Boud, Arthur Edward, 191, Police Constable, Sergeant.

Paul Watts

Arthur Edward Boud Enlistment
Herts Police Historical Society

Early Life.

Arthur Edward Boud was born on the 20th September 1875 at St. Pancras.

His father, James Boud married his first wife, Caroline Croll, in 1849 at Croydon. They had three children all born in St. Pancras:
1. John Croll Boud born and died in 1852.
2. Annie Caroline Boud born in 1854.
3. Sarah Mary Boud born in 1862.
Caroline died in 1869 at St. Pancras.

The 1871 census recorded that a James Bound aged 44, a widower and employed as a Wine and Beer retailer was living at 83, Hampstead Road, St. Pancras with his father John Boud and his mother M.A. Bound and his daughters A.C. Bound aged 16 years and S.M. Bound aged 8 years.

Arthur’s father, recorded as James Boud, then married his mother, Maria Clara Mores on the 16th May 1872 at Old St. Pancras. They had two children:
1. William James Mores Boud born in 1873 at St. Pancras and baptised on the 13th January 1875 at St James, Hampstead. They were living at 83, Hampstead Road, St. Pancras and his father was recorded as being a Wine and Beer Retailer.
2. Arthur Edward Boud.

Arthur’s mother died in 1876 at St. Pancras aged 36 years and his father died on the 3rd October 1879 at St. Pancras aged 53 years. His probate record gave his address as ‘Gladstone’ Beer house 81 – 83, Hampstead Road, Middlesex.

During the 1881 census Arthur’s half-sister Annie and his brother William were listed as living at 4, Carlton Street, St Pancras but no record could be found for Arthur. At the time of the 1891 census though Arthur, who was working as a Brass Finisher, was recorded as living at 80, Osnaburgh Street, St Pancras with his half-sister Annie, her husband, and his brother William.

Early Army Service.

The next record for Arthur was found when he enlisted on the 8th July 1893 in London as Private 3661 into the Dragoons of the Line for short service of 12 years. The following details were recorded: He stated he was 18 years 9 months old and he was born at Marylebone, London. His trade was as a Brass Finisher, he was not an apprentice, was not married, had never been sentenced to imprisonment and was not already serving in the Military.

On the same day he was medically examined at London and the following recorded: Apparent age: 18 years 9 months. Height: 5 feet 10 ¾ inches. Weight: 130 lbs. Chest: 33 inches maximum 36 inches. Complexion: Fair. Eyes: Hazel. Hair: Brown. Distinctive marks: Scars on neck and back of left hand. Mole on right shoulder.

He said his religion was Church of England and his next of kin was his older brother William James Boud of 80, Osnaburgh Street, Regents Park, London.

On the 11th July 1893 he joined the 1st Royal Dragoons at York and began his service at Home. On the 8th July 1895 he was granted his 1st Good Conduct Pay award and then on the 8th July 1899 he was granted his 2nd Good Conduct Pay award.

On the 31st October 1899 he started service in South Africa. After 278 days he returned Home on the 5th August 1900. On the 22nd October 1900 he was appointed as an unpaid Lance Corporal.

During the census held on the 31st March 1901 he was listed as living at Shorncliffe Military Camp, Cheriton, Kent.

On the 28th May 1901 he reverted to Private. Then on the 5th August 1901 he again served in South Africa taking part in the Boer War. After 1 year 14 days he returned Home on the 19th August 1902.

He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902 and for Transvaal, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith and Laing’s Nek and the King’s South Africa medal with clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902.

On the 8th December 1902 he was transferred to the 1st Class Army Reserve on expiration of his period of Army Service. He was paid a War Gratuity of £6.00 issued under Army Orders 134 and 163 1902.

On the 7th July 1905 he was finally discharged as a Private on the termination of his 12 years’ engagement.

Police Service.

Arthur’s Police Service Record has not survived but from other sources we know that he clearly planned ahead because, during a period of leave on his on his return from South Africa, he applied to join the Herts County Constabulary. He was successful as on the 8th December 1902 he was Appointed as Police Constable 191. He was posted to C Division at Watford. He would have undergone his Probationary training there in line with the policy in place at the time.

