Eric St Johnston

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Sir Thomas Eric St Johnston,[1] CBE, KStJ, QPM (7 January 1911 – 17 March 1986) was Chief Inspector of Constabulary from 1967 until 1970.[2]

St Johnson was educated at Bromsgrove School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was a friend of the writer Nigel Balchin.[3] He joined the civilian staff of Scotland Yard; and was admitted a barrister at the Middle Temple in 1934. In 1940 he became Chief Constable of Oxfordshire, in 1944 of the Durham Police and in 1950 of the Lancashire Force. A former Colonel in the Royal Artillery TA, during World War Two he was employed at the War Office. He was Director of Administration for Spencer Stuart & Associates from 1971 until 1975. In 1978 he published his autobiography "One Policeman’s Story" [4]


  1. ^ State Library, Victoria, Australia
  2. ^ HMIC Profile
  3. ^ His Own Executioner, Derek Collett
  4. ^ ‘ST JOHNSTON, Sir (Thomas) Eric’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014
Police appointments
Preceded by
Edward Dodd
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
John McKay
Preceded by
Archibald Frederick Hordern
Chief Constable of Lancashire
Succeeded by