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Originally deposited as a DVD-ROM. Contains an interview with Elsie Yates, aged 90 years, one of the first female police officers in the East Riding. Interview recorded by the East Riding Archives and Local Studies Collections Officer with help from Mrs Yates' son-in-law. Duration: 34 mins Timing: (00:07) Elsie Yates was born on Holderness Road near East Park in Hull on 23.10.1918 She had 3 sisters, 1 brother, a mother and father and granny and grandpa. They all lived near East Park. Families lived close together in terraced houses. She mentions that most people stayed in the same area and were very family-minded (1:25) Her upbringing was poor. There were 5 children and her father wouldn't work, he was on the dole. Elsie thought her mother was wonderful, but sometimes she had to hide food, so her father wouldn't be persuaded not to draw the dole. Life was hard and she believed people needed a lot of stamina, because it was up to them to improve their own situation (2:31) Elsie went to East South Coates Lane School. She wasn't clever and had a stutter, so school was a nightmare, she didn't like it. She remembered playing rounders in the field (4:20) She flourished once she left primary school and got a place at Escourt Street High School, but was not encouraged by her family (5:30) On leaving school she became a house maid. It was all that was available at the time, but she felt it taught her a lot (6:19) She met her husband when she was sixteen and they were married for sixty five years. He got a job in London with Lever Brothers. He was not sure whether to accept the job but Elsie encouraged him to do so and he actually stayed there all his working life. (7:45) Her husband decided to volunteer during the Second World War and was sent off just after they were married, so she joined the police force. (8:44) She joined because she thought she could make something of it and she never regretted it (9:17) Wilf, Elsie's husband, wanted her to get a job in Beverley as he was going away (9:54) Elsie still has her Day Book that records her patrols round Beverley. She took statements from people that were suspected of crimes (11:14) She joined the police in 1940 and was the fourth WPC in Beverley at that time (11:56) She says she bluffed her way into the force because she couldn't type or do shorthand. She said there were 7 candidates to be interviewed by the Chief Constable and all the others were interviewed, but she wasn't, so she was very surprised when she got the job (13:10) The office was part of the War Department and she worked in a horrible environment near Leconfield Aerodrome (13:35) Because of her stutter, she was nervous when she started in the police, but doing the work cured it (14:05) Most of the male officers were friendly, particularly the mature ones and especially the sergeant. There was an inspector, a sergeant and Elsie in the same office and the sergeant looked after the female officers. She thought most of the inspectors were nice (14:44) She related an incident that took place one evening. The police had night watches at the Sessions House because of the bombing. There were always 2 WPCs on duty and they slept in the Magistrate's Room. One evening the second WPC was late so Elsie was on her own. A superintendent subjected her to sexual harassment. She mentioned the incident to the sergeant, but asked him not to report it. The sergeant felt he had to follow it up and reported it to the Chief Constable (17:32) This resulted in Elsie being moved to the Beverley Division. The superintendent was not disciplined (18:52) She was moved to CID which she thoroughly enjoyed. She was involved with all sorts of jobs. There were some sad cases such as recovering bodies from the river. The sergeants were helpful and encouraged her (20:03) One of Elsie's responsibilities was to escort lady prisoners from Beverley to Durham. They travelled in a saloon car. One prisoner she remembers came from Cottingham and had murdered her two children. Elsie felt very sad about her (21:14) A WPC's uniform was similar to the one worn by male officers, but instead of a helmet the WPCs wore a cap with a skirt and jacket (21:58) Elsie was a Detective Constable in CID (Criminal Investigation Department) (22:38) Although she was ambitious when she knew her husband was returning after 4 years in the forces she knew she would have to leave, as married women didn't work, their place was in the home. Before her husband returned there was an opportunity to join the regular police force at Scotland Yard, but