Another Coalville Lad makes good.
John Clamp, son of James Clamp under-manager of the ill-fated no. 5 pit at Whitwick Colliery, was born on 11th. August 1855. He was an older brother of Charles Bradford Clamp who died in the disaster of 1898.
John started his working life at Whitwick Colliery but left this employ in 1878 and enrolled as a police constable in Derby.
He must have shown an early aptitude for the work because after a few years he transferred to the detective department and was rapidly promoted to Detective Inspector.
In 1894 he reached the ran of Superintendent and was in charge of the Derby Borough force. According to his obituary notice in the Derby Telegraph he was highly thought of by the authorities and in the New Year’s Honours list of 1915 he received the King’s Police Medal for long service, “accompanied by very exceptional merit and ability”.
He died in Derby in 1916 at the age of 60.
In 1879 he was involved in a murder case of national notoriety which eventually involved “Questions in the House”.