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Please note Water painting Gallery - The 'old' Scrapbook' can be viewed here...

Police Stations (Old & New) Halberdiers over the years
Golf Day 2018 - Part 1 Coffee Mornings (New page)
Golf Day 2018 - Part 2 Norton House Summer Lunch August 2018
Christmas Lunch 2017 Remembrance Service 14th Nov 2018
Christmas Lunch 2018 New  
New A dedicated Video page can now be accessed here. April 2019

SWP Cycling Team 1972
South Wales Police Cycling Team
Dick Grove April 2020


More fine contributions by Peter Hall
(February 2020)

Peter Hall 2020

Peter Hall Feb 2020


Thanks to John Powell and Carol Powell, M.A. Mumbles - Oystermouth History.

Update - 12th Feb 2020
Thanks to David Owen on Swansea Narpo Facebook page, the date of the above photograph is 27th June, 1919.

Peter Hall Feb 2020


Peter Hall

Mini Panda at Port Tennant Swansea + Borough Officers taken from old cine film.
Contributed by Peter Hall - November 2019

Peter Hall


SWP Rugby Team 1969 beat Cardiff
The South Wales Constabulary rugby team in 1969 who played and beat Cardiff.
In it are several ex Swansea Borough officers.

The men are - Back row, second player from right is Byron Gale 2337

Front row 3rd from left, Gerry Protheroe 2252
Extreme right Alan Mages 2327
Second from Right. Huw Jenkins 2312

Seated on floor, Player on left, Alan Roper

Contribution by Phil Taylor - October 2019


Photo from Peter Hall Oct 2019
Contributed by Peter Hall - 'All I know is that it's a Swansea Photograph'.
October 2019

Dai book and pencil
I was sent this photo of Fforestfach Cross - Borough Pc in the background -
Is this PC Dai Book and Pencil? He would have been the area Pc at the time.
Peter Hall - 22nd Sept 2019

Feedback - I'm Dai's daughter. I've seen this photo before and, although its quite difficult
to make out, it certainly looks like his build. He spent a lot of time on Fforestfach cross
around the time this photo was taken.
Lynne Grey x
22nd Sept

Bob Topliss

Bob Topliss 40th birthday - down the Mumbles about 1986!
Also pictured are Steve Merchant (Munchie) Brian Davies, Mike Stone, Peter 'The Pixie'.

Courtesy of Sheena Davies
- Blueprint Facebook August 2019


Point Duty at Sketty Cross
Found on another Facebook site
On point duty at sketty cross - 1950's
Anyone know who he is?
Philip John 21st August


Roger Hughes contribution May 2019
Old police photo Ysgol Street /Danygraig Rd junction c. early 1980's
(Roger Hughes (2208) May 2019

Contributions so far from our Facebook Page:
"There are three officers here. Alan Hookway, Keith John and Bob Yomper on the left".


Ginger Davies
Rosemary Carabine posted this picture of her father,
Graham Davies known as Ginger in 'So You Think You Know Swansea History'.
He is standing outside 19 Paxton Street in 1956.

Facebook - 27th Feb 2019

Private John Connolly – Rorke’s Drift Grave
Rededication in Swansea - Wales

Rorkes Drift

Peter Hall and John Thomas, local Swansea Historians, recently discovered that a Private John Connolly from Bearahaven, County Cork, was at the Battle of Rourke’s Drift in Africa in 1879. He survived the battle but died at his Swansea home, 35 Llangyfelach Street penniless and a pauper and lay buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave and forgotten at Danygraig Cemetery in Port Tennant in Swansea for the 113 years.

In 1879 the British 24th Regiment, later to be called the South Wales Borderers, fought a brave defence against overwhelming Zulu numbers at Rourke’s drift in Natal, Africa.

Following the battle, 11 Victoria crosses, the highest award for gallantry in the British military were awarded. Peter Hall discovered that Private Connolly was injured and place in the hospital prior to the battle and carried to safety from the hospital by Private Henry Hook. Pte Hook was awarded a VC for his bravery.

