John Anniss Mary Ann Anniss Silas Anniss Emiline Anniss Edwin K. Anniss Harry Anniss Ada Anniss Ellen Anniss Alice Anniss Edwin Anniss Hanna Anniss Laticia Anniss Lucy Anniss Susannah Kent William Anniss Arthur Anniss Elizabeth Anniss Mary Baskerville Mini tree diagram

Silas Rendle Anniss

1st Oct 1831 - 1914

Life History

1st Oct 1831

Born in Plympton St Mary.

13th Jul 1851

Married Susannah Kent in Plympton St Mary.


Birth of son Edwin K. Anniss.


Birth of son Harry Anniss in Stonehouse, Devon.


Birth of daughter Ada Anniss in Stonehouse, Devon.


Birth of daughter Ellen Anniss.


Birth of daughter Alice Anniss.


Birth of son Edwin Anniss.


Birth of daughter Hanna Anniss.


Birth of daughter Laticia Anniss.


Birth of daughter Lucy Anniss.

16th Feb 1914

Died in Plympton St Mary.

Silas's signature from the 1911 census


In 1831: Silas Rendle Anniss is baptised in Plympton St Mary.

In the 1851 census: Silas R Anniss, in his early 20's, is unmarried and working as a groom, in the house of John Coad, General Practitioner, who is (I guess) an ancestor of one of the Plymouth Brethren's foremost historians F. R. Coad.

In the 1881 census: age 50, Occupation: Inspector Metropolitan Police (see below)

In the 1901 census, Silas is 68, living in Plympton St Mary, 'Retired From Metropolitan Police'. (see below)

Silas married Susannah Kent, who appears to be his his step-sister.

In the 1851 census, Silas's father, John Anniss (sr), is married to his second wife, Betsy, almost certainly Betsy Kent (a widow, nee Gullett) - a step-daughter, Emily Kent, is listed in his household.

Betsy Kent is the mother of Susannah Kent whom Silas marries in June, 1851. At the time of their marriage, Silas and Susannah share a half-sister (Sarah, 7 yrs old) and a half-brother (John, 4 yrs old) children of his father and her mother.

Chris Forester, a police historian researching a book on the Metropolitan Police in Devonport Dockyard says that:

"Silas Rendle Annis was Inspector of Police in Devonport Dockyard, in charge of the Water Police unit responsible for the application of the Contagious Diseases Acts.  His duties were to regulate Prostitution in the area around the Dockyard.  Apparently he was not a popular man and was feared and detested by many working class women who may have been accused by him of Immoral practices, i.e. Prostitution.  Such was his reputation that people would use his name to warn their children to behave some 20 years after he left the Force."

Chris also believes that he may have been in the Plymouth Brethren sect and wishes to know more of his character and if any pictures of him exist.

Judith Walkowitz (See below) says that: "It would be consistent with his professional demeanor if he were a Plymouth Brethren - it would explain a lot."

Census data:

Some of the family seem to get younger as the years pass!

1841 England Census, Venton Farm, Plympton St Mary
(The spelling is as in the transcript!)

John Annis40FarmerDevon
Silias Annis8Devon
William Annis7Devon
Authur Annis5Devon
Mary Annis15Devon
Emlin Annis11Devon
Elizabeth Annis2Devon

1851 England Census, 99, Yealmbury Cottages

John J Coad39General Practitioner
Susan J Coad36Wife
John F Coad 15;William H Coad 13; James Coad 11; Henry Coad 9; Kate Coad 8;
Leo Coad 6;Elizabeth Coad 5; Mary Coad 3; Arthur Coad 2; Priscilla Coad 1 Mo
Elizabeth Harvey26General Servant
Agness M Luscombe18Child's Maid
Silas R Anniss21Groom

From FreeBMD

Marriage: Sep 1851, Anniss, Silas, Plympton S. M 9 505
Marriage: Sep 1851, Kent, Susannah, Plympton 9 505

In the Worcester Journal 11 December, 1858 (snippet)

