THE TRAGIC LIFE OF PC ERNEST THOMPSON
PC Ernest Thompson joined the Metropolitan Police in November 1890, at just twenty-two years old.
On 13 February 1891, having completed his three months' training, he was out on his first solo beat and walking along Chamber Street in Whitechapel when he heard the footsteps of a man walking away.
As he turned into Swallow Gardens, a narrow alleyway running through a railway arch, he saw the body of Frances Coles.
Her death was the final entry in the Met's official Whitechapel murders file, which includes all the hideous deeds committed by 'Jack the Ripper'.
Just nine years later PC Thompson would lose his own life following a disturbance at a coffee stall while again out on the beat.
This PDF document presents the story of Ernest Thompson's life and career, and the sad fate which befell him.
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