A Poppy
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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Cowes -
- Isle of Wight Constabulary WW I War Service display -


Cowes Police Station, Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Memorial Display board of newspaper cuttings relating to Police Officers who died while serving in the Army during the Great War, as well as listing those who served.

The Display board is located in the rest room of Cowes Police Station, where several of the named police officers served.

Thanks to Hampshire Constabulary and John Pullen (Neighbourhood Watch) for access to the Police Station to photograph and record the Display board.

Cowes Police Display board

"THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918"
Between 1914 and 1918 a large number of Isle of Wight Police Officers volunteered for service in the Army. This included several from Cowes Police Station. Sadly some made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives as a result. Reproduced below is a selection of cuttings from the Isle of Wight County Press. These cuttings follow, sometimes tragically, the progress at War of these officers.

Transcripts of newspaper cuttings
Isle of Wight County Press

8 August 1914

The Army Reservists who left the Island on Wednesday to rejoin the colours included 13 of the County Contabulary, and they received a hearty send off from their many friends. Supt. J.H. Gallaway [1] (Deputy Chief Constable) and Inspectors Salter and Sibbick [2][3] were at Newport Railway-station to bid them farewell. In order to supply the deficiency thus occasioned in the force several police pensioners have returned to duty, including ex-Inspector T. Cass [4] and ex-Sergt. W. Cass, [5] and some 15 special constables have been sworn in.

[1] James Henry Gallaway (b. 1874) resident at Kings Field, Fairlee Road, Newport, in 1911
[2] John James Salter (b. 1872) resident at Kings Field, Fairlee Road, Newport, in 1911
[3] Oliver Sibbick (b. 1879) resident at Victoria Road, East Cowes, in 1911
[4] Thomas Edwin Cass (b. 1863) resident at 8 Quay St, Newport, in 1911
[5] William Cass (b. 1853) resident at 3 South View, Ventnor, in 1911

Isle of Wight County Press

5 September 1914

Police Constable Page, [1] stationed at head-quarters Newport, who had served 12 years in the Dragoons before joining the I.W. County Constabulary, has patriotically re-enlisted for service in the Expeditionary Force. As there was no vacancy in his old corps he joined the Hampshire Regiment and is now at the depôt at Winchester awaiting orders. P.C. Sampson, [2] of Cowes, a native of Newport, where he served in the Territorials, has also volunteered for foreign service. This will make over a quarter of the members of the County Police force, which numbers 60, who have left to serve their country in the war. We understand the Standing Joint Committee have decided to pay 5s. a week to the wife or other dependent of these men, and in the case of a married man the wife will be allowed to remain in the police cottage rent free till the end of the war.

[1] Herbert Page; details not known
[2] Stanley Sampson

Isle of Wight County Press

26 September 1914

P.C. Homewood, [1] who was serving at the Front with the Coldstream Guards and has been in the thick of the fighting, is now in hospital, having being poisoned, it is presumed, by the water. He is going on very satisfactorily.

[1] George Henry Homewood, b. 1888 Framfield Sussex, in 1911 at Guards' Depot, Caterham, Surrey. Pte 6931 Coldstream Guards. Survived war.

Isle of Wight County Press

3 October 1914

The following Constables from the I.W. County Constabulary are now serving in His Majesty's Forces, those marked by an asterisk being shown to be at the Front :
* Bombr. Ed. B. Jackman, Freshwater, R.F.A.
A.B. Jobe Woodford, Shanklin, H.M.S. Grafton
Gnr. George Priddle, Cowes, R.H.A.
Gnr. Fred Burton, Yarmouth, R.G.A.
Bombr. Harold Luckett, E. Cowes, R.G.A.
* Pte. Albert F. Turner, Ventnor, Grenadier Guards.
* Pte. Thomas Hartnell, Oakfield, 9th Lancers.
* Pte. George Homewood, Sandown, Coldstream Guards
* Gnr. Alfred Martin, Newport, R.F.A.
* Sergt. Jesse Mills, Ventnor, Coldstream Guards
Lce-Corpl. Arthur Batley, Newport, Rifle Brigade
* Pte. George Dobson, Newport, Grenadier Guards
* Farrier Henry Matthews, Cowes, R.H.A.
Farrier Stanley Sampson, Cowes, 6th Lancers
Corpl. Herbert Page, Headquarters, Newport, 10th Hants Regt.

Isle of Wight County Press

24 October 1914

Writing from St. Nazaire, France, where he is in hospital, Pte. G. Homewood, of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, a member of the Island Constabulary, formerly stationed at Sandown, states that he ahs had a few narrow escapes, but is now safe and may return to the Front again at any time. He proceeds to state that some people may have thought it a waste of money to pay the Reserves, "but you ought to see the old men out on this campaign. There are some old enough to be your fathers, but they still stick it very well, and are mostly as good as the young ones."

Isle of Wight County Press

14 November 1914

Sergt. Jesse Mills, of the Coldstream Guards, who was a constable in the Island Police at Ventnor, was wounded on October 25th, and is now in hospital at Dublin.

Isle of Wight County Press

21 November 1914

We regret to announce that Sergt. Jesse Mills, of the Coldstream Guards, who, as announced last week, was wounded whilst fighting at the Front on October 25th, died in hospital at Dublin on Monday night. Sergt. Mills was serving in the I.W. County Constabulary at Ventnor when the war broke out and was much respected by those in the Force and all who knew him. He was wounded in the left thigh. This is the first casualty reported to date among the 16 members of the Island Police who are serving in connection with the war.
The funeral of the deceased took place with full military honours in Dublin on Thursday morning, when the Island Police were represented by a member of the Force, P.C. Sampson, who was stationed at Cowes, when he joined Kitchener's Army, and is now training at Dublin in the Lancers. The interment was in the Military Cemetery in Dublin and the band of the Royal Irish Constabulary attended.

