Like Ernest Darby and Charles Porter, Frank T. Jones was one of the men brought in as a Special Constable during the First World War, to assist with the workload due to the many police officers who were called up to serve overseas. We have in our collection Jones’s notebook, which details his patrols and any incidents that occurred, between March and September 1917.
Often, there is “nothing to report”, or “nothing of importance”. On 22 April 1917 he notes a “Bad leakage of Water on Parkfield Rd since Corporation repaired last Easter.” On 11 May 1917 he “Made Enquiries at 22 Bilston St for Edward Thomas but hed [sic] left 6 months ago.” It is not clear what Mr Thomas was being sought for.
Two main incidents stand out in his notebook. On Sunday 6 May 1917 he writes that he has
found Show Case Containing Millinery at Shop of Mrs Beards in Lichfield St at 2.55. Case appeared to have been forced open and there were 3 vacant hooks. At the time there were 8 hats + a quantity of trimming left in Case. Enquiries were made + found that Mrs Beards was out of town for weekend + so handed contacts of Case to Mr Parry, Ironmonger (next Door). The above was report to PC No 43.”
On 13 May 1917,
we observed 3 youths bathing at 3.30 just beyond Old WaterWorks Bridge. The Youths had Bathing Drawers on. names + addresses taken as follows
Charles Allett, 147 Chester St, Plater at GWR Stafford Rd works, Age 15, apprentice
William Botwood, 5 Low St, Boot Repairer at Smiths Snow Hill, age 15
Arthur Watkins, 63 Low St, Works at Electric Construction Works Bushbury, age 14
He patrols various areas on his beat, including Newhampton Road, Tettenhall Road, Queens Square, Green Lane, Rough Hills and Merridale Rd. He normally works alongside Special Constables Dews (no 228), Ingrey (no 257), Kitson (no 168) and Stamp (no 89), but interestingly enough, he does also refer to meeting Sergeant Weller on 13 July 1917 and 27 July 1917. This is presumably William Weller, who did serve as a Special Constable, to whom our white feather letter was sent.