Police officer joins same force as his great-great-grandfather

Police officer joins same force as his great-great-grandfather and inherits his warrant number after tracing his family tree

  • PC Richard Foulkes, 52, came across relative PC Dave Evans while researching 
  • He found out his great-great-grandfather had served in West Mercia Police 
  • PC Foulkes transferred from the Met in London to serve in his relative’s force 

A police officer is literally following in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather after he joined the same force and inherited his collar number.

PC Richard Foulkes, 52, was tracing his ancestors when he came across his relative who had been a Police Constable in the 19th century.

He discovered his great-great-grandfather PC Dave Evans had served in West Mercia Police for 25 years after joining in 1885.

PC Richard Foulkes visits Wocestershire council Archive Service staff, proudly wearing his new badge number

To honour his memory, PC Foulkes, a former detective in the Met Police in London, transferred to the force to see out his career.

Bosses at West Mercia Police also gave him permission to adopt PC Evans’ collar number, 24, into his own.

PC Foulkes said: ‘This story is all the more special and sentimental for me as I’m originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne and have completed most of my 27 years’ service in London and had not known connection to Worcester.

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‘The main reason I decided to transfer to Worcester for my remaining last three years of service and get back into uniform as a Police Constable, is in honour of my relative’s memory.

‘I literally want to walk in his footsteps, wearing his warrant number.

‘The research has firmly cemented and connected my original family roots to Worcester.’

PC Foulkes was aware his great-great-grandfather had been an officer but had no idea which force he served in until he started searching his family tree.

PC Richard Foulkes’ great-great-grandfather PC David Evans (centre) in uniform outside the Guildhall, Worcester

The entry in the Watch and Lighting Committee minute book, which gives evidence that PC Evans held badge number 24, dated 6th August 1886

He made the revelation after poring over the records of past officers in Worcestershire Archive Service.

He said: ‘I used the archive service to find out more about him. They were marvellous in their help uncovering the history and old records and most importantly what his warrant / collar number was.

‘West Mercia have kindly acknowledged my wish to have his old warrant number.’

Records show PC Evans joined the force on October 23, 1885 and served for 25 years.

In a bizarre coincidence, PC Evans retired from the force on PC Foulkes’ birthday.

PC Foulkes said: ‘This has been an amazing personal, sentimental journey of discovery where I found the archive staff there to be genuine, friendly, positive and superbly helpful.

‘Without their help I would not have found out his warrant number which was priceless information, even as a detective for 16 years of my career.’

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