After being discharged from Army, on medical grounds John Connolly was given a pension of ten pence a day.

The then Head Constable (Chief Constable) of the Swansea Borough Police (1877-1913) Captain Issac Colquhoun an Irishman, a junior member of the Colquhouns of Luss, Northern Ireland, was responsible for getting John Connolly’s pension of 1 shilling a day increased to 1 shilling and six pence to ease the burden of poverty on the Connolly family.

Before John Connolly’s death, he was visited by a reporter of The Daily Post who said that Connolly was full of his old-time grit.
The sunlight streamed through the little window across the bed on which he lay. “If the world frowns on me, the sun shines”, he said in humorous sadness.

Death has only now relieved him from constant suffering - rheumatic fever set in, complications ensued and dropsy ended him. John Connolly died in 1906 and was buried in Danygraig Cemetery, Port Tennant Swansea. However, despite being buried with full military honours his family were unable to afford a headstone for his grave and he was therefore buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.

Although Peter is still trying to trace any remaining descendants of John Connolly. a Swansea Monumental Masons, Nurse and Payne of Fforestfach, have honoured John Connolly by supplying and placing a headstone on his grave free of charge and by doing this recognising his part in one of the major battles of the nineteenth century.

Nurse and Payne Monumental Masons of Fforestfach supplied, inscribed and place the headstone on the grave free of charge.

Mike is an artist in his own right and when he showed me the proposed inscription with the badge of the 24th Warwickshire Regiment (South Wales Borderers), and how it would look on the headstone you can see how his skills as an artist are shown in his work as an engraver.

The grave of John Connolly also contains the remains of one other person who died a pauper and they will also be honoured with their name inscribed on the headstone.

The story of John Connolly appears to have an uncanny link between the kindness and generosity shown to him just prior to his death and now some 113 years later.

Captain ISSAC Colquhoun (Chief Constable) Swansea Borough Police, helped to ease the family burden of poverty by having a pension increase for John Connolly and today Mike and Mathew ISSAC of Nurse and Payne Memorials have honoured the memory of John Connolly by supplying his memorial headstone free of charge.

The rededication of the grave of Private John Connolly will take place sometime this year at Danygraig Cemetery Port Tennant, Swansea, 113 years after his death and 140 years since the battle of Rorke’s Drift, together with Regimental Goat and Bugler of The Royal Welsh.

Peter Hall
January 2019


Swansea Borough Police Childrens Christmas Party believed to be 1956/57.
This is a picture of Marjorie Owen with her son David who is now aged 70.
Childrens Party

Okey Cokey dance at the same Childrens Party – the group on the right led by Marjorie and the group on left  includes the late Beryl Williams and Marjorie Griffiths, widows of Wally and Dai Book and Pencil.
Childrens Party - Marjorie Owen

Conga Dance Swansea Police Children’s Party . The dance is led by Marjorie Owen and her late husband Ken is one of the men standing at the rear. At the tail of the dance, the man could well be the late Bob Carter?
Childrens Party
All photographs kindly submitted by Marjorie Owen - January 2019.


Police Officers on duty in Swansea.
Here are some further contributions sent to us by Peter Hall - January 2019.
The officer on point duty (about 1960's) (last pic) is a screen grab from a video.
New - A short 'silent movie' clip of this video can be viewed here.

Policemen in Swansea

Policemen in Swansea

Policemen in Swansea

Video of Police Officer on Point Duty

Policemen in Swansea


Bob Richards photo collection

A fine collection of photos from times gone by, kindly submitted by
Bob Richards. December 2018

Bob Richards Photos

Dominic Bowring Christmas Rota

Dominic Bowring


Ria Evans re Chris Breach


Halberdiers - 2000
Kindly contributed by Paul Edmunds Oct 2018
More can be viewed on our New Page (Oct 2018)

Terry TownendGorseinon Police Officers taking part in a Charity walk.
Starting at the Old Gowerton Police Station

Far right - Graham The Bull, Jeff Stephens, John Rees, TT Maxi Whiltshire,
Les Williams, Tim Jones...Boy in Barbour Jacket..Young Townend Jnr.

