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James McDowell

Born 1889, Neston, Cheshire

Son of William McDowell and Elizabeth McDowell nee Jones

Husband of Emma Letitia McDowell of 14 Narborough Street, Fulham, London (married 24th April 1915, St Matthew’s Church, Fulham)

Joined the City of London Police 27th October 1910

Previously served in the City of Liverpool Police, 4th May to 16th September 1910.

Brown eyes, dark brown hair, fresh complexion, 6 ft 1 inch in height

Warrant Number 7738

Collar Number D274

Served at Cloak Lane Police Station

Left 4th August 1914 under a Mobilization Order, Army


Lance Serjeant, 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards

Service Number 13062

Died 22nd July 1917 from wounds received in action aged 28 years

Buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium

Remembered on the City of London Police WWI War Memorial at Wood Street Police Station

Extract from testimonials received upon James’s application to join the City of London Police (Source: City of London Police Personal File, London Metropolitan Archives):

“Sir, re James McDowell, Your letter of the 5th inst has been duly forwarded here. The testimonials are authentic and the applicant is a very steady respectable young man and likely to make a successful Constable. He has been known to our Sergeant Hill of Connahs Quay for the past 7 year and he speaks highly of him.  I am Sir, Your Obedient Servant, R Yarnell Davies, Superintent, Mold, Flintshire Constabulary, 6th October 1910”

For additional information on James and his family, please see Flintshire War Memorials: https://www.flintshirewarmemorials.com/memorials/connahs-quay/connahs-quay-soldiers/j-mcdowell/

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