A Tribute – Edward Owen (Ted) RUFFELL

PC 189, Hampshire Constabulary

Ted Ruffell enlisted in the Hampshire Constabulary in 1925. He transferred to the Bournemouth Police when it was formed in 1948 and retired in 1957. “His stern face belies his warm hearted happy-go-lucky personality” says his son, who has kindly collated these photographs, for use on this site.

Ted was village constable at Rownhams nr. Southampton, from 1937 to 1942

Ted had a particular facility for dealing with violent lunatics and was called on to escort many to Park Prewett Hospital, Basingstoke



Ted at home at 48 Cardigan Road, Winton, Bournemouth He is wearing the Defence Medal and Police Long Service Medal

 “Ted and two lads of the village”

Ted (wearing hat) was trainer of the seven-a-side rugby team in the 1950s. Second from right in the back row is Stan DAVIES, one of the detectives who arrested the Great Train Robbers.  Third from right is PC FARLEY. Second left in front row is PC Norman SWAIN.

Bournemouth Police Football team 1950s
Back Row: Jim BARBER (trainer) Wally BARLOW, Percy BURCHALL, Sgt. JONES (goalkeeper),
Front Row: Basil STRANGE, A. FARLEY, Ken WILSON, Arthur JUPP, Ron YOUNG and Rob SHATTOCK

Opening of the Assizes at Winchester, about 1930. Ted is 7th from left, carrying a lance, in the Guard of Honour


White Gloved Bournemouth Police Marching Team in 1950s
Ted is second from right in back row Third right next to him is Sgt. OLIVER
Fourth from left is Inspector Jim BARBER Ted had his whistle chromium plated

Hants Constabulary Bournemouth Division
Hampshire Constabulary 1926, taken at Meyrick Park

Hampshire Constabulary 1948, taken at Hampshire Cricket Ground, Dean Park, just before Bournemouth formed its own force. Ted is 3rd row form the back, directly in front of the clock

Eastleigh Division 1936
Superintendent Pragnell in front. Ted is 6th from left in back row

HMI Inspection Bournemouth about 1930
Ted is 6th from left in rear rank

Police Christmas Party.
Members of Social Committee would dress up in costume and help serve tea. Ted is posing with waitresses at Bournemouth Pavilion, 1950s

Victory parade at end of Second World War, 1945
The Bournemouth Division in Westover Road, in front of Bournemouth Pavilion.

Ted is at the back, in front of the Policewoman. He is talking to Basil STRANGE. The second Sergeant in from the right in the front rank is Sgt. CHILD, Ted’s second cousin

The last woman on the left of the photograph is Vera Nunn (Brisdon)
and  it was VE Day. Vera was the first policewoman in Bournemouth.


Edward Owen RUFFELL
Born Havant, Hants, 29 January 1901.
Died as result of road accident at Bournemouth 11 December 1973.

Before joining Hampshire Constabulary was in
the Royal Artillery for 6 years (1919-1925) and served mostly in India.