This excellent photo is taken from page 36 of our new Police history book, "One Hundred & Thirty-Five Years of Service".  

We know it is correctly dated 1955 and was said to have been taken during a visit by former Bermuda Commissioner of Police, Sir Ivo Stourton  who was said to be front row centre, in his capacity as Inspector General of the Colonial Police.  The history book does not name anyone except Sir Ivo,  and we were hoping to identify most, if not all of those in the photo.  

However, we discovered that the photo was not taken during an HMI visit but was taken outside Police Headquarters during a Training Course held at Prospect for the officers on the two top rows in 1955 when Supt. Webster of the Lancashire Police was brought out specially to organize two training courses. This is how the mistake was discovered.

20th August 1960

We realized there was a problem when  former ACOP Ian Morrison contacted us to advise that the  person sitting in the middle of the front row is definitely not Sir Ivo Stourton, but is the then DCOP Max Bronte Parker.  Mr Morrison knew both men and actually met Sir Ivo  twice,  and on one occasion sat next to him during a dinner at the Police College at Hendon when Ian was President of the Mess.  

Ian also identified the men on the front row as;  Col. Newing who was a Superintendent in the Bermuda Police,  Supt. Barker from the UK who came out to run several training courses,  DCOP Max Bronte Parker,  Supt Percy Miller, and Inspector Jack "Tug" Wilson (who gave away my bride on the day we were married).  Ian also assisted in identifying other officers in the photograph.

Just for the record, I have checked both of our Police Magazines published in 1955 - the first year we had police magazines - and there is no mention of a visit by the HMI.  However, on checking the 1960 edition of the magazine there is an article and several photographs taken during a visit to Bermuda by Sir Ivo Stourton in his capacity as Inspector General of Colonial Police Forces.

28th August 2015

Derek Brashier, who was here recently for the memorial service for former Bermuda police officer Tom Gray, contacted us from Florida to say that  after examining this photo he believes that the person on the left end of the middle row  is a young Dave Parsons, who is now residing in Canada;  that the guy second from the right on the middle row, is Trevor Owen, and the guy at top right on the back row is Bill Freeman

Also today I met with Webster Furbert who served on the Force for 11 years from June 1953 to October 1964, and he confirms that he is standing 2nd from left on the middle row.  He and his wife of 60 years, Cecelia,  had purchased a copy of the history book, and it was Cecelia who immediately recognised her husband in the photo on page 36.  We are hoping that Webster will provide us with an article about his time in the Police Force for our "Then and Now" column.

Following further assistance from several former officers, including Mike Cherry, we believe we have successfully identified all but two of those present, and we will continue to make enquiries until our list is completely accurate.   Please check our list in the caption below and let us know if you can assist with the last two officers, and also let us know if we have wrongly named anyone.

Photo of Senior Officers and attendees at Training Course  -  1955
Top Row (l-r)  Ernest "Ernie" Moniz, Unknown, Aubrey "Tom Copper" Johnson, John Starbuck,
Floyd Maxwell Foggo "Happy" Duerden, Unknown, Cannoth Roberts, John Cafferkey, Bill Freeman
Middle Row -  Dave Parsons, Webster Furbert, Harry Fisher, Joseph Nixon, Sgt Major Passmore,
Milton Cholmondley, Leon Bean, Trevor Owen, Charles "Bongo" Williams.
Front Row -  Supt. Col Newing, Supt Webster (Instructor), DCOP Max Bronte Parker,
Insp. Percey Miller, Insp. John "Jack" "Tug" Wilson.
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#5 George Russell 2016-05-24 08:56
Hello,,,would anyone be able to confirm for me please..
on the early uniforms,where the Black Peaked Cap was worn.. were the Chin Strap Buttons,black metal,and showing the St Edward Crown on them please?
Thank you .
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#4 George Giltrap 2016-05-24 08:53
Hello..can anyone please tell me...on the early uniforms...were the chin strap buttons on the black peaked cap...black metal with the St Edward Crown?
i have recently acquired a cap,no badge though...and believe it to be that of the BPS early years...
Thank you.
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#3 mike cherry 2015-08-23 18:04
sorry i misread Phil's comment re Leon Bean.
Mike
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#2 mike cherry 2015-08-22 18:34
iIn the middle row 3rd from left could be Howard Mitchell, 4th is Joe Nixon 5th is Sgt Major Passmore, 6th Milton Cholmondeley, 7th i think is Leon Bean,(not back row) and 9th JJ "Bongo" Williams. Back row 4th from left John Starbuck 5th "Happy" Duerden and 2nd from right could be John Cafferkey. See if Ian agrees.

Editors note - Good information Mike. I don't think the man middle row 3rd left is Howard Mitchell, but Harry Fisher (I'm checking with hius son David Fisher). Hood re Sgt Major Passmore and Milton Cholmondeley. Yes also to Leon Bean (Phil Taylor did correctly say he was in the middle row), John Starbuck, Happy Daerden, and "Bongo" Williams.

I also thought that it was John Cafferkey and called him in the UK yesterday but he couldn't remember the photo or the training course. He told me that old age is catching up with him but he sounded not too bad, and also told me that his wife is presently here on vacation. If you happen to see can you ask her to get in touch with me.
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#1 Phil Taylor 2015-08-20 08:07
In #1 on back row second from the left, is it Fred Bean? In #2, it looks like Leon Bean, third from the right middle row and would that be JT Simmons to the left of him?

Editors note - It is definitely Leon Bean, and if the date is correct i.e. 1955 it can't be Fred Bean who joined in May 1956, and I don't think that it is JT Simmons although he had joined the Force by then..
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