James Dickens

Police Officer's Record of Service
Full Name James DICKENS
Date Appointed 11th October 1876
Collar Number 44
Date of Discharge 19th October 1904

Appointed 3rd Class Constable 11th October 1876

Promoted to 2nd Class Constable 12th October 1877

Promoted to 1st Class Constable 3rd December 1879

Credited with Merit Class pay from 5th December 1881

Promoted to Star Class Constable (29/6 per week) 27th October 1890


Posted to Princes Risborough (Central) 14th November 1876

Posted to Aston Clinton (Central) 7th January 1881

Posted to Stoke Goldington (Northern) 23rd March 1886. (Lived in High Street)

Posted to Newport Pagnell (Northern) 30th April 1897

James Dickens was born on the 22nd March 1858 at Whaddon. He was 5 feet 10½ inches tall of proportionate build with fair hair and light blue eyes (visage - thin). He was the son of Robert and Medeylina Dickens. On leaving school he became a labourer employed by William Henry Darke. He married Ellen North and they had nine children. (George, born at Mursley around 1877, later became a Butcher, Kelly born Princess Risborough around 1879 Edith born Princess Risborough around 1881, Harry Born Princess Risborough around 1884, Cyril born Stoke Goldington around 1887 Sydney born Stoke Goldington around 1888, Albert born Stoke Goldington around 1890. Frederick born Stoke Goldington 1892 and one other details not known). During his later life he lived at 8 Spring Gardens, Newport Pagnell. He died in January 1946 aged 88 years at 66 Queen Anne Street, New Bradwell and is buried in the cemetery of St. Peter & St. Paul’s church at Newport Pagnell. One of his sons became a Bucks Policeman Police Constable11 Frederick Dickens.

Chief Constable's Office, Aylesbury, 4th April 1891.

Police Constable 44 James Dickens is fined 5/- for neglect of duty while watching for a thief on the night of the 20th ultimo.

Signed John C. Tyrwhitt-Drake, Chief Constable.

Chief Constable's Office, Aylesbury, 10th October 1904.

Merit Class Constable 44 James Dickens having been certified by the Police Surgeon as unfit for further service and having this day been granted a pension of £51.6.0, to take effect on the 19th inst. will be struck off the strength of the Force from that date inclusive.

Signed Otway Mayne Major, Chief Constable.

**Records on this officer are complete**

Details were taken from the ‘Record of Service’ and ‘General Order’ books, and from Joanne (relative)

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