Stanstead Abbotts Special Constables 1915
Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th August 1915
At the Stanstead Abbots Village Hall on Tuesday last a meeting of the Stanstead Abbots section of the Special Constabulary was held to arrange enrolment for a further period of service. The chair was occupied by Sub-section Leader Mr B. Richardson, who read letters from Deputy Chief Constable Wood, Major A. St Ledger, and the Earl of Essex, the purport of which was to thank the ‘Specials’ for the very valuable services rendered by them, also an earnest request to re-enrol, and an appeal for a further number to be added to the section. Questions were asked regarding waterproof clothing for winter duty. The chairman had made inquiries, but the authorities were unable to grant the request (although the voluntary help rendered by ‘Specials’ for the whole county meant a saving of £6,500 per annum). The chairman, nothing daunted, recognizing the importance of the section being supplied with suitable protection against wintry weather, has by his personal effort arranged that the section will be supplied with the necessary outfit. Twenty-three ‘Specials’ have re-enrolled, and a number of residents are to be approached with a view to their joining the force.