This is the unique and personal story written by the great grandson of a former Victorian beat 'Bobby' who progressed through the ranks to eventually become the very first Royal Detective. James Wood, a former 'sharp shooter' in Queen Victoria's mighty Army of the Empire, joined Manchester City Police force to become the youngest ever Superintendent in their history - and was also a highly acclaimed 'thief taker,' something of a bounty-hunter. For many years around the turn of the century, he helped protect a number of prominent VIP's and several visiting members of the Royal Family, in particular, the Prince and Princess of Wales, during a time of political unrest and specific threats against the Monarchy from 'Dynamiters, Terrorists, Foreign Agents & Agitators.' James was also involved in a host of other memorable events relating to the development of Manchester United, the daring and dramatic Daily Mail air race, and major social reforms. This book commemorates the 90th anniversary of his death and reveals his secret diary notes, news cuttings and personal photographs from a memorable time long forgotten.
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About the Author
From the Author, Don Hale OBE: The majority of the contents of this book were discovered by accident after being locked away and forgotten for nearly 100 years. It contains a rich harvest of nostalgia, memorabilia, and fascinating facts relating to a poverty stricken Victorian era long forgotten.To anyone interested in street life, crime and law and order in Victorian England, or to fans of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, then this book will provide a rich vein of information and fascinating detail. And as a welcome bonus, the Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester City Archives and Libraries Department have allowed the reproduction of dozens of exclusive and unique black and white photographs and illustrations.It is a remarkable book with something for everyone that remains undated and memorable, and should appeal to historians, crime fans and the public alike.