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William Thick
THICK, William

Born : Nov 20th 1845, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was the son of Charles and Mary Thick.

1868 : Mar 6 - Joins Metropolitan Police, warrant number 49889. He was posted to H Division (Whitechapel) then B Division (Chelsea), then P Division (Camberwell) and finally back to H Division where he spent the remainder of his career.

1893 : Retired.

1902 : Showed Jack London around the East End while the writer was researching "The People of the Abyss".

1930 : Died

Thick had the nickname "Johnny Upright" (In fact Chapter 2 of "The People of the Abyss" which concerns Thick is entitled "Johnny Upright"). Walter Dew said this was because he was upright in walk and methods but villian Arthur Harding said it was because he fitted people up. Frederick Wensley who was to become the Chief Constable (CID) said that Thick was on of the finest policemen he had known.


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