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Morning.

I'm researching RMA.14517 Gnr Leonard Childs who I believe may have joined the MEPO after leaving the marines in 1921. The records for MEPO appear to be at the NA but wondered if there was an index or roll that might be available?

Thanks v much.

Dom

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headgardener

I did a quick search of TNA's holdings of Met Police 'Registers of Leavers' which gives dates of joining and leaving plus Warrant number and last posting, but his name doesn't come up any time between 1914 and (i think) 1944. 

 

EDIT: the records I checked go up to 1949

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HG  has it about right- No trace on MEPO at The National Archives but the police research people are quite helpful.  Ancestry only has leavers up to 1932 on MEPO pension. But his RM service card shows he was 17 when joined the Royal Marine Artillery in 1915 and -unusually-bought himself out in 1921. Thus, on 25-30 years service before pension, the records may still be closed. 

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So if he joined the Royal Marine Artillery in 1915 at the age of 17, (so born c1897/98) and left to go on to join the Metropolitan Police in 1921 and doesn't turn up on the leaver roll which goes up to 1949?

 

So isn't it likely he will turn up on the 1939 Register? - Perhaps as a Metropolitan Police Inspector who was the only person recorded living at 34 Francemary Road, Ladywell, Lewisham :)

 

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(Source: FindMyPast).

 

Hope that helps,

Peter

 

Edit Royal Marine record at the National Archive also shows date of birth as 13th September 1897.

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7790826

 

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 Very much so-Serving policemen should be listed as such on the 1939 Register. I have a number of local casualties who were the sons of policemen-the parents who survived until the 1939 register do have "Police Pensioner" and not just "pensioner" against them.  Have yo zapped his name on British Newspaper Archive? It can be quite helpful in knowing which part of London he might have been in and rank at any particular time- usually in reports of officers giving evidence on court-"Sergeant Bloggs of X Division" etc.

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17 hours ago, voltaire60 said:

Have yo zapped his name on British Newspaper Archive?

 Just tried via FMP but suspect it will be a question of getting the right search criteria - 'Childs' + 'Police' brings up a fair number of coroners inquests for young people from all over the country, while 'Childs' + 'Inspector' brings up cases of child neglect brought by the NSPCC. 'Leonard Childs' + 'Lewisham' got zero returns, while just 'Leonard Childs" seemed to only bring up people being charged or convicted of crimes, not a policeman prosecuting them or giving evidence.

 

Cheers,

Peter

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Very helpful guys. The register confirms he was inspector living in Lewisham in 1939 but I too had no luck on the newspaper archive. Will try those experts mentioned.

Cheers

Dom

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Bingo! The heritage centre have just got back to me and forwarded a service sheet for Childs.  He served from 1922 to 1948 retiring at 50.  He died 10.3.81. He was promoted to inspector in 1934. He was with TA Division in Blackwall in 1925 and transferred to TR in Wapping in 1946.

So thanks for the tip offs.  Much appreciated.

Dom

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The death of a Leonard Childs, born 13th September 1897, was recorded in the Camborne-Redruth District of Cornwall in the January to March quarter, (Q1), of 1981.

 

The 1981 Probate Calendar adds that Leonard Childs of Pudsey End, Richards Lane, Illogan, Redruth, died on the 10th March 1981.

https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/Calendar?surname=Childs&yearOfDeath=1981&page=3#calendar

 

Hope that helps,

Peter

 

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As Childs served 1922-48 in the Met, would he have qualified for Jubilee, Coronation or Ww2 medals?

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So it looks like he is entitled to Defence Medal for serving throughout WW2. Just need to check Jubilee and coronation rolls.  Can anybody help?

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