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First World War Centenary

The South Wales Police Force museum are appealing to members of the public to help on a project to recount the incredible experiences of the many police officers from our predecessor forces who served and fought in the First World War.

During the First World War many serving police officers from the Glamorgan, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff Constabularies, which later became the South Wales Police force, found themselves serving King and Empire.

Here you can explore the history of South Wales Police and join us in remembering those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Through photographs, letters and newspaper coverage from that time, we aim to reveal as much as possible about our police officers of the First World War.

Chief Constable Peter Vaughan said:

“ South Wales Police has a fascinating and proud history which has seen many officers, past and present, donning both policing and military uniforms during their careers.

“Through the information contained within this site, you will learn all about the many serving police officers who went to war between 1914- 1918 some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

“To ensure that their service and sacrifice are never forgotten, we would encourage anyone who would like to help us tell the stories of these remarkable officers, to contact us.”

Do you, or someone you know have a connection with the force at this time? Perhaps you have a fascinating story to tell of your own. If so we like to hear from you.

We want to make sure that the stories of the many men who served the Force and their country are not forgotten. We are equally keen to hear the stories from the Home Front, remembering those who stepped into the breach to maintain law and order and keep South Wales safe.

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