Edward Kirbyshire was born in King Street, Cambridge in January 1835. At the age of 17 he joined the 9th Light Infantry. With them, he served two years in Ireland; then in 1854 he was transported with the regiment to Balaclava, where he fought in the Crimean War. Wounded at Redan, he continued to served until peace was signed in 1856, when he returned to England.
Edward joined the Borough Police Force in October 1856. Transferred from the uniform branch to plain clothes, he rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant and eventually to Detective Inspector. After 38 years in the Force, he retired in September 1894.
He lived another thirty years or so in retirement, during which he was active in charitable work. For 65 years he was a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters, a friendly society established in 1834. He died on 17 June 1924 aged 89 and his funeral took place in the chapel of Mill Cemetery and at the graveside on 28 June.
Parish : St Andrew the Less
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By Ian Bent