An Unforgettable Day

This is without doubt the most difficult photograph we have in our archives when it comes to trying to identify everyone in it.   We thought that many people would quickly be able to figure out exactly where and when it was taken,  and that was the case. It was taken on the morning of 2nd February 1965 shortly before the BELCO riot started.  These officers are standing on Serpentine Road directly opposite the main entrance to BELCO where the picketing was taking place.  

We said that all those present at the time would surely never forget the experience and that is no doubt true. Unfortunately we can't see most of their faces, but we have been able to definitely identify some of these officers, and have received some suggestions as to some of the others, but chances are we will never know for sure, particularly many of those on the back row who we can hardly see at all.  Here is our best shot so far:-

Officers on duty opposite BELCO on 2nd February 1965
Back row (l-r)  Ian Davis, Nick Hall, Malcom "Chalky" White, possibly Barrie Meade, Dennis Meehan, rest not clear
Front row -  Unknown, Possibly Walter Somers, Neil Cox, Crawford "Crow" Rae, possibly Roger Sherratt, Unknown,
Believed to be Laurie Jackson,  Mick Hills, Wayne Perinchief, possibly Mike Caulkett, unknown photographer,
unknown officer looking into vehicle, Sgt John Cafferkey, Sgt Hilton Wingood.

Blow-up 1

 

Blow-up 2

 

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#14 R Henagulph 2017-05-14 19:50
Quoting Terry:
The face looking into the vehicle looks like Andy Bermingham as he was much shorter than most. Then again it could be Noddy Henagulph.

Just an observation on my part.

Noddy here; I wasn't at BELCO!

Editors note - Many thanks Robin.
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#13 Terry 2014-11-29 18:17
Thanks for the photo's 1965 was taken from quite a long distance away and it's almost impossible to identify all.

Any idea who took the photo?
Was it a Media one or other.

Editors note - Good question Terry. I think I acquired the photo quite recently from some boxes that were stored at Police HQ so it was no doubt taken by one of our police photographers. It was not Paul Farrell who joined just a few weeks before the riot, and it wasn't Ray Hodges who joined well afterwards. Maybe Cal Christopher, John Logan or Mike Woods?
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#12 Terry 2014-11-28 15:40
Well I am one for facial recognition and personal memories.
that is why I enjoy the site.
If shoulder numbers were the norm there would be no need to test as it would be self explanatory.

Thanks for the photo's and memories Roger.

Editors note - We normally rely 100% on memories and personal recognition but the photo of the group of police officers outside BELCO on that fateful day in 1965 was taken from quite a long distance away and it's almost impossible to identify all those present. I believe I was one of those in the photo because I was there until I left to attend Court just before the riot started. Even so, I'm not sure if one of the officers is me. It would be great to identify everyone in this photo, by any means, but that is most unlikely. Hopefully our next Who Where and When photo will not be so difficult!
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#11 Davie Kerr 2014-11-25 11:17
Don't suppose there's any way someone could bring up the shoulder numbers more clearly, is there? It would certainly help with ID's.
And could the bloke in Pic 1 with his thumbs hooked into his breast pockets be Walter Somers?

Editors note - Good idea Davie but I suspect that they will appear too fuzzy. Unfortunately by IPhoto application is down but as soon as it is repaired will try to magnify the numbers. It could be Walter Somers. Does anyone know where he went to after leaving Bermuda?
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#10 Terry 2014-11-24 18:23
Quoting Dave O Meara:
Hola, in pic #1, could the 4th PC from the left be Barrie Meade!. I seem to remember he use to stick his chin out a bit just like the PC in the pic.
Dave O'

Editors note - Have had a close look at the photo Dave, but can't be sure at all that it is Barrie Meade. However, I believe that the guy just to his right i.e. 5th from the left in the back tow is Dennis Meehan.


From Terry - Lost me on this one Dave.
Editors note - Terry, Dave is of the opinion that the person 4th from the left in the back row could be Barrie Meade.
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#9 Terry 2014-11-22 18:14
I don't know why Wayne has not chimed in here yet.
He should know or have an opinion.
Anyway....
Take care.

Editors note - Have been trying to get in contact with Wayne but no success so far.
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#8 Dave O Meara 2014-11-20 08:16
Hola, in pic #1, could the 4th PC from the left be Barrie Meade!. I seem to remember he use to stick his chin out a bit just like the PC in the pic.
Dave O'

Editors note - Have had a close look at the photo Dave, but can't be sure at all that it is Barrie Meade. However, I believe that the guy just to his right i.e. 5th from the left in the back row is Dennis Meehan.
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#7 Terry 2014-11-18 18:21
Editors note - great observation Terry. Will check the record and confirm if he was still a PC at that time.

Ask Wayne.
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#6 Terry 2014-11-12 11:20
Mike, not sure if you are saying that the tall guy at the end of the first line is you.

Editors note - Just a couple of other id's. The guy 4th from the left on the front row is, I believe, Crawford "Crow" Rae, and the guy on the back row 3rd from left facing the camera is definitely Malcolm "Chalkie" White.

The guy your talking about is wearing a Parish Crash Helmet. Can't remember his name. He was a Parish Constable.
I don't think it was Crawford Yoeman Rae.

An opinion.
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#5 Terry 2014-11-11 15:06
[quote name="Mike Caulkett"]When Terry suggests that the person 4th from the right might be me I think he was including the three Sgts which would mean that the person he was suggesting was me was the tall constable with his left shoulder against the side of the van. I think you are right Roger when you suggest that the 4th constable from the right is Laurie Jackson. 7th from the right if you include .
Mike I was referring to "BlowUp 2.

4th from the left.
Shalom.

Mike, not sure if you are saying that the tall guy at the end of the first line s you. Just a ouple of other id's. The guy 4th fron the left on the front row is, I believe, Crawford "Crow" Rae, and the guy on the back row 3rd rom left facing the camera is definitely Malcolm "Chalkie" White.
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