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Charlie Payne at the Battle of Cambrai, November 1917

My grandfather, Private Charlie Payne was a Lewis gunner in B Company, Number 7 Platoon, of the 2/5th battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment.  In November 1917 the battalion was involved as part of 62nd Division in the Third … Continue reading

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World War One Images; Help Required with Identification, Please!

I am currently writing my next book which has the working title ‘Charlie Payne’s Hatbox‘. It will be based on the experiences of my grandfather, Charlie Payne, during his wartime service (1916-1919). I have a small number of photographs where … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Inspector Nathaniel Druscovich

This is the last of my short-series of blog posts on the subject of the senior detectives based at Scotland Yard in  mid-Victorian London.  The series ends with one of the most charismatic yet puzzling characters: Nathaniel Druscovich. Nathaniel Druscovich … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Inspector William Palmer

This article is the penultimate one in the short series of blog posts that I have written about the senior detectives based at Scotland Yard on 12 May 1869. At that time, the first significant increase  was made to the … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Chief Inspector George Clarke

Today, I continue my short reviews of the senior detectives at Scotland Yard during the mid-Victorian era. George Clarke was one of my great-great grandfathers and is the principal reason why I became interested in Victorian crime detection. In May … Continue reading

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The Senior Detectives at Scotland Yard, 1869; Chief Inspector James J. Thomson

In a recent blog post I mentioned that I would provide pen-pictures of the senior detectives in post at Scotland Yard in 1869, a time of considerable change in the structure of the Detective Department and in the number of … Continue reading

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On this Day: 12th May 1869; The Rise of ‘Dolly’ Williamson and the Scotland Yard Detectives

On 12th May 1869, Chief Inspector Adolphus (‘Dolly’) Williamson was promoted to Superintendent and head of an expanded Detective Department at Scotland Yard. At the same time, the man who was to become Williamson’s deputy, Inspector George Clarke, was promoted … Continue reading

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“The Little Digger”; William Morris (Billy) Hughes: A Family Connection

I apologise for the shortage of new blog posts in the last six to seven weeks.  However, don’t blame me, blame Billy Hughes. This year I somewhat over-enthusiastically committed myself to preparing two new talks within a month.  One of these was on … Continue reading

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An Englishman goes abroad; March 1907

My paternal grandfather, Charlie Payne, is the subject of a book that I am currently writing on the First World War (working title: ‘Charlie Payne’s Hatbox‘).  In addition to his wartime correspondence, Charlie left a number of diaries, one of … Continue reading

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‘Murder on the Victorian Railway’; A very personal perspective.

Having other commitments last night, I have only just been able to watch a recording of BBC2’s “Murder on the Victorian Railway”.  If I had known nothing about the case, I think I would have enjoyed it enormously.  It was … Continue reading

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