Isle of Wight County Press

28 November 1914

Official news has been received that Pte. George Dobson, of the Grenadier Guards, who until the outbreak of the war was a police-constable at Newport, has been wounded in the recent fighting at the Front. He is now in hospital at Kensington Palace Gardens with a bullet wound in the shoulder. He is the second member of the I.W. County Constabulary to be wounded. Pte. Dobson has since written from hospital to Insp. Sibbeck, [1] stating: "I am glad to say that my wound is not serious. It is a bullet in the left shoulder, which I got on Tuesday last (17th inst.) in the house-to-house fighting around Ypres. The bullet has gone right through, so I shall not have the pain of getting it out. As the bone has been fractured, it will be a week or two before it is right again. I am very sorry to hear about poor Mills - (Sergt. Mills (Coldstream Guards) who died of wounds) - He was in the same Brigade as myself, and I can tell you we have been properly through it. There are only 300 of my battalion left out of 1300, so I am very thankful to get off with as little as I have. I heard that Holmwood [2] was wounded and in hospital in France, but I have not heard of Hartnell or Martin."
Another member of the Force, Br. Martin, R.F.A., has sent home a message, dated the 16th inst., stating that he is keeping well.
At the funeral last Thursday at Dublin of Sergt. Jesse Mills (Coldstream Guards), the first Island policeman to fall in the war, full military honours were accorded, the band of the Royal Irish Rifles, as well as that of the Royal Irish Constabulary, being present. The coffin was borne on a gun-carriage through the main street into Phœnix Park and thence to the Military Cemetery. As already state, ex-P.C. Sampson, now in the Lancers, represented the Island Constabulary at the interment. That a brother [3] of the late Sergt. Mills has also lost his life at the Front, having been killed in action whilst serving with the Royal Field Artillery, adds pathos to the death of Sergt. Mills, who died from serious shell wounding in the thigh and back. His parents live at Bognor, Sussex, and much sympathy is felt for them.

[1] Inspector Oliver Sibbick
[2] George Henry Homewood
[3] His brother was George Mills (CWGC record)

Isle of Wight County Press

12 December 1914

Gunner George Priddle of Z Battery, R.H.A., attached to the 3rd Cavalry Division, formerly a constable at Cowes, writes to P.C. F. Kemp, of Cowes, from the Front: "We have been out here since November 5th and have been in action for several days, but are having a rest for a day or two." He mentions that he has had two brothers at the Front, and another in the Navy. He adds: "I expect we shall see a good many fresh faces in the Force when we return. I have met several old pals since we have been out here in different batteries. We have heard this morning that the German Emperor has poisoned himself. Of course it is only a rumour."
Another ex-Cowes Policeman, Shoeing-Smith Matthews, R.H.A., has written to P.C. Kemp from the Front stating that he is well.

Isle of Wight County Press

26 December 1914

Corpl. Saunderson, 2nd Suffolk Regiment, formerly a police-constable at Barton and Ventnor, and at the outbreak of the war a member of the Portsmouth Police Force, has been wounded in the back by shrapnel, and is in the Red Cross Hospital at Stratford-on-Avon.

Isle of Wight County Press

13 February 1915

SIVIER - Feb. 7, at Cowes, Herbert Stanley Sivier, aged 20 years. - Mr and Mrs Sivier and family desire to tender their sincere thanks for all letters of sympathy and for kindness shown them in their sad bereavement and for beautiful flowers sent; also to thank the police at Cowes station for kind attention shown to their dear son in his short illness; also the police and others who attended the funeral.

Isle of Wight County Press

13 February 1915

SPECIAL CONSTABLE'S DEATH - On Sunday the death occurred at the Police-station of Special Constable Herbert Sivier, who had been engaged as a constable since the depletion of the ranks of the Island Constabulary on account of the war. The deceased, who was only 20, was a very steady and promising young fellow, formerly in the employ of Messrs Dear and Morgan. He was on duty on Friday, when he complained of having a cold. The following mrning he was reported seriously ill with double pneumonia. He was attended by Dr. Hudson, but his condition rapidly became worse, and he passed away in the presence of his parents on Sunday afternoon. He was the son of Mr and Mrs George Sivier, of Park-road, for whom much sympathy is felt. The funeral took place at Northwood Cemetery on Wednesday. The Rev. D.S.W. Nicholl (St. Mary's Church) officiated. A party from the Island Constabulary acted as bearers. The family mourners father and mother, Messrs. Alfred and Walter Sivier (brothers), Mrs. Suter (sister), and Mr. G. Suter (brother-in-law). The Island Constabulary were represented by Insp. Salter, Acting Sergt. Chisholm, P.C.'s Denham, Gamble, and Kemp (Cowes), and Corney (headquarters), and Temporary Constables P. Morgan, A. Leal, and Sibbick (Newport). Insp. Bignell was unable to attend due to illness. The following employées of Messrs. Dear and Morgan also attended: Messrs. W.F. Burnett, C.W. Allen, J.G. Balmbridge, W. Perkins, H. Parsons, Bull, W. French, E. Denham, C. Brooking, and H. Munt. The two principals of the firm, Messrs. J. Wright-Brown and J.G. May, were prevented from being present, the former due to indisposition and the latter being away on business. There were floral tributes from hsi sorrowing father, mother, and brothers; his affectionate sweetheart; Amy and George; mr. and Mrs. Suter, sen.; Mr. and Mrs. Bull; Mr. and Mrs. Rowe; Mr. Goble and daughter; "With deepest sympathy from the Cowes Police"; "With deep sympathy from the employées of Messrs. Dear and Morgan, in remembrance"; and "With sincere sympathy from Dear and Morgan.". The funeral arrangements were very efficiently carried out by Mr. W.G. Thomas.