General Order 55 of the 17th December 1902 confirmed his appointment when it announced that PC Boud 191 was appointed on 23/11 per week from the 8th December 1902.

General Order 29 of the 30th June 1903 informed Arthur that he would receive an increased rate of pay from 23/11 to 25/8 per week from 11th June 1903.

A Minor Blemish.

General Order 6 of the 1st March 1904 reported that PC Boud 191 C having been reported for missing his Conference Point on the 18th February is admonished.

General Order 4 of the 13th January 1905 informed Arthur that he would receive an increased rate of pay from 25/8 to 26/10 per week from 22nd December 1904 viz.


Arthur married Minnie Ethel Elizabeth Horne in 1905 at Watford. They had four children:
1. Marie Therese Elizabeth born in 1906 at Watford and died in 1915 at Willesden.
2. Arthur William George born in 1910 at Watford. He enlisted in 1939 as Private 918413 in the Royal Artillery. On the 15th August 1944 he was wounded whilst serving in the 86th Field Regiment.
3. John Edward born in 1912 at St. Albans.
4. Laurence Francis Thomas born in 1914 at St Albans.

Parliamentary Elections 1906.

In General Order 1 of 1st January 1906 instructions are given to dozens of Police officers in connection with the General Election of January 1906. Voting was carried out over several days and schedules were drawn up detailing where and when officers would perform duty.
Schedule B
Return of Officers and Men detailed for duty in the Eastern or Hertford Division on Friday 19th January 1906.
Div.    Rank No. Name            Station       Place for Duty
C        PC 191 Boud A E          Watford      Hertford
Schedule C
Return of Officers and Men detailed for duty in the Western or Watford Division on Tuesday 23rd January 1906.
Div.    Rank No. Name           Station         Place for Duty
C PC 191 Boud A E                 Watford       Watford

General Order 7 of the 6th February 1908 informed Arthur that he would receive an increased rate of pay from 26/10 to 28/- per week from 16th January 1908.


General Order 35 of the 4th October 1910 reported that Arthur had been transferred on the 22nd September from C Division at Watford to G Division as Superintendents Clerk at St. Albans.

General Order 4 of the 1st November 1911 informed Arthur that he would receive an increased rate of pay from 28/- to 29/2 per week from the 12th January 1911.

During the 1911 census Police Constable Arthur Edward Boud, his wife Minnie and children Marie and Arthur were listed as living at 22, Royston Road, St. Albans.

General Order 89 of the 29th May 1915 was entitled Police Constables (Naval and Military Service) Act 1914. Police (Emergency Provisions) Act 1915 and stated:
Lieutenant Colonel P. Malcolm A.A. and 2 M.G. 2/2nd London Division T.F. having applied for the services of Police Constable A.E. Boud, “G”, as a Clerk in that Division, the consent for enlistment in the Army is hereby given to Police Constable Boud, as required by the above Acts. Police Constable Boud will report himself at the Headquarters of the 2/2nd London Division, Wharf House, Bishops Stortford, at 10.30 a.m. on Monday next, 31st May 1915, for enlistment. Police Constable Boud will be paid up to and including 30th May 1915 and will be struck off the strength of the establishment of the Force as from that date.

Lieutenant Colonel Pulteney Malcolm MVO DSO had been the Chief Constable of Cheshire and no direct link has been found between him and Arthur Boud but was it possible that Malcolm asked Chief Constable Law for a ‘good man’ for his clerk?

General Order 118 of the 21st July 1915 is a list of 96 officers which included the Chief Constable, 43 Constables who were Army reservists who were recalled and 50 Constables and 2 Sergeants who volunteered for military service. Arthur is shown as PC 191 Boud A.E. G Division who enlisted in the Army Service Corps on the 31st May 1915.

Army Service During The War.