because Elsie knew he was coming back she didn't sign up. She had no regrets about not going and when her husband returned they had a family. (25:02) Elsie left the police when her husband came home in 1945 (25:17) Whilst in the police force Elsie worked all hours, there was a rota. The Beverley police station was near the Guildhall and Post Office. Prisoners were held in cells at the back of the police station. When she was on night duty Elsie would be responsible for the prisoners and the switchboard. She was often almost alone until the beat police came off duty, but didn't find it daunting (26:30) At this time there were several divisions in the East Riding Constabulary- Driffield, Bridlington, Hessle, Cottingham and Beverley. Elsie conducted conference calls between these divisions to pass on relevant information. (27:39) During the war there were a number of soldiers billeted throughout the area. One of Elsie's duties concerned the black American soldiers (she refers to them as coloured) that were billeted near Cottingham. The camp was surrounded by trees and young girls from Hull used to come and meet the soldiers. Her job was to go through the bushes and tell them to go home. As soon as the soldiers saw her they disappeared, as there were severe penalties if they were caught. (29:45) With the mention of Cottingham Elsie is again reminded of the case she talked about previously, where the woman murdered her children. She thinks the woman committed the crime cause of the problems caused by the menopause. This case really upset Elsie and she still recalls it vividly. (31:44) Petty offenders included shoplifters and pick-pockets (32:00) At this time dance halls closed at 10pm. Two police women were sent in to make sure people left at closing time, even though there were big robust men on the door. The WPCs also went into pubs and told any under-age drinkers to leave (according to Elsie, 14 years was under-age) (33:18) Elsie believes the police force has changed and that in the modern force wouldn't help each other. In her day they did support each other, for example they helped her write reports as she says that many of the officers were very literate Public access copy available on Preservica: (Search 'DDX1691/1')


Includes historical details of the East Riding Constabulary. Also covers the history of the East Riding Constabulary Old Comrades Association 1926-1996. The Association originally included serving officers and retired members of the Force. The film has either voice-over narrative or background music and is a mix of film clips, photographs and extracts from various committee minutes. Duration: 1 hour, 39 mins Timing: Action on film (00:16) Opening screen explains that on 28 Aug 1949 there were 15 full-time women's auxiliary police constables (WAPCs) in the East Riding Constabulary (ERC) (00:33) Photographgraph of the WAPCs in uniform. Close-ups of individual WAPCs (00:48) Elsie Yates (00:58) Vera Booth (1:15) Gwynneth M Merritt (1:32) Elizabeth B Thompson (1:53) Delia Renton (2:11) Dorothy E Coulson (2:27) Dora Throup (2:42) Hillary Thacker (2:59) Amy Easter (3:12) Dora Marshall (3:27) Marie Smith (3:42) Phyllis Atkinson (3:57) Elsie M Milner (4:12) Vera M Dykes (4:28) Kathleen E Berriman (4:50) Film clip of Swearing in Ceremony for WAPC's (poor quality) (6:15) WAPCs marching out of ceremony and parading down the street, watched by spectators (7:00) Film title 'The East Riding Constabulary Old Comrades Association 1926-1996' (7:13) Badge of the ERC (7:15) A voice over provides key facts about the constabulary. It was formed in 1857, with an original establishment of 63: one Chief Constable, 12 superintendents, 8 sergeants and 42 constables (7:40) 1872 The rank of Inspector was introduced and the establishment was 91 (7:57) 1920 A weekly rest day was introduced. The establishment was 153 (8:18) 1928 19 officers of Beverley Borough Police merged into the East Riding force (8:29) 1948 The establishment increased to 265 and included 5 police women. Four operational divisions, Bridlington, Beverley, Brough and Pocklington (8:47) During the period 1946 to 1952 there were various mergers between divisions (9:20) June 30 1968. The force ceased to exist as it was merged into the York and NE Yorkshire Police. At the time of the merger there were 312 officers - 302 male and 10 female. During the one hundred and eleven years of the force there were ten Chief Constables (each shown in a photographgraph): (10:04) Lt Col B Granville-Lanyard 1856-72 (10:07) Major H J Bower 1872-99 (10:10) Major W H Dunlop 1899-1924 (10:14) Captain