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During the year I have received several messages through this blog, all have been interesting. Thank you. Several messages were interested in Dorset Police and these contacts I have passed on to Ian who hopes to be bringing you a history of the Dorset Police force and the Policemen who walked our streets, in 2018. Other messages were members of the Beck or House family, I have loved meeting you on line and hopefully in person in 2018. Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Sylvia Photo of May taken at Blandford Police Station most likely during WW1

Is this the last post about Grandad Beck?

Is this the end of this blog? Well, I have achieved what I set out to do, written about my Great Grandfather's career in the police force.  With over 40 years service Grandad Beck is one of the longest serving policemen in Dorset Police.  This blog has exceeded my expectations when I started back in January 2016. I have written more than I expected, over 60 posts, one a week.  I have 'met' cousins, I didn’t know before and made some new friends. I have learnt about Dorset history, my home town of Bridport and my ancestors.

Young girl with long hair
Grandad Beck's daughter
my Grandmother Laura May


Future posts

Can I end it here? No, but I do intend to take a break. Our garden needs some attention, Grandad Beck would not be impressed!  Going forward I will write occasional posts on a variety of subjects. There are so many more family members to research, more local history to investigate. As I wrote many of the posts, I found questions I didn’t have time to investigate and puzzles I would like to solve. Going forward I can take the time to research and answer some of these questions.  Do you have any questions or research you would like me to write about?


I have been very fortunate that Grandad Beck took so many photographs and that they have survived within the family along with a few letters.  There are plenty more to show you, including a lot that his brother Earnest sent back from America.  I will leave you with one more photograph, I have several copies of this one and it is included in the albums, so it must have been a favourite.  It is most likely taken at Buckland Newton, in the cottage were Grandad Beck's spent his childhood and at this time his mother, Frances and father, Eli, still lived there. The photograph looks as though he forgot to wind the film on.  It is a photograph of his first wife Rebecca, with another of Rebecca and his two children Lionel and May. It is sad to think that Grandad Beck was to outlive them all.

Family seated in garden
May, Rebecca and Lionel with Rebecca seated on the ground in front

Please stay in touch, I would love to hear from you.

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  1. Alison Hepburn6 March 2017 at 13:19

    I hope not, I look forward to your blogs. If you have completed the work on your great grandfather then there are always other people in the family to research!

  2. I have so enjoyed reading the blogs about the Beck family and have learnt so much about the family that I didn't have a lot of information on. Please, when you have time, resume the blogs, they are so interesting and I have loved receiving them. All good wishes to you and your family, enjoy your summer.

  3. Always looked forward to your next post and especially the photographs you added. Thank you for making mondays more interesting. Take a few weeks off before your next adventure.

  4. Alison, thank you for all your comments on my posts, they have helped to keep me going. Yes, there is lots more family to research, I am spoilt for choice. I am not sure were, or should I say whom, I will choose for my next post. Thank you for your help with my recent post about Eli Beck, the information you sent was helpful. Now if you have anything else I could use....
    Best wishes Sylvia

  5. Heather,
    Thank you for all your help with the Beck family information. Some of the family legends that you have told me about will be interesting to investigated further. I have enjoyed researching and writing the posts, it is just deciding where to go next. I will not leave it too long but I will not write so frequently.
    Best wishes Sylvia

  6. Ian,
    Thank you for all your help with the police side of research, I really appreciated it. I think we will continue to get descendent of different officers contact me. I am glad you enjoyed all posts that were very family orientated, having the photographs made such a difference. Do stay in touch and good luck with your own research.
    Best wishes Sylvia

  7. Hi Ian
    I am compiling archives of my Grandfather: George Peach PC 66. He joined after WW1, 1921/1923 he was stationed at Bridport. (Granddad is in some of the photo's with superintendent Beck) 1929 he was stationed at Beaminster (My father was born at Beaminster)
    Grandad died of TB while serving, as village policeman at Leigh, nr Sherborne, in 1943, aged 47.

    Best Regards
    Bill Peach

  8. Bill, thank you for this information. I really enjoy hearing about the Police in Dorset, especially when they served with Grandad Beck. I am sure Ian will enjoy exchanging stories.

  9. I read with excitement your stories about your Great Grandfather,
    You did mention Mr Plummer Deputy Chief Constable.from the Dorset Constabulary.
    He was my Grandfather< as you will have gathered i am getting on a bit!!
    if there is anything you can tell me about him< my grandmother Sarah Plummer or indeed the Chief Constable during that time i would be so grateful
    Thank you for any help you could give me<

  10. June,
    Thank you for your comment and for reading my blog. I will send you an email, to see if I can help with your query.


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