HM Waterguard

   

A web site dedicated to the memory of the Preventive Service of HM Customs & Excise - covering its History, the Officers and their Work.

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

It would be convenient to take 1671 as the starting point for the Waterguard, being the year in which the first Board of Customs was appointed by the Sovereign. It is apparent that in the latter part of the 17th century, although there were preventive measures at sea and on the coast the Board did not make a distinction between the various arms of the Service. To see the rest of this 'observation' select the 'button' on the right.

 
 

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history network  

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As well as the above pages, the Home Page also contains:

     
         
   
         

        The more I wrote, the more I realized that the Family History page was becoming too large for its original purpose - to record my personal history and written for my children, my grandchildren and their descendents.

        Over the 2006 Christmas period, I re-conceived the page as a web site in its own right. In January 2007 I registered the domain www.hm-waterguard.org.uk and hosted the site initially with 123 Reg.com. In 2010 the site hosting was transferred to JustHost.com which offered a better service.

        A few letters to the editors of The Bond - the newsletter of the Federation of Customs and Excise Retired Members Associations & the Retired Members Society - and Portcullis - the C&E house magazine - announced the new web site, its aims and scope, and soon put me back in touch with ex-colleagues who were more than willing to share their memories, search their lofts and to loan me memorabilia from their own Waterguard days.

 

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From those humble beginnings the word spread and material for the site flooded in . . . . . .

But after this initial success, it soon became obvious that the site was in need of the services of a 'proof reader/editor' who not only had a better command of English spelling, grammar and punctuation than myself, but who also had a Customs preventive background.

Eric Preedy offered his services. Eric joined HMC&E as a Departmental Clerical Officer in 1968, starting preventive work in 1971 on the Irish Land Boundary at Newry then at Luton Airport until 1972 when promotion beckoned to Excise and VAT. For 20 years prior to his early retirement in 2007 he was an Anti-Smuggling Senior Officer at Heathrow Airport. He is interested in the history of HMC&E and knows his way around HMC&E records at the National Archives at Kew. Eric became a very valued 'official researcher' for the site and a regular contributor of ideas, facts and images. The site owes much to his interest and hard work.

        And all the while Terry Pratchett continued to be my favorite author and inspiration!

         

         

        Left 'click' the image to see Sir Terry Pratchett OBE's Wikipedia entry

 

     

        This web site has been constantly updated since its inception. Since February 2008 regular monthly newsletters have both recorded and announced these updates. These newsletters have been included on the site and can be seen by selecting the 'button' on the right.

           

          Trevor John Tomasin

          Revised - January 2014

                                     

 

 

        A list of the Pages and Sub-Pages that make up this site - indents indicate a sub-page - can be seen by selecting the 'button' on the right.

 

 

 

        Many books have been written about HM Customs & Excise over the years. Some are solely about the Waterguard service and some only have chapters about the Waterguard service. You can view the suggested books for further reading by selecting the 'button' on the right

 

 

 

        One way or another, this site attracts queries about HM Customs & Excise in general, the Preventive Waterguard and the Waterguard service, as well as queries about the history, the officers and their work. These queries, from casual browsers, researchers and other organisations, can usually be answered by a further, in depth browsing of the site. However, if you can't find the answer you're looking for, fill out and 'SUBMIT' the C&E Enquiry Form available from the 'button' on the right and we'll try to help you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

        The site offers 'subscriptions' to our associated e-mailing list - HM Waterguard - for discussions with other members of the e-mailing list about the Waterguard and for disseminating notifications from the webmaster, including a bi-monthly 'update' of changes and improvements to the web site and notifications that the latest copy of The BOND or The C&E History Newsletter is available on the web site. More details about subscribing to the e-mailing list are available by selecting the 'button' on the right.

 

 

 

        This site incurs many maintenance costs - annual domain fees, annual web site hosting fees, copyright fees, software purchases and updates, legal charges & fees, post & packing charges etc. If you would like to make a contribution towards these costs by making a donation, you can do so by sending cash or cheque to me, Trevor Tomasin, at Ground Floor Flat, 1 Woodlands Road, Clevedon, Somerset, UK, BS21 7QD, or by electronic transfer to sort code 20-30-47 account 80892289 (please notify trevor.tomasin@hm-waterguard.org.uk how much you have donated by electronic transfer)

 

 

 

        A Directory of Waterguard Sports & Social Clubs - including FOCERRSA, CERSA & Retired Members Sections of Revenue & Customs Sports & Leisure - can be seen by selecting the 'button' on the right.

 

 

 

        A selection of Waterguard Merchandise can be seen by selecting the 'button' on the right.

 

 

 

        Because the Waterguard website is revisited and 'snapshots' taken of it at regular intervals, viewers are able to see how it has evolved over time. The first 'snapshot' was take in April 2009, and 'snapshots' taken of the HM-Waterguard web site to date can be seen by selecting the 'button' on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

        Advice and support to anyone who wishes to create a HMC&E Outdoor Service, Indoor Service or Investigation Division site is available by selecting the 'button' on the right and stating what help you want.

 

 

 

 
 

 
                 

  home  

history  

offices & buildings  

management structures  

pay & conditions  

recruitment  

training  

staffing & promotion  

the people  


the work  

uniforms  

tools & equipment  

 

stationery & stores  

legislation & regulations  

official instructions  

photos & images  

anecdotes  


     search

how to contribute  

site credits  

 

help & FAQs  

recent additions  

customs journals  

the bond  

history network  

links  

                   
 
 

TThe site is best viewed with a wide screen monitor set to a 32 bit colour display and using the Mozzila Firefox web browser, so  Firefox Download Button now!

This site was designed, and is maintained by Trevor Tomasin (ex APO - LAP) and dedicated to fond memories of my ' Waterguard' days.