Who Where When Photos

A Medal Feast!

A Medal Feast!

We've never seen quite so many of our colleagues gathered together to receive their awards as in this photo. We know for sure that you know where they are, and…

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An up-and-coming group!

An up-and-coming group!

We received this photograph last week after putting out a request for a photo of one of these officers who had sadly just passed.  We were having great difficulty in…

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A Right Royal Walk!

A Right Royal Walk!

We had recently come into possession of this photograph of a group of people walking on what appears to be familiar territory to members of the BPS.  We wanted  to…

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Riding at its Finest!

Riding at its Finest!

This magnificent photograph was taken at a very special event held in Bermuda involving members of the Royal Candian Mounted Police Musical Ride team and our own Police Motor Cycle…

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The Tuxedo Brigade

The Tuxedo Brigade

This dapper group of extremely smart young men dressed in their tuxedos were actively involved  one of the most successful and enduring sports events in the history of the Bermuda…

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Ernie's Boys

Ernie's Boys

We're making two exceptions with this "Who, Where and When" article in that we feature not one but two photos,  and the title "Ernie's Boys" provides you with the name…

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Riot Squad recruits!

Riot Squad recruits!

We received this photo in December 2020 from former P.C. John Arlott who pointed out that he had barely arrived on Island on 2nd October 1970 than he and his…

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The Eastern Crew!

The Eastern Crew!

We recently posted an article about one of the young constable's in this photo in our "Then and Now" column, and while checking our albums for photos of Eastern Divisional…

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One Whacky Team!

One Whacky Team!

We received this photo in November 2020 of a group of characters who appear to be in some kind of sports kit, along with a team mascot!   There was a…

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Knees on Parade!

Knees on Parade!

Here's a parade of knees in Summer uniform and we wanted to know who are the members of this Watch, who is the Watch Sergeant, and where and when was…

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Good Old Days at the Barracks!

Good Old Days at the Barracks!

This is a departure from our usual “Who, Where and When” photos because it consists of a series of photos that have come into our possession centred around Arthur Rose…

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Wingood's Westerners!

Wingood's Westerners!

We pointed out from the outset that this photo is of Western Divisional personnel  when the officer-in charge of Western Division was our good friend Hilton "Jellybean" Wingood.  "Jellybean" is…

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Group of Eight - Parish Constables

Group of Eight - Parish Constables

GROUP OF EIGHT  -  PARISH CONSTABLES   We thought this was  a group of real characters in this "Group of Eight"! We wanted to know they, where and when was…

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A Golden Group!

A Golden Group!

We were initially looking for a photo of this Localisation Course which took place in late October or early November 1970  for a feature article about all the young police…

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Sporty Bobbies on Tour

Sporty Bobbies on Tour

No. This is not the cast of performers from the 'Pirates of Penance' contingent of policemen!   It is a group of sporty "Bermuda Bobbies"  complete with their bobby helmets,…

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A Maritime Photo!

A Maritime Photo!

We recently (in late August 2020) came into possession of this photo with a distinctive 'maritime' flavour and we could see some very familiar faces but what we needed to…

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A Twenty Twenty Photo?

A Twenty Twenty Photo?

We're calling this our 20/20 Photo and you can hopefully figure out the reason why (nothing to do with the year!), but we also want to know the names of…

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Tuxedos and suits!

Tuxedos and suits!

Tuxedos and suits!   Remember the days when men used to wear bow ties and white tuxedos, and suits with collar and tie?  Here's a group of smart young men…

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Who's the young lady with these old timers?

Who's the young lady with these old timers?

Who's the young lady with these old timers?   Everyone in this photo has a connection with Bermuda, including the young lady!  We just need to know who they all…

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A Very Special Group!

A Very Special Group!

We are featuring not just one "Special" photo this week, but two photos taken perhaps within a few years of each other and with a number of the same faces.…

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Old Timers Galore!

Old Timers Galore!

Here we have a group of "Old Timers" from a bygone era,  and we wondered just  how many of these characters we can collectively recognise, and when and why was…

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Vic and Jimmy's lads

Vic and Jimmy's lads

We had just published this photo elsewhere on our website and wondered if you can find it.  But we also wanted to know who, where and when, as usual. We…

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Ron played Rugby?

