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Sir Charles Wickham

    Lt. Col. Sir Charles Wickham, K.C.M.G, K.B.E., D.S.O.,

    Inspector General June 1922 - August 1945

    Charles Wickham, fourth son of an old landed Yorkshire family, was educated at Harrow and joined the army in 1899 at the age of twenty. He saw service with the Norfolk Regiment in the Boer War for two years, where he won the D.S.O. (the Distinguished Service Order).

    In the First World War he was mentioned in despatches, then served in France and Vladivostock, Siberia, where he gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

    He joined the R.I.C. in 1920 as Divisional Commissioner for Ulster and was appointed the first Inspector-General of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in June 1922, a post he held until August 1945. Wickham died in 1971 at Comber, Co. Down, where he had made his home.

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