Isle of Wight County Press

27 February 1915

At the County Petty Sessions, on Saturday, the following were sworn in as special constables, and were thanked for their attendance by Supt. J.H. Gallaway on behalf of the Chief Constable (Capt. H.G. Adams-Connor, M.V.O): Calbourne parish - Dr. Howard Hawkins and Messrs. Ernest Attrill Hawkins, James Gash, Andrew Luke Barton, and George Whittington; Godshill parish - the Rev. Pemberton R.H. Bartlett (vicar) and Messrs. Herbert John Wickett, R.D.C., and Oliver A. Hayles.
The following special constables were sworn in at the Newport Police-station on Saturday afternoon before the Mayors of Newport and Ryde and the Chairman of the St. Helens District Council: Carisbrooke - Messrs. Arthur James, James Simmonds, Charles Tosdevin, Frank Attrill, J.H. Deacon, T.C. and L.H. Morris, R.D.C., Gatcombe - Messrs. R.Y. Morgan, R.D.C., G. Williams, Joseph Cox, and Frank Rann.
It has been decided that special constables are exempt from service on all juries.

Isle of Wight County Press

6 March 1915

At the County Petty Sessions on Saturday Mr. Aubrey A.H. Wykeham, one of the Justices, was sworn in as a special constable during the war, as also were the following for Chale parish: Messrs. Henry Way, Charles Windle, William Middleton, Charles Chiverton, Walter Davis, and Walter Barton.
Bembridge - the following were sworn in as special constables before Co. J.F.C. Hamilton, J.P., and Mr. G.H. Harrison, J.P., at the Bembridge Sailing Club on Wednesday: Messrs. H. Weaver, H. Hapgood, P. Weaver, J.C. Riddick, P. Watton, and Wm. Love.
The following have been sworn in as special constables for the parishes in the West Wight mentioned below :-
Freshwater and Totland - Messrs. G.E. Toogood, S.J. Ansell, A. Smith, C. Hannam, C. White, G. Moyce, and F. Honnor.
Yarmouth - Major C.P. Dean and Messrs. J.A. Cole, E. Chambers, W.R. Hall, J.B. Doe, R. May, and E.G. Brett.
Thorley - Mr. E.H. Lunn
Wellow - Mr. G.A Kingswell
Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston - Messrs. Aubrey A.H. Wykeham, J.P., W. Brown, F.A. Linington, T.W. Hookey, A. Bryson, G. Morris, James Attrill, and A. Warne, and the Rev. C.A. Shaw.
Shorwell - Messrs. J.Y. Jolliffe, D.J. Minchin, and A. Draper.

Isle of Wight County Press

13 March 1915

At Brading Town-hall on Friday night, before Col. W.H.G. Gordon, J.P., and Mr. James Dore, J.P., the following were sworn in as special constables: Messrs. James Taylor, William J. Guy, Richard Harper, John Edwin Bonn, George Cox, and Frank C. Corbett.

Isle of Wight County Press

20 March 1915

P.C. Homewood, of Sandown, who has been serving in the Coldstream Guards since the commencement of the war, was accidentally injured by a fall whilst taking part in a bayonet charge at the Front, and has returned to England for hospital treatment. P.C. Saunderson, of Newport, who was wounded some time ago, has returned to the Island for rest. Homewood took part in a very spirited bayonet charge in the neighbourhood of La Basse when the British forces rushed a German trench. In a letter written since his return to England, Homewood says he had personally accounted for three of the enemy and was continuing, when he stumbled and fell, sustaining some internal injury. He went into the trenches again, but eventually had to be carried out to hospital. He is making good progress, however, and hopes to visit the Island soon.

Isle of Wight County Press

3 April 1915

Gunner George Priddle, of G Battery R.F.A., who at the outbreak of war was a police constable at Cowes, writes to the police head-quarters, under date march 30th, as follows: "I hope this will find all my old comrades in the best of health. I saw P.C. Jackman last Saturday, also my brother, [1] who is a farrier-sergeant in his battery, and last evening I came across P.C. Martin. We are all in action very close to each other, but I do not expect we shall be here very long, as we really belong to the cavalry. We had a bit of excitement yesterday morning, as the Germans had the cheek to shell our billet while we having breakfast. It was a bit lively for a while, but I am pleased to say no lives were lost, although the man standing next to me and another were slightly wounded, also three horses, two of which had to be destroyed. I shall not be sorry to get back to the old job again, and hope the war will be over before next winter, as I should not like to have another the same as this one. I am pleased to say the weather is changing for the better. With kind regards to all."

[1] Serjeant 44380 Frederick Priddle, R.F.A. who was killed in action in France, 19 June 1917.
CWGC record

Isle of Wight County Press

24 April 1915

JOHNSON - Jan. 24, at Gustrow, Mickelenburg, Germany, prisoner of war, William Johnson, 1st King's Royal Rifles, youngest surviving son of S. Johnson, of Romanville Cottage, Brading, late of the I.W. Constabulary, aged 31.

The preceding notice does not appear on the Cowes display board

Isle of Wight County Press

8 May 1915

News has reached the Island that Bombdr. Fred Burton, of a heavy Battery, R.G.A., who was serving as a constable in the County Constabulary at Yarmouth on the outbreak of war, was killed in action during the serious fighting following the German attacks around Ypres on the 24th ult. The deceased soldier, who was 30 years of age, was a native of Doncaster, and served in the R.G.A. from 1904 until 1912. He joined the I.W. Constabulary on March 1st of the latter year, and after being stationed at Newport for over two years had been transferred to Yarmouth for several months when war broke out. He rejoined the colours on the general mobilisation. He was well known in the Island as a good cricketer, for while still in the R.G.A. he was stationed for several years at the Western Forts, and since joining the Police Force he had won general esteem. After joining the Police Force he married Miss Drudge [1], a Freshwater lady, and the deepest sympathy is felt for the young widow, who is left with a baby, [2] born last Christmas whilst the late Bomdr. Burton was home on leave from the Front. One of his comrades, writing to relatives in the Island on the 28th ult., says: "I am sorry for not writing to you lately, but you must think yourself lucky to get this. We have been on the go for three days without a break. We should have still been on the go, but for our ammunition giving out. The road the ammunition had to come up was being swept away by shell fire, so we had to get out of our position and go through it ourselves. The guns went first and we had to walk five miles down a road where a German shell was dropping every 10 yards. How we got through the Lord only knows. I had a charmed life that day; it was last Saturday. My gun went off before it ought to have done, the wheel hit me in the face, I turned two somersaults, and landing on my ankle sprained it. I often thought I was lucky, as any ordinary man would have had his skull 'bashed' in (I have always been told I am thick in the head). I have a lovely black eye. The next thing that happened was when we had to dash out of action. I went out into a field to bring in a lamp I use for laying on at nights, and as I was coming back three shells pitched around me in a ring and the force threw me in a heap on the ground. I said to myself 'Good-bye, Flo.' A couple of chaps were coming to bring poor old Jim in, when I startled them by getting up. If any one had told me a tale like that I should have said they were 'chancing their arm.' How I got down that road I do not know. I could hardly put my foot on the ground, and we had to go across 200 yards of open ground in full view of the Germans, and hang me if I did not stand fascinated at the sight. There were men and horses dropping everywhere. Poor Burton, the Yarmouth policeman, was killed not more than 10 yards from where I was standing. It was only in the morning he was showing me a photo of his 'kiddie' that had just been born. We kept the Germans at bay for two hours at a range of 3000 yards, and not a British soldier in front of us. I expect we shall be made a fuss of in the papers. Our major was only 400 yards from the Germans observing, and not another person except the telephonist near him. We had a shell burst five yards from our gun, which made a hole 37 ft across and 11 ft deep. We knew we were in for it, as a German aeroplane dropped two smoke balls over us and told the Germans where we were."

