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Ambrose Simeon George Matthews

Born 1886, Eccles, Thetford, Norfolk

Son of William and Mary Ann Matthews nee Lock

Husband of Grace Matthews nee Rhodes (married 12th June 1912, St Brides’ Church, Fleet Street)

Joined the City of London Police 6th January 1910

Grey eyes, light brown hair, fresh complexion, just under 6 ft in height

Warrant Number 7644

Collar Number B100

Served on B Division


Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

Service Number 5224

Killed in action at Zonnebeke, 21st October 1914

No known grave

Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and on the City of London Police WWI War Memorial, Wood Street Police Station

From the Police Review, 1st January 1915: “PC Ambrose Matthews was born at Thetford, Norfolk. He joined the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards on October 26th, 1903 and was transferred to the Army Reserve on November 27th 1909. He joined the City of London Police on 6th January 1910 and was called up on the Army Reserve on August 5th last. He was killed in action whilst serving with the Expeditionary Force in France on October 21st. Deceased leaves a widow and one child”.

The above photograph appeared in “Police Review”, 1st January 1915

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