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JAMES EDWARDS (c1818-1879)

Updated:  04 June 2012 

James Edwards was born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, circa 1818.

He originally served with the Gloucestershire and Lancashire County Constabularies.  He may have also served with the Oxfordshire County Constabulary as one of his daughters, Miss Emma L Edwards, was born at Charlbury, in that County, in 1851.

Mr Edwards was sworn in as Superintendent of the Devonport Borough Police on June 23rd 1859.

At the end of 1862 he left the police to become the Governor of the Devonport Borough Prison, where he succeeded Mr William Ingram.  When the Devonport Borough Prison closed on April 1st 1878 he transferred to the Plymouth Borough Prison.

Described as a strict disciplinarian, he was known for his affable, courteous and obliging manner.

After a short illness, Mr James Edwards died at the Plymouth Borough Prison in 1879, at the age of 61.  He was survived by his widow, Ann; a son, Daniel; and four daughters.


Sources recorded.


  Brian Moseley, Plymouth, UK

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