Ron played Rugby?

        We figured that although this photo is slightly blurred we had no doubt the vast majority of our ExPo members would immediately know what sport they…

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Scotland Yard Team with Senior Officers

Scotland Yard Team with Senior Officers

We certainly have some great characters in this photograph and in some ways it is historic because of who are seen in it together.  We want to know where and…

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Room with a view!

Room with a view!

  WHO, WHERE AND WHEN? A ROOM WITH A VIEW!   We just received this photo of two police officers hard at work in an office and we want to…

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Old Photos of Bobbies at Heyl's Corner

Old Photos of Bobbies at Heyl's Corner

These four photos of police officers in Hamilton were recently posted on the wonderful website, “Old Bermuda: Our Island, Our History”. We are very interested to know if anyone might…

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A Mean Team!

A Mean Team!

Now here is one "Mean Team" but who are they,  which team are they, and when was this photo taken??  

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Fitness Fanatics?

Fitness Fanatics?

        It didn't take 24 hours for us to have all the answers as to the names of these seven superfit looking young men, who were, of…

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Safe drivers!

Safe drivers!

  Here's a memory tester for those who worked in Traffic Department in the 1980's, and for anyone else serving in the Bermuda Police along with any of these men…

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No tee totallers here!

No tee totallers here!

We recently received this photo of a group of young men heading abroad to some sort of gathering. We thought just for a mili-second that they might be some kind…

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Wild Westerners!

Wild Westerners!

    This group may not be "wild westerners" exactly but there is no prize for figuring our where this photo was taken.  What we would like to know is…

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A really motley crew!

A really motley crew!

  Now here's a really "Motley Crew" if ever there was one!   All we wanted you to do was to provide all of their names,  what pastime you think…

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A Motley Crew!

A Motley Crew!

  We  just recently came into possession of this photo of a group of policemen who appeared to be quite a motley crew!  We had no doubt that we wouldn't…

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Retirees Reunion - 1989

Retirees Reunion - 1989

  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…

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Drug Busters!

Drug Busters!

Here's another photo we received quite recently and is one of several of the same department taken at different times.  We figured it might not be easy to identify everyone…

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Is this an early Training Course?

Is this an early Training Course?

  We are about to publish an article about one of these police officers  and we are wondering just how many people we can identify from this photo from the…

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Boys in Blue - and flat caps

Boys in Blue - and flat caps

  This is the second photograph we received recently from the same era as our last "Who, Where and When" photo but not from the same source.  Sadly, one of…

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Khaki uniforms and flat caps

Khaki uniforms and flat caps

  We recently received this photo from one of our former Bermuda Police officers who settled in Western Canada after leaving the Island in the early 1960's.  We didn't have…

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An 'Official' Photo!

An 'Official' Photo!

  I doubt if we have ever previously published a "recent" photo in our "Who, Where and When" column but we decided to make an exception in this case. We…

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Wearing White Tuxedos for Weddings

Wearing White Tuxedos for Weddings

Wearing White Tuxedos for Weddings    We have just received this copy of a wedding party from the early 1960's  at a time when men wore white tuxedo jackets.  We…

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Who's having a good time!

Who's having a good time!

  We indicated that the guest of honour at this party is the gentleman wearing a white hat, not the young lad who appears to be quite intimidated by all…

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Eastern Division's Finest!

Eastern Division's Finest!

We have just published an article in our "Hall of Fame" column about Peter Stubbs who served in the BPS from 1957 until his retirement in 1981. Sadly, Peter passed…

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Old Timers!

Old Timers!

    These men in our latest "Who, Where and When" photo really take us back in time, and if you weren't in the Bermuda Police during the early/mid-1960's you…

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Singing Bobbies in the Birdcage!

Singing Bobbies in the Birdcage!

I'm sure we have featured our group of "Singing Bobbies in the Birdcage" before but I can't find a caption for it so we would like to test yourmemories and…

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Officers Brigade

Officers Brigade

  We found this photo in our files and wondered if we could collectively identify everyone it in, and work out when and why it was taken.  We have to…

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Oh Happy Days!

Oh Happy Days!

    It seems appropriate this week to post this photo of a very happy group of our colleagues at a time when we are mourning the loss of one…

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Gardening Brigade!

