Essex Police Records 1840 - 1881
An early policeman, sometimes called a Peeler or Bobby
Image from Punch, 1845, courtesy of the Harold B. Lee Library on Flickr NKCR
Essex Police Records 1840 - 1881 - officers surnames starting with the letter D.
The first General Force Register listing all the officers is in the Essex Record Office 'ERO' under reference J/P 2/1. It covers the period 1840-1881.
Images of the records are available online, but until now the records have not been indexed by name as the records are arranged by rank and collar number. Now History House has indexed them by name with their place of birth and linked them to the image of their individual record at the ERO. There are over 2000 names on the Register. Some names are repeated as they were promoted through the ranks.
Each record gives name, age, date of joining, height, where born, previous trade, marital status and date and reason for leaving the force.
Some records give health details, grading of their conduct, and disciplinary reasons for discharge. Examples include: having got drunk first night on patrol and again next morning (after one days service!); want of bodily strength; leaving his guard in company with a prostitute; drinking on duty; refusing to transfer; and one was discharged because he was connected with a religious group called the Memonites.
The turnover of staff was quite high in the early years as the force seemed to struggle to find suitable recruits. Many of them were former soldiers born in Scotland and Ireland. This large turnover means that many fall between between census dates and you may be unaware that your ancestor was even in the police force. So it is worth checking the list.
As from 21 January 2016 the Essex Record have changed their system, they now require registration and login to view these records. I suggest that you go through this process first to have their cookie in your browser before clicking on these links. Otherwise they will not work.
For further information on the early years of the force, other resources to research your Essex police ancestors and for records covering 1881 - 1910 see our article Essex Police Records
- Septimus Dakins, p.o.b. Colchester SEAX record
- James Dale, p.o.b. Great Coggeshall SEAX record
- William Dale, p.o.b. East Bergholt SEAX record
- Austin Dalton, p.o.b. Achil SEAX record
- George John Danby, p.o.b. Chelmsford SEAX record
- James Danes, p.o.b. Anstey SEAX record
- James Danes, p.o.b. Stanstey SEAX record
- Alexander Daniel, p.o.b. Old Deer Aberdeenshire SEAX record
- Robert Charles Daniel, p.o.b. Claydon Bucks SEAX record
- John Darby, p.o.b. Suffolk SEAX record
- Michael Dardis, p.o.b. Co. Westmeath SEAX record
- Michael Dardis, p.o.b. Co. Wt. Mead SEAX record
- Joseph Darlington, p.o.b. Glasgow SEAX record
- Thomas Daunt, p.o.b. Ireland SEAX record
- Thomas Daunt, p.o.b. Ireland SEAX record
- Thomas Daunt, SEAX record
- William Henry Daunt, p.o.b. Camden Fort SEAX record
- Alfred Davey, p.o.b. Chelmsford SEAX record
- Isaac Davey, p.o.b. Bartlow SEAX record
- Joseph Davey, p.o.b. Hatfield Peverel SEAX record
- Thomas Davey, p.o.b. Kingston SEAX record
- William Davidson, p.o.b. Longside Aberdeen SEAX record
- Aldolphus Davies, p.o.b. Newcastle SEAX record
- Edward Davis, p.o.b. Lambeth SEAX record
- James Davis, p.o.b. Worcestershire SEAX record
- John Davis, p.o.b. Ireland SEAX record
- William Davis, p.o.b. Pattiswick Essex SEAX record
- William Davis, p.o.b. Brentwood SEAX record
