Death of Thomas Lumsden MBE

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A well-known figure in Angus and Tayside policing circles has passed away at home in Arbroath.

Chief Superintendent Thomas Lumsden MBE, former Tayside Police Depute Chief Constable and Angus Divisional Commander, died last week, he was 91.

Mr Lumsden was born into a family of five brothers and one sister in Workington, Cumbria, and attended Cockermouth Grammar School where he was a keen sportsman and played rugby union for the North of England.

He went on to serve in the Royal Air Force for five years and was a recruit centre inspector in small arms, based in Blackpool, Great Yarmouth.

Mr Lumsden was later transferred to Arbroath where he met his beloved wife Flo, who worked in the NAAFI, and they were married in 1944.

A year after the war ended Mr Lumsden joined the Angus Constabulary as it was known then and served in Carnoustie.

Then in 1950 he was transferred to headquarters in Forfar to take over clerical and administrative duties.

Promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 1954 saw him take responsibility for recruiting and training.

Mr Lumsden was then promoted to Inspector in 1958 and in 1964 became a Superintendent and Depute Chief Constable.

He was later made Chief Superintendent and was awarded the MBE in 1969.

Mr Lumsden is survived by his daughter, Kathleen, and her husband, Paul, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.