Gardening Brigade!

   As stated when we first published this photo it is definitely not the BPS Gardening Club  but it sure looks like this group had been gardening!  We wanted to…

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A Green Team!

A Green Team!

  We recently received this photo of a very impressive "Green Team" from our old friend Dave Garland and we wondered how many people could identify all the players, several…

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Men from the East

Men from the East

We recently received this group photo from former P.C. Ian Kittle who has written an excellent article for our "Then and Now" column which you can view at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/tan/658-ian-kittle Ian sent…

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A Dangerous Group!

A Dangerous Group!

We recently came into possession of this photo and immediately realized this is one 'dangerous' looking group of men by any definition! We asked if you could assist us in…

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Oldie but goldie  group

Oldie but goldie group

    We just received this photo of a group of oldies but goldies in red and white shirts and we wonder if you can help us to identify who…

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Fuzzy Photo - Fuzzy Memories!

Fuzzy Photo - Fuzzy Memories!

  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…

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Smart suits and ties!

Smart suits and ties!

  We recently poached this photo of a group of smartly dressed men from Pete Giles Facebook page   -  with apologies to Pete.  We were enquiring who is in…

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Which Team is This? JIS 1980

Which Team is This? JIS 1980

  We received this photograph of a team of men and women who all worked in one of the most challenging jobs in the Bermuda Police Service and H.M. Customs,…

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Soccer Team with a Difference!

Soccer Team with a Difference!

  When posting this photograph we said there were some outstanding players on this team who should be very familiar to anyone who was following Bermuda football at that time.…

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What a Football Team!

What a Football Team!

  This was not the best quality photo we have ever published, and it may not have been the finest team the Bermuda Police has ever produced, but it was…

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Sharpshooters!

Sharpshooters!

  We received this photo in response to the photo we had just published of the Training School group being put to work by Sgt Ian Scotland.  The person who…

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Home, home on the Range!

Home, home on the Range!

We recently received a copy of this photo and wanted to know to know exactly where it was taken, when it was taken, and what on earth were these guys…

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Relaxing at St. George's Police Barracks

Relaxing at St. George's Police Barracks

  This photograph is also featured in our "Then and Now" article about former P.C. Ron Mullan who is wearing the dressing gown. (see article at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/tan/613-ron-mullan ) We know it…

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What kind of Course?

What kind of Course?

  We recently came into possession of these two photos of a Police Course believed to have been held at Prospect.  We also believe that one of them was published…

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Eleven Soldiers!

Eleven Soldiers!

  At first glance this appears to be a photograph of 11 soldiers, but if that was the case it would not be displayed on our ExPo website.  So, we…

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Well Fancy That!

Well Fancy That!

  Halloween Party at Faraway Cottages - 1966 (l - r)  Jack Rouse,  George Rose, Mike Jent, Seated -  Indian Fakir This was quite a photo and it wasn’t long…

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Football - or Soccer?

Football - or Soccer?

  No prize for guessing what sport these gentlemen used to play, but can you tell us the name of the team. who are all the players and officials, when…

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A Sportsman's Wedding!

A Sportsman's Wedding!

This is our second recent wedding photo being featured in "Who, When and Where".  It shouldn't be too difficult to figure out what sport most of those in attendance played…

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Most Photographed P.C.in the World!

Most Photographed P.C.in the World!

  We have just been kindly provided with these five old photographs by Richard Lee, with the assistance of Martin Buckley who scanned them for us.  As you can see,…

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Whose Wedding?

Whose Wedding?

We recently came into possession of this wedding photograph of a very well known police officer and his Bermudian bride.   We were aware of the names of several of…

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Chu Chu!

Chu Chu!

  How's this for a photo of photographers!   It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to fugure out which department it is and what occasion it was, but how about…

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Historic Rugby Tour

Historic Rugby Tour

We had recently received this photograph from Kate Shaw (Byrne) following the death of her father Denis Byrne in London on 16th February 2017. (See article under Latest News at  http://expobermuda.com/index.php/latest-news/553-dennis-byrne-seriously-ill…

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Battle of the Brains

Battle of the Brains

No prizes for telling us that this is a poster for one of the annual "Battle of the Brains" quizzes held at the Police Recreation Club in 1970.  These were…

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Ties

Ties

Here's a change from our usual "Who, Where and When" challenge.   We don't mean to tie you down in knots!  All of these police-related ties have been worn by…

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Gathering in U.K.

