Ernest Morris Savage - Policeman

Ernest Morris Savage was born 10th January 1895 in Worthing, Sussex. He was one of 9 children born to (George) Henry Savage and Charlotte Shepherd Milner. This is a record of his Police & Military Service.

Ernest Morris Savage – A Life Of Service: 1895 – 1958

On leaving school he worked as a Market Gardener and as a Carter, until he was accepted into the West Sussex Constabulary on 23rd March 1914, attached to Horsham Police Station as a Police Constable. He was described as 6′ Feet tall, with an Oval Visage and a Fresh Complexion, with Blue Eyes and Brown Hair.

He left to join the Colours, with the Military Foot Police, on 10th November 1915 with whom he served, in France, until 1919. He was awarded a British Medal and a Victory Medal. Whilst he was serving in France he married his first wife, Dorothy Victoria Ivy Lyon, in the Garrison Chapel, Dieppe, France. At that time he was a Lance-Corporal (No. P2558 Military Mounted Police), whilst Dorothy was a Worker in the Q.M.A.A.C. (No. 390).

He was discharged from the army on 10th October 1919 and rejoined the Police Force the following day. However, the Record shows that he had actually been appointed on the 27th September of that year and was attached to Southwick Police Station.  A month later he was transferred to Storrington Station and after 5 months transferred again, this time to West Chiltington. A year later he moved to Chichester Police Station, where he stayed for 10 years. He then moved back to Horsham Police Station where he stayed for 3+ years. It was whilst he was stationed in Horsham that he met and married his 2nd wife, Mabel Dorothy Esson Leggett on 2nd June 1935.
His final attachment was to Chichester, from which Station he retired on 15th March 1946, with the rank of Superintendent. Importantly, his Character was described as Exemplary.

He received a great many Commendations throughout his career, for his perseverance, observations, knowledge, zeal and efficiency.

He was promoted to Temporary Acting Sergeant on 28th December 1928 and was confirmed to this position on 14th March 1924, backdated to 29th December 1923.
He was then promoted to the rank of Inspector on the 1st January 1931 and later that year on the 2nd May he gained his final promotion to the rank of Superintendent.

He retired from the Police, with a pension of £473 6s 8d per annum, on 15 March 1946.
I have a Silver Rose Bowl that was presented to him on his retirement by his colleagues at the City of Chichester Constabulary.

My Grandfather, who I never met, died of a Coronary Thrombosis, at the age of 63, in LittlehamptonHospital on 14th June 1958.

Written 25th March 2009 by Robert Kelsey Ford ©

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