From WPC to lord mayor

Gladys Howard, a future lord mayor of Portsmouth, getting help from a mechanic.
Gladys Howard, a future lord mayor of Portsmouth, getting help from a mechanic.

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In this photograph sent in by Diana Shaw we see Gladys Howard who, Eddie Wallace tells me, was a policewoman who went on to reach the rank of Chief Inspector and later became lord mayor of Portsmouth. The photo was taken at the police headquarters in Queen’s Crescent, Southsea.

The officer is John (Jack) Edwards who later left the force and opened a shop in Copnor Road. In the 1940s and ’50s he and Eddie were colleagues in the Portsmouth force’s water polo team.