Gathering in U.K.

We had just recently received these photos of a gathering of our colleagues held quite some time ago.   We wanted to know where and when this gathering was held,…

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El Toro Drug Search

El Toro Drug Search

We have just received this copy of a front page photo in the Royal Gazette dated 22nd March 1985, from Dave O'Meara who is the person on the right with…

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Smart Escorts

Smart Escorts

 There were no prizes for guessing which department these smart young men were working in when these photos were taken, but we asked if you could  identify them,  estimate the…

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Good Golfers!

Good Golfers!

We said there is more than one legendary character in this photo!  There was no problem identifying all four of these golfers as Custerfield "Custy" Crockwell, William "Spider" MacKenzie,  Steve…

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A Beautiful Wedding

A Beautiful Wedding

  While writing a recent article on our website I came across this beautiful wedding photo and realized that it was never  published.  It has special significance this week and…

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A Very Special Visitor

A Very Special Visitor

We had recently received this photo and wanted to know who is the visitor, when and why did he visit Bermuda, who is sitting next to him, and who is…

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A Genuine Speedster!

A Genuine Speedster!

  Shortly before this year's Cup Match this young man attended the function held by the Officers Mess to celebrate the 80th birthday of retired Commissioner Fred "Penny" Bean where…

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No computers here!

No computers here!

Here is another photo we recently received which stretched back in time further than most of us can remember.  It was certainly taken long before the arrival of computer technology!…

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Not the Police Club Bar!

Not the Police Club Bar!

Although most of our members may never have visited this establishment it was an icon for many years at one end of the Island and no doubt holds some fond…

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Of course its a course?

Of course its a course?

There were no prizes for guessing that this was a course photo taken at Prospect, but we wanted to know what kind of course it was, when was it held,…

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A Social Gathering

A Social Gathering

Our latest photo was taken at a social gathering where everyone present looks very smart, but we wanted to know what was the occasion, where and when was it held,…

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Police Pugilists!

Police Pugilists!

  We had recently come into possession of the photos below, but there were no prizes for guessing that they were taken at one of the Police Boxing tournaments. We…

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Bermuda Characters!

Bermuda Characters!

  Anyone who served in the Bermuda Police Force in the 1940's, 50's and 60's will have no doubt about the name of this well known character. Yes, we want…

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Men from the West?

Men from the West?

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…

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What's this all about? IT Course

What's this all about? IT Course

We thought this would be a most appropriate photo to post in this column bearing in mind the new Photo album we have just created of Basic Training Courses held…

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What do they have in common? Marine Police Officers

What do they have in common? Marine Police Officers

We knew exactly where and when and why this photograph was taken but we wondered if you can name all these men, and tell is what they all have in…

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A Batch of New Recruits

A Batch of New Recruits

There was no prize for guessing that this is a batch of new recruits, but we wanted to know who they are, along with their instructors, and when they arrived…

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Definitely Not So Old!

Definitely Not So Old!

We normally feature photos from the more distant past in this column, but for a change here is one from the modern era. We wondered how many of our ex-officers…

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Fitness Fanatics!

Fitness Fanatics!

We had recently come into possession of these photos of a special event involving this group of police officers, and asked if you could identify all nine men in the…

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Bermuda Police Boffins!

Bermuda Police Boffins!

We posted this photo after adding it to the article on the History of the Bermuda Police but did not name these officers in that article, even though they certainly…

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14 Officers

14 Officers

When we published this photo of 14 police officers we had no idea what had brought them together,  but the mystery was finally solved by our “memory man” Davie Kerr,…

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VIP and Team!

VIP and Team!

It wouldn't take long to realize that one of the men in this photo is not a Bermuda Police Officer! And we knew it would take even less time to…

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How good was this rugby team?

How good was this rugby team?

Update -  19th February 2016 We have just received a much better copy of this photograph from our old friend Patrick "Pat" McBride which you can see below the one…

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Smartly dressed but no smiles!

Smartly dressed but no smiles!

