This photo has to be one of the most historic we have ever published, which we did for the first time  in May 2013.   It contained the largest group of people that we have ever featured in our "Who, Where and When" column and was a nightmare to identity everyone because they are not in neat rows, and some folks are partially, or almost completely hidden from view.  

With your help we managed to identify most of the people in the group with just a few exceptions.  You can view the original article on our website at

The photo  includes some of the great characters who have served in the Bermuda Police over the years and it will hopefully bring back some fond memories of your time in the Police.

I'm due to go into hospital for an operation in the next couple of days (for hip replacement surgery) and may be out of action for a few weeks so in the meantime I would like to invite you to check out the personalities you worked with or knew, and feel free to write and let us have your personal recollections of your experiences with them. 

A few who come to mind for me personally are Vernon Jackson, who had left well before I came to Bermuda but who was an absolute gentleman with a sharp mind and excellent memory who had great stories to tell of his time as a police officer when it was literally impossible for men of colour to progress in the Service.  Another was Jack "Tug" Wilson a Geordie who retired early in 1964, the same year I arrived in Bermuda, who had worked in Administration and Stores for many years, and who happened to give my bride away on our wedding day for which I am eternally grateful!  

I recall interviewing John Mashall about his time as the first Inspector in charge of Traffic Department who drove the very first police car, and who caught the prisoner Harry Sousa after Sousa had escaped from the condemned man's cell at Hamilton Police Station on the night before he was due to be hanged.  Sousa was spotted in the water off Spanish Point and was re-captured, returned to the Station and gave a last minute confession to then Sgt Marshall just before his execution.  And who could ever forget Insp Ernie Moniz as the Inspector in charge of Operations who was always immaculate and so very old fashioned in the nicest possible way.

Please feel free to  provide us with your recollections of any of the men and women in this photo.  Once again we have blown up the photo into two to help you pick out who is who.


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#7 Davie Kerr 2019-11-17 18:20
First encounter with Nobby Clarke in an official capacity was not long after I was posted from Training School to Central: I was on 2 Beat, walking west on Reid Street, and eastwards came Nobby also on foot. I naturally saluted him as we met, at Reid & Court junction, and he said "Constable Kerr, have you been up Back of Town yet?" "Uh, no Sir." "OK, come with me." So up we go to a little bar-cum-pool-ha ll on Court Street, somewhere between Elliott and Angle as I recall: in we go, and Nobby says "Set 'em up!", and here's rookie PC Kerr watching his Chief Insp playing pool while on duty! To put it mildly, that was rather an eye-opener for me!

Editors note - that sure was Nobby!
#6 terry 2019-11-13 16:01
I'll take your advice Mr. Editor and do the "otherwise".
No need for an editors note -

I'll keep my comments elsewhere.

Goodbye .

Editors note - you were the last person in the world I would ever have expected to challenge the fact that your own relative, John Marshall, should earn his place in Bermuda Police history as the first police officer to not only drive our first police car, but he was of course, also the first inspector in charge of our Police Traffic Department. He richly deserved his place in our history. Not sure about this one but I believe he was also the first police officer of Portuguese descent to be promoted to the rank of Inspector.
#5 Davie Kerr 2019-11-12 21:02
Just had a thought: if that IS John Dale between Red Hebberd and Jenks and this is supposed to be in 1989, neither he nor Jenks were retired by then! I'm not arguing the date, but I think this pic should be re-titled "Retirees, plus some top brass, plus some Admin staff!"
Stories, and preferably printable ones: h'mm, well, let's see. I used to keep my cap cover on all the time, for two reasons: one, to keep the cap looking respectable, and two, to save me having to scramble to put it on when it was needed, and Jeff Sanders did once threaten to put me on a charge for being "improperly dressed" while having it on! A bit OTT, I thought, but to please him I took it off while at HQ, and then naturally put it on again immediately I left!