Terry Townend
Tim Jones using a whip to keep us going!
Tim on the left, Les Williams, Mark Mathias, Sarah Mathias and Jeff Stephens.


Swansea Docks

Swanswa Docks 1900's
A photograph of a PC at the entrance to Swansea Docks in the 1900s.
(Thanks to Peter Hall for this fine contribution. 3rd Oct)


Peter Hall Glyn James
Photograph supplied by Retired Inspector Glynne James which includes
Insp Glynne James - Sgts Peter Hall and Malcom Lewis (Holding Halberds)
with two Indian Police Officers who were studying at Swansea University.
Photo taken at Cockett Police Station c1990s.

If further information is needed Glynne James has that information.
Peter Hall

1st October 2018

The below photos are from Steve Daniels - "Other than those with labelling I cannot tell you much about them other than the fact that my dad, Joe Daniels is in all of them. There is one featuring an ad hoc H Division touring rugby team that visited Glasgow and played against a Strathclyde Police Team on the weekend of a Five Nations Scotland v Wales match. The game took place in 1997 and the result was a draw. You may have featured this on the Facebook page previously".

Steve Daniels
17th Sept 2018

Steve Daniels
Steve Daniels
Steve Daniels

Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels


Narpo Conference  2018

Narpo Conference 2018

Narpo Conference 2018


A few 'Blasts from the past - By John Huxtable - Sept 2018

Rugby Team

Swansea Borough Police V Birmingham Police at St Helens 1957

Swansea Police Players in striped jerseys
Back Row - Gareth Jones – Roy Evans - Hubert Thomas - Don Williams - Howell Rees
Ray Evans (head showing only) Geoff Tucker and George Evans.

Middle Row Elwyn Davies - Kneeling Colin Wooldrige

Sitting Ianto Evans - Brian Lewis - Bob Carter ?? Rees – Jimmy James


Swansea Borough Rugby Team C1970

Footnote - Swansea Police Rugby Team West Wales Trip -
John had inserted captions but there are some amendments needed- the date was definitely not 1970
as I recall one of the team George Evans leaving in about 1961/2. The "Dewi" front right
was Dewi Llewellyn, a Police Cadet - who never joined - I think the date is more likely to be 1958/9.

I have been in touch with John and he agrees - Bryon Tucker


Cricket Team



Blueprint 1978

My late husband Brian Evans and his mate Aubrey Oliver retired 40 years ago
This is a funny tribute to them from the Blue Print 1978
I thought I'd share with you.

Jeannette Hamilton‎Swansea NARPO
30 August 2018·

Leighton Jenkins with new car
· Great pic of Ch Insp, then Insp Leighton Jenkins with his inspiration.
Courtesy of Michael Green
‎Swansea NARPO Facebook - 31st August 2018

Peter Hall

Peter Hall - In the 1990s I initiated a project where Gendros Primary School Swansea were linked with Timberlane Elementary School, Virginia USA. Both schools learnt about each others cultures and studied both country’s history, culture, government, police and other emergency services.

I took Gendros school to 10 Downing St and Parliament where Prime Minister Thatcher was interviewed by the pupils. She also gave a greeting to the American Pupils. All these events where videod by myself. The still's shown are from video at Downing Street which include Supt Merry Bowden in the background.

After a year of the Cultural Exchange I arranged for Gendros School to link up with Timberlane School USA via a live 1 and a half hour satellite link from HTV Cardiff.

In the still photos taken from video, (above and below) included are myself in HTV studios with Arfon Haines Davies and Randall Killa, Headmaster of Gendros School. A Traffic car in the studio with Pc's Suzan Hughes, Graham Thomas (traffic) Dai Walters (Dog Handler) with Ricky the Police Dog. Arfon Haines Davies and pupil from Gendros. Angharad James presented Ricky the dog with birthday cake because we arranged for it to be the dogs birthday on the day of the live satellite link! - Angharad later joined South Wales Police and last I heard was a Sergeant in Cardiff.

