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H-Division Personnel
Compiled by Simon Wood

There follows a list of 200+ H Division personnel gleaned from Police Orders, MEPO files and press reports from The Times.

 

It is impossible to be certain that all the officers in the list were part of H Division during all (or part of) the Whitechapel Murders, but the odds are fair based on their dates of service.

 

As the list stands it is by no means exhaustive, and all errors and omissions are entirely my own. We have only 300+ police officers to go, plus names still need to be added to known collar and/or warrant numbers (or vice-versa). So please PM me if you have any new information, corrections or queries. I will update the list periodically.

 

Speaking personally, I would like this list to end up as a one-stop reference point for anyone researching H Division personnel during the WM, or for families attempting to trace relatives from the LVP.

 

My sincere thanks to Stephen Ryder for agreeing to make this an on-going project with provision to correct and update information as it becomes available. Thanks also to Grey Hunter and all the other Casebook posters who have provided such invaluable information.

 

Regards,

 

Simon Wood

 

 

METROPOLITAN POLICE [H DIVISION]

 

H Division covered an area of 1¼ square miles (source—Superintendent Thomas Arnold, Eastern Post & City Chronicle 3rd February 1893), and was covered by four police stations—

 

76 Leman Street (Divisional HQ)

160 Commercial Street, Spitalfields

Arbour Square, Stepney (Supt. Arnold lived with his wife at 36 Arbour Square)

King David Lane, Shadwell

 

As of 29th December 1888 H Division strength included -

 

1 Superintendent

1 Chief Inspector

11 1st class Inspectors

14 2nd class Inspectors

2 Sub Inspectors

19 1st class Sergeants

4 2nd class Sergeants

14 3rd class Sergeants

219 1st class PCs

114 2nd class PCs

173 3rd class PCs

 

and on CID -

 

1 Local Inspector

1 1st class Sergeant

1 2nd class Sergeant

6 3rd class Sergeants

5 1st class Constables

1 2nd class Constable

 

TOTAL = 587 Police Officers

 

Individual H Division Police Officers directly mentioned during the WM — (Tabram to Kelly)

 

Superintendent Thomas Arnold

Chief Inspector John West

Local Inspector Edmund Reid

Divisional Inspector Ernest Ellisdon

Inspector Walter Beck

Inspector Joseph Chandler

Inspector Charles Pinhorn (J. Pinhorn—Times Dec 10th 1889)

Detective Sergeant William Thick

Sergeant 31H Edward Badham

Sergeant Stephen White

Sergeant (?) Leach (Times Sep 11th 1888)

PC 55H Jonas Mizen (Joseph Mizen PC 55H—Times Aug 19th 1886)

PC 252H Henry Lamb

PC 282H Joseph Drage

PC 452H William Smith

PC 12HR Albert Collins

PC 262H Thomas Barrett (PC 226H—Times Aug 10th 1888)

 

I can find no H Division reference to Inspector Nairn [who watched the Kelly inquest] prior to, during, or directly after the WM). He appears to have been a Scotland Yard officer.

 

OTHER H DIVISION POLICE OFFICERS

 

Police Orders—Saturday, 29th September 1888

 

The following are authorised to be employed in plain clothes, with an allowance of 2s 6d per week from 1st prox. (Proximo [Mense] next [Month]) to 31st March next. They will be employed as directed by the Superintendents for the prevention and detection of crime during the winter months.

 

H 57 - Dennis (Times Aug 2nd 1888)

H 207 - Frederick King (Times Oct 24th 1888)

H 286 - Wright (Times Oct 9th 1888)

H 373 - Fluister

(NOTE: There was also a Detective Sergeant Fluister of the City Police—Times Feb 3rd 1885, a PC Fluister 954 City—Times 15th Jan 1889, and a Detective Inspector Fluister—Times Jan 21st 1891)

H 378 - West

H 32R - Soper (Times Dec 14th 1887)

 

H DIVISION PLAIN CLOTHES DUTY - as from October 1st 1888

 

Divisional Inspector Pimley

 

H DIVISION PLAIN CLOTHES DUTY - from October 10th to 13th (Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat) and 15th to 19th (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri) 1888

 

PC 27HR Gulley

PC 145 Shea

 

H DIVISION PLAIN CLOTHES DUTY - as from October 24th 1888

 

Sergeant 21 Herwin

PC 24HR Beaks

PC 91 Patrick

PC 137 Long

PC 234 Wing

PC 436 Hawke

PC 73 Mitchell

PC 246 Bird

PC H296 Winter (Times—Aug 30th 1886)

