County: County Durham
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 30/08/1901
Number issued: 1


Gold albert & appendage, and gold matchbox, to:

55th (Northumberland) Company, 14th Bn. Imperial Yeomanry –
10023 Trooper William H. FLEMING

Presentation made by Police Inspector Rispin, at the Police Court, Jarrow.

Subscribed for by officers and men of the Jarrow Division, Durham County Constabulary.



Shields Daily News, 31/08/1901
Shields Daily News, 31st August 1901
PRESENTATION TO A JARROW YEOMAN. – Last night, at the Police Court, Jarrow, Mr Wm. FLEMING, who was a trooper in the Durham and Northumberland Company of the Imperial Yeomanry, and who returned from South Africa about two months ago, was presented with a gold albert, appendage, and match box, the gift of the officers and men of the Jarrow Division, Durham County Constabulary, as a mark of their pleasure at his safe return. Mr FLEMING is a son of Supt. Fleming, of Jarrow. The presentation was made in a felicitous manner by Inspector Rispin, of Hebburn, and the gift was suitably acknowledged by the recipient.
Jarrow Express, 6th September 1901

Interesting Presentation at Jarrow.

On Friday night an interesting presentation took place at Police-court, High Street, Jarrow. Trooper Wm. FLEMING, son of Supt. W. Fleming, was made the recipient of a splendid gold albert and appendage, and also a matchbox, which had been subscribed by the officers and men of the Jarrow Division as a mark of their respect and thankfulness for his safe return from South Africa, where he served eighteen months in the “C” Company of the Northumberland and Durham Imperial Yeomanry. There was a full muster of men presided over by sergeant Atkinson.

The Chairman, in his opening remarks, briefly referred to the unanimity with which all the men of the Division had subscribed to the testimonial, and spoke to the pleasure they all felt when they were informed that “Willie” FLEMING had given up his situation in response to the call for men at a very critical time in the history of his country. (Applause). While they were all safe at home Mr FLEMING was carrying the rifle and using it in his country’s defence, and he thought it only right that they should make some acknowledgement of his courage, for they looked upon him as one of themselves. (Applause).

Inspector Rispin (Hebburn) said he had known “Willie” FLEMING from a child. At a time of great national danger, when the call came for men, he was one of the first to volunteer. They all felt very proud of him when they heard of it, as he was looked upon by all the men as one of themselves. In asking him to accept the present, he could assure him that the men of the Division were proud that they had a young man like the recipient living amongst them. He hoped Mr FLEMING would live for a great many years to wear the articles he had great pleasure in handing over to him on behalf of the subscribers, and that whenever he looked upon them he would always remember the officers and constables serving under his esteemed father in the Jarrow Division. (Applause).

A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Inspector Rispin, on the motion of Sergeant Gargate (Boldon), seconded by Sergeant Proud, after which the proceedings terminated.