Sir John Dunne

The Biography of Cumberland & Westmorland’s first Chief Constable

by Alan Bryant

sir_john_dunneThe story of a policeman who, from humble Irish origins, became the most senior Police Officer in Victorian Britain. On the way he found himself Chief Constable of four County/Borough forces before finally becoming the Chief Constable of Cumberland and Westmorland. Possibly the most important and influential police officer during the reign of Queen Victoria he was instrumental in introducing many new laws, some of which are still in place to this day. He was awarded the KB in 1897, and was privilaged to make a presentation to Queen Victoria, on behalf of the entire British police force, at the time of her Jubilee. Sir John Dunne can go down in history as: The longest serving police officer with 64 year’s service The youngest known police officer, at age 14 years The longest serving chief constable of any force – 45 years The youngest chief constable and The only officer to be head of two forces simultaneously. It is possible that he was the richest police officer too. His wife was the granddaughter of John Ismay the founder of the White Star Line and inherited a fortune which today would be equivalent to £8.7 million.
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks (30 Nov. 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0992751470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992751470
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
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Alan Bryant

Born in London in 1936 and after attending Sloane Grammar School, Chelsea served as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Army Pay Corps.

Following a stint as a Police Constable in Hampshire and Isle of Wight in the early 1960s he took work, amongst other things, as an international estate agent, a buyer for Saudi department stores, a resort director and freelance journalist.

A prolific writer since 1989 with almost 20 books under his belt, he continues to occupy his time doing voluntary work in the local community and studying for his many academic achievements including B.A (Hons) (at age 68) an M.A (at age 72) and M. Humanities (at age 75). This book will be included as part of his on-going academic PhD thesis.

Sadly Alan Bryant passed away shortly after the John Dunne was published. 

Other books by Alan Bryant:
Towns and Villages of Britain series including:
Towns & Villages of the Lake District and Cumbria
Towns and villages of Lancashire
Towns & Villages of the Peak District and Derbyshire
Towns and Villages of Cheshire.
Towns & Villages of Yorkshire
Western Lakes
Northern Lakes
Southern Lakes
Kendal Town Guide
Murder most ‘Orrid
What’s on The Festival of Britain
Birds of Britain
Cumbrian Poems by Cumbrian Poets
History of Barrow Police – Second World War
Artful Dodger
Herdwicke Sheep