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An Extract from Lincolnshire Special Constabulary Bulletin No. 24 – June, 1942


Paragraph 5. (p.7 – 8).


Information has been received from the Ministry of Food (Meat and Livestock Division) that the organisation known as N.A.R.P.A.C. for dealing with animals killed or injured as a result of enemy action has ceased to exist. As there appears to have been some misunderstanding in some areas in regard to the proper action to take when animals suitable for food have been killed or injured by enemy bombs, this item is inserted for the information of all concerned, particularly those special constables who are owners of cattle, so that valuable carcasses may be preserved for food.

(a) Dead Animals Suitable for Food

Where an animal suitable for food has been killed by enemy action the carcass is useless for human consumption unless it is bled and disembowelled within one hour of death . The responsibility lies with the owner or shepherd in charge on the spot to save the carcasses for food, if they are discovered in time.

(b) Injured Animals Suitable for Food

The initial responsibility still lies with the owner or shepherd in charge to avoid unnecessary suffering and to preserve the carcasses for food. The police services, however, can render useful assistance, either in summoning the Ministry of Food’s slaughtermen from the nearest abattoir, in cases where large numbers are involved; or, in isolated cases, by killing and disembowelling the animals themselves, if they know how to do it; by summoning a veterinary surgeon, if one lives within a reasonable distance; or by procuring the necessary implements, which many farmers already possess, and seeing that the owner or some other competent person slaughters and disembowels the injured animals with the least possible delay. The general order issued to the regular police on this subject is being amended when further information has been received.


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, early in the month following the one in the title, until Issue 27 of September 1942, when restrictions on the use of paper ended its run.

The reports and instructions in them show a mixture of officialdom, bravery, down to earth common sense and occasionally, a small glimpse of naïveté. I have selected this paragraph because it illustrates the common sense, in circumstances which must have been a new experience for some of the S.Cs. In its way, it illustrates the kind of thinking made necessary by the War; an example of the kind of small practicality left un-appreciated by many modern commentators.

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