Pride of place for mystery policeman

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 THE Glasgow Police Museum is on the hunt for information on an old-fashioned southside hero following a chance discovery by a Shawlands family.

The museum has issued an appeal for info on the identity of an early 20th century lieutenant pictured in photographs handed in by two sisters, six-year-old Rebecca and four-year-old Christina Ponsonby.

The girls visited with mum and dad Louise and Brian and baby sister Charlotte (19 months) last week to present retired Strathclyde Police inspector Alastair Dinsmor — who runs the museum — with the finds from the attic of their on Woodstock Avenue.

Mum Louise explained that the pictures had been discovered by accident in the family’s loft as it was being cleared for building work.

She told The Extra: “We were taking out junk left by previous owners when we noticed these fascinating old photos.

“They’ve been framed so nicely, so they probably once took pride of place in someone’s home.

“I’m really pleased that the pictures will now be put back on show, instead of being left discarded in a dusty loft.”

The pictures show the officer in question both in his uniform and as part of a large family portrait featuring 10 other people.

Based on the policeman’s clothing, museum man Alastair dates them between 1912 and 1925.

The retired inspector is hopeful that someone will come forward to identify him, so that the photos can go on display with full explanation.

He added: “I’ll do some of my own research, but I also hope someone who sees this picture might know who he 
is.

“The photos are interesting in themselves, but what we really want is to unlock the stories behind them.”

Anyone who can shed light on the mystery lieutenantfrom Shawlands is asked to contact the Police Museum on 552 
1818 — or get in touch with The Extra by email (address above).

More information on the museum — based at 30 Bell Street in the Merchant City — is available at the website, www.policemuseum.org.uk.