P J Sillitoe 1925-26 (10:17) Captain A F Hordern AFC 1926-34 (10:21) J E Ryall Esq OBE 1934-39 (10:23) R D Lemon Esq 1939-42 (10:27) G E Banwell Esq OBE MCL 1942-46 (10:31) Brigadier J N Cheney OBE DL 1946-53 (10:34) J W P Blenkin Esq 1953-68 (10:40) Narrative continues. Autumn 1926, the idea of forming an 'Old Comrades Association' was discussed between Chief Constable Captain Hordern and Sergeant Fraser, to promote the good feeling that existed between serving officers and retired members of the force (11:01) 22 Nov 1926. After further discussion, it was unanimously decided that on 1 January 1927 the East Riding Constabulary Old Comrades Association should be established. The first committee was elected. Its members were: President - Captain A F Hordern (Chief Constable) Vice President - Superintendant G Ward (Deputy Chief Constable) Chairman - Superintendent H Huddleston Vice Chairman - Inspector W T Calam Secretary - Sergeant A C Fraser Assistant Secretary - PC A E Nicholls Treasurer - Sergeant T Haigh Committee: Superintendent J Sweeney, Inspector R Maw, Sergeant C W Taylor, Ex-Superintendent J Crisp, Ex-Superintendent G Jackson, Ex-Inspector W K Martin, Ex-Sergeant J Cunneyworth, Ex-PC G Roantree (12:01) The present Committee (Elected 26.9.1995): President - J Bennett BEM (Ex-Deputy Chief Constable) Chairman - F W Shakesby (Ex-Chief Superintendent) Vice Chairman - C E Maidment BEM (Ex-Superintendent) Secretary - H Atkinson Assistant Secretary - K F Brooke Treasurer - A Edgar Committee: C A Braithwaite LLB, J R Ellerker, L Elliott, B Gent, T W J Gillingham, B Gregory, R H Padwick, W A Rice, D H Taylor, E B M Ushaw photographgraphs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (12:33) Alexander Collie Fraser (ERC 1925-1951) 54 years service to the Association (12:40) George Waind Deputy Chief Constable (ERC 1886-1928) photograph taken 1890 (12:50) Hartley Huddleston MBE KPM Deputy Chief Constable (ERC 1900-1943) 18 years service to the Association (13:02) Thomas Haigh (ERC 1910-42) photograph taken 1912 (13:10) Charles William Taylor (ERC 1903-1934) photograph taken 1913 (13:20) William King Martin (ERC 1888-1920) photograph taken 1910 (13:25) Joseph Crisp KPM (ERC 1888-1921) photograph taken 1910 (13:30) James Gunneyworth (ERC 1893-1926) photograph taken 1903 (13:40) Gage Roantree (ERC 1894-1920) photograph taken 1900 (13:45)Robert Maw (ERC 1900-38) 25 years service to the Association (13:55) Extract from minutes of AGM of ERC Old Comrades Association 21.4.1927 Every member would be given an Old Comrades Association lapel badge (14:07) photograph of the ERC Old Comrades Association lapel badge (14:14) 1928 photograph of the members of the ERC Old Comrades Association wearing their lapel badges (15:47) Extract from minutes of AGM of ERC Old Comrades Association 18.6.1928 Members of the Association who are serving members of the force may buy and wear an Association tie. When a member retires he will be given a free tie (16:06) photograph of ERC Old Comrades Association tie photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (16:13) Charles Aaron Jackson (ERC 1900-35) photograph taken 1928 28 years service to the Association (16:22) Albert Cornelius Bowler KPM (ERC 1921-55) 23 years service to the Association (16:38) Albert Edward Nicholls (ERC 1922-1947) photograph taken 1946 (16:46) Jesse Wood (Beverley Borough 1921 ERC 1928-1949) photograph taken 1930 (17:00) March 1930 East Riding Standard Joint Committee. £300 was approved for furniture for Sessions House. Part of the money was used to buy a desk for the Chief Constable, which continued in use until 1968 (17:41) A photographgraph of the Chief Constable's desk photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (18:13) Walter Robert Robson (ERC 1906-1940) photograph taken 1920 (18:21) Edward Hinds (ERC 1911-1941) photograph 1913 (18:32) Henry Worsfold (ERC 1899-1930) photograph taken 1928 (18:39) Richard Dickinson Huddleston (ERC 1928-1955) (18:47) Charles Brookes (ERC 1911-37) photograph taken 1912 (18:53) Daniel Joseph Considine (ERC 1894-1924) photograph 1910 (18:58) John Robert Beale (ERC 1922-1954) 30 years service to the Association (19:05) Percy Wilson Burton (ERC 1919-1947) photograph 1946 (19:09) James Herbert Pittaway (ERC 1919-1948) photograph taken 1946 (19:15) Eric Hall (ERC 1927-1964) (19:21) Harry Hardwick (ERC 1896-1926) photograph 1910 (19:26) Cyril Nelson Chapman (ERC 1927-1957) (19:31) Charles Kilvington (ERC 1904-1931) photograph 1909 (19:37) Godfrey Edmund Dickinson (ERC 1931-1963) (19:43) 1927-38 AGM/Reunions of the ERC Old Comrades