PC 364 Dixon

PC 36HR Chapman

PC 49HR Layton

PC 284 Lamerton

PC 362 Davis

PC H117 Brown (Times—Sep 16th 1886)

PC 33HR Warren

PC 41HR Miles

PC 393 Hoare

PC 169 Boon

PC 70 Gregory

 

H Division Police Officers gleaned from non-Ripper reports in The Times

 

Inspector Dixon—Aug 11th 1887*3

Inspector Dickson—Jan 4th 1888*3

Inspector A. Thresher—Mar 19th 1889

Inspector Babbington—Feb 2nd 1888

Inspector William Ealey—Aug 9th 1888

Inspector Holland—Jan 13th 1885

Inspector Wildey—Feb 6th 1885

Inspector Quinn—Nov 2nd 1885

Inspector Pride—Jan 12th 1886

Inspector Bullock—Nov 22nd 1886

Inspector Rowland—Oct 12th 1887

Detective Sergeant East—Feb 25th 1888

Detective Sergeant Smith—Feb 25th 1888

Detective Sergeant Caunter—Feb 12th 1889*1

Detective Sergeant William Smith—Feb 20th 1888

Detective Sergeant East—Apr 17th 1888

Detective Sergeant Sampson—June 5th 1888

Detective Sergeant Marriott—Jan 13th 1887

Detective Dew—Apr 12th 1888*2

Detective Stacey—Feb 12th 1889

Detective Doldon—Jan 18th 1888

Detective Don—Jan 18th 1888

Detective Walter Drew—Feb 2nd 1888*2

Detective W. Gill—Dec 3rd 1888

Sergeant New—June 8th 1888

Sergeant Newman—Dec 17th 1886

Sergeant Leonard 29H—Jan 29th 1887

PC 134H Armstrong—Feb 20th 1888

PC 39HR Farrow (Arbour Square)—Aug 16th 1888

PC 83H Unnamed—Sep 11th 1888

PC 221H Unnamed—Sep 26th 1888

PC 153H Unnamed—Oct 17th 1888

PC 434H Unnamed—Nov 17th 1888

PC 148H Wilcock—Nov 23rd 1888

PC West—Nov 23rd 1888

PC 429H Unnamed—Jan 7th 1889

PC 154H James Frost—Mar 19th 1889

PC 269H George Harris—Mar 19th 1889

PC Daubney—Jan 16th 1889

PC 180H Frederick Weir—Aug 19th 1886

PC Martin—Sep 16th 1886

PC 211H Unnamed—Dec 17th 1886

PC 106H Westron—Oct 12th 1887

PC Caunter—Nov 6th 1888*1

 

*=possible duplicates or promotions

 

The following police officers may have joined (or been transferred to) H Division after the WM—

 

Inspector Flannigan (H Div)—Feb 16th 1891

Inspector W. Causby (H Div)—Sep 20th 1889

Detective Cumner (H Div)—Dec 25th 1891

PS 4HR White—same report

PC 205H (acting sergeant)—Sep 12th 1889

PC 115H Unnamed—same report

PC 248H Unnamed—Nov 11th 1889

PC 7HR Sullivan—Nov 13th 1890

PC Abrahams (acting as German interpreter)—Oct 6th 1894

 

Transfers to H Division—Date Unknown

 

From A Division [Whitehall]

 

PC 254A Alfred Long

 

Transfers to H Division—Police Orders 31st October 1888

 

From B Division [Chelsea]

 

B344 to H220 PC 61146 [1st Class] Charles Maguire*

B435 to H295 PC 73700 [3rd Class] Cornelius Lamb

 

From F Division [Paddington]

 

F103 to H442 PC 67236 [2nd Class] George Farr

F288 to H463 PC 73773 [3rd Class] Edwin Sturt*

 

From K Division [Bow]

 

K216 to H464 PC 73337 [3rd Class] Joseph Bozzett

 

From S Division [Hampstead]

 

S633 to H465 PC 57839 [1st Class] Henry Kirby

S554 to H466 PC 73748 [3rd Class] Henry S. C. Barber

S172 to H502 PC 73849 [3rd Class] George Bailey

 

From T Division [Hammersmith]

