The headstone is now weatherworn and very few details are discernable but the name stands out clear and proud:
Sacred to the memory of Wm. SOUTHWELL, a native of Louth, Lincolnshire
There is no indication here to show that William was in any way connected with the Police but the burial register shows William to be a Police Constable aged 41, buried on 16 July 1858 in Grave Number 1700
William was not the normal poverty stricken police constable of the time for he smoked a meerschaum pipe and carried a silver watch & chain in his pocket. As he lay dying in the Government Civil Hospital one of his last wishes was that he be respectfully buried and that a stone be erected over his grave.
As I look at the old stone still standing on its hillock after 150 years I think to myself that William would have been pleased with the result.