Association were held at Bridlington. These consisted of lunch, the meeting and a bowls match. Lists the hotels used (20:13) 1927-1938 The East Riding Standing Joint Committee approved items of expenditure for a new oil lamp, a lawn mower, a new Jowett light car, two-foot four- fold wooden rulers for every member of the force (20:51) Photograph of two-foot four- fold wooden ruler (20:58) Other items of expenditure included an allowance for police recruits attending a course on police duties, the building of a police house at Bubwith, and provision of water to a police house at Fulford (21:40) 28 Aug 1942 Fifteen Women's Auxiliary Police Constables were enrolled 21:54) A repeat of the poor quality film showing the swearing in ceremony of the WPCs photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (23:49) Harry Maidment (ERC 1921-1945) photograph taken 1928 (23:55) Charles Ernest Vernon MBE Deputy Chief Constable. Joined the East Riding Constabulary as the first civilian clerk in 1925. Joined the force in 1927, retired 1961 20 years service to the Association (24:06) Frank Jackson (ERC 1927-1958) (24:14) James Colley (ERC 1920-1950) (25:15) A short film (poor quality recording) showing a gathering of special constables at Beverley in 1944, at which they presented a silver cigarette case to Major Robert Gledhow on his resignation, who had resigned from the special constabulary due to his commitments as Director of Hull Brewery. He provided beer as refreshment for the meeting. He continued a connection to the force until his death in 1982 (26:30) Photographs of the silver cigarette case presented to Major Gledhow, showing its inscription photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (27:11) Frank Harris (ERC 1905-1932) photograph taken 1909 (27:23) Alec Oscar Godbold (ERC 1928-1958) (27:33) Charles Wilson Taylor (ERC 1929-1965) (27:47) 18 Mar 1946 Meeting of the East Riding Standing Committee It was reported that a road safety film called 'The man with the notebook' had been made by Ernest Symmons, the owner of the Playhouse in Beverley, under the direction of the Traffic Department (28:36) The road safety film. The opening sequence is of a man with a notebook (G E Banwell) and the viewer is told that it contains notes about road accidents and their causes. The narrator goes on to describe a series of traffic incidents often involving children, and warns drivers to be aware of the likely actions of pedestrians when driving (31:23) The final incident described, is the story of an elderly gentleman, Richard Shaw, who steps out onto the road from behind a bus and is knocked over by a van. He is taken to hospital in an ambulance. The narrator suggests this could happen to any elderly person crossing the street without due care (33:30) During 1946 this film was shown in every cinema in the East Riding to an estimated 37,000 people (34:00) Sunday 14t Aug 1945 A service was held at Beverley Minster to commemorate the end of the war. It was conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr Garbett. Almost 1000 members of the East Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary attended (34:26) Film of the service in Beverley Minster commemorating the end of the war (poor quality). The opening shot shows the Archbishop outside Beverley Minster (34:33) The camera pans across the crowd as the police parade in front of the Minster (36:06) The parade continues with members of the services (37:09) Police officers enter the minster behind the cross and the rest of the spectators follow (37:15) The film closes with outside shots of the Minster photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (37:18) John Wharrick (ERC 1908-1937) photograph taken 1928 (37:25) George Edward Howes (ERC 1927-1956) (37:32) Albert Holliday Cook (ERC 1919-1946) photograph taken 1920 (37:38) Frederick Horace Evans (ERC 1939-1968) 23 years service to the Association (37:48) Extract from minutes of AGM of ERC Old Comrades Association 20 Jul 1948 Covers changes to the force including the new pillar system at Bridlington (38:07) A photograph of a policeman standing beside one of the new police pillars (38:21) Other subjects covered were the setting up of an Old Comrades Association in Cheshire by Mr G E Banwell and Sergeant Solomon Janney, aged 92 years, who had served in the force 1879-1908 Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (38:46) Anthony Lawrence Nolan (ERC 1928-1958) (38:51) George Southwick (ERC 1908-1937) photograph taken 1910 (38:58) Robert William Wilkinson (ERC 1936-1966) 29 years service to the Association (39:06) Lucius