• Charles Pryke

  • Collar Number(s) 135


  • Career History/Biography

    Charles Edwin Pryke was born in 1846 in Orford, Suffolk


    Charles Pryke joined Essex County Constabulary on .

    Before joining, Charles worked as a Mercantile Mariner and Metropolitan Police Officer

    1873 to 1875 - Metropolitan Police

    23/2/1875 - Joined Essex County Constabulary - served at Romford, Aveley, Southend, Rochford, Saffron Walden, Maldon, Harlow, Saffron Walden (2nd posting) and Southend (2nd posting)

    1881 - Living with wife in Aveley (1881 Census)

    1/7/1881 - Sergeant

    5/5/1887 - Promoted to Inspector

    1888 - Sergeant at Rochford

    1891 - Living in Saffron Walden with wife and daughter

    1/7/1895 - Promoted to Superintendent

    1897 - Superintendent at Saffron Walden

    5/12/1900 - Promoted to Merit Class for recovering a large quantity of stolen harnesses etc. and arresting the two thieves. Awarded £5 by Standing Joint Committee on 5th December 1900

    2/12/1903 - Awarded £5 by Standing Joint Committee for his creditable conduct in case of R v. Dougal

    In the early 1900s, Ada Woodley was one of Charles Pryke's lodgers. Ada Woodley's CWGC headstones marks the burial place of a WW1 heroine. https://www.creativehistorian.co.uk/blog/read_166840/ada-woodley-first-world-war-nurse.html

    Charles Pryke's was buried in Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea, next to his wife, Mary Ann, who predeceased Charles by twelve years. Their burial place is marked with a headstone.

    Charles Pryke Headstone


    Highest Rank Attained: Superintendent


    • Postings

    No postings have yet been added to this record

Post Career:

  • Charles left the police on for reason: Retired - Pensioned



    Record of Service

    Charles Pryke's record of service has been lost.


    † Charles Edwin Pryke died on


    Supt. Pryke died of complications following an operation on his appendix at the London Hospital.