Jim Dolan was born on 2nd June1920 in Southport, Lancashire. The son of a ‘Retired Constable’, he served with the RAF during the war as a, ‘Bomb Aimer’. When he joined Hampshire Constabulary as PC 182, on 13th May 1946 his occupation was shown s a spot welder.
He was initially posted to Winchester. A picture survives of PC Dolan as part of a Judge’s Escort at Winchester Assizes in 1948. He served at Winchester until a move to Wallop on 18th May 1950. His final posting was to be Weyhill on 15th February 1955. Whilst at Weyhill he took and passed his Sergeant’s Examination and started to do some shifts as the Acting Sergeant.