T650 to H467 PC 66443 [2nd Class] Arthur Vincent

T510 to H468 PC 68788 [2nd Class] William A. Walker

T602 to H469 PC 70694 [3rd Class] Frederick Lessons

T372 to H470 PC 71125 [3rd Class] William J. Rough

T621 to H471 PC 72933 [3rd Class] William H. Saundery

T250 to H472 PC 73033 [3rd Class] Thomas Jefferson

T651 to H473 PC 73631 [3rd Class] Arthur Waters

T652 to H474 PC 73636 [3rd Class] Albert A. Truelove

T671 to H475 PC 73682 [3rd Class] George Evans

T674 to H476 PC 73715 [3rd Class] Robert Vickers

T680 to H477 PC 73736 [3rd Class] Harry Roffey

T181 to H478 PC 73744 [3rd Class] William J. Gunner

T687 to H479 PC 73764 [3rd Class] William Lewis*

T688 to H480 PC 73769 [3rd Class] Griffith Evans*

T236 to H481 PC 73777 [3rd Class] George Crews

T668 to H482 PC 73778 [3rd Class] Michael Waters

T465 to H483 PC 73785 [3rd Class] Thomas T. Guppy

T679 to H484 PC 73793 [3rd Class] Benjamin C. Ide

T279 to H485 PC 73813 [3rd Class] George M. Ide

 

From V Division [Wandsworth]

 

V198 to H486 PC 73442 [3rd Class] William L. Dockery

V585 to H487 PC 59272 [3rd Class] Patrick Rourke

V575 to H488 PC 62860 [2nd Class] Henry Worman

V548 to H489 PC 63165 [1st Class] Edward Ware

V464 to H490 PC 68841 [3rd Class] John Molt

V212 to H491 PC 73016 [3rd Class] Henry Hancock

 

From X Division [Kilburn]

 

X479 to H492 PC 67612 [2nd Class] Nicholas Stafford

X478 to H493 PC 72182 [3rd Class] Michael Hudson

[H494 was not assigned at this time]

X463 to H495 PC 73635 [3rd Class] Harry Artiss

X316 to H496 PC 73906 [3rd Class] Charles Phillips*

 

From Y Division [Highgate]

 

Y 91 to H497 PC 73685 [3rd Class] Thomas C. Newens

Y401 to H498 PC 73695 [3rd Class] Harry Gibson

Y181 to H499 PC 73721 [3rd Class] John Presswood

Y199 to H500 PC 73834 [3rd Class] John Hamilton

Y624 to H501 PC 73883 [3rd Class] John Garraway

 

*= see leavers below

 

Chronological list of Metropolitan Police Leavers who joined before the Whitechapel Murders and who retired/resigned/died or were dismissed from 'H' Division between March 1889 and October 1892.

 

SOURCE: MEPO 4/339

 

KEY

Date of Leaving 'H' Division

[Class] Warrant No. Rank. Name. [circumstances] [joining year]

 

RP = Resignation Permitted. This was replaced in 1920 by RR [Required to Resign].

 

CLASS: 1. Excellent, 2. Very Good, 3. Good, 4. Open, i.e. no comment. Later entries appear to show a pension entitlement figure (in shillings) rather than class status.

COLLAR NUMBERS: None are listed

13th April 1889

[1] 44666 PC John F. Dickinson [1864]

[1] 45515 PC Elijah Hine [1864]

[1] 62907 PC William Thomas Murphy [1878]

 

25th April 1889

[3] 72451 PC Robert C. Spicer [Dismissed] [1887]

 

11th May 1889

[1] 58639 PC Philip Porter [1875]

 

27th May 1889

[2] 70997 PC August C.E. Schmelzer [1883?]

 

14th June 1889

[1] 47167 PC Herbert Roud [1866]

 

20th June 1889

[1] 61287 PC Patrick Ryan [Died] [1877]

 

25th June 1889

[3] 72920 PC Albert Mainstone [RP] [1887?]

 

24th July 1889

[2] 69651 PC Philip Walliker [1884?]

