Dixon of Dock Green
"Evening all"
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Farewell to famous 'ordinary coppe

Jack Warner


You may think what has Dixon of Dock Green and Jack Warner got to do with the Buckinghamshire Constabulary - well nothing actually! but all hopefully will become clear as you read on.

The Metropolitan Police helmet you see below is on display at Milton Keynes Police Station and was actually used, by Jack Warner in the Television Series of ‘Dixon of Dock Green‘. Only one other helmet worn by him in the series is known to exist and that is in the Metropolitan Police Museum in London. The Television Series, which started in 1955, numbered 430 episodes ended in 1976. Jack Warner’s first appearance as Dixon of Dock Green started with the Film The Blue Lamp in 1949.

The City of London Police Helmet contains George Dixon’s shoulder number and the (fictitious) Divisional Number ‘O’ of Dock Green. This helmet was presented to Jack Warner by Bishopsgate Police.

These helmets were given to Ron Spendloff who served in the Metropolitan Police by Jack Warner’s Wife, Mollie. Ron patrolled the Beat where Jack and Mollie lived, for a number of years, and they became firm friends. After retirement Ron became the curator of the Newport Pagnell Police Museum.

The casket, pictured below, and a Scroll was given to Ron by Jack Warner and it was displayed in the Newport Pagnell Police Museum for a number of years until the museum closed in 2004 after Ron’s death. In the Autobiography of Jack Warner ‘Jack of all Trades’ 1975 and ‘Evening All’ 1979 Jack wrote:

“While I was immensely thrilled to be voted top British male star by the Motion Picture Herald, after The Blue Lamp, I received another award I treasured above everything ! It was a casket and scroll presented to me by officers of the Metropolitan Police ‘F’ Division and gave me ‘the freedom of police stations, the freedom of their tea, the freedom to criticise its quality and if he does, the freedom of the cells’. This tribute was made to me after the film’s premiere by Chief Superintendent F. H. Archer, of Hammersmith, who had taught me how to walk talk and salute like a policeman”

Although the casket is intact the scroll went missing sometime in 2003/4 from the Newport Pagnell Police Museum !

The inscription reads:

Presented to Jack Warner of London by members of ‘F’ Division Metropolitan Police as a token of their esteem. 4th December 1949.”

These items have been kindly given by Ron's daughter on permanent loan to Milton Keynes Police and are on display in the canteen at Central Milton Keynes Police Station.

The photographs of George Dixon are all signed by Jack Warner. The photograph of George Dixon and Jimmy Handley is from the 1949 film ‘The Blue lamp’

Presented to Jack Warner of London by members of ‘F’ Division Metropolitan Police as a token of their esteem. 4th December 1949

One of the helmets owned and used by Jack Warner
in the television Series 'Dixon of Dock Green'
a role he played for over 21 years
City of London Helmet Badge with 'Dixons Special Number'
presented by Bishopsgate Police.

Taken from the Daily Mirror, Wednesday, April 14th 1976.

Goodbye All

TV’s Dixon bows out after 430 episodes.

Whatever else people say about George Dixon, one thing is sure. He was a long, long time going. For he was supposed to have been gunned down by Dirk Bogarde in his first film - twenty-six years ago.

Dixon made his debut in the film “The Blue Lamp,” providing Jack Warner with an incredibly durable and affectionate role. Lord (Ted) Willis, who created the part thought of Dixon when the BBC asked him to write a police series. It started with a six week trial run and was such a success that it went on for twenty-one years.


There have been 430 “Dixon of Dock Green” episodes attracting audiences of up to 15 million. And Jack said last night: “It has been a very good meal ticket for twenty-one years - although the taxman has never been far behind.”

Jack provided the Police Force with its most effective public image. He was the old time copper: friendly, not particularly well educated but dependable, cool in a crisis - and all heart.

The knockers began at the end of the sixties, but Jacks loyal fans continued their support with each new series. When he was shot in one episode, the BBC received 4,000 letters of anxious inquiry and had announced on television that Jack was all right. Lord Willis said. “I knew it had to come to an end sometime and I thought something was in the wind. “They usually renew my Dock Green Contract in February and it hasn’t been renewed this time”.