Holmes (ERC 1932-1962) 24 years service to the Association (39:12) Extract of Committee meeting of ERC Old Comrades Association 30 Jul 1951 It was agreed that the supply of lapel badges should end (39:23) 4 Jan 1952 The Pocklington Division was abolished and the area integrated into three new divisions - Buckrose, Holderness and Howdenshire (40:27) 15 Dec 1952 The East Riding Standing Joint Committee gave approval to set up a Police Dog Section 1 Jan 1953 Two puppies were acquired, Pluto and Quanta (40:53) Photograph of the two puppies acquired for the Police Dog Section (41:01) Clifford Beacock (ERC 1952-1968) was Pluto's handler (41:11) John Martin (ERC 1948-1968) handled Quanta (41:454) During their service Pluto and Quanta were used at over 4000 incidents and were responsible for the arrest of more than 40 criminals Photographs of prominent member of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (42:02) Joseph Thomson (ERC 1928-1958) 26 years service to the Association (42:02) Group photograph of the ERC Old Comrades Association taken in 1952, with close ups of the members (43:10) Group photograph of the ERC Old Comrades Association taken in 1953, with close ups of the members (44:21) After the war and until the late 1950s there was an annual church parade to Beverley Minster for regulars and specials (44:31) A series of photographs of the parades in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, and 1957 (45:29) Group photograph of seven WPCs taken in 1955 (45:33) Group photograph of the ERC Old Comrades Association taken in 1956, with close ups of the members Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (46:44) Jack Bennett BEM Deputy Chief Constable (ERC 1932-1968) 40 years service to Association (47:01) Charles Samuel Aubrey Cross (ERC 1924-51) (47:08) Charles Alfred Bennett (ERC 1914-1945) photograph taken 1928 (47:16) 1957 An Old Comrades Association committee meeting held at Newsomes Café. A series of close ups of members during dinner (47:58) September 1958. The story of the capture of an armed criminal is summarised on screen. The wanted man, Stanley Mackins, was pursued from Bridlington to Skerne. The chase included stolen cars, a stolen bicycle and the crew of an RAF helicopter. When he was finally caught he was persuaded, by Sergeant Thomas Huddleston, to hand over his revolver (49:24) Photograph showing the police officers involved in the incident that led to the arrest of Stanley Mackins. Sergeant Thomas Hartley Huddleston was awarded the George Medal, the highest civilian award for bravery. Constables Ronald Taylor, Roy Malcolm Jewitt and David Morris Murphy were awarded the British Empire Medal and Mr Christopher Hodgson, a farmer who assisted in the chase, was also awarded the British Empire Medal. Stanley Mackins was sentenced to 9 years prison at York Assizes (50:04) Close ups of the officers who were involved in the pursuit of Stanley Mackins Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (50:18) Herbert Bywater Appleton (ERC 1936-1964) (50:24) Ronald Edward Teare (ERC 1949-1968) (50:29) George Calver (ERC 1920-1950) photograph taken 1920 (50:37) 1958 A group photograph of members of the ERC Old Comrades Association with close ups of individual members (51:40) 1956 A group photograph of members of the ERC Old Comrades Association with close ups of individual members (52:55) 1960 A group photograph of members of the ERC Old Comrades Association with close ups of individual members (54:06) Extract of Committee meeting of the ERC Old Comrades Association 31.5.1960. The Chairman A C Fraser was congratulated on his election to Deputy Mayor of Bridlington Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (54:28) Clarence Jackson Gibson (ERC 1919-1949) (54:30) George Constable (BB: 1919 ERC 1928-1949) (54:36) Extract from the AGM of the ERC Old Comrades Association 10 Jul 1961. A resolution that the force tie should be adopted as the official tie of the ERC Old Comrades Association (54:57) A photograph of the official tie of the ERC Old Comrades Association (55:05) 1961 A group photograph of members of the ERC Old Comrades Association with close ups of individual members Photographs of prominent member of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (56:17) Geoffrey George Booth MBE (ERC 1934-1967) (56:28) Between 1942-1961 the AGM and reunions of the ERC Old Comrades Association were held at Bridlington, with luncheon and a bowls match. Lists the relevant cafes (56:54) At these meetings during 1942-1961 the deaths of the following comrades were commemorated: (57:01) 1948-1949 