Fifty six men in uniform

This is the largest photo we have published so far and  collectively we have done remarkably well identifing all 56 men in uniform, at least so we thought until Davie Kerr has thrown a minor spanner into the works!

The photo is of Traffic Division taken outside the PRC, and we even know that the photographer was Erskine Warner who took it circa October 1973.

Through a process of elimination we have positively identified 55 men, but we had a query about No 48, who was initially identified by Steve Dean as Martin Lawrence.  Steve was close but had the wrong surname, We have now had it confirmed by several sources that it is Martin "Captain" Bowe - not Lawrence.  The other ID that gave us some trouble was #39 who we have now confirmed beyond doubt is Graham Marshall who remains a good friend of Sid Gordon's.  One other correction we needed to make was the correct spelling of Jann Pearce who served on the Force in the Police Garage at Prospect for most of his 22 years.

We believe a lesson has been learned from posting this photo.  We have a number of group photos that were taken during the 1950's and have almost no chance of identifying everyone, or even most of the officers in some of them.  This photo would be just the same in a few years without our collective memories working overtime.  During the next few months we will publish other group photos from the 1960's period so that we  can keep a permanent record of just who is who.  Your assistance will be much appreciated.

You will find the names of each of these officers below the three separate blow-up photos. If, by any chance you see a mistake please let us know

31st March 2014

We just heard from former P.C. Frank Smith who wrote to say that #31 was not Barrie Mancell.  He says,  "That is Frank Smith. I would recognize me anywhere!" Our apologies to Frank and it was good to hear from him.

 

Blow-up 1
Top Row -   1 Steve Dean, 2 Keith Cassidy,  3 Dave Ashurst,
4 Roger Kendall, 5 John Baxter 6 Norrie Galbraith
Second Row -  7 Malcolm Edwards, 8 Barry Higham, 9 Dick Coulthard,
10 Bob Payne, 11 Frank Dowie, 12 Owen Marsh
Seated -  13 Tom Cassin, 14 John Morris, 15  Keith Pratt, 16 Derek Jenkinson,17 Ian Scotland
Kneeling 18 Sandy Duncan, 19 Mick Hale
Blow-up 2
Top Row -   20 Gwyn Lewis, 21 Mick Walker,  22 Brian Nolan,  23 Andy Hall,  24 Gerry Harmer 25 Ray Bell
Second Row -  26 Douglas Victor, 27 Mel Gibbons, 28 Roddy Barclay,  
29 Bernie Pitman, 30 Hiram Edwards, 31 Frank Smith
Seated -  32 Eddie Foggo, 33 Derek Taylor 34 Jim McMaster, 35 Alf Morris, 36 Ernie Moniz, 37 Alan Keagle
 
 
Blow-up 3
Top Row -   38 Sid Gordon, 39  , 40 Anthony Taylor, 41 Martin Johnson, 42 Arden Cato, 43 Phil Every
Second Row -   44 Mike Baker, 45 Willie Bourne, 46 Steve Rollin, 47
David Small,  48 Martin"Captain" Bowe, 49 Mick Brown
Seated -   50 Mike Burke, 51 George Garrod,  52 Mike Kelly, 53 John McConnie,  54 Jann Pearce
Kneeling   55 Colin Fairbairn,  56 Rex Osborne
At one point we had four men who remained unidentified so we  posted these larger blow-ups.  Many thanks to all those who have contributed to successfully identifying so many so quickly!
Top row - Steve Dean, Keith Cassidy, Dave Ashurst
2nd Row -  Malcolm Edwards,   Barry Higham, Dick Coulthard

Top Row  -  Gwyn Lewis and Mick Walker
Bottom row -  Doug Victor and Mel Gibbons
Top row   -  Andy Hall,  Gerry Harmer,  and Ray Bell
 
Top Row - Sid Gordon,  39 Graham Marshall,  Tinker Taylor
Bottom row -  Mike Baker, Willie Bourne and Steve Rollin
 
Top Row -  Martin Johnson,   Arden Cato, and Phil Every
Bottom row - David Small, Martin Bowe, and Mick Brown
 
 
4.30pm Thursday 23 January 2014
Roddy Barclay has been trying unsuccessfully to add a couple of comments as follows:-
 

No 20 is Gwyn LEWIS

No 21 Mick WALKER

No 24 Gerry HARMER

No 42 Arden CATO

Technical info:  Photo taken on the patio of PRC circa October 1973 by DC Erskine Colchester Warner.

