During the First World War there were five police forces covering the area of today’s South Wales Police-Glamorgan, Cardiff, Swansea , Merthyr, and Neath. Hundreds of policemen from them served during the war. Ninety three in total died and many were injured. Many were recognised for their bravery and service. One in particular achieved fame. A Glamorgan policeman, Ernest James Rollings, was an officer commanding armoured cars which took part in a raid on the village of Framerville in France on 8th August 1918, the first day of the Battle of Amiens. During it he entered a German headquarters and recovered top secret battle plans. For this he was awarded the Military Cross. In the 1930’s it was said that his actions had been of the greatest importance to the Allies and he was hailed in the press as “The man who ended the war.” This is his story.
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 2RB Wales
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