MILITARY FIELD POLICE (FSP) WING
THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE 1937 TO 1940
Field Security became the responsibility of the Corps of Military Police in 1937. Courses were held at the CMP Depot at Mytchett, Surrey under Capt S C Davies, MC. The personnel were all members of the CMP and were organised into sections, each consisting of 1 Captain, 1 CSM, 2 Sgt’s, 4 Cpl’s and 6 L/Cpl’s, totalling 14 all ranks.
(There is a story that the FSP were snobs and did not want to be part of the CMP and rubbed off the name ‘Military Police’ on the scroll at the bottom of their cap badge so that it was blank. This snobbery still exists as, if you read the history of the Intelligence Corps on the MOD web site there is no mention of the Field Security Wing, CMP.
The FSP wore a green cap cover on their service dress caps, this was also worn by the Port Sections of the Military Foot Police in World War One. On the shoulder straps they wore the brass letters F.S.P and also a khaki slip-on title with the black letters F.S.P. Their armband was the black letters FSP on a dark green band. There was also a white on khaki trade badge with F.S in a wreath).
Plans for mobilisation were drawn up in 1938 and were centred on Tournai Barracks, Aldershot. The total thought necessary for the BEF was 46 Officers and 90 Other Ranks. The follow up phase would require 14 Officers and 25 Other Ranks, and the BEF cover would eventually consist of:- Each of 1st and 2nd Corps would have an HQ Section, 1 GHQ Section, 5 Infantry Division Sections, and 1 Cavalry Section. Mobilisation was handled by Capt H M Broadbent, South Staffordshire Regiment; mobilisation saw the officers sent to Smedley’s Hydro, in Matlock, Derbyshire for their training and other ranks were trained at the CMP Depot, Mychett. Mobilisation commenced on 1st September 1939 and the Field Security Training Wing came into being.
An early recruit was the author and broadcaster Malcolm Muggeridge, who recorded that his progression from recruit to Sergeant within a short space of time outraged the longer serving Redcaps. On the 2nd May 1940 the FS wing moved to Sheerness and later to Winchester, but remained part of the CMP.
By December 1940 77 FS detachments had been trained by CMP, and in that month all CMP personnel in the Green Caps (Field Security Police) were transferred to the recently authorised Intelligence Corps, and were renamed Field Security Personnel. At the same time HQ Intelligence Corps was formed at Oriel College, Oxford and was operational by the end of December, 1940. The raising of the Intelligence Corps was approved on 19th July 1940 and notified in Army Order 112 of July 1940. ACI 120/40 gave effect to the order, but the Corps did not begin to operate until the end of the year. CMP were then transferred into retrospect to 19th July 1940 the formation date.
(Above information from Maj RAJ Tyler, MBE card index).
LIST OF INTELLIGENCE CORPS CASUALTIES WITH CMP NUMBERS
WHO DIED DURING WWII
7688773 L/CPL J P ALLEN, 24 FIELD SECURITY SECTION, DIED 10/01/1942, BURIED HOYLAKE CEMETERY.
7686391 SGT M L ARMITAGE, DIED 10/1/1942, BURIED BONE WAR CEMETERY.
7687566 L/CPL V BARBER, DIED 8/7/1941, BURIED BLETCHLEY CEMETERY.
7685550 L/CPL F J BERRY, DIED 4/4/1941. BURIED BRISTOL (CANFORD) CEMETERY.
7686313 PTE W Y BROWN, DIED 7/8/1940. DROWNED (LOST ON SS MOHAMED ALI EL KEBIR, SUNK BY U38, SUNK OFF MALIN HEAD ON WAY TO GIBRALTAR.
7685753 SGT S A CLARKE, DIED 26/10/1943, BURIED HESSENFORD (ST. ANNE) CHURCHYARD.
7686000 SGT R T B COLMORE, 18 FIELD SECURITY SECTION, DIED 27/8/1941, BURIED STUDHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD.
7685577 SGT S COTTON, DIED 8/2/1941, BURIED PLYMOUTH (WESTON MILL) CEMETERY.
7686269 WOII (CSM) W D ELLIS, MM, (London Gazette 30188, page 7278, 18/7/1917, Bdr, Royal Garrison Artillery, No. 292435), DIED 8/5/1941, BURIED LLANGERNYW PUBLIC CEMETERY.
7687296 WOII (CSM) J HAINSWORTH, 68 FIELD SECURITY SECTION, DIED 6/6/1944, BURIED SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, ITALY.
7687753 L/CPL R V HULSMAN, DIED 18/9/1940, BURIED BATH (HAYCOMBE) CEMETERY.
7689472 L/CPL R D LIDDLE, 135 FIELD SECURITY SECTION, DIED 18/11/1940, BURIED STIRLING (SNOWDON) CEMETERY AND DIED AT SEA.
7685587 SGT E MILES, DIED 19/7/1943, BURIED BARRY (MERTHYR DYFAN) BURIAL GROUND.
7687379 L/CPL G K NIELD, DIED 4/1/1941, BURIED OLDHAM (HOLLINWOOD) CEMETERY.
7689646 SGT J B NUNN, 15 FIELD SECURITY SECTION, DIED 13/8/1945, BURIED KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY.
768567 WOII (CSM) M RAY, DIED 31/8/1940, BURIED LIVERPOOL (WEST DERBY) CEMETERY.
7689829 WOII (CSM) E L REE, DIED 21/11/1943, BURIED DELY IBRAHIM WAR CEMETERY.
7686315 L/CPL J SALOMON, DIED 16/9/1940, BURIED NEWMARKET CEMETERY.
7685788 SGT L G SCRIVENER, DIED 10/3/1945, BURIED SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY.
7685779 L/CPL J J A SIDNEY, DIED 7/8/1940, LOST ON SS MOHAMED ALI EL KEBIR WHICH WAS SUNK BY THE U38 OFF MALIN HEAD ON ITS WAY TO GIBRALTAR. DIED AT SEA, BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL.
7687221 CPL G G C SIM, DIED 21/7/1944, BURIED BROUAY WAR CEMETERY.
7687942 L/CPL C SPEAR, DIED 8/2/1942, BURIED KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY.
7685648 CPL H SPEIR, DIED 30/45/1944, BURIED FALMOUTH CEMETERY.
7689363 SGT G A WOODHOUSE, DIED 19/7/1944, BURIED ST MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX.
HONOURS & AWARDS TO THE
CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE, FIELD SECURITY POLICE
WITH THE BEF, FRANCE, 1940
126832 Lt W I BRINKWORTH, CMP/FSP, MEMBER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
7686191 SGT S NASH, CMP/FSP, DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL.
7686218 SGT A B CORBETT CMP/FSP, DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL.
6970895 L/CPL J F KINGSCOTE, CMP/FSP, MILITARY MEDAL.
7685715 L/CPL D H CRANE, CMP/FSP, MILITARY MEDAL.
130593 SGT E L JOUALT, CMP/FSP, MILITARY MEDAL.
409069 SGT D M E MACGILLYCUDDY, CMP/FSP, MILITARY MEDAL.
7686205 L/CPL W B MCGEE, CMP/FSP, MILITARY MEDAL
(Type in regimental numbers on box on front page of this site to see more information).
EXAMPLES OF THE FIELD SECURITY WING ARMBAND
& THE LOWER FS (FIELD SECURITY) WHICH IS PROBABLY LATER