands Care Home, Waterlooville where he had been since 2016 suffering from dementia.

Ken joined the Portsmouth City Police on 21st January 1956 and re-tired in 1986 having served at Southsea, Eastney and Kingston Cres-cent. He leaves a widow, Jill.

Kenneth William John WHITE

Former Detective Superintendent  Kenneth William John WHITE  (aged 94 years) passed away on 21st May 2020 at Petersfield Cot-tage Hospital.

Ken served his country in RAF Bomber Command during the war, joining the then Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary in 1949. He served at Christchurch, Fareham, Havant, Winchester, Gosport and Aldershot. (During this period he was seconded as a Detec-tive Inspector. to C9 N.S.Y. Crime Squad.) He was promoted to Detec-tive Superintendent in 1969 and retired as the Deputy Head of CID at Police Headquarters in December 1974 having served for 25 years.

After retirement Ken worked for the Ministry of Defence for 12 years as a Senior Investigative Officer.


Former Deputy Chief Constable Ian Readhead OBE QPM LLB PLSGC passed away on 17th June 2020 (aged 65 years) after a long battle with cancer. Ian joined the Hampshire Constabulary as a Cadet in September 1971. On joining the regular service he then rose through the ranks serving at many stations including Winchester, Lyndhurst, Portsmouth Central, Fleet, Southampton Central, Bitterne, Western DHQ Hulse Rd. and finally at Police HQ, retiring as DCC in September 2008 after completing 37 years service.

On retirement Ian took up a position as the Director of Information at the Association of Chief Police Officers before becoming the Chief Executive at ACRO until 2017. Ian was awarded the OBE in recogni-tion of his remarkable contribution to the Police Service. He leaves a widow, Maggi.


Gerald (Gerry) DUFFY

Former Detective Constable Gerard (Gerry) Duffy passed away on Thursday 23rd July 2020.  Gerry joined the police service in Sunderland in 1969 and subsequently transferred to the Hamp-shire Constabulary in 1972.

Gerry was initially posted to Hayling Island and also served at Havant. He subsequently became a CID officer, and spent time on various specialist units including the Regional Crime Squad.  In the latter part of his service he was engaged in the Witness Protection Scheme before retiring in 2002. He leaves a widow, Iris.

Ivor Kenneth Ellcome

Former Chief Inspector Ivor Kenneth Ellcome passed away on 3rd February 2020 (aged 74) from a heart attack whilst on holiday with his wife in Kerala, India. His body was subsequently repatriated to the UK.

Ivor, known as Ken joined the Hampshire Constabulary mid sixties and served at Lyndhurst, Liss, Traffic Department both on the Isle of Wight and Portsea Island, Bitterne as Inspector and then on promotion in 1984 to Chief Inspector Traffic at Western Divisional HQ from where he retired in 1995. On retirement he took up a post with Portsmouth City Council as Parking Operations Manager. Ken became involved in local politics and was later elected to become the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 2017/18. He leaves a widow, Jo.

David Patrick DENNEHY

Former Detective Constable 540 David Patrick DENNEHY  passed away on 25th January 2020 (aged 78) after a short illness with cancer.

Dave joined the Hampshire Constabulary as a Police Cadet in 1960 starting at Petersfield and was appointed as a Constable to Lyndhurst. He also served at Hartley Wintney and Aldershot where he was appointed to CID. Dave served in the CID for the remainder of his service and worked at Aldershot, Basingstoke and finally at Headquarters retiring in May 1990. He leaves a widow, Wendy.


Former DC 1883 Stephen McLaughlin passed away in January 2020 after a protracted and debilitating illness.

Steve joined the Hampshire Constabulary in1970 and served at Shirley, Havant, Leigh Park, Cowplain, Bitterne, Eastleigh and latterly Winchester (where was an L.I.O.). In 1995 he suffered a brain tumour which resulted in major surgery, after which he became partially sighted and as a consequence he took a medical retirement. He has been widowed for some while and in recent years had serious medical issues.

Frederick Philip William GRADIDGE

Former Chief Superintendent Fred Gradidge passed away on 4th December 2019 (aged 90) after suffering poor health in recent years.

Fred joined the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary (PC 269) on 17th November 1949. He initially served at Hythe before being appointed to CID. He later served at Lyndhurst, Christchurch as Sergeant, Inspector Basingstoke Traffic & PHQ, then Chief Insp. Aldershot. He was promoted to Supt. Traffic in 1967 and then Chief Superintendent Traffic in 1977 before finally moving to Mid Hants Divisional HQ Fareham from where he retired in 1984 after 35 years service.

On retirement Fred took up a position with the MOD at Portsmouth Naval Base. He leaves a partner, Hazel.


Former Superintendent Bryan SCARTH passed away on 9th January 2020 (aged 87) at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Bryan joined Portsmouth City Police on 23rd September 1957 having previously served 9 years with the Royal Navy. He was initially posted to Portsmouth Central and then on promotion to Sergeant was involved with Training. He became an Inspector at Cosham and subsequently Chief Inspector at Havant. Bryan returned to his original station Portsmouth Central on promotion to Superintendent from where he retired.

Bryan who was affectionally known as "Yorkie" was a member of the Hampshire Constabulary Choir for over 50 years. He leaves a widow, Molly.


Former PC Peter Southey passed away on 10th November 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

Peter joined Portsmouth City Police on 25th October, 1952. After his early service he was posted to the Traffic Department at Divisional HQ Queens Crescent where he remained until his retirement in 1977. He leaves a widow Stephanie.

Albert Eric SHORT

Albert Short, generally known by his middle name 'Eric' passed away on 17th October 2019 (aged 91 years).

After service in the Army, Eric joined the Hampshire Constabulary on 1st June 1951 as PC 233. During his police service he was based among others at Yately, Hartley Witney, Basingstoke and Fareham. He retired as an Inspector after completing 30 years. Informant is his daughter, Ann Wilson.


Former Detective Constable Alan Male passed away on the 10th May 2019 at Queen Alexandra Hospital following a battle with lung cancer.

On joining the Hampshire Constabulary, Alan served at Farnborough, Cosham SIS, Lyndhurst, Southampton, Cowplain and at Ports Special Branch.  After a number of years in retirement, Alan returned to the Force in a civilian capacity and worked at A.C.R.O.  He was still employed there at the time of his passing. He leaves a widow Maureen.


Reginald TAPPIN

Former Superintendent  Reginald Tappin  passed away at the weekend. 13/14 April 2019 (aged 91).

Reginald initially joined the then Eastbourne Borough Police in 1949 and then transferred to Lincoln. He subsequently transferred again and joined the Portsmouth City Police on 18th November 1949. He was later promoted to Detective Inspector on returning to the Lincolnshire Constabulary before rejoining Portsmouth City as Detective Chief Inspector in August 1966. His final posting was as Superintendent on the IOW ending his 26 year Police service career.