Harry Saul Stables

Rank:Policeman - Detective Inspector
How Died:Murdered (Manslaughter)
Incident Date:20/03/1941
Incident Address.58 Whitworth Road, Rochdale
Died Address:Rochdale Infirmary
Cemetery or Memorial:Not Known
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 10th February 1898, the birth being
registered during the March quarter 1898 in the
Haslingden R.D. - ref: 8e/119, the son of John
Henry & Jessie Esther Stables (nee Saul).

1901 Census - 7 Rose Street, Bacup, Haslingden,
Lancashire.   Son - aged: 3 - born: Stacksteads,
Lancashire.    Head of household - John H. Stables
- Married - aged: 30 - occ: Corporation Police
Constable - born: Kendal, Westmorland.   Also -
Jessie E. Stables - Wife - aged: 32 - born:
Witherslack, Westmorland.   Plus 1 younger

His mother - Jessie Esther Stables died in 1907,
aged: 38.   His father then married Cornelia
McNulty during the September quarter 1909 in the
Haslingdon R.D. - ref: 8e/302.

1911 Census - 1 Moss Row, Stacksteads, Bacup,
Lancashire.   Son - aged: 13 - occ: Woolen Packer
- born: Stacksteads, Lancashire.   Head of
household - Fanny McNulty - Widow - aged: 60 -
born: Rochdale.   Also his parents - John Henry
Stables - Son-in-Law - Married - aged: 37 - occ:
Police Constable - born: Kendal, Wstmorland.   
Cornelia Stables - Daughter - aged: 32 - born:
Stacksteads, Lancashire.   Plus 2 maternal

Married Lizzie Roberts during the June quarter
1924 in the Rochdale R.D. - ref: 8e/60.

1939 National Registration - 38 Dewhurst Road,
Rochdale.   Harry S. Stables - Married - born on
the 10th February 1898 - occ: Detective Inspector.
  Lizzie Stables - Married - born on the 5th
September 1896 - occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.  
Stanley Stables - Single - born on the 29th May
1926 - At School.   Ronald Stables - Single - born
on the 17th May 1929 - At School.

At the time of his death, he was residing with his
wife and two sons at 38 Dewhurst Road, Rochdale.

After war service with the Royal Navy, he joined
the Rochdale Borough Police Force on the 18th
October 1919.    He was transferred to the
Detective Branch in January 1921 and promoted to
the rank of Detective Sergeant in July 1933.   In
July 1933 he was made a Detective Inspector.

There had been a report of an explosion in the
shop premises at 58 Whitworth Street, Rochdale in
the occupation of William Bury   D.I. Stables and
his colleague - Detective Sergeant Thomas William
Dale were carrying out a search warrant of the
premises when an explosion took place, instantly
killing D.S. Dale.   D.I. Stables survived long
enough for him to be conveyed to hospital where he
died the next day.   A Detective Constable Seade
was injured in the explosion with a broken arm and
various other wounds.   The occupier - William
Bury was also injured with facial wounds.  
Raymond Howarth Bury, aged: 18 of 31 Ventnor
Street was charged with breaking and entering a
warehouse in Hudson Street on the 16th November
and stealing a sub-machine gun, 1,200 rounds of
ammunition and 12 hand grenades.  Raymond Bury had
hidden the munitions in a box in his cellar.  The
lid of the box had been booby trapped to explode
on opening the lid.   As D.S. Dale opened the lid
the munitions exploded killing him instantly and
Harry died of his injuries the following day.

A plea of Manslaughter was accepted by the Court
and Raymond Howarth Bury was sentenced to seven
years penal servitude for the offence.


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