Henry Hudson 1902-1922, Hartley Huddleston MBE KPM (DCC) 1900-1943 (57:16) 1949-1950 Charles Sharpe 1878-1908, George Edward Castle 1891-1915, Anthony Nalton 1890-1920, Leonard Smith 1926-1934, Captain Sir Archibald Frederick Hodern AFC 1926-1934 (57:35) 1951-1952 Fred Nalton 1892-1920 (57:40) 1952-53 William Mitchell 1890-1922, Charles Spriggs 1892-1919, Richard Jefferson 1901-1905 & 1908-1927, Edward Hinds 1911-1941, Joseph Banham Midgley 1911-1937, Arthur Long (photograph) 1919-1947 (58:05) 1953-1954 William King Martin 1888-1920 (58:12) 1954-55 Harry Maidment 1921-1945, William Edgar Paul 1922-1933, Thomas Henry Loft (photograph) 1924-1954, Thomas Hayton (photograph) Ex BB 1928-1947 (58:29) 1955-56 Robert Maw 1900-1938, Charles Aaron Jackson 1900-1935, William Green 1904-1932, Samuel Francis Jefferson 1906-1932, James Edward Ryall OBE 1934-1939, George barr (photograph) 1920-1948 (58:55) 1956-1957 Arthur Kirby 1896-1923, Thomas William Baron 1903-1933, George Southwick 1908-1937, Frank Cecil Luke 1913-1927 & 1932-1941, George Witcher Emmans 1914-1940, David Etherington 1919-1948 (59:17) 1957-1958 Samuel Cross 1898-1925, John McKie 1903-1930, Robert Greenhalgh Townsend 1914-1940, Albert Holliday Cook 1914-1946, Alfred Robson (photograph) 1919-1948 (59:38) 1958-1959 Henry Boyes 1910-1938 (59:45) 1959-1960 Frank Harris 1905-1932, Harold Dalton 1911-1941, Edward Kirkby (photograph) Ex BB 1928-1955, Jack Payne (photograph) 1939-1959 (1:00:07) 1960-1961 Thomas Hartley Huddleston GM 1928-1958, Percy, Robert Akrill Ex BB 1928-1945 (1:00:27) Between 1942-1961 East Riding Standing Joint Committee approved a number of items of expenditure including: Jan 1942 2s.6d per month for those officers using their own typewriters for police work Mar 1942 increase of boot allowance from 1s.0d to 1s.6d a week Dec 1945 5 dozen police hand lamps at a cost of 10s.0d plus tax (1:01:00) Photograph of police hand lamp (1:01:00) Dec 1946 £45 to install electricity at the police house in Cottingham Apr 1947 £45 for, eleven officers to attend a typewriter course Sep 1947 £1995 10s 6d to build a new police house at Bishop Burton Apr 1948 2s 0d a week regular bike allowance May 1949 6 Ford cars at a cost of £309 19s 5d each (1:02:25) Dec 1951 £2958 14s 0d to build a new police house at Leconfield (1:03:14) Dec 1960 introduction of sick leave being taken for up to 3 days without a medical certificate (1:03:30) Extract from the minutes of the ERC Old Comrades Association Committee meeting 10 Jun 1962. AGM/Reunions would take the form of an evening dinner instead of lunch as previously Photograph of prominent member of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:03:51) Henry William Walker-Smith (ERC 1947-1968) (1:03:58) Extract from the minutes of the AGM of the ERC Old Comrades Association 1 Oct 1963. The late Samuel James Middleton (ERC 1907-1933) had bequeathed a sum of £150 to the ERC Old Comrades Association. It was decided to get a quote for the cost of a silver Order Bell for use at future AGMs 13.10.1964 The silver Order Bell was purchased, with enough money left over to buy 2 silver cigarette boxes with the ERC badge. These would be filled with cigarettes and passed around at future reunions (1:05:01) A photograph of the Order Bell and the cigarette boxes purchased with the sum of money bequeathed by Samuel James Middleton (1:05:05) Samuel John Middleton, photograph taken 1920 (ERC 1907-1933) whose legacy purchased a silver Order Bell and 2 silver cigarette boxes Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:05:19) John Thomas Lofthouse (ERC 1939-1968) (1:05:25) Cornelius Riordan (ERC 1920-1950). He was responsible for the publication of the Blue Centenary Book (1:05:45) Photograph of the Blue Centenary Book (1:05:49) Dennis Carter Beal (ERC 1934-1964) (1:05:53) John Wilkinson (ERC 1937-1967) (1:06:00) ERC Old Comrades Association AGM/reunion 1964 Masonic Hall, Beverley. A photograph of members having dinner, with close ups of individuals. The tables are set with white table cloths, serviettes, flowers and bottles of beer Photograph of prominent member of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:08:00) Charles Edward Maidment BEM (ERC 1930-1967) 20 years service to the Association (1:08:14) East Riding Police Traffic Department. Several items of interest are highlighted photograph of the first car bought by ERC in 1917, seen with PC 147 George Francis Atkinson (1:08:33) Summer 1929, organised motor patrols first operated (1:08:35) Jan 1930, the Road Traffic Act 1930 required regular police motor patrols. The force was authorised