Assistant Chief Constable Walter Doherty

WALTER DOHERTY WAS  BORN  IN  LIVERPOOL  ON  18 DECEMBER 1891.  AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL, HE JOINED THE ARMY, AND SERVED IN THE ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY.

ON  12 MARCH 1912,  HE  JOINED  THE  GLASGOW  POLICE  AND  WAS  POSTED  TO  ‘D’ (SOUTHERN) DIVISION.   WITHIN  THREE  MONTHS  HE  HAD  GAINED  BOTH  THE SERGEANTS’  AND  INSPECTORS’CERTIFICATES  AND,  ON  12 SEPTEMBER 1913,  HE  WAS PROMOTED  TO 1st. CLASS  CONSTABLE.

ON 15 SEPTEMBER 1914,  HE  JOINED THE  ROYAL GARRISON  ARTILLERY AND SERVED THROUGHOUT THE FIRST  WORLD  WAR,  ATTAINING      THE  RANK  OF  ACTING  SERGEANT-MAJOR AND WAS AWARDED THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL.

HE  RETURNED TO ‘D’ (SOUTHERN)  DIVISION  OF  THE GLASGOW  POLICE ON  21 DECEMBER 1918 AND WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT IN ’A’ (CENTRAL) DIVISION ON 8 DECEMBER 1920.   HE  QUICKLY ROSE THROUGH  THE  RANKS  BEING  PROMOTED  TO  INSPECTOR  (1923),  LIEUTENANT  (1931) .

BY  1937  HE  WAS  A  SUPERINTENDENT  AND IN  1938  WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE.

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, HE SERVED AS  CHIEF OF THE NAPLES POLICE,  WITH THE RANK OF  COLONEL  IN  THE  ALLIED  MILITARY  GOVERNMENT  IN  OCCUPIED  TERRITORIES.   HE WAS AWARDED THE CROIX DE GUERRE (FRANCE) AND THE BRONZE STAR (U.S.A.).

HE RETURNED TO THE GLASGOW POLICE ON 17 SEPTEMBER 1945 AND RETIRED ON 31 DECEMBER 1956 HAVING  44 YEARS  AND  295  DAYS  POLICE  SERVICE.  HE WAS GLASGOW’S MOST DECORATED POLICEMAN AND HIS MEDALS ARE ON DISPLAY IN THE GLASGOW POLICE MUSEUM.

                                                                                   HE WAS KNOCKED DOWN AND KILLED BY A CAR IN POLMADIE STREET, GLASGOW, ON  8 OCTOBER 1958.