"Malvern ... the house quite crest fallen, when Mr. J. called him back and said 'It's all right, a young woman of the name of Emma Anniss, sister to my ostler, found it in the street, and left it with me for whoever might have lost it.' The girl's honesty was ... "

1861 Census, 27, Hobart Street
(There are other families living in the house: Starling, Kent (included here), Pearse, Snell, Harper)

Silas R AnnissHead31Detective, H.M. DockyardPlympton St Mary
Susan AnnissWife29Plympton St Mary
Edwin K AnnissSon8ScholarPlymstock, Devon
Harry AnnissSon5ScholarDevonport, Devon
Ada AnnissDaughter3Stonehouse, Devon
Ellen AnnissDaughter1Stonehouse, Devon
Jane KentWife33Seamans WifeSt Mary, Cornwall
Thomas KentSon2East Stonehouse, Devon
Mary GyreMother59Shoe Makers WifeSt Mary, Cornwall

1871 Census, Octagon, St Andrew, Plymouth

S R AnnissHead M 39 Inspector. Metrp. PoliceDevon
Susan AnnissWife M 39 WifeDevon
Edwin K AnnissSon U 18 ScholarDevon
Harry AnnissSonU 15 ScholarDevon
Ada AnnissDaughterU 13ScholarDevon
Ellen AnnissDaughter U 11 ScholarDevon
Alice AnnissDaughter U 8 ScholarDevon
Wm Arther Bismark AnnissSonU 3 mths Devon

1881 Census, 3, Flora Pl, Plymouth St Andrew

Silas R. AnnissHead50Inspector Metropolitan PoliceDevon, Plympton St Mary
Susan AnnissWife 48Devon, Plympton St Mary
Alice AnnissDaughter19Devon, Stonehouse
Hanna AnnissDaughter9Devon, Plymouth
Latatia AnnissDaughter7Devon, Plymouth
Lucy AnnissDaughter7Devon, Plymouth
Betsey AnnissMother75WidowDevon, Shaugh

1891 Census, Solomons Lodge, Plymstock, Elburton

Silas R. AnnissHead57Living on his own meansDevon
Susan AnnissWife 56Devon
Alice AnnissDaughter27Devon
Hanna AnnissDaughter19Devon
Lucy AnnissDaughter17Devon
Latitia AnnissDaughter15Devon
Betsy AnnissMother85WidowDevon

1901 Census, Retreat, Elburton

Silas R. AnnissHead68Retired from Metropolitan Police
Susan AnnissWife 67Devon, Plympton St Mary
Alice AnnissDaughter38Devon, Stonehouse
Lucy AnnissDaughter27Devon, Plymouth
Laetitia M AnnissDaughter25Devon, Plymouth

1911 Census, The Retreat, Elburton

S. R. AnnissHead78 Retired Chief Inspector Police
S. AnnissWife77Married 58 yrs, 14 children, 8 still alive, 6 died;
Alice AnnissDaughter48Singleb. Plymouth, Devon
Lucy AnnissDaughter36Single b. Plymouth, Devon

From freeBMD

Marriage: Sep 1851, Anniss, Silas, Plympton S. M 9 505
Marriage: Sep 1851, Kent, Susannah, Plympton 9 505

Death: Mar 1914, Anniss, Silas R, 82, Plympton 5b 315



Silas and the Contagious Diseases Acts

In 'Prostitution and Victoria Society (Women, Class and the State)' Judith R. Walkowitz examines the Contagious Diseases Acts and describes Silas as a major, if not the principal, local enforcer of the Acts.