 

25th July 1889

[2] 57420 PC David Danton [RP] [1873]

 

31st July 1889

[1] 46045 PC Thomas Gallagher [1865]

[1] 57288 PC William Robins [1873]

 

1st August 1889

[1] 50410 PS Henry Haynes [1868]

 

9th August 1889

[1] 50419 PC Josiah Batten [1868]

 

27th August 1889

[3] 73906 PC Charles Phillips [20/8/1888] X316 to H496 31st Oct 1888

 

9th September 1889

[ ] 50860 Det. Inspector Spencer Holden [Died] [1868]

 

23rd September 1889

[3] 73773 PC Edwin Sturt [RP] [9/7/1888] F288 to H463 31st Oct 1888

 

5th October 1889

[1] 37762 PC Edmond Belson [1859]

 

8th October 1889

[1] 54690 PC William Moon [Died] [1871]

 

11th October 1889

[1] 44916 PC Thomas Burke [1864]

 

15th October 1889

[1] 56044 PC William Layton [1872]

 

18th October 1889

[3] 73768 PC Robert Reed [RP] [1888]

 

21st October 1889

[3] 72654 PC Herman F. Haupt [RP] [1887]

 

28th October 1889

[2] 66239 PC Frank Little [1882]

 

7th December 1889

[1] 44201 PC James Stacey [1876]

 

2nd January 1890

[1] 53347 PC James S. Sansford [1870]

 

28th January 1890

[2] 69248 PC Frederick William Gunner [1884]

[2] 66077 PC William J. Robertson [1881]

 

7th February 1890

[1] 58841 PC Redmond Reilly [1875]

 

17th February 1890

[3] 73333 PC John Durow [RP] [1888]

 

18th February 1890

[1] 57612 PC Henry M. Morphet [1874]

 

3rd March 1890

[2] 72000 PC George H. Dickinson [RP] [1886]

 

6th February 1890

[3] 73335 PC Charles Hall [RP] [1888]

 

18th March 1890

[1] 43721 PC Henry Marshall [1863]

 

25th March 1890

[3] 67384 PC Michael Cunningham [RP] [1883]

 

29th March 1890

[3] 56563 PC Frederick Slade [1873]

 

1st April 1890

[1] 44484 PS Charles Hoskins [1863]

 

3rd April 1890

[2] 68138 PC William V. Keating [1883]

 

8th April 1890

[3] 73487 PC Michael Long [1888]

 

14th April 1890

[1] 53345 PC Edward Robinson [RP] [1870]

 

21st April 1890

[3] 71768 PC Thomas Maybank [1886]

 

3rd May 1890

[1] 47043 PS David Lee [1866]

 

8th May 1890

[1] 65290 PC George F. Doughty [Dismissed] [1880]

[2] 66613 PC Robert Hovell [RP] [1882]

 

9th May 1890

[1] 51528 PC James Farrow [1869]

 

27th May 1890

[1] 49396 PC Edward Robson [1868]

 

30th May 1890

[3] 72889 PC Augustus Wooding [Dismissed] [1885]

 

31st May 1890

[2] 71592 PC John Baker [1886]

 

4th June 1890

[1] 64226 PC James Lynch [Died] [1880]

 

20th June 1890

[ ] 48089 Div. Inspector David Final [Died] [1867]

 

23rd June 1890

[2] 71453 PC William Davies [1886]

 

25th July 1890

[2] 60454 PC William James Pasker [Died] [1876]

 

7th August 1890

[3] 73160 PC William Robinson [RP] [1888]

 

9th August 1890

[1] 54369 PS Gustavus Gidley [1866]

 

29th August 1890

[3] 73853 PC William Mills [Dismissed] [1888]

[1] 60475 PC Thomas Johnston [1876]

 

2nd September 1890

[2] 70343 PC William Watthew [1885]

 

22nd September 1890

[3] 73118 PC John G. Havard [1887]

 

26th September 1890

[3] 73925 PC George W. H. Attewell [Dismissed] [1888]

 

6th October 1890

[3] 73764 PC William Lewis [2/7/1888] T687 to H479 31 Oct 1888

 

7th October 1890

[1] 53063 PC Charles Meadows [Died] [1876]

 

10th October 1890

[2] 53876 PC John Gallagher [Dismissed] [1871]

 

23rd October 1890

[1] 46354 PC John Reeve [1865]

 

30th October 1890

[1] 49378 PS John Goodger [1868]

 

31st October 1890

[1] 58977 PC James Harris [1875]

 

11th November 1890

[2] 71894 PC Walter Martin [Died] [1886]

 

13th November 1890

[2] 51701 PS John Blake [1882]

 

26th December 1890

[3] 68646 PC Charles A. Cooke [Dismissed] [1883]

 

30th December 1890

[2] 69621 PC Thomas W. Udall [1884]

 

30th January 1891

[2] 66387 PC Henry Stephen Windebank ["Resigned" crossed out] [1882]

 

