Former Lanarkshire Chief Superintendent remembered as 'absolute gentleman' following sad passing

Published date11 January 2023
Publication titleDaily Record, The / Sunday Mail: Web Edition Articles (Scotland)
Chief Superintendent James ‘Jim’ Gilmour MBE passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, within University HospitalWishaw

The 88-year-old fromMotherwell had recently taken ill and was admitted to hospital just before Christmas but his condition did not improve.

He is remembered as an "absolute gentleman" who always saw the positive in people, as the Retired Police Officers Association Scotland led tributes this week.

Jim was born at Weem near Aberfeldy in March 1934 and was later educated at three country primary schools and then secondary at Balhouse Boys School in Perth.

He was a hockey player and a boy scout. From the age of 10 years all his spare time was spent helping on the local farms collecting eggs, feeding pigs and carrying milk.

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In 1952, at 18 years of age, Jim was called up for National Service and was conscripted to the Scots Guards.

However, within a five-month period he signed on for six years regular service.

He was rapidly promoted to corporal as fieldcraft and weapon instructor, then to Lance Sergeant in Germany, with a return to Caterham as Full Sergeant Drill Supervisor. Thereafter he completed Royal Duties in London, followed by a year as a Guards Police Sergeant.

By 1954, he had married his wife Jessie and she was able to join him at South Croydon when he returned from his tour in Germany.

Much later on learning that Jessie was pregnant it was decided to give up the army career and their daughter Doreen was born in Perth.

Jim was moved to Glasgow for six months as Recruiting Sergeant to end his six years regular service.

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His experience in the Scots Guards had taught him how to relate to people with different values from himself and also to see the positive in them.

In November 1959, Jim took up a new career with Motherwell and Wishaw Burgh Police under the command of Chief Constable John Murray OBE. The family moved to Muir Street in Motherwell.

On completing his probationary training of 12 weeks on course number one at the Police College Tulliallan he was awarded “The Baton of Honour” and is believed to be the first ever Lanarkshire winner of this award.

By this time daughter Davina had arrived under the care of the well-known Dr Grieve.

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