Born : October 31st 1856, East Grinstead, Sussex. 1877 : Joined the Metropolitan Police, warrant number 61230. Before joining the police he worked as a sawyer.
1888 : By the time of time of the ripper murders he was a Sergeant in J Division (Bethnal Green).
1903 : Arrested George Chapman.
1908 : Retired with the rank of Inspector.
1941 : Jul 20 - Died.
When Godley arrested George Chapman the then retired Inspector Abberline is reputed to have said "You have caught Jack the Ripper at last" or words to that effect.
Begg, Fido, and Skinner. The Jack the Ripper A-Z.