Posts Tagged ‘Police’

The Painter Family

September 5, 2011

We have looked, before, on these pages at the sadly short reign of Sergeant Hillier as the police officer in Market Lavington. (click here)

Today, we take a brief look at Sergeant Painter who was resident officer at Market Lavington during much of World War II from 1941 to 1946. And particularly of his son, Howard.

Howard is seen here as a choir boy in 1941 – at St Mary’s, Market Lavington.

Howard Painter, Market Lavington choir boy in 1941

A bit of research reveals that Howard was born in the summer of 1927 and the birth was registered in the Devizes district. His mother’s maiden name was Baker.

Delving a little further we find that Walter H Painter married Louisa F I Baker during the summer of 1926 in the Swindon district.

Walter and Louisa had a daughter, Mary, in 1930.

Our second photo was taken about three years after the first and shows the family in 1944. Louisa and Sergeant Walter Painter are seated whilst their children, Howard and Mary stand behind.

The Painter Family at Market Lavington. Parents Louisa and Walter are seated with their children Howard and Mary behind.

We think Howard married in 1951, in the Marlborough area.

He gave these photos to the museum in 2007.

We’d love to know more about the Painters.

Perhaps Howard might read this and get in touch on

Police Sergeant Arthur Hillier, Market Lavington

February 10, 2010

Many people contact the curator about aspects of the past in Market Lavington and Easterton. One such, recently, sought information about Police Sergeant Hillier. This person, a relative of the former officer, had heard that Sgt Hillier was killed in the course of arresting a criminal. We do not hold records of every resident of the village, but in this case we had been given some information and a photo of the policemen, albeit in his younger days. We were able to tell the person requesting information that the sergeant died from natural causes.

Arthur Hillier was actually from Highworth in North Wiltshire but it was the City of Salisbury Constabulary that he joined in 1895 and our photo of Arthur dates from that time.

Arthur Hillier as a City of Salisbury PC – circa 1895

In 1897, Arthur transferred to the Wiltshire Police Force and was stationed at various locations around the county until being posted to Market Lavington at the start of 1915. He had been promoted to Sergeant in 1911.

Arthur Hillier’s stay in Market Lavington was to be a short one. The news cutting below was from the Wiltshire Gazette for 8th April 1915.

From the Wiltshire Gazette – April 1st 1915

The following issue of the same paper reported at length on Sergeant Hillier’s ‘imposing’ funeral which took place at St Mary’s Church, Market Lavington.