We recently received this photo of a group of young men who got together on a very special day in the early  1970’s.  As you can see it’s a little bit fuzzy, but we were hoping to ascertain who they are, where and when it was taken,  what was the occasion,  how many are still with us, and where are they now?  The photo itself is taken from a slide which was not in the best of condition but we believe there are a few people out there in cyberspace who can put two and two together and come up with seven names.

 
New Bermuda Police Recruits assembled at a hotel near Heathrow  -  November 1971
(l-r)   Tony Smallridge, Brian Foster, John Headey, Graham Waring, Bob Glennie, Mike Brown and Ken Van Thal
 

As we stated from the outset when publishing this photo, it's rather fuzzy, which turned out to be quite the memory tester, even for the guys who were there on the day!

 

First of all, this is a group of new Bermuda Police recruits gathered in a hotel near Heathrow prior to them flying out to Bermuda. We received the photo itself from Mike Brown who was given a copy by Ken Van Thal.  It had been cropped and copied from a slide.  Mike recalls, “Myself and the others turned up at Heathrow to start our big adventure in Bermuda only to find there was a problem with the flight (we can't remember what) and we were delayed for (I think) 2 days.”  So the photo may have been taken on 2ndor 3rdNovember 1971 because the group finally arrived on Island on 4thNovember.

  

As to who is in it!  Terry Cabral suggested  Brian Foster and John Headey,  and he was correct on both counts. Then Davie Kerr went out on a limb and suggested they might be, from left to right  -  Russ Delahaye, Brian Foster, John Headey, Graham Waring, Bob Glennie, Mike Brown and Ken Van Thal. 

Russ Delahaye was ruled out because he had been serving in the Mississauga Police and arrived separately from Canada.  Jeff Baker suggested that the unknown man on the left might be Des McGarr but Des was ruled out for two reasons. First, he arrived on 5th not the 4th, and he was accompanied by his wife Ruth (we believe the only married couple ever recruited into the BPS).   John Price believes the guy on the extreme left is Tony Smallridge.

 

On checking our list of Bermuda police officers by Date of Appointment,  there are only three options left from those who arrived on 4thNovember 1971, and they are Keith Cassidy, Steve Taylor and Tony Smallridge. John Headey recalls that it isn’t either Keith or Steve because they only arrived just in time to make the flight.

 
Young P.C. Tony Smallridge
 
 

By a process of elimination this would mean that John is correct in identifying him as Tony Smallridge who we note served in the BPS from November 1971 - May 1973, Tony had previously served for 2 years in the Metropolitan Police, and for 6 years in the Derbyshire County Police so he had lots of previous police experience. While here he served in Central Division (Hamilton), the Mobile Reserve, and did an attachment an an Aide in CRO. We have no information as to what he did after leaving Bermuda nor where he might be now.

 

The question was asked, “how many of these guys are no longer with us?” and to the best of our knowledge, the only person we know of is Graham Waring.  Ken Van Thal has written the following to us:

 

“Graham Waring and I worked in the Hants Police together and applied to join the Bda Police at the same time. Whilst in Bda he met and married an American girl named Jo. He left the Rock and worked for her father’s business in Texas. He found out he had cancer several years prior to his death but we did keep in touch and we met up a few times when he visited the UK. Two or three weeks before he died he rang me to say goodbye as he had really deteriorated. Gutting phone call - what do you say? That must have been 4 or 5 years ago and Jo died about a year later. I’m still in touch with his son who lives in Keller,Texas.

 
 
Young P.C. Graham Waring

Born in Southampton, Graham came to us after serving for 4 years in the Hampshire Police.  While here he worked in Central Division (Hamilton Police Station), on Mobile Reserve, and in Central CID. He resigned in June 1975 after serving here for just over 3 1/2 years.

 

Of all this group the only person still residing here in Bermuda is Keith Cassidy (still an avid Everton fan). Steve Taylor and Brian Foster stayed on in Bermuda for many years after leaving the BPS, but Steve returned to the UK in September 2016 (see article at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/latest-news/520-steve-taylor-heading-home-to-liverpool ), although I bumped into him at the airport a couple of weeks ago at which timne he was paying a quick visit to the Island. Brian is now living in the U.S.

 

We hear from time to time from both Mike Brown and Ken Van Thal, and we are also in contact quite often with John Headey who is still a keen Huddersfield Town fan.  If you check our website you will find articles about John and his lovely daughter, Lena, who was born in Bermuda and who stars in the role of Queen Cersei Lannister in Queen of Thrones (see http://expobermuda.com/index.php/latest-news/290-headeyarticle  

 

We also featured John and his grandson, Wylie, in an article on Grandparents when he sent us a photo of himself with Wylie who was dressed in Huddersfield Town’s strip.  John and his grandson will be very happy that their team managed to survive this last season in the Premiership!  For anyone interested in sending us information and photos of their grandchildren please view the article at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/articles/530-grandparents

 

Finally, just for the record, the rest of the guys from the contingent who arrived in Bermuda  one day later, on 5thNovember 1971,  were Peter Smith, Edward Street, Rodney Fowkes, Barbara Travers, Anthony Ramshaw, Des McGarr, Andrew Hall, Ruth McGarr, Richard Naylor, Marjory Amos, Arthur Stewart, Stephen Rollin, Steve Peterson, Russ Delahaye, and Phil Every.