In 1864, 1866, and 1869 Parliament passed three pieces of legislation, the Contagious Diseases Acts, "to control the spread of venereal disease among enlisted men in garrison towns and ports .. Under the acts, a woman could be identified as a 'common prostitute' by a special plainclothes policeman and then subjected to a fortnightly internal examination. If found suffering from gonorrhoea or syphilis, she would be interned in a certified lock hospital .. the definition of common prostitute was vague and consequently the Metropolitan police employed under the accident had broad discretionary powers." While the legislation on one level appeared sensible, and necessary, on another it was seen as a "blatant example of classic and sex discrimination".
The first group who organised opposition to the Acts were all men but very soon women became a driving force. "The participation of middle-class women in the repeal efforts fascinated and shocked many contemporary observers, who regarded this female rebellion as an ominous sign of the times. One troubled member of Parliament was moved to remark to Josephine Butler, the feminist repeal leader, 'we know how to manage any other opposition in the House or in the country but this is very awkward for us - this revolt of the women. It is quite a new thing; what are we to do with such an opposition as this?'"

Plymouth was, as it is now, a major naval base and the 'water police' were responsible for enforcing the Acts. Walkowitz says:
"As servants of power, held in mild contempt by their masters and generally despised by the poor, the 'water police' (as they were called by the poor) occupied a difficult position. .. Some, like Inspector Silas Anniss, played their official part brilliantly. Anniss was a perfect symbol of an emerging state bureaucracy, cold, self-righteous, authoritarian, and efficient in his duties. As a member of the dockyard police, he had distinguished himself in the apprehension of naval deserters, receiving a reward for each man brought in. His talent for espionage and surveillance work seems to have helped him in his new responsibilities.
In his official capacity, Anniss was notably disdainful of women and working people. Yet he was never accused of bribery or official corruption, but of brutal and callous mistreatment. A target of repeal propaganda over a period of sixteen years, he was a clever propagandist himself; for example, he tried to steal repealers' thunder by distributing religious tracts to prostitutes in the examination room.
An ambitious man, Anniss used the Acts to advance his own career. He found a loyal and powerful ally in Thomas Woollcombe, who regularly put him forward as a tireless and disinterested civil servant. In the end, Anniss proved to be an embarrassment for the many Liberal doctors who preferred to look upon the acts as a sanitary rather than a police measure. And he was bitterly resented by local police officials and even some Devonport borough magistrates who regarded him as an arrogant and power-hungry competitor. Few Metropolitan police carried out their duties with the professional aplomb and detachment of Anniss
." (p. 163)

Walkowitz identifies Anniss as "the principal local antagonist of repealers in Plymouth. For repealers and the local poor, he came to represent the 'evil genius' behind the local operation of the acts in Plymouth. As late as 1900, fourteen years after repeal, antiregulationists were still talking about his 'sinister presence'. 'It was there, (Plymouth) that there reigned a petty tyrant, the chief of the spy police, Mr Anniss, whose name may still convey a thrill of horror to those few now living who remember his cruel methods, his mendacity and the credence given to him by the Government and officials at the time'.
However melodramatic their characterisation of Anniss, repealers were none the less accurate in assessing his strategic importance. It was Anniss's statistics concerning registered women that advocates of regulation 'always paraded' as evidence of the social and moral benefits of the Acts. Because of his efficient supervision and because of the kind of cooperation he received from local authorities, Plymouth became the 'model station' of the Contagious Diseases Acts." (p.173)

"The 'water police' made daily visits to known brothels; there they obtained the names of new arrivals and endeavoured to place these women on th register. In many ways, they resembled both an occupying military force billetted on a subject population as well as a general morals police. Inspector Anniss actually lived above the examination house on Flora Street in Plymouth." (p.203)

(All above quotes are from Prostitution and Victoria Society (Women, Class and the State)', Judith R. Walkowitz, 1980)

The following quotes are from "We Are Not Beasts of the Field": Prostitution and the Poor in Plymouth and Southampton under the Contagious Diseases Acts" a paper by Judith R. and Daniel J. Walkowitz in Feminist Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3/4, S pecial Double Issue: Women's History. (Winter - Spring, 1973), pp. 73-106.