[1] Emily Margaret Drudge, married 2 Oct 1913 at All Saints Church, Freshwater.
[2] Diana Emma Eugenia Burton, born 1914.

Isle of Wight County Press

16 Oct 1915

Gunner W. Priddle, [1] G Battery R.H.A., a Freshwater man, who was a constable in the Island Police when called up in the Reserve, writing to Insp. J. Salter, of Newport, on October 7th, says: "I am in the best of health at present. We have been in action several times at different parts of the line since I last wrote, and have been lucky indeed, only having had a few men wounded. We had a narrow shave at the end of April. The Huns sent over about 30 big shells, which all dropped in a space of about 100 years, but they did not do any damage to us or our guns. They were trying to find a heavy battery of ours, which was just behind us, but they did not do so, and for every shell they sent over, our heavy battery sent two in return. Our division took part in the advance on the 25th. It was the worst bombardment I have heard, and the noise was terrible. I saw a great number of German prisoners brought in by our infantry. Those of our wounded who could walk came back carrying German helmets, and some were wearing them. One of our batteries brought out several guns which our men captured. It was a great pity that the rain came on as it did, for it made the observation work of our airmen and officers very difficult. I shall be very pleased when this is all over to get back with you all again. I am afraid it will be a long time yet, but we must hope for the best."

[1] actually Gnr. George Priddle

Isle of Wight County Press

23 Oct 1915

Police-constables W. Stevens (Newport), W. Herrington (Wroxall), and G. Lavery (Haylands) are going up for service in the military police during the war.

Isle of Wight County Press

2 December 1916


Sergt. O.H. Palmer, formerly a member of the Borough Police Force and now serving in France, recently wrote to the Chief Constable (Mr. Charles Greenstreet), and the following are extracts from his letter: "I have not enlightened you of the fact that I am the proud possessor of the Military Medal. You say I am lucky to dodge the Huns. Well, they frequently try to give us a treat, and I still hope to be lucky. I am pleased to learn that Mr. John I. Barton is to be Mayor again, as the town will have a long way to go to find a better man for the job, in my opinion. How are the Worcesters treating you? I hope they are giving you no trouble, as Fritz can give us all we need. We have lost Holbrook and Dennis from the company. I saw Holbrook recently, but he was on the move then. I hear through the C.S.M. that he was on leave. I get the County Press every week and follow the details of the town closely. The thing that is most trouble to you seems to be the Lighting Order. If you were here you would enjoy the joke."

Isle of Wight County Press

13 January 1917

In accordance with general policy throughout the country, the four remaining young members of the I.W. County Constabulary of military age joined the Colours in the New Year, namely, P.Cs Kemp, Rogers, and Whillier (Cowes), and Corney (Head-quarters, Newport), and they are all in the Grenadier Guards. This makes 28 who have joined from the Island Police, 24 being regular and five temporary members of the Constabulary.[1]

[1] This is how the County Press reported the numbers - even though the addition is incorrect !

Isle of Wight County Press

21 April 1917

Gr. George Priddle, R.H.A., who joined up from the I.W. Constabulary at the commencement of the war, was accidentally injured by being run over after the capture of Monchy last week and is in hospital at that place. In a cheery letter to Insp. J. Salter, of Newport, he says that they went with the cavalry, and on coming out of action the same night he was unfortunately knocked down, and the gun-wheel went over his right leg just above the ankle. Fortunately no bones are broken. He adds: " I hope to have a few days' leave before going out again," which our readers will agree is a very modest hope for one who has been at the Front since September 1914. Gr. Priddle, describing the fighting, says: "The Huns went out very sharp this time, and left guns and ammunition in good working order behind them, as well as other things, all showing that they were in a hurry to get away. As the prisoners came in they were dancing with joy at being captured. I think the Huns are having a good time now. they are getting from us what they gave us early in the war, and I hope it will teach them a lesson."

Isle of Wight County Press

8 September 1917

P.C. Denham left to join up early this week. About half of the pre-war members on the County Constabulary have gone on service.

Isle of Wight County Press

13 October 1917

Pte. George Rogers, Coldstream Guards, of Barton's-village, a member of the County Constabulary when he joined up, is in hospital owing to an accidental injury received whilst at bayonet exercise in France.

Isle of Wight County Press

20 October 1917

It was Pte. Harry Rogers, youngest son of Mrs. Rogers, of 11 Barton-road, who has been in hospital in France, not Pte. G. Rogers, as stated in error last week.

Isle of Wight County Press

22 June 1918

P.C. George H. Homewood, who on the outbreak of war went to the Western front in the Coldstream Guards and has the Mons ribbon, has been released from the Army for police service as a result of regrading, and he was re-sworn at the County Petty Sessions on Saturday, when he was congratulated on his safe return from service. He is the second Service member of the County Constabulary to return to police duty.

