A Tribute – Edward Owen (Ted) RUFFELL

PC 189, Hampshire Constabulary

Edward Owen RUFFELL was born in Havant, Hampshire on the 29th January 1901. Before joining Hampshire Constabulary he was in the Royal Artillery for 6 years (1919-1925) and served mostly in India.

He joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1925. Between 1937 and 1942 he was the village constable at Rownhams near Southampton. He apparently also had a particular skill for dealing with violent people with mental health issues and was called on to escort many to Park Prewett Hospital, Basingstoke. He transferred to the Bournemouth Police when it was formed in 1948 and retired in 1957.

He died as result of road accident at Bournemouth on the 11th December 1973.

“His stern face belies his warm hearted happy-go-lucky personality” says his son, who has kindly collated these photographs, for use on this site.

PC 189 Edward Owen Ruffell
Ted at home at 48 Cardigan Road, Winton, Bournemouth wearing his Defence Medal and Police Long Service Medal
Ted with two lads from the village
Bournemouth Division of Hampshire Constabulary 1926, taken in Meyrick Park
HMI Inspection 1930, Ted is 6th from left in rear rank
Opening of Assizes at Winchetser, 1930. Ted is 7th from left.
Eastleigh Division 1936 Superintendent Pragnell in the centre front row. Ted is 6th from left in back row.
Bournemouth Division taking part in the Victory Parade at the end of the Second World war, 1945, in front of Bournemouth Pavillion.
Bournemouth Division 1948, taken at Hampshire Cricket Ground, Dean Park. Ted is 3rd row from the back directly in front of the clock
Bournemouth Police Football Team 1950's Back row: Jim Barber (Trainer), Wally Barlow, Percy Burchall, Sergeant Jones (goalkeeper), Sergeant Oliver, Alan Fear. Front row: Basil Strange, A. Farley, Ken Wilson, Arthur Jupp, Ron Young, Rob Shattock
Ted (wearing hat) was the trainer of the 7 a side rugby team in the 1950's. Second from right back row is Stan Davies, one of the detectives who arrested the Great Train Robbers. Third from right is PC Farley and second left front row is PC Norman Swain
Bournemouth Police Marching Team Ted 2nd from right back row. Next to him is Sergeant Oliver. Fourth from left is Inspector Jim Barber.
Police Christmas Party. Ted, centre, is posing with waitresses at the Bournemouth Pavillion, 1950's