"The Metropolitan Police concerned themselves with diseased prostitutes and juveniles. While they had no legal power to enter and search dwellings, until 1877 they did so with impunity. Perhaps their greatest weapon, in the case of the Plymouth area, was their power to inform against governmental employees and naval pensioners who let out rooms to prostitutes. If a pensioner proved uncooperative, his pension could be stopped, dock laborers and artisans could be dismissed, and pubs and beershops harboring diseased prostitutes could be placed 'out of bounds' for the men in service. Since Plymouth and Devonport (exclusive of Stonehouse) numbered 10,618 men, or 34.4 percent of the men over 20, who were in military service or worked in governmental installations, Anniss's power of intimidation was formidable."

"The Metropolitan Police were supposed to be concerned exclusively with seeing that the women appeared for examination, and if diseased, went directly to the hospital. In reality, the ten special police in the Three Towns and the three men stationed in Southampton provided a supplementary force for street control. They knew the women much better than the local police. For example, Inspector Anniss, who directed the Plymouth operations, resided above the examination room at Octagon and Flora Lane, around the corner from Granby and Central Streets (the most notorious Plymouth streets).
The neighborhood must have felt his presence twenty-four hours a day. Previous to 1864, he had distinguished himself in the apprehension of naval deserters, where he received a reward for each man brought in. His bounty-hunter's appetite seems to have carried over to his new responsibilities.
Over the years, the ubiquitous Anniss could be found testifying at affiliation cases, divorce cases, petty-theft trials where a woman's character had to be ascertained, white slavery cases and brothel prosecutions.

"Popular hostility toward the Metropolitan Police was one of the most persistent themes in the records of resistance. Much of the community intervention on behalf of the women had its origin in the intense dislike of interlopers like Inspector Anniss. Anniss was himself twice summoned, once for breaking and entering a woman's room, and once for assaulting a respectable working woman. In the first case, the complainant never proceeded beyond the summons. In the second case, which involved a chapel-going draper's assistant, the court decided it was a case of mistaken identity: someone had impersonated Anniss."
Local newspapers reported that:
"The decision was at first received with slight applause, which however was immediately followed by a violent and emphatic outburst of dissent from all parts of the Court. As the police did not make any effort at once to suppress this ebullition of feeling, in a very short time it increased to a perfect storm of indignation, and the Bench was literally hissed and howled at from all parts of the Court, and particularly from the crowded gallery. Men and women - indeed, the women seemed ten times more fierce than the men - stamped their feet, shook their fists and fairly grinned at the magistrates, and the Court ultimately broke up in confusion. Such a scene was never before seen or heard of in Plymouth Police Court, and it was surprising that no arrests were ordered. The excitement and disapproval soon spread to the vast mob outside, and on Anniss leaving the Court he was set upon by an excited crowd, and hissed and hooted at with all kinds of execrations and threats and even pelted with missiles"

Some References from "We Are Not Beasts of the Field"

Inspector Anniss's testimony before the Royal Commission of 1871, P.P., 1871 (c. 408-1). XIX: Minutes of Evidence, Q. 661,662.
Inspector Anniss's testimony before the 1882 Select Committee, P.P., 1882 (340): IX, Minutes of Evidence, Q. 3898-3900.

References from the pages in "Prostitution and Victoria Society" where Silas is mentioned:

P.159: Public Records Office, Home Office papers, H.O 45/9 April 1870;
The Shield, 14 Oct. 1870, 4 Nov. 1871; PP, 1882,IX, Q.54 pp.481-3.
P.163:Public Records Office, Metropolitan Dockyard Correspondence, Mepol. 1/58, 25 Jan. 1860.
'Religion in the Examination Room,' The Shield, 17 Jan. 1874.
Public Records Office, Mepol. 1/58, 1867.
P.171:The Shield, 8 Aug. 1870; Western Daily Mercury, 29 July 1870, 3 Aug. 1870
P.173/4:The Shield, August 1900.
P.178:'An Exposure of the False Statistics of the Contagious Diseases Acts' (London, 1871)
P.181:'Illegal Detention of a Woman at the Royal Albert Hospital, Devonport', in Abolitionist Flysheets, Butler Collection.
P.185:'NA Minutes' 2 (10 Nov 1873), no 1012; 2 (24 Nov 1873), no 1032, Butler Collection.
P.187:William Sloggett, Public Records Office, Adm. 1/6253, 17 June 1872.
P.203:Western Daily Mercury, 19 December 1871, 25 March 1872, 21 August 1872, 28 February 1874;
Western Morning News, 4 May 1874.
P.206:Devonport Independent and Stonehouse Gazette, 7 Oct, 14 Oct 1876.
P.209:Public Records Office Adm. 1/6428 30 Oct. 1873; The Shield, 20 Sept. 1873.
P.220:Thomas Woollcombe, Public Records Office Adm. 1/6122 16 Jan. 1869.
P.225: Note in 1883 Admiralty index: "Inspector of Devonport Police Recommends Anniss for Promotion - approved - afterwards cancelled." Public Records Office, IND. 18 332.
P.226:Western Morning News, "Escape of Hospital Patients" May 1883.
P.240/241:Josephine Butler to Joseph Edmonton, 30 Oct 1882, Butler Collection.

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The attempted murder of Inspector Annis at Plymouth (Royal Cornwall Gazette, July 28, 1865)

Suicide of the Prisoner

"The charge of attempted murder against Edward Bunter, particulars of which are given in our 7th page, has come to an unlooked for, abrupt, and tragic termination by the suicide of the prisoner.

On Tuesday Messrs C . Trotter and R. M. Watson, county magistrates, having heard a few minor cases at the police court, St. George's Hall, Stonehouse, called the name of Edward Bunter who was to be charged before them with attempting to murder Silas Rendle Annis, Inspector of Metropolitan Police. On the name being called PC Northcote left the court for the purpose of fitting the prisoner but in a few minutes returned and having spoken to Mr superintendent Ross the latter left with him.

Mr Ross soon came back and communicated with the magistrates, who then followed him accompanied by the clerk (Mr R. R. Rodd) the solicitors for the prosecution (Mr W. Eastlake) and for the defence (Mr T. C. Brian) and the representatives of the press to the cell in which the prisoner had been confined. It appears that on PC Northcott entering the cell in the first instance he found the prisoner lying on his side on the bed bleeding profusely from the throat and arms. The common earthenware basin in which his breakfast had been supplied to him was on the floor of the cell and a piece which had been broken from it was lying covered with blood by the wretched man’s side.

When the magistrates - one of whom, Mr Watson, is a surgeon - arrived Bunter was breathing heavily, and it was discovered that he had severed the main arteries of both arms and the windpipe, the gash in the throat having a fearful appearance. Further medical assistance was sent for and Mr Maloy, surgeon of the Royal Naval Hospital, who was to have been a witness against Bunter and who was consequently on the spot, and Mr H. Parry, surgeon of the Stonehouse Workhouse arrived.

The prisoner's neck and arms were bound up, the arms being tied together over the breast, water was applied to the face, and the prisoner was removed as quickly as possible to the prison courtyard where he was laid on a stretcher. He several times struggled to loosen his hands and to get off the stretcher, but was unsuccessful. In a short time he was removed to the infirmary of the Stonehouse Workhouse where a policeman was placed to watch him. He died about one o’clock, half an hour after he had arrived at the Workhouse.

The case not having become one of murder, no one was stationed constantly with the deceased, as is customary in capital cases, but a policeman was appointed to visit him every quarter of an hour, and every reasonable precaution was taken against his committing suicide. He was denied the use of stockings and handkerchiefs and it has transpired that when in conversation with his advocate Mr Brian, deceased asked if he could not have his stockings as his feet were cold. Mr Brown said he could not. Bunter then asked the reason for the deprivation and Mr Brown told him that they were afraid he would attempt to destroy himself. They then fell into a conversation in which Bunter promised his solicitor that he would not lift his hand against his own life.