Isle of Wight County Press

7 September 1918

Mr. Tom Kemp, of Fairlee-road, has received the sad news that his son Corpl. Fred Kemp, Coldstream Guards, aged 30, was killed on August 27. His officer writes: "We went over the top at 7 a.m., and I saw a good deal of him during the wait. He was a fine example to the men, being perfectly cool and in excellent spirits during the trying ordeal of waiting. He went over with his platoon and was shortly afterwards killed by a machine-gun bullet. He was a thoroughly good soldier and a splendid fellow, and was liked by both officers and men. By his death we have lost a friend whom it will be difficult to replace." He is the third member of the County Constabulary to fall in the war. He was stationed at Head-quarters and afterwards at Cowes. He joined up in January, 1917, and went to France in March. He was a single man, his sweetheart having met with a fatal accident at Cowes some months ago by falling from a window. He was a member of St. Paul's Brotherhood. A younger brother is serving.

Isle of Wight County Press

11 January 1919

At the County Petty Sessions on Saturday two members of the County Constabulary, formerly stationed at Newport, were resworn on returning from the Army to Police duty. They were P.S. Batley, who, after serving in the Rifle Brigade, was training in an officer cadet corps for a commission when hostilities ceased, and P.C. Martin, who has served as a sergeant-major of Engineers in France. Both have served on the Western front. The Chairman (Mr. G. Shedden, J.P.) [1] warmly congratulated them on their safe return and complimented them on the services they had rendered for King and Country, saying that they were all glad to see them back again.

[1] Mr Shedden's son, Captain Graham Percival Shedden, was killed in action in 1914.
CWGC record

Isle of Wight County Press

25 January 1919

Five more Island police constables were re-sworn before the County Justices at Newport on Saturday. They were Br. G. Priddle, R.H.A. (Cowes), Guardsmen A.H. Turner, Grenadier Guards (Ventnor), and George Dobson, Grenadier Guards (Newport), who have been on active service for over four years, and Guardsmen Harry Rogers (Cowes) and Ralph Whillier (Cowes), both of the Coldstream Guards, who have similarly served for two years. Br. Priddle was temproarily taken prisoner by the Germans in the first battle of Cambrai in November 1917, but the German guards over him were shot and he was released by men of the Shropshire Light Infantry. Br. Priddle had a narrow escape, two shrapnel bullets passing through his helmet.

Isle of Wight County Press

8 March 1919

Sergt-Major Luckett, R.G.A. a constable in the County Constabulary, who prior to joining up was stationed at Newport and East Cowes, is home from Mesopotamia, and was welcomed and heartily congratulated on his safe return by Ald. G. Fellows, J.P., who was presiding at the County Bench on Saturday. The sergeant-major had been in Mesopotamia for some two years, and witnessed the surrender of the Turks towards Mosul at the end of October.

Isle of Wight County Press

31 May 1919

Pte. W.J. Clark, 4th Hants, who was formerly in the I.W. Constabulary and had a fishmonger's shop in Carvel-lane when called to the Colours, has made a good recovery from his severe wounds received in the battle of Gaza, necessitating the amputation of a leg. He has been home on leave this week from Roehampton, where he is to be fitted with an artifical limb. Another Cowes man, Pte. T.W. Chambers, who has a business in Medina-road and was also very seriously injured in the Gaza fighting, in which his battalion (the I.W. Rifles) distinguished itself, has just been discharged from the Army. Although in greatly improved health, his injuries are of a more or less permanent nature. He was for some time a patient at Gatcombe House Red Cross Hospital.

Further Information
This table lists alphabetically all the men identified in the cuttings above. In some cases it has not been possible to identify them with certainty, especially those Special Constables appointed to fill the gaps created when Police Officers went to War.
The IW Constabulary Memorial Scroll is held at Newport Police Station.
Note : in the table below all references to Mottistone use the spelling as given in the County Press - Mottiston.

