William Benjamin Gentle
|Died||September 2, 1948(aged 83)|
|Occupation||High Sheriff of Norfolk|
co-Founder of Greyhound Racing Association
Sir William Benjamin Gentle (September 8, 1865 – September 2, 1948) was known for his work in fighting racecourse crime and was jointly responsible for promoting greyhound racing in the United Kingdom.
He entered the Ordnance Survey in 1882, aged 17. One year later he went to South Africa and served in the Cape Mounted Rifles for three years. When he returned to England in 1887 he joined the Metropolitan Police.
Ten years later he moved to Reading and became Chief Constable of Brighton in 1901. He held the post for 19 years and became well known for his work in combating race course gangs. He was knighted Sir William Gentle for his work in 1916.
During his retirement he worked alongside Brigadier-General Alfred Critchley to form the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA), which introduced greyhound racing to the United Kingdom. He was the first chairman of the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA). He was also chairman of the Belle Vue Zoo in Manchester from 1925 to 1928.
He died in 1948 leaving an estate valued at £460,950.