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1929: Cuckfield Constable retires after 26 years' service

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Mid Sussex Times – Tuesday 19 March 1929



A well known uniformed figure has been removed from the streets of Cuckfield by the retirement of P. C. Albert Webb, who has patrolled the town for the last time as a police officer last Tuesday evening. He is now enjoying a fortnight's leave prior to the official date of his retirement on March 25.

He has been stationed at Cuckfield for about 12 years, during which time he has carried out his duties in a most conscientious manner and has won the esteem of all classes by his fairness.

P.C Webb was born at Lewes, and as a young man he joined the 5th Dragoon Guards. For five years he was with his regiment in India and saw considerable service on the NE frontier. When the South African war broke out, he went with his regiment to the Cape, and in an engagement at Dundee the “Fighting Fifth” were driven into Ladysmith, where they remained throughout the siege and suffered many privations. At the conclusion of the hostilities P.C. Webb was transferred to the 7th Dragoon Guards and sent home on the expiration of his term of service.

In March 1903 he joined the East Sussex Constabulary and was stationed at Lewes for six weeks for training purposes. He was then transferred to Battle, where for 11 months he acted as groom to Superintendent Edward Plumb, and his subsequent stations were Lewes (9 months), Winchelsea (months), Battle (9 years), and Winchelsea (4 months).

He came to Cuckfield in April 1915, and shortly afterwards, in accordance with a special wartime order by the chief constable affecting ex-service policemen, he joined the Naval Air Force and did patrol duty on the North East coast for three years.

On returning to police duty PC Webb was stationed at Staplefield for 18 months, after which he was transferred back to Cuckfield, where he has retired after 26 years service.

He intends to continue to reside in the town at 1 Briar cottages, Braines Mead. His place will be taken on March the 27 by PC Bernard Bridgeman, of Haywards Heath.

For articles on some incidents during PC Webb's service in Cuckfield please follow the links:-

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