We asked if you could remember the days when we actually used to wear blazers, shirts with collars, and ties,  on special occasions.   This was clearly a special occasion…

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HMI Visit in the 1950's ??

HMI Visit in the 1950's ??

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…

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Training Course?

Training Course?

When we first published this photo we pointed out that at first glance it might appear to be a group of new recruits but there is something unusual about it,…

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Training School Photo

Training School Photo

There were no prizes for figuring out that this was a Basic Training Course held at the Police Training School.  Our thanks to everyone who assisted in name everyone as…

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Santa and his Helpers!

Santa and his Helpers!

This photo surely gave us a nostalgic glimpse of the past on many levels!  We want to know who is in it, especially the gentleman in the red and white…

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Perfect Camouflage

Perfect Camouflage

We recently come into possession of this photograph which is going to be featured shortly in a new "Then and Now" article about one of the team.  Even the person…

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Bikers Brigade

Bikers Brigade

This photo is taken directly from the new book on the History of the Bermuda Police and we published it courtesy of the editors.  This excellent book features over 100…

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Served from 1957 - 1978

Inspector Sean Sheehan
 

Inspector Sean Sheehan was one of those rare human beings who became a legend in his own lifetime.  An Irishman through and through, he joined the Bermuda Police Force in February 1957 after serving in the Irish Constabulary (The Garda) for 3 years in Dublin.

Constable Sean Sheehan issues a ticket while serving in The Garda
 

Sean arrived on the same plane as Peter Stubbs and Taffy Alder and for their first year or so in Bermuda they were housed in the former staff quarters behind the old Hamiltonian Hotel  which had burned to the ground in 1955. The staff quarters were located on Victoria Street at the junction with Washington Street in Hamilton, and according to Peter Stubbs, they were in terrible condition with holes in the room doors, missing window panes and dreadful furniture.

Sean’s first posting was to Central Division on the beat in Hamilton. This was at a time when expatriate officers recruited in the U.K with no previous police experience would attend a 3 months Basic Training Course at Mill Meece in Staffordshire before coming out to Bermuda.  Peter Stubbs had just graduated from Mill Meece but Sean, as an experienced officer, would simply have been provided with perhaps a copy of the Road Traffic Act (cars had been prohibited in Bermuda until after the war ended in 1946) and the Hamilton Traffic Ordinances, and would then have hit the streets of Hamilton.  According to Peter, Sean had a “really strong pure Irish accident, difficult to translate but he was without question an excellent policeman”.

Young P.C. Sean Sheehan directing traffic at Heyl's Corner while answering questions
from visitors on pedal cycles.  This is in the days before the birdcage, and at a time when
horse and buggeys and taxis with a surrey on top were a familar sight in Hamilton
 

Within a matter of days both Sean and Peter had bought themselves “Ambassador” motor cycles  -  sold by the Island Trading company on Victoria Street, owned and run by Colonel Sankey.  Sean is photographed below outside the Victoria Street barracks along with his motor cycle. The Triumph in front him is believed to have belonged to George Goddard.

Sean Sheehan stands outside the old barracks on
Victoria Street next to his new Ambassador motor bike
 

The state of the outside of the building appears to match the state of the interiors!

Sean attended a short “refresher course” in June 1958 along with several other recruits from Ireland and a few Bermudians. After just over a year on the beat, Sean was transferred to the Parishes where a police officer needed to be self motivated and would deal with a variety of incidents occurring in his Parish.

P.C. Sean Sheehan (top right) attends a Refresher Course at Prospect
in June 1958.  Can you identify the other officers in this photo?
 

Sean and his fellow single officers were always required to live in Police Barracks so it must have been a huge relief to them when the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry moved out of the Prospect Military barracks  in 1959, at which time the former military buildings were converted to Police Headquarters, Police Club, Traffic Department, Police Training School,  and single men’s quarters.

Coming to Bermuda was no doubt a huge move for Sean but 4th October 1960, was a pivotal day in his police career as he was transferred to the newly formed Cycle Squad set up to combat the growing problem of cycle thefts (stealing or removing cars was almost unheard of in Bermuda) and speeding. 