Name Constabulary details Family and residence details Service details County Press references
ADAMS-CONNOR, Capt. Harry George, M.V.O., D.L. Chief Constable for the Isle of Wight, 1899 - 1935. Commissioned in the Connaught Rangers. Born 24 Oct 1859, the twin of George Harry Adams Connor, died 1939.   27 Feb 1915
ANSELL, S.J. Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland Probably Samuel Isaac Ansell, born 1870, Cowes. In 1911 resident at Roseberry Cottage, Freshwater Bay. A Gardener (domestic).   6 Feb 1915
ATTRILL, Frank Special Constable, Carisbrooke Probably Frank Attrill, born 1888, Carisbrooke. In 1911 resident at High Street, Carisbrooke. A Baker.   27 Feb 1915
ATTRILL, James Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston Probably James Attrill, born 1857, Niton. In 1911 resident at Waytes Court Farm, Brighstone. A Farmer.   6 Feb 1915
BARTLETT, the Rev. Pemberton R.H. Special Constable, Godshill Pemberton Ricardo Harrison Bartlett, born 1858, Southampton. In 1911 resident at The Cottage, High Street, Godshill.   27 Feb 1915
BARTON, Andrew Luke Special Constable, Calbourne Born 1866, Calbourne. In 1911 resident at Shalfleet. An Estate Bailiff.   27 Feb 1915
BARTON, Walter Special Constable, Chale Born 1880, Atherfield. In 1911 resident at Bramstone, Chale. A Road Foreman for the Rural District Council.   6 Feb 1915
BATLEY, Arthur Police Constable, Newport, later Police Sergeant, Newport   Lce-Corpl. Rifle Brigade, later selected for officer training. 3 Oct 1914
11 Jan 1919
BIGNELL Inspector     13 Feb 1915
BONN, John Edwin Special Constable, Brading Born 1863, Ireland. In 1911 resident at East Leigh, High Street, Brading. A Pharmacist.   13 Mar 1915
BRETT, Edward George. Special Constable, Yarmouth Born 1874, Hare Street, Hertfordshire. In 1911 resident at High Street, Yarmouth. A Market Gardener.   6 Feb 1915
BROWN, Charles Herbert Police service unknown - appears on I.W. Constabulary Memorial Born 1887, Sandown. Son of William and Alice Brown (née Cooper), of Sandown; husband of Rose E. K. Brown, of 11, South Mall, Newport, Isle of Wight.
In 1911, the Brown family were resident at Stone Cottage, George Street, Sandown; [Charles] Herbert Brown is listed as a Bricklayer.
Married 21 January 1914, Rose Ellen Kate Morris, at St Thomas's Church, Newport. Biographical information
Gnr 163034 Charles Herbert Brown, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 30 October 1918 aged 30.
CWGC record
BROWN, W. Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston     6 Feb 1915
BRYSON, Andrew Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston Born 1881, Ayrshire. In 1911 resident at Brook Farm, Brook. A Farm Bailiff.   6 Feb 1915
BURTON, Fred Police Constable, Yarmouth Born 1885, Doncaster, Yorkshire.
Biographical information
Gnr. (Acting Bombdr.) 20602 Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 24 April 1915, aged 30.
CWGC record
3 Oct 1914
8 May 1915
CASS, Thomas Edwin Ex-Inspector, Police pensioner recalled to police service 1914 Born 1863, Carisbrooke
In 1911 resident at 8 Quay St, Newport.
  8 Aug 1914
CASS, William Ex-Sergeant, Police pensioner recalled to police service 1914 Born 1851, Carisbrooke
In 1911 resident at 3 South View, Ventnor.
  8 Aug 1914
CHAMBERS, E. Special Constable, Yarmouth Possibly Edward Chambers, or his son Ernest Chambers, of St James St, Yarmouth, in 1911.   6 Feb 1915
CHISHOLM, Sidney Acting-Sergt, Cowes Born 1875, Kennington, London
In 1911 resident at Devonshire Terrace, Salem Road, Shanklin.
  13 Feb 1915
CHIVERTON, Charles Henry Special Constable, Chale Born 1880, Chale
In 1911 resident at Chale Green. A Game Keeper.
  6 Feb 1915
COLE, John Arnold Special Constable, Yarmouth Born 1837, Carisbrooke
In 1911 resident at Landguard, St James St, Yarmouth. A Trade Manager for a Coal Merchant.
  6 Feb 1915
CORBETT, Frank Clifford Special Constable, Brading Born 1871, Sandown
In 1911 resident at Sydney Villa, The Mall, Brading. An Assistant Overseer to the Poor.
  13 Mar 1915
CORNEY Police Constable, Headquarters   Grenadier Guards 13 Feb 1915
13 Jan 1917
COX, George Special Constable, Brading Probably George Cox, born 1857, Beaminster, Dorset. In 1911 resident at 2 Sydenham Villas, New Road, Brading. Curator at Roman Villa.   13 Mar 1915
COX, Joseph Special Constable, Gatcombe     27 Feb 1915
DAVIS, Walter Special Constable, Chale     6 Feb 1915
DEACON, John Herbert Special Constable, Carisbrooke Born 1871 Newport
In 1911 resident at Highclere, Calbourne Road, Carisbrooke. A Draper.
  27 Feb 1915
DEAN, Major Charles Percy Special Constable, Yarmouth Born 1855 Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. In 1911 resident at The Square, Yarmouth. Major, Royal Engineers, retd.   6 Feb 1915
DENHAM Police Constable, Cowes     13 Feb 1915
8 Sep 1917
DOBSON, George Police Constable, Newport   Pte. Grenadier Guards 3 Oct 1914
28 Nov 1914
25 Jan 1919
DOE, John Bertram Special Constable, Yarmouth Born 1876, Yarmouth
In 1911 resident at Ommanney Road, Yarmouth. A Postman.
  6 Feb 1915
DRAPER, Arthur Special Constable, Shorwell Born 1870, Chale
In 1911 resident at Haslett Farm, Shorwell. A Farmer.
  6 Feb 1915
GALLAWAY, James Henry Deputy Chief Constable Born 1874, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
In 1911 resident at Kings Field, Fairlee Road, Newport.
  8 Aug 1914
GAMBLE, Alexander Police Constable, Cowes Born 1880, Co Gavan
In 1911 resident at Church Road, Gurnard.
  13 Feb 1915
GASH, James Special Constable, Calbourne Born 1858, Harrow, Middlesex. In 1911 resident at Swainston, Calbourne. A Gardener.   27 Feb 1915