to have 8 vehicles. Stables were converted into garages for motor patrol vehicles in several police areas (1:09:11) Oct 1933 £370 was approved to buy 2 new BSA Tri-cars (1:09:23) Photograph of one of the Tri-cars (1:09:24) Mar 1953, introduction of the 30mph speed limit in built-up areas required the re-organisation of motor patrols Apr 1936 £210 approved to buy 4 new Norton motor cycles Mar 1937 The Invicta and Lea Francis patrol cars were replaced by an MG and a Ford (1:09:57) Photograph of one of the patrol cars, registration: WF 6145 Jun 1938 Approval for 4 new MGs to be purchased. Mar 1939, the Ford car was replaced by a Wolseley. Apr 1947 Eleven MGs purchased for motor patrol duties at a cost of £538 3s 1d each (£5920 in total) (1:10:35) Photograph of the eleven MGs with their first drivers: Bernard Grey, Norman Wood, Fred Thompson, Frank Perry, Cyril Widd (possibly Wade), Doug Threlfell, Ted Maidment, Ernie Theakston, Don Foster, Jack Boyes, Ian Bilmer, Les Dalton, Stan Loft (1:11:19) Police Exhibition, Grimsby 1985. A short film taken at the exhibition showing a group of ex-officers, including Ted Maidment, Mr Bulmore and Ron Taylor, looking at one of the old MGs, which was sold in about 1952. They recollect incidents that took place while they were driving patrol cars (1:16:35) At the end of the film the ex officers are presented with the photograph showing all the MG patrol cars and their drivers (1:17:10) Photograph of MG registration: FBT 29 in Novr 1994, with new owner Mr Gerry Garrett. Also in the picture is Don Foster, who drove the MG, and Ted Maidment, who is in the driving seat. (1:17:30) Photograph of Barry Peacock, one of the original drivers, with the MG FBT 29. The car is valued at £16,000. When it was new it cost about £583 (old money) or £244 (new money) (1:17:46) This photograph shows another MG that survived, FBT 32. The new owner is from Hamburg, Otto Michael Thalaker. The original driver was Cyril Widd (1:18:05) A photograph showing MG FBT 112 in the mid 1980s. It has been owned for the last eighteen years by Chris Alderson in Hampshire. Ernie Theakston was the original driver (1:18:33) The next shot shows MG FBT 114 in Jul 1969, when it was bought for £60 by Mike Parker. This car had been driven by Bernard Grey and then Gordon Jackson (1:18:44) A short film showing owners Mike and Diane Parker working on MG FBT 114, which they are starting to restore after twenty seven years. On 5 Aug 1996 Gordon Jackson and Jack Boyes went to see how the restoration was going (1:20:51) Dec 1947, money was approved to buy a vehicle to convey prisoners (1:20:43) Dec 1949 Wireless facilities were introduced into eleven patrol cars (1:21:00) PC 197 John Clifford Farr with an Austin 7 in 1950 (1:21:28) Photograph showing an officer wearing a crash helmet that was supplied to motorcycle patrol officers in 1952 (1:21:35) Panning shot showing 4 new A70s bought for the Traffic Department in Jul 1953 (1:23:30) Mar 1954 Road Safety van adapted as a mobile cinema showing road safety films (1:24:21) Photograph of a patrol motorcycle fitted with a radio in February 1958 (1:24:29) Summer 1963 A scheme was introduced where advanced police drivers advised members of the public on their driving ability (1:25:13) Feb 1965 two tone horns were fitted to thirteen patrol cars photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:25:31) John Henry Cartledge (ERC 1946-1968) (1:25:39) Frank Yeadon LLB (ERC 1946-1968) (1:25:45) John Barrie Peacock MBE (ERC 1946-1968) (1:25:52) Arthur Robert Oliver (ERC 1935-1965) (1:25:59) Between 1962 and 1965 East Riding Standing Joint Committee and between 1966 and 1968 East Riding Police Committee approved expenditure to purchase a new Ford Popular car, increase wireless facilities to fifty four police vehicles and fit twelve rural beat cars with heaters (1:26:56) Apr 1965 A regional crime squad was established (1:27:57) A photograph of 9 new Ford Anglia cars purchased in Sep 1967 (1:28:09) Extract from the minutes of the ERC Old Comrades Association Committee meeting 24 Oct 1967. The EYRC will cease to exist on 30 Jun 1968. Members were asked whether they wanted to continue with the present Association or begin a new one. The majority were in favour of a new Association Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:28:47) Geoffrey Noble DFC (ERC 1950-1968) (1:28:53) Ronald Anderson Kenneth Dibbs (ERC 1951-1968) (1:29:02) John Arthur Bilton (ERC 1947-1968) (1: 29:10) Jun 1968 Final copy of the East Riding Police Quarterly Newsletter for Pensioned Officers marking the end of the East Riding