Other photos include Susan Hughes - Graham etc Photo of an American child dressed in Police Uniform and more of Dai Walters and Ricky the Dog.

Peter Hall
8th July 2018

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall


B Group 1970
Where are they now? This was 'B' Group Sketty in Jan 1970; my batchelor party and Pete Minty's transfer to the Mets. (Hugh Williams - Facebook - 27th March 2018)

From John Davies - Just to jog a few memories-left to right - Me,Roger Burnell, Hugh, Peter Minty, Mike Charles, Alan Roper, Roger Holley, Mike Rees, Val Harvard, Huw Jenkins.

From Hugh Williams - Me, John and Peter still local. Roger living in Devon, Mike in America. Alan became a solicitor and lives in Neath. Roger sadly no longer with us. Mike emigrated to Canada and became Sheriff in a small town in Alberta. Val and Hugh Jenkins whereabouts unknown.

Coffee Morning March 2018

Coffee Morning March 2018

(Kindly taken by Cherryl Taylor)

(Also on our Facebook page)

Mike Green Swansea Drugs Squad

Swansea Drug Squad training course at the Britania inn, Llanmadoc
with DCI Fred Davies and driver from Cardiff.
(Kindly submitted by Mike Green - Feb 2018)



Hi Phil,

I have attached the photo I was telling you about. As you'll see there are three halberdiers in the photo: Jake Ellery leading, followed by John Pickard and then myself. The photo would have been taken in 1957/8. Hope it is of some use.


Colin Wooldridge
Feb 2018

Terry Townend photo
November 2017


1925 photo, copied from Memories of Neath Old and New Fbk page, submitted by Jim Ann Duran......
1925 photo, copied from Memories of Neath Old and New Facebook page.
Submitted by Jim/Ann Duran - 20th August 2017


Howell and Mair Rees
The late Howell and Mair Rees.
Ex.C/Insp Gorseinon Police Station


Swansea Fire Brigade
This photo, is believed to be of the Swansea Borough Police/Fire Brigade, date unknown.
It is one of pile of photos owned by the late Sergeant Malcolm Lewis
which were donated to Narpo by his widow Pamela
Phil Taylor - 19th July (More to follow)


Morriston Police Box
A 1940 Police Box at Morriston Cross
Kindly submitted by Terry Townend
(Origin not known)
Facebook - July 2017


Here is a 'Photo Album' of some really old photos donated by Audrey Vincent, widow of former Swansea PC John Vincent.

Audrey nee Price was also a Swansea WPC and joined the same day as 2 others Hazel Huxtable and Betty Dagnell. Having joined, their uniform had not arrived so they attended Initial Training in plain clothes as you will see clearly in the pictures.

Audrey was the daughter of a Swansea Sergeant 130 David Price

Her husband John, joined the Swansea Borough Force on 3rd July 1959 together with a certain Bryon Tucker who appears in the top Training School photo standing with arms folded behind John Vincent - note the Swansea helmets.

Please click here or the below photograph to view the full Album.

Bryon Tucker
July 2017

Audrey Vincent



paul stephens photo
I think this photo was taken at Ashleigh road playing fields in the late 1980's.
The team was representing 'H' division, Swansea.
No idea who we were playing but suffice to say they probably didn't like us much!
Paul Stephens - June 2017


Album by John Howard Davies
A Photo Album by John H. Davies
Click HERE or the above Photograph to view the album

May 2017


Terry Townend May 2017
Photo courtesy of Terry Townend
(Thanks once again Terry for yet another fine contribution)
May 2017


Terry Townend new photo
Three wise men... Mike Thomas a Guardsman and a Guru..... Me (T/T) behind the camera.
Kindly submitted by Terry Townend - May 2017


Thank you Terry for this latest contribution 'Blast from the past'

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and feel free to send us contributions which all help to keep everything fresh and interesting for all to enjoy.



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