C. R. Hewitt

London police officer, journalist, editor, and author

1901   -   1994

occupation: writer, journalist, police officer, author

Cecil Rolph ("Bill") Hewitt (1901–1994) was a police officer, journalist, editor, and author. He served with the City of London Police from 1921 to 1946, rising to the level of Chief Inspector. He then left the force and became a journalist, writing on issues such as censorship and capital punishment. Known as C.R. Hewitt he also wrote many books and articles, such as Believe What You Like, under the pen name of C.H. Rolph. As C.H. Rolph he was a founding member of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, of which he served as Chairman in the 1960s. He was on the editorial staff of the New Statesman (1947–1970), where he "acquired an outstanding reputation as one of the foremost commentators in the country on legal and social matters". He also contributed to the Encyclopædia Britannica, Chambers Encyclopedia, Punch, The Week-End Book, The New Law Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Author.
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