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Sergeant John William Reimers

It is a real pleasure, for the first time, to host  a guest writer on this blog. The following informative article written by David Craig unearths some very interesting information about another  Detective at Scotland Yard in the mid-Victorian era: … Continue reading

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Detective Inspector George Clarke of Scotland Yard and the murky world of defence procurement in the 1860s

Two weeks after the death in December 1868 of the long-standing Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Richard Mayne, one of the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector George Clarke, found himself handling a crime that was linked to … Continue reading

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Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke and the Irish Ambulance Corps; October 1870

Between 1865 and 1868, a resurgence of  republicanism within the British- and American- Irish communities saw the development of various plots and schemes to promote the establishment of Ireland as an independent democratic republic.  The groups and individuals adopting this … Continue reading

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Remembrance: Charlie Payne’s letter to “My Darling Boys” 23 August 1917

I think about my grandfather every day.  Not surprising as I’m currently writing a book about him.   However, as he served in the British Expeditionary Force during the latter stages of the Great War, the 100th Anniversary of Britain’s entry … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End of the First World War; Charlie Payne at the Second Battle of the Marne, July 1918.

I have previously written an account of aspects of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, based on Charlie Payne’s experiences during the  Defence of Bucquoy. Today’s blog involves events some four months later. The 1918 German attacks against the … Continue reading

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The London Metropolitan Police and the Congress of Berlin 1878; Some Unanswered Questions

My research interest in  Victorian detectives at Scotland Yard has recently led me to a couple of blind alleys, both of which have some potential links with the 1878 Congress of Berlin.  This conference, under the chairmanship  of the German Chancellor, Otto … Continue reading

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Saved by the Royal Navy; Genoa 1907

The book that I am currently writing deals with the life and times of my grandfather, Charlie Payne, covering both his civilian life, and his military service during The Great War (1914-1919). In early March 1907 Charlie travelled to Italy … Continue reading

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25th-30th March 1918: Charlie Payne at the Defence of Bucquoy

My Blog post today covers another aspect of my grandfather’s military service during the First World War.  Ninety-six years ago, Private Charlie Payne’s Battalion, the 5th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment was sent into action during the German Spring … Continue reading

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Lessons learnt from writing a non-fiction book

Two years ago I finally achieved one of the main tasks on my ‘bucket list’:  to complete my research on an ancestor who had worked as a senior detective at Scotland Yard in the Victorian era;  to write a book … Continue reading

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Scotland Yard Detectives in the Victorian Era; Online and other Digitised Resources

As is clear from several of my blog posts, one of my principal research interests is the history of the Scotland Yard Detective Department during the mid-Victorian period;  from its establishment in 1842 until the creation of the Criminal Investigation … Continue reading

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