31.07.1862 – 18.08.1875
Research by Andrew Reid
Thomas FEY joined the Force on the 22nd February, 1845, as Constable 49. He was a 23 year old single man, a butcher from Burley, Hampshire. On 13th March, 1845, he was posted to work from Kingsclere, as Constable 3rd Class, on 28th July, 1846, he was promoted to Constable 2nd Class.
He remained at Kingsclere until April 1847, when he was posted to Fareham.
On 26th July, 1847, he was promoted to Constable 1st Class. On 16th July, 1849, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 1849 he was posted to work at Droxford.
On April 26th, 1850 he was posted again this time to Petersfield, three days later he was promoted to 3rd Class Superintendent in charge of the Petersfield Division, gaining promotion in situe to 2nd Class Superintendent in April 1859.
On 31st July, 1862, Mr. Fey was posted back to take charge of the Kingsclere Division, gaining promotion to 1st Class Superintendent on August 16th 1867. He remained at Kingsclere for thirteen years. He was then posted as officer in charge of the Andover Division on August 18th , 1875. Eight months later, on 12th April, 1876; he was posted to the Force Headquarters at Winchester.
On 13th January, 1881, he retired from the Force having completed thirty-six years service, almost half at Kingsclere. His character and ability being recorded as ‘Exemplary’, he was superannuated on a sum off £101. 7.9. per year.
On Tuesday June 7th 1864, the Government Inspector visited the division coming from Basingstoke at 11.15 by carriage and leaving at 12.15 to go to inspect Andover, most inspections of the Division were held at Whitchurch Police Station as the Railway Station was nearer and transport was more available.
Bread was frequently checked, it would be purchased by Policemen in plain clothes, usually from another area, as the bakers would not know who he was. The item would then be taken to the officer appointed as an Inspector under the Weights and Measures Act and weighed. If any item was found to be underweight or incorrect, court action usually followed, as demonstrated in the court reports from the Newbury Weekly News of July and August 1867, we read of the following cases;