Arthur’s Army Service Record has not survived but from his Medal Roll Index Card and Medal Roll we know the following: Arthur Edward Boud enlisted as 2420 Acting Warrant Officer Class I joining the 2nd London Division, Staff Colonel, Army Service Corps (Territorial Force). He transferred on the 1st September 1916 as Acting Company Quarter Master Sergeant T4/240292 in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Like every other soldier when he was demobilised Arthur was granted 28 days leave. He would have used this time to arrange his re-joining of the Police. Part of this process would involve him being medically examined by the Force Surgeon to ensure he was fit enough for Police duties.

Re-joining The Police.

General Order 74 of the 21st March 1919 announced the re-appointments to the Force of five Police Soldiers who had been released from H.M. Army. Arthur was shown as PC 191 Boud A.E. posted to G Division at Harpenden from the 27th March 1919 at £2/12/0 per week. Each officer had to be formally re-attested. The Superintendents concerned had to report when this had been done showing the date and place of attestation and before whom taken. Arthur was re-Attested the same day.


General Order 77 of 24th March 1919 instructed Arthur that he was being transferred from G Division at St. Albans to E Division at Hitchin on the 27th March 1919. The Electoral Rolls of 1919 to 1922 list Arthur and Minnie Boud as living at the Police Station, Bancroft, Hitchin.


General Order 106 of the 3rd May 1919 informed Arthur that he was being promoted from the 1st May 1919 to be Acting Sergeant and that he would remain at E or Hitchin Division. He would have received an increase of pay to £5/0/0 per week with his promotion.

General Order 85 of the 8th May 1920 announced that Arthur would be confirmed in the substantive rank of Sergeant from the 1st May 1920.

General Order 103 of the 10th June 1920 and General Order 73 of the 7th May 1921 informed Arthur that he would receive an increased rate of pay from £5/0/0 to £5/2/6 from the 1st May 1920 and from £5/2/6 to £5/5/0 per week from the 1st May 1921 respectively.

On Monday, the 6th June 1921 Arthur started a week long Course of Instruction for Sergeants at Headquarters, Hatfield.


General Order 51 of the 16th April 1922 instructed Arthur that he was being transferred on the 3rd May 1922 from E Division at Hitchin to D Division at Great Berkhamsted, to occupy the house vacated by Inspector Lawrence. The Electoral Rolls of 1922 to 1926 list Arthur and Minnie Boud as living at the Police Station, High Street, Berkhamsted.

General Order 58 of the 8th May 1922, General Order 102 of the 25th May 1923 and General Order 88 of the 23rd May 1924 informed Arthur that he would receive an increased rate of pay from £5/5/0 to £5/7/6 per week from the 1st May 1922, from £5/7/6 to £5/10/0 per week from the 1st May 1923 and from £5/10/0 to £5/12/6 per week from the 1st May 1924 respectively.

On Monday 1st February 1926 Arthur started a week long Course of Instruction for Police Sergeants at Headquarters, Hatfield.

A Royal Visit – Mutual Aid To Luton Borough Police.

General Order 156 of 14th November 1926 announced orders for an Inspector, two Sergeants and 18 Constables with regard to the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to Luton on the 17th November 1926. Arthur was listed as one of those detailed to attend. In command of the Hertfordshire contingent was Inspector G.T. Sharp of R Division who would act under orders as laid down by the Chief Constable of the Borough of Luton. The detachment was instructed to report at the Borough Police Station Luton at 9 a.m. The men were ordered to take the following dress and equipment: Great Coats 1925 issue, Cloth jackets 1926 issue, Dress trousers 1926 issue, Cloth helmets 1926 issue, Whistle and chain, Handcuffs, Pocket Book, Truncheon, Black woollen gloves and Capes.

Retirement And Life After The Police.

Arthur retired on the 7th December 1927 as Sergeant 191 on pension after completing his 25 years’ service.

The 1928 to 1930 Electoral Rolls list Arthur and Minnie Boud as living at 2, Elm Grove, Berkhamsted and the 1939 Register records them as still living at the same address. He is shown as being employed as a Club Steward at the British Legion.

Arthur Edward Boud died on the 11th September 1945 at Berkhamsted.

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