Farewell to famous 'ordinary copper'

Dixon of Dock Green

Picture from 'The Blue Lamp' 1949

Jack Warner and Jimmy Handley

A signed picture from the T.V. series Dixon of Dock Green which is on display at Milton Keynes Police Station.

Isle of Thanet Gazette 5th June 1981

Farewell to famous

'ordinary copper'

Hundreds of fans gathered to pay their last respects to the country's best-loved "policeman," actor Jack Warner, at Margate Crematorium on Monday.
They were joined by delegations of policemen who had met and known Mr. Warner during the 21 years he had portrayed "Dixon of Dock Green."
Officers lined the route with admirers from as far away as Wales and Newcastle during the 25-minute service, conducted by the Rev. John Went, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate.
Margate's Chief Ins. Ray Bing and Sgt. Bob Bugden who met Mr. Warner many times while they were stationed at Broadstairs, were joined by Supt. Mike Whitfield and Deputy Divisional Commander Desmond Ladd.
Six Margate Constables stood as guards-of-honour outside the chapel. They were P.C.s Brian Atkinson, Chris Boots, Michael Stratton, Liam Coyle, Michael Humphries and Mel Batterbee.
A sixteen man representation from the Metropolitan Police was led by Deputy Assistant Commissioner George Rushbrook and Commander John Atkins.
Among the mourners were officers from the Kensington District, where Mr. Warner lived while in London, and Paddington Green, where the "Dixon" series was based.
One of them, P.C. Ron Spendloff, said: "We were very friendly with Mr. Warner and attended his 85th birthday party last year. He was just like a policeman to us."
Scores of floral tributes were displayed in the chapel courtyard from friends, relatives and admirers.
They included wreathes from the Thanet Male Voice Choir, the Sussex and Kent Police Forces and the ranks of the 5 th Royal Inniskillin Dragoon Guards.
One, from the public information department at New Scotland Yard, bore the inscription: "With fond memories for a charming character who served the Metropolitan Police and the public so well through the media and television."
"His warmth and understanding of the problems of London Police Constables will long be remembered with affection."
Mr. Warner died in the Royal Masonic Hospital, London, last week at the age of 85. He was taken into hospital two weeks ago suffering from pneumonia, and a week ago had an operation to amputate his right leg.
He and his wife Mollie lived at Porsea Cottage, Kingsgate, for 35 years and he was an active and well respected member of local organisations.
He rose to fame as the fatherly, old-style policeman George Dixon. He first played the part in the film "The Blue Lamp," in which he was killed.
But the character was revived by the author, Lord (Ted) Willis, who was present at the funeral, and become one of the most popular series on television.
The crematorium chapel proved too small to hold all the mourners, and many stood outside in rows three deep throughout the service.
Among them were Mr. James Robinson, his friend Mr. Tom Hopkirk and their families, who travelled from Newcastle and Mrs. Megan Davies from Porthcawl, South Wales.

Police Officers lined the route to pay their last respects. The famous "Dixon of Dock Green" theme tune was played
as Mr. Warner's coffin entered the chapel. It had been requested by his widow, Mollie.

Mr. Warner's widow Mollie (front) and his sister Elsie visit the chapel
courtyard, where scores of floral tributes to Mr. Warner were displayed.

As a resident of Thanet for 35 years, Mr. Warner attended many police functions. The last occasion was when he opened the new police club at Ramsgate three years ago (1978).

He was made honorary member of the Margate and Ramsgate Forces in the 1950s.

These past events were recalled by his widow Mollie on Monday when he spoke to Margate's Chief Inspector Ray Bing (right) Superintendent Mike Whitfield, Deputy Divisional Commanded Desmond Ladd and other officers.

Hundreds of fans were at Margate Crematorium on Monday to give the nations favourite policeman, Mr. Jack Warner, a film stars farewell.

"Evening all."
Hundreds of fans were at Margate Crematorium on Monday to give the nations favourite policeman, Mr. Jack Warner, a film stars farewell.