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An Extract from Lincolnshire Special Constabulary Bulletin No. 10 – April, 1941


Warfare

Report (pp.1 – 2).


The number of Special Constables recorded as having performed effective duty this month was 3,889. Training is still being well maintained, 84 men completing their training in H.E. and I.B.; 88 in Anti-Gas Measures; 15 in Police Duties and 25 in First Aid.

Division

No. sworn in

H.E. & I.B.

Anti-Gas

Police Duties

First Aid

Proceedings

under the

Lighting

Order

Cleethorpes

536

419

390

435

350

12

Gainsborough

456

422

414

387

408

20

Louth

468

366

374

275

263

9

Scunthorpe

653

347

430

348

267

8

Skegness

344

222

240

226

212

5

Sleaford

370

327

300

186

280

19

Stamford

418

345

344

329

252

9

Spalding

644

453

510

408

368

4

 

3889

2910

3002

2694

2400

86

 

The following Special Constables have been thanked during the month of April :-

Special Constable H. G. Cawthorpe of the Skegness Division, for his services after enemy air activity at Ulceby.

Special Constable H. Clayton of the Cleethorpes Division, for his services after enemy air activity at Linwood.

Special Constable J. W. Cottingham of the Scunthorpe Division, for devotion to duty, at considerable personal risk, in searching the wreckage for the occupants of an aircraft which crashed at Waddingham Cliff.

Special Constable C. M. Fields of the Spalding Division, for his services at the scene of an aircraft crash at Holbeach Marsh.

Special Constable E. Hankins of the Stamford Division, for his prompt action in raising the alarm and dealing with a fire in a garage at Stamford.

Section Commander G. Harrison and Special Constables in the parishes of South Witham, North Witham, Gunby, Stainby, Colsterworth, Easton, Stoke Rochford, Great Ponton, and Skillington, in the Stamford Division, for the valuable assistance which they rendered to the Regular Police following a considerable enemy air attack in that district.

Special Constables G. E. Horry and H. K. Cranidge of the Scunthorpe Division, for their assistance to the Regular Police following an accident to a soldier at Crowle.

Special Constable L. Joyce of the Stamford Division, for devotion to duty, at considerable personal risk, in extricating the body of an airman from the wreckage of an aircraft which crashed at Elsthorpe.

Section Leader W. Tideswell and Special Constables G. Hall and C. F. Hatton of the Stamford Division, for their services at the scenes of two aircraft crashes at Little Bytham.

Section Leader W. Tideswell of the Stamford Division, for detaining, on his own initiative, two youth who had escaped from the Hereward Approved School, Bourne.

Special Constables J. A. Vincent and G. S. Graves of the Spalding Division, for their keen observation and prompt action in detaining and escorting to Holbeach Police Station an absentee whose description had been previously circulated.

ACTIVITIES OF THE SPECIAL CONSTABULARY

Members of the Special constabulary have turned out at parades and exercises in connection with War Weapons Weeks at Brigg, Bourne, Welton, Saxilby, and Horncastle.

Darts contests with other services have been held in Gainsborough and Spalding and the Barton-on-Humber section held a supper at Barton-on-Humber. In March, the Donington and Kirton Sections were entertained to supper by their respective section leaders. It is regretted that this item was inadvertently omitted from last month’s bulletin.

Members of the Skegness Town Section rendered valuable service after the recent enemy air attack on Skegness.


Commentary

From early in the Second World War, after the Fall of France, special constables (part-time volunteer policemen) in Lincolnshire were informed of wartime developments and their morale maintained, by a small (typically 8 pp. 215 x 139 mm) booklet, issued to them by Lincolnshire Constabulary. It appeared monthly.

Each issue opened with a résumé of the activities of the previous month, the one mentioned in the title. That is the part of Bulletin 10 which is transcribed above.

I have selected this one because it illustrates the range of activities at an active period. The Hereward School was in the former Ministry of Labour camp on the southern half of the Stray Pastures, now Forest and Woodland Avenues, near Bourne Wood.


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