Yes, we knew these officers were all in Western Division when this photo was taken, but we wanted to know who they are,  when the photo was taken, what were their duties at the time, and where are they now.

We had no problem deciding who is who.  The photo is of Western Parish Sergeant Andrew "Andy" Maule, with (l-r)  Brian Malpas, Howard Dill and Louis Griffith, next to Somerset Police Station.  We understand that Howard and Louis were the Parish Constables for Warwick Parish,  Brian covered Sandys Parish, and it was at about the time when Dai James was the Southampton Parish Constable although he is missing from the photo.

Sadly,  Andy Maule is no longer with us as he died a few years ago. He  served from June 1956 - January 1976 and the photo was kindly supplied to us recently by his son, Andrew.  The three Parish Constables are still around and still residing here in Bermuda.  Louis Griffith and his wife Sandra reside in Southampton Parish.  They have two sons, Andrew and Ricardo.  Louis served from March 1968 - August 2001 and he retired as a Sergeant. He drives taxi part-time when he's not painting and fixing things around their home.  He just spent some time in Barbados after his mother had passed away on Christmas Eve.  We see Louis at some of our Expo functions  and he has hardly changed over the years.

We hadn't heard too much about Howard who served from May 1955 - May 1980 but I spoke with him this evening and he had just celebrated his 84th birthday yesterday (25th February). He and is wife, Ruth, still reside on Camp Hill.  They had three boys, one of whom has since passed away, and they now have a total of 7 grandchildren, 4 of whom live abroad, and two great-grandchildren, one of whom is here and one living abroad.

Howard is not able to get out and about these days because of prostate problems but we chatted about the good old days when he worked in Warwick Parish, and as he says,  in those days the Parish Constables knew just about everybody  - and where to find them.

And finally to Brian who served from May 1957 - March 1982, mainly in Western Division. Brian has to be the most active retired policeman on the Island, or should I say under it - or in the sea surrounding it.  As anyone who knows Brian would tell you, he has spent  at least half of his life diving and he probably knows Bermuda's ocean floor better than almost anyone.  Brian also travels quite extensively and comes to many of our ExPo functions.   Most people slow down when they reach their eighties - but not Brian.  Must be that Birmingham air he took in as a child!

The one thing we're not sure of at the moment is the date when this photo was taken but may be able to narrow down to the year by checking with the Police Register

Western Parish Officers
(l-r)  Sergeant Andy Maule, Parish Constables Brian Malpas,  Howard Dill and Louis Griffith

 

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#6 Chris Bowerman 2016-03-17 13:28
Remember them all from my short stay, and as previously stated gentlemen all.
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#5 Davie Kerr 2016-02-22 12:24
Andy Maule, Brian Malpas, Howard Dill and Louis Griffiths: gentlemen all.

Editors note - Agreed.
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#4 Terry 2016-02-21 17:26
A bit late on this one but that's them.
Had the pleasure to know them all and on occasion work with them on something.

Good ole dayz.
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#3 Ian Maule 2016-02-19 10:04
The Somerset Police Station played a very important role in Andy Maule's life and in fact mine. Some years before this photo was taken, Ann Spurling - a young Bermudian schoolteacher who had recently returned from college in the UK - was assigned a class of youngsters at the old Armoury building at Mangrove Bay. Every day she had to get the key from the Somerset Police Station where Andy was the Sergeant. One thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.

Editors note - Many thanks for writing about your father Ian, and of course, your mother and how they met. Andy joined the Bermuda Police in June 1956 and served for 20 years, retiring on 14th January 1976 as Sergeant #3. He was a great character and I believe spent most of his service in Western Division, and was at one time the Sergeant in charge of Parish Constables.
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#2 George Rose 2016-02-18 22:53
Could that be Howard Dill?
Probably the parish constables of the day?

Editors note - That's correct George. It is Howard Dill who I understand is not very well at all. Will try to get an update on his health. And yes, they must all be parish PC's with their Sergeant. Andy Maule.
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#1 Phil Taylor 2016-02-18 08:40
Andy Maule, Brian Malpas, could it be a young Mincey Rawlins??? and Louis Griffiths.

Editors note - 3 out of 4 Phil. It's not a young Mincy Rawlins but someone always associated with Western Division, and sad to say, is not in the best of health.
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