William Gleed of the Battle of Waterloo & early Police Force

I received the query below from Peter Gleed Saunders –

Bow Street Runner GenealogyHi Linda, I received help from David Milner almost two years ago on my ggg-grandfather William Gleed, he had fought at Waterloo and David was kind enough to send me the information to help round out my family tree. Is there a web sight that could help me find his life after the military, I know that he joined the Metro Police when they first started and he died in Greenwich about 1838, but I don’t know were he and his wife Sarah are buried. Take care, Peter

Hi Peter,

The first place I looked for William Gleed was on the Old Bailey Online website, this site gives details of trials and is indexed not just by the names of those accused, but also police officers as well. There are 9 entries for the name William Gleed. Although some of the entries don’t support him dying in 1838 so there must be more than one William Gleed if your man did die in 1838.

I checked DeceasedOnline one of my favourite sites for London burials, they have lots of entries for burials in Greenwich cemeteries, but no luck there. This led me onto Ancestry.co.uk where I found a William Gleed buried in the churchyard of St Alphege, Greenwich in 1838, his abode is given as a Hospital Ship. His age is given as 49 years. To confuse things there is another William Gleed this time aged 37 years and dying in 1837 again from the Hospital Ship.

Do you have a death certificate for your William and Sarah? Or any other clues?

You may have already checked out the Met Police History website which gives useful information on the history of the force.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more clues.






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