Sergeant Alfred Nash c.1900

Sergeant Alfred Nash c.1900

1881 Census for the NASH family:
10 Wood Street, Charlton by Dover:

Alfred NASH head married 33 Police Constable born Guston
Jane NASH wife married 36 Police Constable’s wife born Coldred
Mary J. NASH dau 9 scholar born Dover
Alfred J. NASH son 7 scholar born Dover
Emily M. NASH dau 5 scholar born Dover
John R. NASH son 2 born Dover
Mary WOOD lodger widow 70 Charwoman born Hougham

Assault on the Police (9 lines report ) (Dover Telegraph 20 June 1846 p.8 col.2 )

Also re misconduct against Supt. CORNELL and PC PREBBLE
(Dover Tel 16.5.1846 p.8 col.3 )


(start January 1836), amongst Dover Corporation Records, East Kent Archives

Under date: 19 December 1836: Robert FORD and James NORRIS are appointed Police Constables without any Salary and are sworn into Office.
Other notes made from the Watch Committee records give an idea of their working procedure and include:

No person to be over 40 years old when appointed. No one to carry on a trade but devote all time to service of the Police. To supply certificates of age, place of abode, and bodily health. They start their work in Dover on Wed. 20 January 1836. Clothes to be furnished to each Constable. The Metropolitan Police will provide information on details of complete set of clothes as they use. Pay: 17 shillings weekly for a Constable in Jan 1836. Watch Committee: Edward P. Thompson (Mayor); Edward Boxer; Wm Cocke; E. Rutley; W.R.Dickinson; F. Rutley; Edward Poole. Hat to be similar to London (tenders sent out to Dover hatters to supply 14). Tender to C. & A. Cockett for uniforms, 14 of each item required in 14 days. Three of blue dress coats to have a silver badge. Sergeants’ coats can be of superior quality “on paying the difference”.

In January 1836 six Supernumaries were appointed.

Pay: 1 Inspector 1-guinea; 3 sergeants at 19s; 12 men at 17s, clothing same as Metropolitan police. The Station house is near the Market Place, Dover.

In June 1836 a portion of the extensive premises was “recently” converted into the new Gaol and Sessions House. Each man was allowed 2 pairs of boots per annum. Policemen were paid 2/6d for extra services at the Sessions in February. No man could leave the town without stating the nature of his business to the inspector or sergeant. Wm ATTER was to supply boots. Supernumary list: people were put at top of the list for good attendance. A plan made for police station. More vacancies for supernumaries, and some were then appointed “permanent policemen”.

December 1836: Henry LUCAS was to make new sets of clothes, hats to be made by Messrs Spurway & Smith. Some policemen were dismissed and some put on reduced pay for 8 weeks for being drunk. Pay for 14-weeks was given for one injured while on duty.

March 1837: intoxicated policemen to be immediately dismissed. Police not allowed to smoke on duty.

June 1837: the word “patrol” was to be called by police officers, every 20-yards of their beat. In June 1837 a yearly allowance was paid to PCs for boots, shoes and gloves.

In June 1839 Sergt. BACK was given 5 shillings for extraordinary diligence. The station house was now in Queen Street.

In January 1840 the Inspector (Henry Crosoer) who was drunk, was dismissed and not to be replaced.

In February 1840 the hours were: 5 men on 6am to 2pm; 5 men on 2pm to 10pm and 10 men on 10pm to 6am

George HAMMOND, Male, 47 years, police constable – death on 17 June 1850 at St James’s Place, Dover:

Asthma certified. X the mark of Mary Sedgwick, present at death, St James Place, St.James. parish, registered on 21 June 1850 (info from Death Regn Certificate)

Kentish Gazette June 1850, notice of his death: under “Dover”: “Police Constable HAMMOND, who has been for some time suffering from indisposition, apparently the result of a severe cold, died on Monday evening se’nnight*, while sitting in his chair, without any material alteration indicative of his approaching death. Deceased, who has been some years in the force, was much respected, in consequence of which, it was determined that the whole force should follow him to the grave. ”

“Deceased was sitting with his wife in front of the clock, shortly before 7, when he said “mate, I am going” directing her attention to the clock, he said, “in half an hour from this I shall be a corpse”, they both sat as before, except occasionally looking at the clock, until about 20 minutes past 7 when he ceased to breathe, being within a few minutes of the time he had spoken of.” (*se’nnight = “seven nights last Monday”)