World War Two
My father remembers visiting Grandad Beck in his office in Dorchester. “During WW2 Grandfather was based at Dorchester, he took the train up each day. He was in charge of the department for spies and saboteurs. I remember visiting him in his office at Dorchester, he showed me a hand grenade he had confiscated off someone.” Typical of a young boy remembering the grenade! My father would have been 7 years old at the start of war.
The book Bobbies on the Beat 1856-2006: 150 years of the Dorset Police by Melvin Hann, states that “A special branch was formed with officers in each division, trained to deal with Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists and other subversive elements.” It is possible that Beck was in charge but nothing is reported in the Newspapers. Also from Bobbies on the Beat, “The Chief Constable issued a directive that no German or Austrian male between the ages of 16 and 60 would be allowed to enter the county without his permission and any such aliens found in the county would be interned.”
As the Newspapers reports were aimed to keep moral up and report positive news about the war effort, I will need to find other sources of information. I hope to return to this subject if and when I find out more.
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