Barry Bradley’s Old Newspaper Clippings

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Throughout his career in the Force (1960 – 1995), Veteran Barry Bradley developed a newspaper scrapbook containing notable news stories about the RCMP in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

 

 

 

Each week, we will post three of these old newspaper clippings for the interest of Veterans and their families.

SURREY HALTS SUMMONSES – January 1962

Surrey – RCMP will no longer serve summonses in the municipality for New Westminster and Vancouver police department.

Surrey council made the decision after learning Surrey RCMP officers spend considerable time and mileage serving these outside summonses, but when a summons is to be served in either of the two cities it is handled by the RCMP.

The police committee reported that 115 of the 130 summonses served here in January came from Vancouver or New Westminster.

ROYAL CITY GETS NEW RCMP CHIEF – May 1962

A former B.C. Provincial Police member has been named superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police subdivision in New Westminster.

Supt. Francis Woods-Johnson joined the RCMP in 1950 when the B.C. force was absorbed by the federal force.  He has just spent three years as head of the RCMP’s criminal investigations branch for southern and central Ontario.

He takes over the New Westminster subdivision from Insp. W.G. Hurlo, who has been transferred after three years in the Royal City to the force’s Ottawa detachment.

Woods-Johnson’s post in Ontario has been filled by Supt. John A. Henry, who recently completed a three-year term as head of the RCMP Peace River district.

August 1962 - Photograph of a motor vehicle accident in Surrey with an RCMP member assisting with the placing of woman on a stretcher. (Source of photo - Barry Bradley's Newspaper Clipping Collection).

August 1962 – Photograph of a motor vehicle accident in Surrey with an RCMP member assisting with the placing of woman on a stretcher. (Source of photo – Barry Bradley’s Newspaper Clipping Collection).

ALL TEN SURVIVE CRASH OF TWO FAMILY CARS – August 1962

The McKenzie family of Squamish and the Allin family of Surrey are firm believers in miracles.

They went through one Friday near Whalley on the Trans-Canada Highway hen a skidding truck flipped the Allin car into the path of the McKenze vehicle.

Both cars were wrecked.  The miracle was that of the four adults and six children involved, only three suffered injuries requiring hospitalization.

Mrs. James Young McKenze and Mrs. George Russell Allin were admitted for treatment of deep head gashes and 10-year-old Jimmy McKenzie has possible facial factures.

Discharged were Mr. McKenze, Mr. Allin, Sheila McKenze 7, and the four Allin children, Kerry, 5, Shelly, 3, Cary, 7 and Kenneth, 10 months.

RCMP said the Allin care as waiting to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by the truck into the path of the on-coming car.

August 1962 - Photograph of an RCMP member surveying the damage from a motor vehicle accident in Surrey BC. (Source of photo - Barry Bradley's Newspaper clipping collection)

August 1962 – Photograph of an RCMP member surveying the damage from a motor vehicle accident in Surrey BC. (Source of photo – Barry Bradley’s Newspaper clipping collection)

According to Barry, “Constables Mitchell and Cairney had to provide statement on the wearing of the forage cap.  The order of dress at the time was that a stetson must be worn with boots & breeches.”

Barry further stated “I remember when we reported in at New West’r S/Div. Insp.  Hurlow had intense blue eyes that seemed to bore right through you.

When I was at Pattulo Bridge Detachment – the Sgt. John Brucker would phone  S/Div. ask for the OIC and then say, ‘hello Bill’. Didn’t know that you could talk.”

to an Insp. that way.  But that was the old days.

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