Detective Lieutenant John McGimpsey

John McGimpsey was born in Donaghadee, Co. Down, Ireland in 1864.  He worked as a Tramway Guard before joining the Glasgow Police on 5 April 1888, aged 23 years. 

He was posted to ‘E’ (Northern) Division and on 8 July 1898 he was promoted to Sergeant.  On  22  April  1901  he  was  appointed  Detective  Officer  in  ’B’ (Western)  Division  but  soon  transferred  back  to  ‘E’ (Northern) Division.

On 1 June 1909, he was promoted to Detective Inspector in ‘A’ (Central) Division and  on  22 February  1912  he  was  promoted  to  Detective  Lieutenant. 

During his 34 years service he was involved in many important cases, and on a number of occasions had to disguise himself to achieve arrests.   During  the  First  World  War  he  was engaged in secret work and played  an  important  part  in  gathering  intelligence concerning I.R.A. activity in Glasgow.   

He was awarded the King’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1919 and retired on pension on 31 December 1922.

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