Former Birmingham Beat Bobby Doug gets birthday visit from Chief Constable as he turns 100
Written by Tristan Harris on July 29, 2018
A FORMER Birmingham beat Bobby who was also a prisoner of war in the Second World War was paid a special visit yesterday as he celebrated his 100th birthday.
Centenarian Douglas Stewart was visited by the present Chief Constable Dave Thompson who handed over a special police badge and an enlarged copy of his police service record dating back decades. Doug served in the Armed Forces and was a part of the Royal Engineers during the Second World War.
He became a prisoner-of-war and while held in Poland he helped to dig a tunnel to unselfishly let others escape.
He was kept as a prisoner for three years before he was repatriated from eastern Europe back to England.
Even after his subsequent spell with the police, the father-of-two continued to work as a rent collector, manager of Northfield Baths, a council road safety officer and jewellery shop worker before finally retiring at the age of 85.
Known by most as Doug, he finished his time with the force as a road safety officer in schools in 1973.
Mr Thompson said: “We are proud that Doug is part of the West Midlands Police family and I wanted to wish him a happy birthday on behalf of the force.
“It is a fantastic achievement to reach the milestone age of 100 and even more so when you consider all he has been through during his life.
“It was nice to reminisce with him over his time with the force. Times may have changed since Doug was an officer but the principles of being there to help others always remain.”
Doug said: “I am honoured that the Chief Constable has come to see me, he took a real interest in hearing about my policing career.
“I really enjoyed my time with the force and it is nice I have not been forgotten. I never expected to receive such lovely gifts.”