Deceased was a very powerful and very excitable man. Thirty years ago he was connected with smugglers, and since then he has been, it is stated, a prizefighter. He was now 60 years of age, and a large dealer in marine stores. He had remarkably powerful muscles and was altogether a very fine, well-built man possessing great determination, as evinced in the recent occurrences with which his name is connected.

Inspector Annis is progressing favourably."

Snippets from newspapers

" Yarmouth ... raged over this town, the electric fluid descended the chimney of house at Shadwell, occupied by a man and his wife, named Anniss, and struck the woman upon her side, burning the clotbes on that side as also one of her boots, and scorching her body. Her cries ..."
[14 August 1852 - Norfolk News ]

"Totnes Sessions, July 6 ... John McCoonvill was summoned by P.C. Anniss, for hawking goods without a license. McCoonvill pleaded guilty but stated in his defence that, he was the maker of the goods "
[11 July 1857 - Western Times - Exeter, Devon]

"Election of ?? ... and they therefore called upon the Poor Law Board to reconsider their former decision, and confirm the appointment of Mr. Anniss. Mr. Oram seconded the resolution. After few remarks from Mr. R. Randle, ..."
[03 November 1860 - Western Morning News - Plymouth]

"Devonport Guildhall ... Gilmour, a seaman board H.M.S. Sanspareil, was charged with smuggling a quantity of tobacco stems to evade the duty. Sergeant Anniss, the detective police of Her Majesty’s dockyard, stated that be was on duty on Thursday evening, about half-past five o’clock. ... "
[09 November 1861 - Western Morning News - Plymouth]

"A Murderous Attack at Devonport by a Girl 15 Years of Age ...Medical aid was sought for but it was some time before it could be procured, the meantime the neighbours what they could [for] Mr. Anniss. A surgeon, St. Aubynstreet was eventually applied to, and attended the sufferer, and drest the wound, ultimately leaving him ... "
[24 August 1861 - Wells Journal - Wells, Somerset]

"quantity of the gunpowder was in Mr. May’s store within his premises [at] Mill Bridge, and as Mr. May was about to lock the door, Anniss attempted to do so instead, when ..., warned Mr. May to desist, ..."
[23 October 1861 - Western Morning News - Plymouth, Devon]

" .. Bladder in Stonehonse Lane. Thompson was there with three casks, and Anniss asked him what he had there. Prisoner replied with some foul language and commenced unloading the casks. Anniss asked what the casks contained, to which the prisoner answered, You ..."
[10 July 1861 - Western Morning News - Plymouth, Devon]

" told that the nails were marked with the broad arrow ... I afterwards took them [to] Detective Silas Anniss, of the Metropolitan Police, at Devonport Dockyard. Silas Anniss, on being sworn, said : 'I received some metal nails from the last witness yesterday morning ...'"
[28 June 1862 - Western Daily Mercury. - Plymouth, Devon]

" Charge of Unlawful possession of Government Stores ... police (Detectives Anniss and Brown) received. Serjeant Silas Anniss went to the prisoner and told him that he had suspicion that certain Government stores were in his possession, and were, in fact, in the prisoner's house. Anniss then took the prisoner... "
[06 September 1862 - Hampshire Advertiser - Southampton, Hampshire]

"... and the article stolen that makes it somewhat peculiar and mysterious. A few days ago information was communicated to Inspector Anniss, of the Metropolitan Police, Dockyard, that several new sheets of copper bad been seen in Plymouth, and be at once instituted ... "
[04 September 1863 - Western Daily Mercury. - Plymouth, Devon]

"Murderous Attack upon a Police Inspector — On Saturday, Inspector Anniss, accompanied by some detectives, visited a marine store at Plymouth, kept by a man named Bunter, who was suspected of improperly ... "
[29 July 1865 - Leeds Times - Leeds, Yorkshire]

"The Plymouth Tragedy ... smiling and twisting his tail — and wrote it down in his day-book as a capital stroke of business. Meanwhile the eye of detective Anniss was upon him and his copper. The Officers called upon the small merchant - a visit of curiosity, not compliment, for, Bunter ... "
[07 August 1865 - