Appeal for information from relatives of 1919 Birmingham Police strikers

London officers on strike in 1919

100 years ago this August, men from the Birmingham City Police went on strike and were instantly dismissed. 119 officers were listed in police orders, which has informed any publication referencing the strike since, but for the first time we can reveal there were actually 120 officers dismissed for their participation in the strike. All of the Birmingham Police ledgers were thoroughly reviewed which has identified one name missing off the official list. But what led so many seasoned and decorated officers, many of whom had recently returned from service in the Armed Forces during the Great War, to risk everything when the new Police Bill was already going through Parliament and would bring them a significant increase in pay?

Research is underway to produce a book to tell the story of those officers, including significant events the year before in London, and commemorate 100 years since the creation of the Police Federation - but there are many officers for which we don't have much information. We also hold relatively few photographs of the officers.

Some of our volunteer researchers are undertaking checks on family history websites to try and identify family members but we would also like to appeal to the general public - if you are descended from one of the Birmingham strike officers please do get in touch and share their story - please e-mail or use the contact form on this website. The full list of striking officers is detailed below:

Jack Allen

Thomas William Baggott

Joseph Bailey

George William Barker

John Bayley

Thomas Beardsall

Alfred Belcher

George William Bingle

George Blackham

William Frederick Booton

Alfred William Bragg

Francis Frederick Bruton

Charles Wilfred Bullock

John Burke

Alfred Cartwright

John Clansey

Herman Cole

Alfred Comley

Alfred Homer Cresswell

Frederick Bruce Crouch

Arthur Davies

David Davies

George Edmund Davies

George Dexter

William Henry Doughty

Gilbert Dove

Horace Dowell

John Early

Austin Evans

Bernard Herbert Evans

William Ewait Farmer

Henry Allen Field

Edwin Foster

John French

Thomas George Fuller

William Ewart Gardner

Leonard Algy Giles

Herbert Godwin

Horace Goode

Arthur James Green

William Alfred Green

John Thomas Griffin

Reginald A H Harding

Albert Harris

George Edwin Harvey

Arthur James Hawkins

Frederick James Hayward

Harry Henderson

Charles John Hill

John Hind

John Hodgkiss

Charles Holman

Frank Howes

Edward Thomas Hunt

Frederick William Husselbee

Horace Victor Hussell

Arthur Ingram

Henry Jackson

Frank Jarman

Thomas Herbert Jeffcott

Frank Jones

Robert Jones

Thomas Jones

Alfred Ernest Leath

Joseph Lesley

Charles Lickorish

William Malone

Phillip Marlow

Joseph Marsh

Joseph Turner Marsh

John George Mattock

George F Milburn

Thomas Mooney

Arthur Jon Moore

Thomas John Morgan

Samuel Morland

John Morledge

Claude Morrison

George Reginald New

George Newman

Harry S D Northwood

Albert Oakes

William Padbury

James Parker

John Frederick Parker

Ernest Parsons

Ernest William Pittam

George Frederick Potter

Albert James Pout

Charles Frederick Pretty

Francis Thomas Edward Price

John Henry Price

Joseph Thomas Priest

William Joseph Pugh

Frederick Redley

Frederick Valentine Sabin

Lewis Shaw

William Sinclair

Frederick Walter Smith

William Henry George Smith

Arthur Henry Stone

Edward Taylor

John Teahan

Charles Henry Thomas

George Mordue Thompson

Thomas Thorne

Charles William Thorpe

Joseph Walker

Edmund Wallace

Ernest Walters

John James Latimer Warriner

Francis Warwood

William Charles Waters

John Whapples

John Williams

Edward Wilson

William Wise

Albert Wood

John Thomas Woodhouse

George Arthur Wright

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