Widow gets police pension 37 years after husband died

The Times, 12 August 1955

Police pension arrears of £1,183 have been paid to Mrs Margaret Kendall, of St James Street, Watford, whose husband, a former member of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, was killed 37 years ago in the 1914-18 War.

At that time a widow could not draw both a war pension and a Police pension.  When the legal position was changed in 1921, Mrs Kendall could not be traced.

Recently, Chief Superintendent H. Smith of Watford, read of another police widow receiving pension arrears and recalled that in 1919, Mrs Kendall’s case was referred to him.  He began inquiries, which led to her being traced.

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