|Also known as Jack Whitton|
|address at marriage in 1949 31 Bridge Street, Montrose a Police Clerk|
a P Whitton was a witness at wedding address Willow Park, Carnoustie
Informant at fathers death in 1964 address Police Station, Cairmylie
at 2003 and 2006 voters roll at Inverbute, Redford, Arbroath Angus DD112RD
Death of popular retired village bobby, Jack Whitton
THE DEATH has occurred, peacefully at home in Redford at the age of 85, of Jack Whitton, for many years the village bobby in the area. He retired in 1971, but he and his wife remained in Redford, where he was active in the social fabric of the parish of Carmyllie. For a number of years, Mr Whitton supplied Carmyllie news to the Arbroath Herald, and was a good friend of the newspaper and its staff.
Mr Whitton was a native of Brechin, where his father was a butcher. He was educated in Brechin and later Carnoustie, where the family moved when his father retired.
He was a Scout leader and was then played rugby for both Carnoustie Dalhousie and the army. His first job was as an apprentice draughtsman for Anderson-Grice at Carnoustie, but he was offered the chance to join Angus County Constabulary, in August, 1941.
Mr Whitton was stationed at Montrose and then Tealing, before being called up in 1942 for military service, as was the case with other officers aged under 20. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders and saw service in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany, as a despatch rider and wireless operator with the Signals Platoon.
In October, 1945 he was demobbed and worked at the County Headquarters in Forfar, before moving back to Montrose, and finally going to Carmyllie in September, 1950.
Transport was by Police bike, including a trip to Friockheim every Saturday night to help the local bobby at the dances in the Legion Hall. For the last 18 months of his Police service, Mr Whitton worked in the Arbroath office.
Mr Whitton said some years ago that he used to belong to the 'skelp on the lug' school of policing, and a lot of minor offences involving youngsters never reached 'the book'. Mr Whitton would take the youngster home and leave the parents to deal with the matter. Other duties involved the Christmas tree patrol, and the 'turkey trot', protecting rural property from 'visitors' from larger settlements.
After his retiral from the Police, he worked with Kings' Quarries at Cunmont Quarry as quality control technician; then for Tilcon at Waulkmill.
Mr Whitton was session clerk at Carmyllie Church for many years, from 1971. He as also a long-term secretary of Carmyllie Men's Club and was president of the Angus Federation of Men's Clubs. While he was stationed at Montrose, he ran the Scout group at Inverkeilor, and after moving to Carmyllie he contacted Jock Neish who asked him to start a group there. Mr Whitton also helped Guides with their badge-earning projects, and with the help of Messrs Dick Manders and Ron Brown founded Carmyllie Youth Club. He also ran Carmyllie Sunday School as a fill-in for his daughter, Elizabeth, and ended up filling in for 13 years.
Mr Whitton is survived by his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1949; by daughters Elizabeth and Eleanor; and grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Carmyllie Parish Church on Wednesday, with interment thereafter in the churchyard.
24 November 2006
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