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« on: April 25, 2015, 10:12:33 AM »

Sussex Express - Friday 07 March 1952

Six-foot tall Police Constable John Carrigan, of the East Sussex Constabulary, stationed at Lewes, has been selected by the Ministry of Information to figure in a poster to encourage recruiting for the police and designed for exhibition in the colonies. On the poster are 11 photographs showing the policeman on various duties in tne county town. He is seen controlling traffic in Cliffe High-street, on his beat at night, giving flrst-aid at the scene of an accident, taking particulars of a lost dog, checking livestock at the cattle market, on duty at the Assize Court, and helping a little child across the road. A caption states that to the people of Lewes John is a friend and that his first job is to see to the safety of the public.

Born at Brighton, P.C. Carrigan has had a varied career and during the war he served as a Warrant Officer in the R.A.F. and took part in 33 bombing operations over Germany. On one raid the aircraft in which he was travelling was set on fire. He beat out the flames and the plane crash-landed back in England. John received the Distinguished Flying Medal and also holds the Air Crew Europe Medal for being one of those who flew on operational flights before D-day. As a boy he lived at Hellingly and went to school at Hailsham. He joined the East Sussex Constabulary at Haywards Heath in 1950 and went to Lewes a year ago. He is 27 years of age and is married. He is a keen cyclist and holds a medal for life-saving.

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 15:37:10 PM »

It would appear that 'Poster Boy', PC John Carrigan, was also quite well known in Africa ............ ! !

Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 15 June 1956

Our Wonderful Police.

There must be many native Africans in Tanganyika who, though they may never have heard of Lewes, Sussex, still think our policemen are wonderful.  This week I was shown, in Lewes, a copy of the famous poster published in 1952 by the Central Office of Information, showing P.C. John Carrigan, of the East Sussex Force, carrying out various police duties in different parts of Lewes.  But the printed matter on this poster is in Swahili, and the poster came to Lewes from the heart of the African jungle.

It had been used for teaching purposes at a native school.  No doubt the explanatory matter, telling all about the wonderful British police force made due impression on the youthful native mind.

The poster was discovered by a member of the Government medical services in Tanganyika while he was on blood testing work among the natives, in the jungle.  When home on leave, recently, he gave it to his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Baker, of 48 Prince Edward's-road, Lewes, who in turn showed it to me.

Incidentally, the hero of the poster, P.C. Carrigan, is now serving with the Force at Bexhill.

Does anyone have a copy of the original poster - or even better, the one printed in Swahili ! ! !
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