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New A dedicated Video page can now be accessed here. April 2019


Hi Phil,

I am a member of West Kent NARPO, and with a bit of research I found your details on line.
My dad, PC 298 William John Thomas, is far right back row, also known as 'Sailor Bill'. I think this picture may have been circulated before by Wayne Browning? I followed in my dad’s footsteps and joined Kent Police in 1981, retiring in July 2011. Just wondered if the photo might of interest for your records, library, sharing or whatever.

My Dad served in Port Talbot, then Taibach. From there he went To Taffs Wells, and late 50’s he moved to Pyle Cross, that’s when I first appeared on the scene. Following this period we moved up to Cwmavon Police Station, so he was stationed there, and at Port Talbot until his retirement in 1976.

At Cwmavon and up the valleys, he was serving with Ivor Crompton, Stan Jones, Harry Weeks, John Williams, real legends.

"This course started 16th July 1951. I am on the left in second row Next to me is Alan Glyn Jones, next is John Alan from Dyfed Powys. On the right second row, I think his second name I think was Duggan. Back left could be John Coulson, Third from the left back row Bill Sears Swansea, next to him a chap from North Wales, then Sailor Thomas, both he and another boy named Mainwaring were posted to Port Talbot from the course, I went to Briton Ferry".

I was in touch with the Heritage Centre, prior to COVID, and I am looking forward to visiting there when its back open, as i intend handing this book over to them, which my Dad received when he joined! Recipient of the book PC 404 Jarrett, (ex marine)

Best regards,

Anthony Thomas

Also in the photo is Bill Sears a Swansea Borough man and was a member up until his death a short while ago. Bill is in the back row, third from right, easily recognised by his Swansea Borough helmet. Anthony's father retired in 1976, there will be a lot of members who would have served with some of these men. Also of interest is the mention of Wayne Browning, who is a retired sergeant who lives in Neath. I wonder where he originally got the photo from.

Phil Taylor

3rd July 2022

Bridgend Training Centre 1951


The Swansea Borough Police Reunion took place on Friday 20th May 2020

Note: The Narpo Reunion Programme, produced for and used at the recent Swansea Borough Police Reunion can be downloaded here. It has now been placed into the West Glamorgan Archives Service.

Update 28th May - View full Photo album here...

Swansea Borough reunion ladies

Below are just a few photos that were taken at the Reunion.
Hopefully there will be more to come from Jake the HQ photographer.

Phillip Taylor - Sec.
22nd May

A copy of the Video presentation, compiled by Peter Hall can now be downloaded and viewed from here. This is a 'large' size file and has been uploaded to our website server in 2 Formats Download Mp4 --- Download Mov

Should you be unable to play either of these files, the following FREE and very reliable software called VLC Media Player (a Non-profit organisation) is available for download.
Just download, install and you may wish to make it your default player.

Note: Scroll down to see a very good quality photo which sadly features the last day of the Mumbles Train with a Swansea Borough officer. I have included 3 video links showing the Mumbles Train (Youtube) for those of you wishing to reminisce.

Jeff Davies 22nd May 2022


Swansea Borough Police Reunion

Last day of the Mumbles train

Swansea Borough Pc - Last day of the Mumbles Railway ��
Contributed by Peter Hall.
Feb 2020

Thanks to Hugh Williams (on our Facebook page), who has identified
the officer as Sergeant (12) Harry Davies.

There are 3 You tube Video links available to download and view the Mumbles Railway (1802 - 1960)

Link 3 shows close up shots of passengers, well worth watching as some of may recognise someone you know!

Mumbles Train
Link 1

by Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Mumbles Train
Link 2

BBC Wales
Mumbles Train
Link 3
Huntley Film Archives


Swansea Boroiugh Police Childrens Christmas party 1945
Swansea Borough - Childrens Christmas party - 1945
Contributed by Peter Hall - Feb 2022


Bont Carnival
'Borrowed' from Facebook, courtesy of 'Wendie Tufty'. Memories...


These photos were sent to us by the niece of C/Insp Freda Williams. She saw an old request on our website.
They are a rather famous couple; Maddy Williams was in the CID at Swansea, and rose to be head of the force CID in the early 70's. His wife Freda was the C/Insp in charge of the Police women in the
old Swansea Borough, and after amalgamation.
When the Police womans dept was disbanded, she becme the Chief Inspector in admin and was known as the Chief Clerk for the Swansea Division.

Aunty Freda’s sister Esmee has given her permission for the photo to be put on your website.

Brenda Welsh.
14th Nov 2021


These photos have been kindly donated by Mrs Eryl Jones, widow of Sergeant Will Jones, of Gorseinon.
A good mixture of members of the South Wales Police Choir. Are you able to name them and the year(s) they were taken?

Jeff Davies
18th Sept 2021
Photo Album


Roger Davies pic
From Roger Davies (Ex. 111 Traffic dept) 22nd July 2021
As you may know I collect old postcards, and I bought this very rare card of Swansea Police taken at Somerset Place.
Not an easy one to date, no stamp on reverse which could give a great idea, but looking at their dress, and coach
and civy with watch chain, it could be around Edwardian/George V, so that could be any date between 1902 to 1936,
my guess would be around 1911, it could have something to do with the Coronation !!!.
Sorry I can’t be more specific .


Royal Visit

Another Royal visit picture from news archives.
It was at St Mary’s Church Swansea when Price Charles,
William and Harry visited about 2002.
Submitted by Peter Hall


RCS 1988

RCS Drugs Wing about 1988.
A mixture of SWP, Dyfed and Gwent. Few in the photo no longer with us.
Chris Jones - Member of Swansea Narpo & Blueprint


Swansea Police team, around about 1967
Forwarded to Bryon Tucker from his brother Alan, who lives in Canada.
Source - Swansea History Facebook page.
5th Feb 2021.

Swansea Police Team - 1967

More 'Blasts from the past'
by Peter Hall
January 2021

Peter Hall photos


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