This impressive volume will of vital interest to anyone researching family history in Cornwall, especially for those who have had family members serving in the Cornwall Constabulary. Author, Ken Searle, himself a former policeman, has spent years researching and collecting photographs charting the history of the police force in Cornwall from its founding in 1857 through to its amalgamation with the Devonshire Force in 1967. Over 100 photographs are included in the book, many of the never before published. The bulk of the work, however, comprises the official record of every serving officer in the Cornish force for over a century. This massive genealogical resource provides not only the names of thousands of former officers, their date of birth, and the date at which they joined up, but also provides details of their former occupation, their record while serving, and the date (and reasons) for leaving the force. Often these records provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of a policeman: PC20 John Endean A labourer from Launceston, aged 27 year single Appointed: 2.3.1857 Removal: 24.4.1857 On the 24.4.1
857 reported for being the worse for liquor when on parade and being found in the tap room of the Fifteen Balls the same evening, for which he was dismissed the force with forfeiture of pay. The book also contains a brief history of the Cornwall Constabulary, a fascinating chapter on the Cornish Food Riots of the 1840s, and images of the infamous China Clay strike a few decades later.