5th February 1891

[3] 69099 PC Walter Couch [RP] [1884]

 

14th February 1891

[1] 58279 PC George Neve [1874]

 

24th February 1891

[1] 57935 PC Joseph Haden [1874]

 

7th March 1891

[27/-] 73383 PC Thomas Uzzell [1888]

 

2nd April 1891

[2] 71706 PC Arthur Bland [RP] [1886]

 

24th April 1891

[26/-] 73769 PC Griffith Evans [Dismissed] [2/7/1888] T688 to H480 31st Oct 1888

 

2nd May 1891

[3] 43164 PC Henry Hawkins [1868]

[26/-] 74168 PC Charles Summerfield [1884]

 

9th May 1891

[32/-] 44135 PC Cornelius Sutton [1863]

 

16th May 1891

[32/-] 59434 PC Christopher Fagan [1875]

 

20th May 1891

[32/-] 44750 PC John Wayland [1864]

 

2nd June 1891

[27/-] 73450 PC William Higgs [RP] [1888]

 

4th June 1891

[24/-] 73007 PC Joseph Whitlock [RP] [1887]

 

6th June 1891

[32/-] 45572 PC William Collison [1864]

[32/-] 45853 PC James Gulley [1865]

 

8th June 1891

[ ] 45737 Chief Inspector John West [1865]

 

23rd June 1891

[40/-] 47224 PS Mark Lee [1866]

[32/-] 44838 PC James Connor [1863]

 

4th July 1891

[32/-] 49930 PC George Franklin [1865]

 

11th July 1891

[32/-] 47077 PC George Hayden [1866]

 

18th July 1891

[32/-] 59656 PC James Fallon [1875]

 

29th July 1891

[26/-] 40055 PC Harry Richards [1885]

 

11th August 1891

[28/-] 71643 PC Thomas Shinner [1886]

[32/-] 47246 PC George Burge [1866]

[27/-] 70081 PC Fred Umpleby [RP] [1885]

 

17th August 1891

[24/-] 45248 PC Joseph Soper [1864]

 

18th August 1891

[32/-] 46266 PC George Briggs [1865]

 

25th August 1891

[40/-] 41358 PS James Boyle [1865]

 

27th August 1891

[36/-] 63739 PS George Dixon [Died] [1879]

 

29th September 1891

[27/-] 72989 PC Job Andrews [1887]

 

29th October 1891

[32/-] 59879 PC George Ball [1876]

 

5th November 1891

[29/-] 71035 PC Emmanuel M. Barber [Dismissed] [1885]

 

7th November 1891

[27/-] 73584 PC Samuel Tomlinson [Dismissed] [1888]

 

13th November 1891

[64/-] 48282 Insp. Walter Frost [1867]

 

16th November 1891

[SD] 46346 Insp. James Pride [1865]

 

23rd November 1891

[SD] 46631 Insp. Arthur Ferrett [1865]

 

8th December 1891

[28/-] 72901 PC Edward William Wilding [1887]

 

19th December 1891

[28/-] 72272 PC Kenneth McAulay [1887]

 

22nd December 1891

[ ] 48469 Div. Insp. Thomas Banks [1867]

 

NO LIST WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE FOLLOWING ENTRY—

 

8th February 1892

[ ] 43519 Ch. Inspr. Frederick G. Abberline (C.O.)

 

15th February 1892

[40/-] 46535 PS Hezekiah Cook [1865]

 

23rd February 1892

[32/-] 55624 PC William Light [1872]

 

21st March 1892

[25/-] 68344 PC Philip Parsons [Dismissed] [1883]

 

25th March 1892

[32/-] 49221 PC George Brewer [1868]

 

27th April 1892

[27/-] 73548 PC Charles Randall [1888]

 

2nd May 1892

[32/-] 46379 PC Benjamin Bryant [1865]

 

11th May 1892

[32/-] 54716 PC Francis Symonds [1871]

 

25th May 1892

[29/-] 72062 PC Francis Wright [1886]

[32/-] 63539 PC John Wright [1879]

 

2nd June 1892

[ ] 61146 PC Charles J. Maguire [1879] B334 to H220 31st Oct 1888

[27/-] 73910 PC Charles Smith [1886]

 

27th June 1892

[32/-] 46935 PC George Kerridge [1866]

 

8th August 1892

[32/-] 47364 PC Samuel Chaplin [1866]

 

3rd October 1892

[64/-] 48840 Inspr. James Blake [1867]


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