- William Davis, p.o.b. Woodham SEAX record
- George Dawkins, p.o.b. Stapleford Abbots SEAX record
- John Dawkins, p.o.b. Burnham SEAX record
- James Dawson, p.o.b. Shalford SEAX record
- Robert Dawson, p.o.b. Birch Lincs SEAX record
- Frederick Day, p.o.b. Ingatestone SEAX record
- Henry Day, p.o.b. Quendon Essex SEAX record
- James Day, p.o.b. Hatfield Peverel SEAX record
- John Day, p.o.b. Wrabness SEAX record
- Dennis Dealey, p.o.b. Ireland SEAX record
- John Dean, p.o.b. Althorne SEAX record
- John Dean, p.o.b. Barking SEAX record
- William Dean, p.o.b. Althorne SEAX record
- Henry Deaves, p.o.b. Barling Essex SEAX record
- Thomas Debenham, p.o.b. Wickham Market SEAX record
- Frederick Denney, p.o.b. Dedham SEAX record
- Warner Denney, p.o.b. Dedham SEAX record
- William Denney, p.o.b. Dedham Essex SEAX record
- William Denney, p.o.b. Dedham SEAX record
- Charles Dennis, p.o.b. Harlow SEAX record
- William Dennis, p.o.b. Matching SEAX record
- Arthur Isaac Denny, p.o.b. Great Bromley SEAX record
- George Dent, p.o.b. Kent SEAX record
- John Dewstone, p.o.b. Kent SEAX record
- George Digby, p.o.b. Braintree SEAX record
- John Digby, p.o.b. Castle Engain SEAX record
- Thomas Digby, p.o.b. Copford Essex SEAX record
- Walter Digby, p.o.b. Tilbury SEAX record
- George Diggins, p.o.b. Dedham SEAX record
- Thomas Digly, p.o.b. Copford Essex SEAX record
- Andrew Dignan, p.o.b. Co. Mead SEAX record
- William Dimmer, p.o.b. Hadleigh SEAX record
- Thomas Dines, p.o.b. Colchester SEAX record
- Joseph Ditchfield, p.o.b. Staffordshire SEAX record
- John Diving, p.o.b. Co. Galway SEAX record
- William Dixey, p.o.b. Chelmsford SEAX record
- John Dobson, p.o.b. Co. Kildare SEAX record
- John Dobson, SEAX record
- John Dodson, SEAX record
- Henry Dodd, p.o.b. Springfield SEAX record
- Thomas Dodman, p.o.b. Fakenham SEAX record
- Charles Dolly, p.o.b. Prittlewell SEAX record
- John Donagan, p.o.b. Newcastle Co. Limerick SEAX record
- John Donegan, p.o.b. Newcastle Ireland SEAX record
- Michael Doran, p.o.b. Armagh SEAX record
- Andrew Dougal, p.o.b. Perthshire SEAX record
- Joseph Dove, p.o.b. Sudbury SEAX record
- Robert Dow, p.o.b. Aberdeen SEAX record
- George Downes, p.o.b. Bradwell SEAX record
- George Downes, p.o.b. Dengie SEAX record
- Jeremiah Downes, p.o.b. Boxted SEAX record
- Obadiah Downes, p.o.b. Boxted Essex SEAX record
- William Dowsett, p.o.b. Toppesfield SEAX record
- Uriah Drain, p.o.b. Althorne SEAX record
- Charles Drake, p.o.b. Hallingbury SEAX record
- Thomas Drake, p.o.b. Romford SEAX record
- Josiah Draper, p.o.b. Dartford Kent SEAX record
- John Drover, p.o.b. Suffolk SEAX record
- Edmund Drury, p.o.b. Great Maplestead SEAX record
- Samuel Duce, p.o.b. Icleton Suffolk SEAX record
- James Duncan, p.o.b. Wapping SEAX record
- Martin Duncan, p.o.b. Hampshire SEAX record
- John Dunne, p.o.b. Queen Co.? SEAX record
- John Dunne, p.o.b. Queens Co. SEAX record
- John Dunne, SEAX record
- Alfred Dunt, p.o.b. Colchester SEAX record
- William Dyster, p.o.b. Aveley SEAX record
Find your Essex Ancestors in the Parish Registers
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' are custodians of the parish registers of Essex. Ancestry.co.uk have now transcribed the entire collection of Essex parish registers. Search now on Ancestry for your Essex ancestors. Then on the results page click on ‘request image’ and you will be taken to the ERO website where you can purchase an image of the relevant page.
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