Constabulary. It lists promotions, transfers and appointments Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:31:17) James Robert Ellerker ((ERC 1937-1967) 27 years service to the Association (1:31:24) John Arthur Simpson (ERC 1949-1968) (1:31:32) Extract from the minutes of the ERC Old Comrades Association Committee meeting 14 Oct 1969 The Secretary reported that there was a lack of support for a new Association from serving officers. It was therefore decided that the ERC Old Comrades Association would continue to be for pensioner members and ex ERC officers serving in or retiring from other forces Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:32:04) Richard Schadla Hall (ERC 1947-1967) (1:32:10) Charles Fenner Tichias (ERC 1928-1958) (1:32:16) Fred James Bass (ERC 1946-1968) (1:32:23) Minutes of the ERC Old Comrades Association Committee meeting 11 Apr 1973 resolved all civilians employed by ERC be allowed to attend future reunions of the Old Comrades Association. Lists the venues for the meetings between 1962-1973 (1:33:10) Members stood in silence remembering the deaths of the following Old Comrades (1:33:16) 1961-62 George Winter 1900-1931, Christopher Milner 1919-1945, Harold Norman Clarke (photograph) joined 1937, died 1962 (1:35:32) 1962-1963 Harold Worsfold 1899-1930, Whitely Threadgold 1902-1929, Samuel James Middleton 1907-1933, Charles Southwick 1911-1941, George Chapman 1911-1940, Charles Alfred Bennett (photograph) 1919-1948, Walter Wilson Barker (photograph) 1920-1950 (1:34:04) 1963-1964 Charles Jackson 1890-1915, Frederick Davidson 1904-1914 & 1924-1944, Percy Wilson Burton 1919-1947, Albert Edward Nicholls 1922-1947, Albert Yates (photograph) BB 1927 ERC 1928-1957, George Henry Davison (photograph) joined 1936 and died 1964 (1:34:32) 1964-65 Frank Lang 1899-1925, Charles Kilvington 1904-1931, Frank Avery 1907-1926, Thomas Smith 1915-1944, James Herbert Pittaway 1919-1948, Arthur Chester 1919-1946, Albert Leighton 1919-1945, John Robert Stork (photograph) 1921-1951, Charles Hopkin 1925-1955 (1:35:07) 1965-1966 Benjamin Wilkinson 1909-1935, Thomas Haigh 1910-1942, John Robert Beale 1922-1954, Cecil Cooke (photograph) 1920-1946, Harold Hudson Walker (photograph) BB 1924 ERC 1928-1954, Geoffrey Houghton (photograph) 1930-1960, Cornelius Radmall Boam (photograph) 1938-1965 (1:35:37) 1966-67 John Wharrick 1908-37, Clarence Jackson Gibson 1919-1949, Charles Snowden 1919-1949, Charles Henry Hill 1919-1944, Harold Overment (photograph) 1911-1936 (1:36:00) 1967-1968 Anthony Lawrence Nolan 1928-1958 (1:36:06) 1969-1970 Fred Cooper 1899-1925, Brigadier John Norman Cheney OBE DL 1946-1953, John Trafford Wilson 1955-1968, Charles Edward Smith (photograph) 1920-1946, Thomas Percy Jacks (photograph) 1921-1946, Stanley Loft (photograph) 1926-1956, Charles Ernest Vernon MBE (photograph) 1927-1961, Horace Stanley Alcock (photograph) 1927-1959, Bernard Gray (photograph) 1937-1967 (1:36:43) 1970-1971 Alexander Parker (photograph) 1923-1955, Leonard Ducker (photograph) 1926-1958, George Henry French (photograph) 1926-1956, Ronald Wynn (photograph) 1937-1967 (1:37:03) 1971-1972 Charles Henry Brown Walker 1912-1938, George Francis Atkinson 1914-1940, William Henry Taylor (photograph) 1911-1940, Jesse Barker (photograph) 1920-1950, Alfred Harold Falgate (photograph) 1922-1952, Robert Lambert (photograph) 1927-1958, Cyril Joseph Potter (photograph) 1927-1952 (1:37:340) 1972-1973 George William Stothard 1900-1928, Thomas Walls Bird 1903-1929, Cyril John Scrowston (photograph) 1925-1957, Harold Tate (photograph) 1931-1962, Arthur Bolton (photograph) 1933-1959 photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:38:07) Elsie Brenda May Ushaw (ERC 1947-1968) 22 years service to Association (1:38:14) William Albert Rice (ERC 1951-1968) 20 years service to Association (1:38:21) John Charles Geoffrey Pepys (ERC 1949-1968) (1:38:28) Frederick William Shakesby (ERC 1946-1968) 21 years service to Association (1:38:38) Brian Gregory (ERC 1965-1968) 15 years service to Association (1:38:45) Christopher Arthur Braithwaite LLB (ERC 1949-1968) 21 years service to Association (1:38:58) Minutes of the ERC Old Comrades Association Committee meeting 22 Apr 1976 Agreed free cigarettes would not be provided at future reunions Photographs of prominent members of the ERC Old Comrades Association: (1:39:11) John Clark (ERC 1957-1968) 15 years service to Association (1:39:17) George Pudsey (ERC 1954-1968) 19 years service to Association Public access copy available on Preservica: (Search 'DDX1691/2')


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