GREENSTREET, Charles Chief Constable, Ryde Borough Police Born 1871, Smeeth, Kent. In 1901 resident in Margate, Kent as a Detective Sergeant. In 1911 resident at 'Eureka', Melville Street, Ryde. Died in 1932 aged 61.   2 Dec 1916
GUY, William John Special Constable, Brading Born 1873, Newport
In 1911 resident at Fernside, Yarbridge, Brading. A Sailmaker.
  13 Mar 1915
HALL, William Ralph Special Constable, Yarmouth Born 1867, Yarmouth
In 1911 resident at Myrtle Cottage, High St, Yarmouth. A Cartage Contractor.
  6 Feb 1915
HANNAM, Charles Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland Born 1863, Somerset
In 1911 resident at Tennyson Buildings, Tennyson Road, Freshwater. A Butcher.
  6 Feb 1915
HAPGOOD, Harry Special Constable, Bembridge Born 1865, Ryde
In 1911 resident at The Point, Bembridge. A Tailor and Outfitter.
  6 Feb 1915
HARPER, Richard Special Constable, Brading Born 1878, New South Wales
In 1911 resident at Wickens Cottages, High Street, Brading. A Baker and Grocer.
  13 Mar 1915
HARTNELL, Thomas Police Constable, Oakfield   Pte. 9th Lancers 3 Oct 1914
28 Nov 1914
HAWKINS, Ernest Attrill Special Constable, Calbourne Born 1864, Calbourne
In 1911 resident at Lambleaze Farm, Porchfield, near Newport. A Farmer.
  27 Feb 1915
HAWKINS, Dr. Howard Special Constable, Calbourne Born 1854, Hastings, Sussex
In 1911 resident at Newtown. A retired Doctor.
  27 Feb 1915
HAYLES, Oliver Arthur Special Constable, Godshill Born 1875, Godshill
In 1911 resident at Lainham Farm, near Godshill. A Farmer.
  27 Feb 1915
HERRINGTON, W. Police Constable, Wroxall   Military Police 23 Oct 1915
HOMEWOOD, George Henry Police Constable, Sandown b. 1888, Framfield Sussex
In 1911 at Guards' Depot, Caterham, Surrey.
Pte 6931 Coldstream Guards. Survived war. 26 Sep 1914
3 Oct 1914
24 Oct 1914
28 Nov 1914 (as Holmwood)
20 Mar 1915
22 Jun 1918
HONNOR, Frederick Robert Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland Born 1868, St Pancras, London.
In 1911 resident at Southgate, New Road, Freshwater. A Corn and Coal Merchant.
  6 Feb 1915
HOOKEY, Thomas William Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston Born 1869, Brook
In 1911 resident at Brook Green. A Blacksmith.
  6 Feb 1915
JACKMAN, Edward Bertie Police Constable, Freshwater Born 1886, Newport, the son of John and Eliza Jackman.
In 1911 resident at Police Station, Birmingham Road, Cowes.
Married 6 Mar 1911, Effie Taylor, at St Mary's, Southampton.
Bombdr. R.F.A.
Attested for service 21 Feb 1903 (declared age 18; he was probably only 16) as Gunner 30885, R.F.A. Discharged 1908. Recalled to service in August 1914, and served until 1916, being discharged with the rank of Corporal.
3 Oct 1914
3 Apr 1915
JAMES, Arthur Special Constable, Carisbrooke Born 1871, Arreton
In 1911 resident at Alvington Cottage, Carisbrooke. A Dairyman, Dealer.
  27 Feb 1915
JOLLIFFE, James Young Special Constable, Shorwell Born 1880, Chale
In 1911 resident at Yafford House, Shorwell.
  6 Feb 1915
JOHNSON, William Police service unknown Born 1884, Alverstoke, Hampshire.
Son of Samuel Johnson and Judith Maria Johnson (née Cheney).
In 1911 recorded with the K.R.R.C. at Dagshai, India
Rfn 8032 1st Bn., King's Royal Rifles
Died while a prisoner of war, in Germany, 24 Jan 1915, aged 31.
CWGC record
17 Apr 1915
KEMP, Frederick Albert Police Constable, Cowes Born 1887, Sandown, the son of Thomas James and Emily Kemp.
In 1911 resident and working as a Constable at the Police Station, Gloucester Road, Boscombe, Hampshire.
Biographical information
L/Cpl 21305 2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 27 August 1918.
CWGC record
12 Dec 1914
13 Feb 1915
13 Jan 1917
7 Sep 1918
KINGSWELL, George A. Special Constable, Wellow Born 1876, Shalfleet
In 1911 resident at Wellow Farm, Wellow. A Farmer.
  6 Feb 1915
LAVERY, George Police Constable, Haylands Born 1881, Co Kerry
In 1911 resident at Clyde Cottage, Bettesworth Road, Ryde.
Military Police 23 Oct 1915
LEAL, A. Temporary Constable, Newport     13 Feb 1915
LININGTON, F.A. Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston     6 Feb 1915
LOVE, William Special Constable, Bembridge Born 1880, Bembridge
In 1911 resident at Lynwood, Foreland Road, Bembridge. A House Painter.
  6 Feb 1915
LUCKETT, Harold William Police Constable, Newport and East Cowes Born 1885, Coate, Oxfordshire, the son of William Luckett.
Married 6 Jun 1914, Edith Saunders, Brightwell, Berkshire.
Bombr. 17933 R.G.A., later Sergeant-Major.
Attested for service 21 Jan 1908. Discharged 10 April 1913. Recalled 5 Aug 1914. Finally discharged Feb 1919 as Battery Sergeant Major.
3 Oct 1914
8 Mar 1919
LUNN, E.H. Special Constable, Thorley     6 Feb 1915
MARTIN, Alfred Police Constable, Newport   Gnr. R.F.A. 3 Oct 1914
28 Nov 1914
3 Apr 1915
11 Jan 1919
MATTHEWS, Henry Police Constable, Cowes   Farrier, R.H.A. 3 Oct 1914
12 Dec 1914
MAY, Robert Special Constable, Yarmouth Born 1870, Woolston, Hampshire
In 1911 resident at South Street, Yarmouth. A Carpenter.
  6 Feb 1915
MIDDLETON, William Special Constable, Chale     6 Feb 1915
MILLS, Jesse Police Constable, Ventnor Son of Jesse Mathew and Janet Mills of 109 Collyer Ave., Bognor, Sussex.
Biographical information
Sergt. 7159 4th Bn., Coldstream Guards
Died of wounds received in action, 16 Nov 1914; buried at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland.
CWGC record
3 Oct 1914
14 Nov 1914
21 Nov 1914
28 Nov 1914
MINCHIN, David James Special Constable, Shorwell Born 1871, Bradfield, Berkshire
In 1911 resident at Yew Cottage, Shorwell. An Estate Agent.
