Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Herbert Hards Sanders was born on May 5th 1873 at Dover, Kent, where his father, Mr Thomas Osborn Sanders was a Police Superintendent and later Chief Constable for over 30 years.  He was baptised at the Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Dover, on May 18th 1873.

Mr Sanders joined the Metropolitan Police in London as a Constable and rose to become a Divisional Detective-Inspector at Scotland Yard.  He was appointed Chief Constable of the Borough of Plymouth Police Force on Wednesday February 14th 1917 and started his duties on April 1st 1917.

During his time at Plymouth Mr Sanders founded the Plymouth Police Widow and Orphans Fund.  He was described as a strict disciplinarian and enthusiastic sportsman who did his best to promote recreation within the Force.

He resigned his position at the end of September 1929 and left Plymouth largely due to the poor health of his wife.  The Watch Committee gave permission for Mr Sanders to retain his uniform sword as a souvenir of his service in the Borough.  He was succeeded as Chief Constable by Mr Archibald Kennedy Wilson.

Mr Herbert Hards Sanders died at Hove, Sussex, on Thursday July 17th 1941 at the age of 68 years. He was survived by his widow and also two sons and a daughter.  The funeral took place on Saturday July 19th 1941.