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Constable James Thomas Holland

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Constable James Thomas Holland

Post by Karen on Mon 23 Jul 2012 - 14:58

Police-constable Holland is mentioned on page 125 of the book, "Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia."


Inspector Parsons, of the D division of police, entered the witness-box at Bow-street police-court, on Thursday, and said he had been ordered to bring up Constable Holland to receive a reward. Constable Holland then advanced, limping, to the bench. This was the officer (188 D) who was shot by a burglar in Marylebone church-yard in the early morning of July 31, 1886. While patrolling the churchyard he saw two men trying to force open the vestry door. He seized the men, and one got away, but returned and fired four shots at the officer. Three of the shots fired missed the constable, but the fourth time he placed the pistol almost against the officer's right leg, and the shot passed through the calf, and brought him to the ground. Both men then escaped. Subsequently the man who fired the shot was apprehended on another charge, and was sentenced to 15 years' penal servitude. Sir James, after inquiring from Holland as to his health, said, "I am very glad to have the opportunity of making you a present of 20 pounds, for the great merit and courage you displayed in the discharge of a very dangerous duty." Holland [whose number in the D division is now 358] thanked Sir James, and limped out of the court with the inspector.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, April 17, 1887, Page 4

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