  6 Feb 1915
MORGAN, P. Temporary Constable, Newport     13 Feb 1915
MORGAN, Richard Young Special Constable, Gatcombe Born 1873, Gatcombe
In 1911 resident at Ramsdown Farm, Chillerton. A Farmer.
  27 Feb 1915
MORRIS, G. Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston     6 Feb 1915
MORRIS, Harry Lewis Special Constable, Carisbrooke Born 1860, Chillerton
In 1911 resident at Idlecombe Farm, Carisbrooke. A Farmer.
  27 Feb 1915
MOYCE, George Edwin Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland Born 1860, Freshwater
In 1911 resident at 1 Brynterion, Pound Green, Freshwater. A General Carrier.
  6 Feb 1915
PAGE, Herbert Police Constable, Newport   Served 12 years in Dragoons. Re-enlisted 1914 Hampshire Regiment.
Corpl. 10th Hants Regt.
5 Sep 1914
3 Oct 1914
PALMER, Owen Henry Police Constable, Ryde Born 1886, Portsmouth
In 1911, a Boarder with the Rashley family in Well St, Ryde.
Serjt. 51342 Royal Engineers.
Mentioned in Despatches, 1916, awarded Military Medal, 1916.
2 Dec 1916
PRIDDLE, George Police Constable, Cowes Born 1884, Calbourne, the son of Francis and Dinah Priddle, of Norton Green, Isle of Wight.
In 1911 George Priddle was recorded at the Police Station, St John's Road, Sandown.
Gnr. R.H.A. 3 Oct 1914
12 Dec 1914
3 Apr 1915
16 Oct 1915
21 April 1917
25 Jan 1919
RANN, Frank Special Constable, Gatcombe Born 1884, Newport
In 1911 resident at Chillerton. A Shoeing and General Smith.
  27 Feb 1915
RIDDICK, John Campbell Special Constable, Bembridge Born 1878, Brading
In 1911 resident at High Street, Bembridge. A Baker and Confectioner.
  6 Feb 1915
ROGERS, Harry Police Constable, Cowes   Grenadier Guards 13 Jan 1917
13 Oct 1917
20 Oct 1917
25 Jan 1919
RUSSELL, Sidney William Police service unknown - appears on I.W. Constabulary Memorial See Biographical information Rfn 38994 1/8th Bn., Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles). Died 10 December 1918 in hospital in Egypt.
CWGC record
SALTER, John James Inspector Born 1872, Ryde
In 1911 resident at Kings Field, Fairlee Road, Newport.
  8 Aug 1914
13 Feb 1915
16 Oct 1915
21 Apr 1917
SAMPSON, Stanley Police Constable, Cowes Born 1893, Newchurch
In 1911 resident at 35 Ash Road, Newport. A Blacksmith.
re-enlisted 1914
Farrier 6th Lancers
5 Sep 1914
3 Oct 1914
21 Nov 1914
28 Nov 1914
SAUNDERSON Police Constable, Barton, Ventnor and later with Portsmouth Police Force   Corpl. 2nd Bn., Suffolk Regiment 26 Dec 1914
20 Mar 1915
SHAW, Courtney Albert, Rev. Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston Born 1866,Oystermouth, South Wales
In 1911 resident at The Rectory, Brook.
  6 Feb 1915
SIBBICK, Oliver Inspector Born 1879, Carisbrooke
In 1911 resident at Victoria Road, East Cowes
  8 Aug 1914
28 Nov 1914
SIBBICK Temporary Constable, Newport     13 Feb 1915
SIMMONDS, James Special Constable, Carisbrooke Born 1869, Newport
In 1911 resident at Springvale, Castle Street, Carisbrooke. A General Dealer.
  27 Feb 1915
SIVIER, Herbert Stanley Special Constable, Cowes Born 1894, Cowes
In 1911 the Sivier family were at Park Road, Cowes. Herbert Sivier, aged 17, is a Grocer's Porter.
Died 7 Feb 1915 of pneumonia. Buried at Northwood Cemetery.
  13 Feb 1915
SMITH, A. Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland     6 Feb 1915
STEVENS, William Charles Police Constable, Newport Born 1875, St Nicholas, Monmouth
In 1911 resident at the Police Cottage, Calbourne.
Military Police 23 Oct 1915
TAYLOR, James Special Constable, Brading     13 Mar 1915
TOOGOOD, George Edward Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland Born 1869, Carisbrooke
In 1911 resident at School Green, Freshwater. A House Painter.
  6 Feb 1915
TOSDEVIN, Charles Special Constable, Carisbrooke Born 1843, Arreton
In 1911 resident at High Street, Carisbrooke. A Carpenter.
  27 Feb 1915
TURNER, Albert F. Police Constable, Ventnor
He painted the IW Constabulary Memorial Scroll presently located at Newport Police Station.
  Pte. Grenadier Guards 3 Oct 1914
25 Jan 1919
WARNE, Albert Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston Born 1884, Brighstone
In 1911 resident at Merrifield, Brighstone. A Baker.
  6 Feb 1915
WATTON. Percy Richard Special Constable, Bembridge Born 1879, Bembridge
In 1911 resident at Clifton Lodge, Bembridge. A Builder and Contractor.
  6 Feb 1915
WAY, Henry Special Constable, Chale Born 1856, Shalfleet
In 1911 resident at The Saeter, Chale. A Farmer.
  6 Feb 1915
WEAVER, Harry Special Constable, Bembridge Born 1862, Bembridge
In 1911 resident at Rockhurst, Dennett Road, Bembridge. A Builder and Assistant Overseer.
  6 Feb 1915
WEAVER, Percy Special Constable, Bembridge Born 1875, Bembridge
In 1911 resident at Melrose Cottage, Foreland Road, Bembridge. A Mason.
  6 Feb 1915
WHILLIER, Ralph Police Constable, Cowes   Grenadier Guards 13 Jan 1917
25 Jan 1919
WHITE, C. Special Constable, Freshwater and Totland     6 Feb 1915
WHITTINGTON, George Special Constable, Calbourne Born 1866, Calbourne
In 1911 resident at Stone Steps, Calbourne. A Market Gardener and Dairyman.
  27 Feb 1915
WICKETT, Herbert John Special Constable, Godshill     27 Feb 1915
WILLIAMS, G. Special Constable, Gatcombe     27 Feb 1915
WINDLE, Charles Special Constable, Chale     6 Feb 1915
WOODFORD, Jobe Police Constable, Shanklin   A.B., Royal Navy, H.M.S. Grafton 3 Oct 1914
WYKEHAM, Aubrey Augustus Henley, J.P. Special Constable, Brook, Brighstone and Mottiston Born 1874, Gloucestershire
In 1911 resident at Pitt Place House, Brighstone. A Land Agent.
  6 Feb 1915
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