Liverpool City Police

John james Greig

by martin everett, mbe 2012/ brian starkey

Captain John James Greig was born in Edinburgh in 1807. he was commissioned as an ensign in the 24th Regt. of foot in May 1828 - 24th Regt - Zulu war depicted in the film, 'Zulu' (1964) staring Michael Caine (Maurice Micklewhite) and Stanley Baker. Later, The South Wales Borderers and now the Regiment is The Royal Welsh.

He later went to the West India Regiment and retired from the Army as a Major before being appointed Head Constable of Liverpool City Police on 27th March 1852, at a salary of £550 per annum, which was raised from time to time till it became £1,000. During the time the Major was Head Constable of Liverpool City Police, the force attained a high state of efficiency.

While he was Head Constable the Fenian troubles began and it was mainly to his promptitude that the Fenian attacks upon Chester Castle and the Holyhead Railway were frustrated. In recognition of his services in connection with this affair he was appointed C. B. on the 14th October 1867 (there being no CBE in those days).

He retired in 1881 due to ill-health and is the longest serving Head Constable (Chief Constable) of Liverpool.

The image opposite shows Greig dressed as Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire, date unknown. The photograph is of a full size colour painting donated to the Regimental Museum, Brecon by his family.

He died 2nd. Decemebr 1882.

John James Greig

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