Eric St Johnston

Sir Thomas Eric St Johnston,[1] CBE, KStJ, QPM, TD (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 II 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]



Ribbon Description Notes
  Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Commander
  • Civil Division
  Order of St John (K.StJ)
  • Knight of Justice
  Knight Bachelor (Kt)
  Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
  1939–1945 Star
  France and Germany Star
  Defence Medal
  War Medal
  Territorial Decoration (TD)
  Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  Croix de Guerre



  1. ^ "Attention!". Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Previous Chief Inspectors". HMICFRS.
  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
  5. ^[dead link]
Police appointments
Preceded by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Archibald Frederick Hordern
Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary
Succeeded by
Preceded by
H Studdy
Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary
Succeeded by
Alec A Muir
Preceded by
Ernest Kennaway Arbuthnot
Chief Constable of Oxfordshire Constabulary
Succeeded by