Lydney Police War Reserves
Row 3: (at back) 1,2 George Bartlett, 3,4,5,6.
Row 2: (all standing) 1 Harry Price, 2, 3 (standing bejind), 4, 5 Alfred Crabbe, 6 George Trotman (in glasses), 7 , 8,9,10,11
Row 1: (all sitting) 1 Jim Barnett, 2,3,4,5,6 Albert Morse,7,8,9.
Stephen wrote: "My dad, Albert Morse, was a miner, but during WW2 he joined the Police War Reserves, in charge of the "Dump" near Lydney Docks. He is shown 4th from the right on the bottom row, but I have no more names. It seems that dad thought the picture was taken 'when they were disbanded in 1944', but I have his P60 tax certificate at 5th April 1945 from the Gloucestershire Constabulary which suggests that he was still employed by them at that date".
Roy Trotman added: "... My father George Trotman ... was injured when helping to demolish a building in the Lydney Trading Estate to get bricks to enable them to build the police club at the rear of Lydney Police Station. Another policeman with them was killed in the same accident".
Pat Barnes added (Feb 2016): "... Jim Barnett wasan engine driver on the railway based in Lydney. I used to be his fireman early 1960's) He fought in WW1 and was in battle of the Somme. He got a commendation in WW2 putting out a fire in a wagon loaded with bombs. Hw was nearly killed in a boiler explosion on the footplate; I think around 1965. His son Bob Barnett lives locally - wrote ' a book about railways in the Forest of Dean".
Thanks also to Wendy Benstead, Tony Preest and Jim Bartlett.
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