Major George Bentinck Luxford, Chief Constable of East Sussex Constabulary


ajor George Bentinck Luxford was educated at Eton, and entered the Army at the age of eighteen, joining the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He was for some time quartered in Canada, where his

devotion to the true interests of sport won for him considerable popularity. He was subsequently for some years at Gibraltar, and acted as honorary whip to the Calpe Hunt.


In 1881, on the retirement of Lieut. Col. Mackay from the post of Chief Constable of East Sussex, Major (then Captain) Luxford, who had just completed his twenty-one years' Army service, was chosen to succeed him.


Major George Bentinck Luxford was the Chief Constable of East Sussex from 1881 to 1894.(Police Review and Parade Gossip, 13 April 13 1894)


little lad in 1850, driving his milk cart across Ham Common, between Kingston and Richmond, in Surrey, and hardly ten years old; then the novice, as Constable in the D Division

of Marylebone, in that university of all Constabulary, the Metropolitan Police; then to the A, Whitehall, Division, in the administration of the never-equalled Mr. Robert Walker; then to the Brighton Police.


Then - and with it, the dawn of his Constabulary career - in the East Sussex County Force, recorded in the following order:- February 7th, 1865, on the exceptional wish of Col. Mackay, the Chief Constable, preliminarily a Constable in the East Sussex Constabulary; February 7th, 1868, exactly three years after, promoted to third class Constable; July 21st, 1868, promoted to Merit Class, with increased pay; February 7th, 1871, promoted to Second Class Constable; July 21st, 1871, promoted to Superior Merit Class; January 30th, 1872, promoted to Sergeant; January 30th, 1875, promoted to


Mr George Berry, Deputy Chief Constable of East Sussex


Highest Class of Merit with increased pay; March 6th, 1877, gazetted Superintendent of the East Grinstead Division; November 11th, 1884, elected Deputy Chief Constable of East Sussex; December, 1894, retired upon full pension, esteemed and honoured by his superiors, by his comrades, by the Force, and by the public. (Police Review and Parade Gossip, 8 February 1895)



Above: Members of the East Grinstead division, East Sussex Constabulary, in summer uniform. Superintendent George Berry (later Deputy Chief Constable) sitting in front, c1883. (Photograph courtesy 'Old Police Cells' museum)


East Sussex, Constable 194. (From the photograph it would seem that the cap badge is the same as the collar badge)




Above: East Sussex Constabulary. The group includes two Women's Auxilliary Corps officers, three War Reserve officers, four regular constables, one Inspector and two sergeants – one of whom appears to be wearing five overseas service chevrons. June 17 1945. (Submitted by Ray Ricketts)

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