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Death on the Victorian Beat (ePub)

The Shocking Story of Police Deaths

True Crime Social History Victorian Era

By Martin Baggoley
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 9.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526705945
eBook Released: 7th September 2018

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Death on the Victorian Beat is the first book dedicated solely to the murders of police officers in the Victorian era, recalling numerous cases from across the United Kingdom. Martin Baggoley highlights the resistance faced everyday by officers of all ranks, in both the great cities and in the supposedly peaceful countryside, during this important and sometimes turbulent period in our history.

Many cases are unveiled by the author, including those of: Sergeant Charles Brett, murdered on the streets of Manchester by Fenians attempting to release two of their leaders from a police van; Detective Inspector Charles Thain, fatally wounded at sea by a prisoner he was escorting back from Germany; Constable William Jump lost his life during a bitter industrial dispute involving brickmakers in Ashton-under-Lyne; and Inspector Joseph Drewitt and Constable Thomas Shorter murdered in a confrontation with poachers in Hungerford, to name but a few.

This book is bursting with accounts of danger and great courage urging to be read, as the author allows the lives of these gallant officers to run through the pages.

Baggoley’s book is a good introduction to the subject of Victorian policing and to the individuals who lost their lives through their policing of communities; it also serves as a useful companion to Gaynor Halliday’s more detailed Victorian Policing.

Read the complete review online here.

Criminal Historian

Having served with the British Transport Police, a national police force, it was inevitable that I had an interest in railway, dock and canal police history along with police history in general. This was an ideal book for me to review.
Being a native of Lancashire the chapters on the Lancashire deaths and that of Robert Kidd, a railway detective, drew my attention immediately. That is not to say that the other chapters didn’t receive any less attention.
The introduction sets the scene of life in the early police force.
Analytically presented in an easy to read way, by the author who has a wealth of previous writing experience.
Although compact, each chapter is carefully and thoroughly researched by the author who has a wealth of previous writing experience, they are analytically informative. I found it hard to put the book down. In general, the book tells in dramatic, meticulous details the accurate and extortionary circumstances surrounding the shocking deaths of the police officers, who were sadly liked in brutal circumstances whilst going about their everyday duty protecting the members of the public.
The accompanying photographs and facsimiles of the posters very much enhance the written work of this book.
Overall this captivating and interesting book is clearly invaluable, not only to the scholar of police history but to others interested in early police deaths

Bill Rogerson MBE, Secretary, British Transport Police History Group

'Baggoley’s book is a good introduction to the subject of Victorian policing and to the individuals who lost their lives through their policing of communities.'

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The Mail Online

A useful and informative survey of the hazards faced by Victorian officers on their often isolated beats or in town centres where many of the population had no love of or respect for the police.

Police History Society

About Martin Baggoley

Martin Baggoley was born in Eccles . He spent several years working in London and Salford as a civil servant, before qualifying as a probation officer in 1976. Since then, he has worked in the Greater Manchester area, and during this period gained a masters degree in criminology. He has written for a number of UK and American professional journals on criminal justice issues. His main interest is the history of crime and punishment and for this book, he has combind his professional experience and academic expertise with his interest in local history.

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