It was a right of passage for young Bermudians to own an auxiliary cycle -  a 50 cc bike -  when they turned 16 and they would invariably race around the Island at breakneck speeds, that is, until the Cycle Squad was created and the officers in the squad were issued with much more powerful motor cycles.  Teenagers did everything possible to increase the power of their auxiliary cycles, including fitting them with a gear system which was strictly illegal,  but enterprising young lads would fit their bikes with a system controlled by a small “pin” that they could pull out and throw away if they were being chased by the police.

Cyce Squad in its Glory Days
Standing (l-r)  Dick Murphy, Andy Bermingham, Neville Darrell,
Tony Watson, Mike Caulkett, Gary Perinchief, Dick Johnson
Kneeling  -  OIC Sean Sheehan and Geoff Hunt
 
Sean was in his element!  We have no idea if he ever drove a motor cycle or a car in Ireland, but he took to riding in Bermuda like a duck to water!  He was said to be completely fearless and would chase speeders up and down Bermuda’s narrow roads and tracks – and never give up.  To this day (2016) old men talk about those days in the 1950’s and 1960’s when “Sheehan” was a legendary Cycle Squad officer. 

But “Sheehan” also had a great reputation as a fair police officer who treated those he dealt with with respect, although it has also been said that young offenders would often confess to having stolen or removed cycles, or cycle parts,  after one of Sean’s interrogations which would always be lengthy and usually involved being asked to swear on their mother’s grave that they were innocent!  It was also said that Sheehan must not only have kissed but also “hugged” the Blarney Stone” because he sure had the gift of the gab!

Sean spent the next 4 years in Cycle Squad where he was promoted to Sergeant in October 1962.  His investigative skills were clearly evident as he was transferred to C.I.D. in 1964, but a year later he returned as the Sergeant in charge of Cycle Squad until 1966.

Sean's early days in CID
(l-r)  John Cafferkey, Willie McCracken, Bill Sherwood (on attachment
from New Scotland Yard) and Sean Sheehan
Heading out to the Junior Training School at Paget Island - 1965
(l-r)  Bill Bryan, Chris Fludgate, Bill Black and Sgt Sean Sheehan
 

After a 4 year stint in CID from 1966 – 1970 Sean was Sergeant in charge of Central Parishes during which time he was promoted to Inspector in December 1971 and spent time in charge of the Mobile Reserve, then in the Murder Room and CID before spending his latter years of service in Central Division as Inspector at Hamilton Police Station. 

During his service in the Bermuda Police Sean received numerous commendations as follows:-

  • 16 February 1959 - Commendation awarded to Constable Sheehan for zeal and efficiency;  
  • 10 February 1950 - Commendation awarded to Constable Sheehan for zeal and efficiency;  
  • 5 January 1961 -  Commendation awarded to Constable for zeal and efficiency (arresting 39 people involved in 51 cases of cycle removing from 4 Oct - 31 Dec 1960; 
  • 18 August 1964 - Commendation awarded to Detective Sergeant 43 Sheehan for perserverance in investigation of larcenies 
  • 28 January 1965 - Commendation awarded to Detective Sergeant Sheehan for Investigation and Interrogation and being congratulated by His Lordship the Chief Justice. 
  • 28 January 1965 - Commendation awarded to Detective Sergeant 43 Sheehan for persistent and excellent interrogation in a robbery case;
  • June 1966  -  Commendation awarded to Detective Sergeant 43 Sheehan for "zeal and initiative investigating a series of B and E's committed by a gang of juveniles;  
  • 15 April 1968 - Commendation awarded to Detective Sergeant 43 Sheehan for Intelligent appreciation and diligent enquiries;  
  • 24 July 1968 - Commendation awarded to Detective Sergeant 43 Sheehan for zeal and initiative; 
  • 10 April 1969 - Detective Sergeant 43 Sheehan for a thorough investigation in a complicated series of 44 cases of theft and false accounting 
Inspector Sean Sheehan attends Government House to receive his 25 year Long
Service Medal (l-r) Patricia, Sean, Cliona and Aine (complete with their hats!)

 

Throughout his police career Sean was a popular and outgoing officer who socialized with everyone, and it would also be fair to say that he loved to have a drink – or two!

