When Bath ‘bobbies’ went to war.

Seems Bath Newseum is not the only online website – dealing with history and heritage – you guys check out.

However, one of my followers – Roger Houghton – has drawn my attention to the Oldfield Park Junior School (Bath) Memorial Project site for a reason.

The youngsters have been researching the whereabouts of a memorial dedicated to Bath policemen killed during the First World War.

A terrible conflict – so costly in human life – that is being especially remembered this year as 2018 is the centenary of the end of the so-called Great War.

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On the school’s website, they explain that a memorial had been dedicated to the men in 1922 when a brass plaque was unveiled at Bath’s original police station in Orange Grove which is now a restaurant.

The police then moved to a new purpose-built station in Manvers Street where they stayed until just recently when the building was sold to Bath University. Our local bobbies moved to a depot on the Lower Bristol Road and Oldfield Park Junior School – when they enquired –  were told the memorial had been ‘placed in storage.’

Roger asked Bath Newseum to check this out and suggested – with this being a special year – maybe the plaque should be re-hung outside the old police station in Orange Grove.

I contacted Jenny Bigwood at the police press office at the Avon and Somerset Police HQ in Portishead and she said she would see what she could find out.

Within a day or so she was back with this!

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“I’m hoping this is the plaque in question? It’s on display at the Police Memorial Garden at our force HQ in Portishead, alongside the roll of officers killed on duty:”

What do Bathonians think? Should the plaque stay where it is or be brought back into the city?

 

 

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