Hertfordshire Mercury, 20th November 1915.
The death took place on Saturday, after a short illness, of Sergt. Thomas Whitbread, at his residence, Baldock. The deceased, after four years’ service in the Herts. Constabulary, transferred into the Hertford Borough Police, being at once appointed to the rank of Sergeant. When the borough force was disbanded, and the duties taken over by the county, Sergt. Whitbread was re-transferred to the County Constabulary, together with the present Deputy Chief Constable, Supt Wood, who was a Sergeant in the Hertford force at the same time as the deceased. For a number of years Sergt. Whitbread was stationed at Baldock, at which period Supt Reed was Sergeant in charge of the Royston district. In August 1907, he retired on pension, together with Sergt. Brice, of Stevenage, after 26 years’ service. In his younger days Sergt. Whitbread was in the Army as a bandsman. He was twice married, and by his first wife had one son and two daughters, who survive him. The deceased was a very popular and efficient officer, and by his tact and unfailing courtesy made many friends, to whom his death at the age of 58 has come as a shock. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at Baldock cemetery, the first portion of the service being held at the Parish Church, the Rev. Canon Nairne officiating. A force of police, under Supt Reed, was in attendance, four of whom acted as bearers. Inspectors Warren and Bowyer were also present as personal friends of the deceased. There were a large number of floral tributes, including one from his late colleagues.