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Herbert Bert Edward Charles Pegrum

Served with Southend Borough Constabulary from Jun 23, 1932 and died on May 6, 1941.

Police Constable Herbert 'Bert' Edward Charles Pegrum was born on 24th May 1907 at Tilbury in Essex. After schooling in Tilbury he enlisted with the Royal Horse Artillery at Warley on 13th August 1924. He served overseas in Egypt from 15th October 1925 until 7th January 1931 and 15 days later was released to the army's reserve list.

Bert is then thought to have worked as a labourer. He married Edith Emily on 23rd January 1932 at Little Thurrock near Grays and exactly five months later he joined the Southend force. Bert's service record described him thus - height 6 feet 2 and a quarter inches tall, with dark brown hair and eyes, and a dark fresh complexion. He initially served in Southend and was posted to Westcliff on 26th October 1932, before returning to Southend on 3rd September 1936. By that time his wife had borne him two sons, Bernard and Ronald. The former was to also serve with the Southend force.

Like his colleagues Herman De Leur and William Sim, he was mobilised to the army on 1st December 1939. Ten days later he transferred to the Corps of Military Police where he served as Corporal 1058350. Bert was to remain with them until his death, from Lymphatic Leukemia, at the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth on Tuesday 6th May 1941 .

He is commemorated on Panel 21, Column 2 at the Brookwood Memorial in Surrey.

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