We are very grateful to Roddie for this information.  By our reckoning we now have just two guys to identify and they are No. 7 standing next to Barry Higham who appears to be about the same height as both Barry Higham and Dick Coulthard,  and No. 39 standing between Sid Gordon and Tinker Taylor.  That means 54 down and 2 to go.

This is presuming that all the other names are correct!

Friday 24th January -  

Jeff Baker has ID'd No 7 as Malcolm Edwards, and Dave Ashurst has correctly pointed out that  No 14 is Ken Morris not John "Rigor" Morris.  So we are down to ONE!

APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE

Another issue this photo raises is that despite the best efforts of the Bermuda Ex-Police Officers Association to keep our records up-to-date, there are a significant number of our former colleagues for whom we have no contact details, including many of the guys in this photograph.

However, it is likely that you may be able to assist us in making contact with some of them.  Here is a list of those in the photo for whom we don’t appear to have any contact information. If you happen to have their email addresses etc. we urge you to either contact them directly about our website, or forward us their details and we will make contact if possible.

Mike Baker

Willie Bourne

Mick Brown

Arden Cato

Frank Dowie

Colin Fairbairn

Norrie Galbraith

Mick Hale

Gerry Harmer

Martin Bowe

Gwyn Lewis

Brian Nolan

Anthony “Tinker” Taylor

Mick Walker

Douglas Victor

We did have some problems with Sid Gordon's email address but that has been resolved and we are in touch with him (see entry in our "Keeping in Touch" column

 

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#37 Davie Kerr 2016-01-25 17:03
Have just been going through these pics again and have seen the name Mick Walker. Has anyone an e-mail address for him? I ask this because, before he joined the Police, he was in the Army with a bloke who works in the petrol station of my local Morrison's in Fort William!

Editors note - We don't have one here Davie but hopefully someone else will know how to contact Mick.
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#36 Davie Kerr 2014-05-12 16:21
Willow. I think I may actually have a phone number for Owen: I'll e-mail it to you if I can find it.

Editors note - We also have an email address for Owen and wrote to him today and it hasn't yet bounced back. Hoping to hear from him soon.
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#35 Davie Kerr 2014-05-12 04:43
I know Ian Pearce started life as Ian, but then changed it to Jann, and is now Willow: "Diff'rent strokes, For diff'rent folks…"

Editors note - According to my list of police officers Jann's first name has always been Jann even though some guys might have called him Ian, and some spelled his surname wrong for many years, but he is definitely Jann Pearce.
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#34 Jann Pearce 2014-05-11 23:30
I hope you got my e mail Roger. It's only taken 40 years to get my first and second name right! Nice to see the pics of the people in ops. Do you know the whereabouts of Owen Marsh? So sorry to hear about Sandy Duncan.
Bye for now.

Editors note - Thanks Jann. Hopefully we now have it right - at long last. We have an old email for Owen Marsh and I will check to see if it's correct before forwarding it to you. Agreed re Sandy. Will be adding something about him to the website in the next few days.
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#33 Wayne robinson 2014-05-11 21:57
number 54 was Ian Pearce not Jann he was in my class basic course #15

Editors note - I'm not so sure you are correct Wayne. It sure looks like Jann Pearce to me. Can anyone else confirm either way?

Editors note - Jann Pearce has written to confirm that it is him. Davie Kerr points out that people used to call Jann by the name Ian although his correct name was and is Jann.
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#32 Frank Smith 2014-03-30 17:59
#31 the one below Ray Bell is Frank Smith. I'd know me anywhere.
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#31 John McQuaid 2014-03-27 17:14
:cry: It must be devastating to be the only one who no-one recognises!

Bring on some 60s pics

Editors note - Will see what we can do.
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#30 Mick Brown 2014-03-12 14:57
Takes me back looking at this lot. I did send you a photo a few weeks back of me Steve Rollin and Ken Vanthal sat astride "mervelettes" outside McBeath block a few days after our arrival on the rock. Me at the ripe old age of 22 and I've just had my 65th. - frightening how time flies!
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#29 Frank Dowie 2014-03-05 06:08
What a pity....I have only just seen this after receiving a message from Bob Porritt. I wish I had the chance to to join in the guessing game. I'm afraid I can't help with contact address for the other 'lost soles' but I have been in contact with numerous other former members. Will provide some details of my survival in an email.

Editors note - Good to hear from you Frank. We would be pleased to hear how you are doing these days, and also to hear details of any other former members you have been in touch with.
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#28 jeff Baker 2014-01-27 19:18
I agree with Dick Coulthard #48 is Martin (Captain) Bowe.
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