Editors note - Thanks for the further input Davie. I believe Andy Bermingham, and maybe George Rose, were involved in organizing this event. Will check with them re recollections as to who was invited etc. it sure was a mixed group!
#4 terry 2019-11-12 10:37
I meant to say not the first cars.

Editors note ... Geesh Terry. What exactly is it you're trying to say? I seem to remember the first "motor car" was brought in by Mr Spurling and was called the "Scarlet Runner" but that may have been before your Uncle John was born! No-one is trying to say that John Marshall drove the first ever car - just that he drove the first "police car" or to be correct, the car ever purchased by the Bermuda Police. Geesh .......!
#3 Davie Kerr 2019-11-11 17:38
Group 2, sitting from L:- Fred Bean, HE The Gov whose name I've forgotten, Nobby Clarke, Lenny Edwards, unknown lady, Andy Bermingham, George Rose.
Can't help with any of the ladies in Row 2 apart from Carola Farrell, who's behind George Rose.
Row 3 from L:- Les Waddell, Dave Chew, Neil Cox, ?former Reserve PC Pitman?, ?, ?, Bill Bryan, Doug Hebberd, John Dale, Derek Jenkinson, Jeff Sanders.
Row 4 from L:- Hilton Wingood, ?Charlie Williams?, ?Jack Wilson?, Derek Taylor, ?, Howard Dill, Derek Fletcher.
Back row from L:- Anthony Roberts, Gladwin "Doc" Hall, Jim McMaster, Ernie Moniz, Hubert Swan, ?, Lynn Hall.
No guarantee of 100% correct, but, hey, this was 30 years ago!
#2 terry 2019-11-10 17:55
Knew them all.
As for John Marshall driving the first police car I would think about that one again.

We had had police cars/car before my cousin John was well yah know.....

Editors note - in 1979 we celebrated the centenary of the founding of the Bermuda Police Force with a major exhibition at City Hall on the history of the Police Force including the creation of the Police Traffic Department and the purchase of the first police car from the US Base by the COP, complete with photo of said car, and its cost, together with photos of subsequently purchased police vehicles, and the first shipment of police motor cycles. We were assisted in preparing this material by retired Inspector John Marshall prior to the exhibition,and also others who had been around during the early 1940's.

If you are doubting this as historical fact Terry, then please provide evidence, documentation, research material etc. please feel completely free to be my guest! Otherwise ........ !
#1 Davie Kerr 2019-11-08 17:30
I'm pretty sure that has been "through the mill" already, but I'll see what I can do:-
Group 1, sitting from L:- Alex Forbes, Wayne Perinchief, Laurie Jackson, Harold Moniz, Clive Donald, John Irving Pearman, Fred Bean.
Now comes the tricky bit! Second row, standing from L:- Gertie Barker, June Dickenson, unknown lady, unknown man with glasses, unknown lady in stripes, unknown lady in blue, Lynne Adams, unknown lady in spots.
Third row, standing from L:- Campbell Simons, believe Alan Bissell, Denis Brookes, Howard Mitchell, Mel Gibbons, Brian Malpas, Sinclair Bean, Westmore Bean, Les Waddell, Dave Chew.
The rest, standing from L:- Stuart Lambert, Andy Maule, Bill Mackenzie, Jeff Payne, Dennis Ramsay, Tim Willis, Pete Stubbs, unknown in glasses, Dudley Swan, Harry Lister, Leon Bean, Sonny Roberts, Hilton Wingood, Doc Hall, Charlie Williams.

Editors note - This is an excellent start Davie, and yes we have featured this photo some years ago. One of the reasons I posted it again was to provide everyone with an opportunity to pick out some of these characters and let us have you reciollections of them - while I'm recuperating from hip replacement surgery and havn't got the energy to search for new material etc. I'm now home in the very early stages of recovery, but absolutely knackered!

I know you personally knew many of these characters Davie and would love to hear some of your reminiscences, with one exception for the moment, i.e. The mysterious case of the "rubber soled shoes"!!!

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