Brief History of the West Yorkshire RMPA

Historically, the Royal Military Police and its predecessor, the Corps of Military Police has been one of the Army's smaller units. During the two world wars however, the Military Police was expanded greatly in order to be able to cope with the increased requirements of discipline, crime investigation and traffic control demanded by the increase in size of the Army.

After WW II it was felt that the many men and women who had served in the Corps should have the opportunity to maintain their links with the Corps and former colleagues. As a result, the Royal Military Police Association was formed from former Old Comrades Associations. Between 1945 and 1959 the ranks of the RMPA were swelled by the numerous former National Servicemen who served in the RMP during that period, and who saw action in the many 'Emergencies' and 'Police Actions' such as Korea, Malaya, Cyprus and Suez. Originally, many of the larger towns and cities of the old West Riding of Yorkshire, including Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford had individual Branches of the Association, providing social gatherings, comradeship and welfare facilities to serving and former Military Policemen and women.
Corpral Military Mounted Police c1918
Sergeant Corps of Military Police 1944
In 1943, Italian soldiers surrendering to a Military Police Lance Corporal in Palazzolo

However, due to the gradual ageing of the members leading to declining membership, the former Bradford and Leeds Branches amalgamated in the late 1970's to form the West Yorkshire Branch. Our members range from W.W.II veterans to those who served with the Corps in more recent times in Germany, the Middle East, Cyprus, the Far East, and Northern Ireland.

RMPA West Yorkshire Branch Disclaimer

This web site is compiled and maintained by the West Yorkshire RMPA. It does not reflect the policy or views of the Royal Military Police, Adjutant General Corps, or the Ministry of Defence in any way whatsoever.


Awards for All

Many thanks to Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber, for their advice, assistance and guidance. with out which this web site would not have been possible.

Awards for All


Help for Heros

 

Help for Heros

Gurkha

For many years, Gurkha soldiers have given loyal and dedicated service to the British Crown, and their bravery and sacrifices in time of war are unsurpassed. For these reasons, West Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Military Police Association support the desire of serving and former Gurkha soldiers to be granted residence in Great Britain on completion of their service

Gurkha


Further Information

For further information about the Branch please contact us via e-mail at redcapswy@hotmail.com or by phone on 01274-532306 or 01943-873909