Eastney police station back in 1939

Getting ready for war at Eastney Police Station 1939.
Getting ready for war at Eastney Police Station 1939.

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As this is the 70th anniversary year of VE Day I will be including a few wartime photographs in the coming months.

This is a view looking in at Eastney police station on the corner of Essex Road and Eastney Road. You can see the traffic lights on the right which controlled the Goldsmith Avenue junction.

The men and lads were sandbagging the building to protect it from bomb blasts.

The photo was supplied by former police dog handler Terry Swetnam and the personnel info by Eddie Wallace.

The sergeant is Richard Joseph Morgan, known as Hurricane Joe, who joined the force in August 1919 and retired in 1946. The officer in the doorway is PC Robert Hudson who joined in September 1923. He served for 17 years as station duty officer.

The dark-haired officer behind the sergeant looking towards the door is, Eddie believes, PC Woolven who joined in June, 1932, and retired in 1962 after serving in the police information room. In charge of the Traffic Department was Alec Sparshott who joined the force on June 8, 1932, and became an inspector.