Chief Constable Henry Solomon who was murdered

Chief Constable of Sussex Police

In March 1844 Henry Solomon became famous as the only Chief Constable in the country to have been murdered whilst in office. He was interviewing in his office a carpet thief, John Lawrence. Lawrence picked up a poker from the fireplace and struck Solomon on the head, causing an injury from which he died the next day. Solomon is buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Ditchling Road. Lawrence was hanged at Horsham Gaol three weeks later.

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  • Joseph Davall – my gg grandfather was a constable at Brighton in 1941, according to the census. He is also listed as a police officer in Brighton on the 1851 census. He finally made Inspector. This was recorded on his daughter’s marrige certificate. He died before 1861, as his wife is listed as a widow. Any info or pictures on him would be wonderful. Is he listed in any records?

    By Barry Knight (12/11/2007)

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