The following photos of believed to have been taken during Sean's retirement "Do" in the Officers Mess at Prospect

Inspector Sean Sheehan receives congratultions from Inspector Peter Stubbs with
Inspector Dave Parson also behind the bar at the Officers Mess, Prospect.
Sean (right) chatting with Detective Chief Inspector
Clive Donald and Inspector Jerry Harvey
 
Following his retirement in 1978, Sean returned to his native Ireland with his wife Pat and their two daughters, Aine and Cliona.   Sadly, Sean passed away in his beloved Ireland in March 2008 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.   surrounded by his loving family. His daughter, Aine, says that he retained his sense of humour and twinkle in his eye throughout his illness.   Aine returned to Bermuda on vacation in 2013 to meet up with old friends, and during her visit she promised faithfully to write a tribute to her father for our website.
Aine meets up with Patsy and Dave Cook during her visit to Bermuda in 2013
We were delighted to receive the following from Aine in early April 2016.
 

Tribute to Sean Sheehan by Patricia, Cliona Aine Sheehan

Sean Sheehan - could he be related to Paul Newman?!
 

Sean (official name John Gerrard) Sheehan was the first born child of Bridget and Denis Sheehan on the 22nd October 1933  in Caherciveen, Co. Kerry.  He was educated in Caherciveen to the age of 18 and did the equivalent of todays Leaving Certificate.  Whilst in junior school the head teacher realising that Sean’s strengths did not lie in mathematics asked him to tutor the younger children in the Irish language.  Sean was a fluent Irish speaker – both ancient and modern. 

Young Sean Sheehan (middle back row) with his family in Kerry circa 1947
 

Once Sean graduated he decided it was time to explore the world, so he packed his bags and went to his aunt’s in London, England. Believe it or not he got a job in a Glass factory, which was to the amazement of some. Following this job Sean never could stand the sound of breaking glass!  During his time in London Sean got to see the Queen of England crowned on June 2nd 1953. 

It was just after this that his father, Denis, contacted him to return home to apply for the Garda as they were recruiting. He had always been told that the Garda was an excellent career choice so he travelled back to Ireland and joined the Garda on 26th May 1954 and was stationed in Rathmines, Dublin. 

P.C. Sean Sheehan pounds the beat
in Lower Rathmines, Dublin
 

Life changed when he was talked into buying a ticket for a Charity Dance in the Four Provence Dance Hall (Four Pros – stands for Ulster, Lenster, Connaght and Munster). Here he asked a young Patricia Kelly to dance.... and anyone who knows Sean Sheehan, knows he has two or three left feet.  Amazingly, even though she could barely understand him (with that beautiful Kerry accent) and the fact that he couldn’t dance, Patricia agreed to see him for a date the next week.

If Patricia had any doubts, these were alleviated when she turned up an hour and a half late and he was still there waiting patiently with a large bunch of flowers – a theme that would recur during their long and very happy marriage. 

Soon after this, Sean started to consider his future and felt there were no incentives to stay in the Garda as the pay was very low.  So low he had to buy his own bicycle and he went up to the mountains on his days off to cut turf to earn extra money.  So Sean decided to apply for two jobs: a job with the Railways in Africa; or the Bermuda Police Force.  Sean got an interview for both jobs in London.  Patricia lent him the £5 to get him to London!  Sean was offered both jobs so he decided to toss a coin to make his decision and Bermuda won!  Thank goodness!!

Sean resigned from the Garda in early February 1957 and flew over to Bermuda on 22nd February to start his new life with the Bermuda Police, living in the barracks on Victoria Street  in Hamilton just behind where City Hall is now located.

Young Patricia Kelly before she flew to Bermuda to marry Sean
 
He continued to write to Patricia and after asking her Mother and Father for her hand in marriage, Patricia agreed to marry Sean and arrived in Bermuda by ship a year and a day later.  Before she left for Bermuda Patricia agreed to go and meet Sean’s parents in Caherciveen.  She went by train from Dublin on the old train track that was carved through the mountain which can still be seen from the road today.  Sean’s parents met her in the “car” -  a pony and trap - and they whisked her off to Sean’s family home.  Patricia knew when she met Sean’s family she had made a good choice.  They made her feel very welcome and were delighted with Sean’s choice.  Patricia was working in Dublin as a hairdresser, and the Chemist who owned the salon said the match was a great one – the hard working people of the north combined with the brains of the south!  Although Sean always said Patricia was the brains of the outfit!
 