 

Sad to say that Andy Hall passed away in March 2016 (see Latest News article at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/latest-news/469-passing-of-andrew-andy-hall), and Russ Delahaye passed away in December 2011 whilst he and his wife  Daphne, were cruising on their yacht in Phuket. For more information about Russ’s fascinating life go to our Keeping in Touch column for 2012 and scroll down to the entry dated 3rdJanuary which you can view at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/keep-in-touch/31-kit-3-1-12

 

And on a positive note, Marj Amos is now retired and is still residing somewhere out west in the Somerset area, and Phil Every is also still resident on Island.  We believe Steve Rollin is living in England but visits the Island occasionally, and rumour has it that he has just arrived or is just about to arrive on Island and will no doubt be staying with his son Alex who followed in his father's footsteps and joined the BPS.

 

We would be delighted to hear from any of the intake who arrived in November 1971, particularly if you can provide us with your contact details so we can list you on our List of Colleagues for whom we have contact details, and if you could send us a fairly recent photo and let us know where you are and what you’re doing these days. 

 

30th May 2018

We just received the following information from Steve Taylor by email explaining why he and Kaeith Cassidy were not in this photo:-

"FYI  Keith (Cassidy) and I  were scheduled to fly out on the 3rd November but BOAC were on strike that day so we came out on the 4th instead and were not aware that there were other recruits coming out on the same flight....I was late arriving because I had met a London girl a few months beforehand and the strike enabled me to spend an extra day 24 hours with her....Keith had relatives in London I seem to remember so I think he spent the extra night with them."

 

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#18 Ken Van Thal 2018-05-31 06:38
Have requested assistance from the Derbyshire Force to trace Tony's current whereabouts. Will let you know the result. Think BDA police pensions dept could also assist.
Ken

Editors note - Will try Ken but I doubt it.
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#17 JOHN PRICE 2018-05-30 08:28
Roger,
It was Ken, not me, that identified Tony S, i was just a conduit for his comments!
John

Editors note - Thanks for clearing that up John. We got there eventually! Have just had an email from Steve Taylor to add his comments which I'll post directly into the article.
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#16 John Headey 2018-05-29 17:44
I’m pretty sure, though not certain, that Des McGarr was not on our flight. I think he and his wife Ruth arrived the following day.
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#15 Ken Van Thal 2018-05-29 16:20
Graham and I worked in the Hants Police together in the 60's and applied to join the Bda Police at the same time. Arrived in Nov 71 and whilst there Graham met an American girl named Jo who he married. He later left the Rock and worked for Jo's father's business in Texas. He later found he was suffering from cancer several years prior to his death.We did keep in touch and met up when he visited the UK. A couple of weeks before he died he rang me from the States to say Goodbye.-Guttin g phone call from an old mate- what do you say? His condition had suddenly deteriorated. Sadly his wife Jo died about a year later. That must have been five or six years ago. Am still in touch with Grahams son Graham who lives in Keller Texas. All the Best Ken VT
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#14 John Headey 2018-05-27 05:32
Graham Waring is on the list of deceased colleagues, but I don’t know the details?
Seems we have lost touch with Tony Smallridge as he isn’t on either list. How long did he serve? I’m pretty sure all the others are still with us.

Editors note - I cannot remember who informed me or when I heard that Graham was no longer with us, but I usually also include a note of deaths etc either on "Latest News" or "Keeping in Touch" Can anyone advise on the situation regarding Graham.

With regard to Tony Smallridge, he served from November 1971 - May 1973 but I have not received any information about his present whereabouts. Our List of Colleagues contains only those former officers for whom we have, or have had actual contact details. I would be happy to add Tony's name if anyone can provide his contact details. On that subject John Skinner us currently working on our list so if anyone is not on the List of Colleagues please let us know so we can get it as up-to-date as possible.
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#13 terry 2018-05-24 12:35
Smallwood it is.
I remember Des and his wife well.
We played golf often and he was on our team in the 70's with Lynn Hall and Hubert Simmons when we came in second in the Rogers Outerbridge Grand Slam at Port Royal when it first opened.

I have the photo to prove it as can be seen on my page on facebook.
Shalom.
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#12 terry 2018-05-23 15:14
Did Des come out on this same flight?
Come on guys.

Editors note - Good question Terry. In fact this particular group flew to Bermuda on 4th and 5th November. Both Russ Delahaye and Des McGarr and Ruth came out on 5th November, while those definitely identified in this photo came out on 4th November as did Tony Smallridge so I believe we can conclude that the guy on the left of the photo is definitely Tony Smallwood.

Now, can anyone tell us how many of the guys are no longer with us?
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#11 Mike Brown 2018-05-18 09:52
Sorry but I missed seeing Davie's comment re Des and Ruth. I concur with him!
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#10 Mike Brown 2018-05-18 09:49
Ken and I are the ones behind sending the photo to Roger. The only one I have doubts about who's who is the extreme left. I know Des McGarr is mentioned but unless my memory is playing tricks on me (it's not that good at the best of time) wasn't his wife Ruth with him? Greetings from me to everyone who remembers me who reads this!

Editors note - Mike, many thanks to you and Ken for providing this photo. It seems we have doubt about just who is on the extreme left. Ideally it would be great to be able to contact Des personally. Woll also publish this photo on our ExPo Facebook page in hopes of spreading the message and somehow reach Des directly.
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#9 Davie Kerr 2018-05-16 10:40
99% sure NOT Des McGarr as he joined with his wife Ruth, making them (as far as I know) the only married couple ever to be accepted by the Bermuda Police.
I'm happy to accept the ID of Tony Smallridge, always assuming that it is in fact him!

Editors note - That's an interested fact about Des and With McGarr. Would anyone still be in touch with them, so we can get their input?
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