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Orkney Police Force, no date on photo although my Grandfather (Gathorne Hardy Cheyne) was the Chief Constable (front row second on the left) in the 1940's and 50's. Can anyone name anyone else. It would be great to have names to the faces in the family album... thanks
Picture added on 08 September 2013 at 19:12
Back-row L-R Fred Hutchison; Harley Spence; Thomas Mainland; Herbert Hurry; John Mair; Samuel Bews; Middle Row L-R: D/C Charles F. Craigie; ? Wylie; Robert Craigie; ? Archibald; George Molyneux; Norman Paterson; Peter Baikie. Front Row L-R: Sgt James Groundwater; C/C Gathorn H. Cheyne; Insp. James Cormack; Sgt Wm. Yorston.

Added by Lex F. Craigie on 09 September 2013
Is that not Chief Inspector Cormack sitting on Chief Constable Cheyne's left? Could that also be Mr Charlie Craigie in plain clothes and hat?
Added by Sylvia Moar on 10 September 2013
This photograph was taken in 1950. Back row from left to right - PC Freddy Hutchison, PC Harley Spence, PC Tom Mainland (holder of the King's Police Medal for Gallantry), PC Herbert Hurry, PC John Mair, PC Sammy Bews. Middle row - Det. Cons. Charlie Craigie, PC Bob Wylie, PC Bob Craigie, PC James Archibald, PC George Molyneux, PC Norman Paterson, Cadet P. Baikie. Front row - Sgt. James Groundwater, Chief Constable G. H. Cheyne, Inspector and Deputy Chief Constable James Cormack and Sgt. Bill Yorston.
Added by Edmund Ross on 13 September 2013
front left Sergeant S.Bews? 3rd Inspector Cormack?
Added by Jack Harcus on 16 September 2013
I've had my backside kicked by the best of them Tom Mainland for getting up to devilment in Main street with my pals and told to get off home to Main Street before something worse happened to us. Thoroughly deserved.
Added by Jack Harcus on 28 September 2013
It was my left ear rather than my backside that came in for Tom Mainland's unwelcome attention - for sitting cross-legged on someone's garden wall, minding my own business. He gave me a stinging 'luggit' where a request to get down would have worked equally well. (Amazing how these things rankle over the years. Another recipient of Mainland's ready blows was the late Ian MacInnes; he got his revenge - at age 16 - by drawing a wickedly distorted, but immediately recognisable, caricature of the policeman for publication in The Orkney Herald. I believe it gratifyingly infuriated its subject.) But Tom Mainland obviously had what it took when a rather more dangerous situation needed handling.
A year or two later, riding a borrowed bike I was in head-on collision with a car, went over the handlebars, nearly knocked myself out and needed stitches in my forehead. It was the District Nurse's car and the collision took place outside Constable Bob Wylie's house. It wasn't so much a case of the emergency services arriving at the scene of an accident as an accident arriving at the scene of the emergency services. Seventy years later, the scar can still just be discerned among the many blemishes on a battered phizog.
Added by Ian Hourston on 05 October 2013
George Molyneux was my great uncle, I remember him well with my great Aunt Dorrie (my grandad Johnny Kemp of Blackbraes sister)lovely folk lived in Kirkwall.

Added by Jim Sutherland on 15 October 2013
This is fantastic to have all the names, thank you so much! I also love hearing stories from back then. I never got to meet Granddad Cheyne and sadly my Mum has passed away but Dad remembers many of the officers who worked with him so this will help him put names to the faces and we will enjoy reminiscing. Thanks
Added by Vivienne Rickman-Poole on 21 October 2013
I'll try to post a copy of Ian MacInnes's caricature referred-to above.
Added by Ian Hourston on 08 November 2013
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