Patricia and Sean were married on the 19th June 1958 in St. Theresa’s Church in Hamilton. Best man - Bill McCormick (http://expobermuda.com/index.php/tan/115-billmccormack) Celine Cafferkey - Matron of Honor and Sandy Powell gave Patricia away. They honeymooned in Somerset and life began for the new couple.

Sean and Patricia are the picture of happiness on their wedding day
 

Their first home was #3 Frog Lane and there were many ‘get togethers’ at Frog Lane.

Patricia and Sean during their early days together in Bermuda
 
Bill Smith (http://expobermuda.com/index.php/tan/54-wsmith) recounts some special moments, especially the occasion of the birth of Sean’s first daughter, Cliona in Ireland. On the issue of the creation of Cycle Squad, Bill recalls,Sean’s first significant role in the police was the ‘Cycle Squad’. Sean Sheehan, Eric Simpson and yours truly (Bill Smith) became Cycle Squad.  Given a Triumph 500 each, plus a Morris J4 van and an office next door to Traffic at Prospect, the challenge was in place.”  
 
Patricia hugs her beautiful new baby Cliona -  October 1960
 

And here is a quote from someone  who vividly remembers Sgt Sheehan -  “When I was a teenager in the 1960's my peers and I feared Sgt Sean Sheehan. He and his cycle squad members were everywhere all the time it seemed. Although we did such things as have illegal gears in our mopeds (with a 'setup' to immobilise if necessary), speeding and recklessness was something we thought twice about because Sgt Sheehan would invariably show up and catch us. Basically, his high profile presence on the roads kept us honest. None of us wanted our bikes impounded, which happened often if there was even a hint of excessive noise.” Red Onion http://www.limeyinbermuda.com/2005/11/getting_tough_w.html

Bil Smith also mentions the arrest  of an aspiring young actor with a direct connection to Bermuda: “College Weeks were a challenge and one memorable arrest was that of a certain Michael Douglas for "Taking and Driving Away" a livery bike that was not his rental. Talking to his movie actor father, Kirk Douglas, by telephone, it was decided that the youth should not be charged but was to be taken directly to the Airport and told to leave Bermuda.” Michael's mother was a member of the Dill family and was also an actress.

Sean and Pat’s first child, Cliona Eileen, was born in Ireland on the 18th April 1960 and they were blessed with their second daughter Aine (Patricia-Anne) who was born in Bermuda on the 15th January 1965.

 

Sean with his beloved daughters Aine (left) and Cliona (right)
Sean with Aine
Yes, that a beard he's trying to grow!
 

Sean retired in 1978 and he, Patricia, Cliona and Aine returned to Emyvale in Ireland in April 1978.  Sean got a job as regional organiser for the first Census in Ireland for some time.  Patricia went back to do a bit of hairdressing.  Sean went from the Census job to selling sports bags for a family business.  He turned out to be a great salesman as he was too honest to lie about the goods he was selling so it was a good job the bags were well made!  He would travel the country getting orders and would invariably get lost.  It’s a good job Bermuda was so small as a sense of direction wasn’t Sean’s strong point!

Sean surrounded by his family
Top row (l-r)  Cliona, Sean and Stephen
Seated  -  Larena, Patricia, Corena and Cathy
Photo taken at Cathy's Confirmation in Galway
Sean and Patricia and family visit Sean's sister, Aunty Bride, at Ballycarbery Castle
Farm in Kerry which she owns. Click here for a link to Ballycarbery Castle
 

Sean’s last job was as caretaker of the local village junior school.  We still meet people today who remember him around the school and all he did in his own time while he was there.  He was well respected and liked in the whole of the village and the surrounds of Emyvale. 

Sean was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died on 2 March 2008.  His last three weeks were spent at home with his whole family around him to care for him.  He was himself (as they say here in Ireland) until the end.  Keeping his sense of humour and the twinkle in his eye.

Sean's Mass Card
 

People still talk about Sean in the village and the respect they held for him was demonstrated during his three day wake and his funeral.

Sean's grandchildren Corena, Cathey, Larena and Stephen
 

We, Sean’s family, miss him everyday.  He was some character!

 

Patricia, Cliona and Aine Sheehan
May 2016

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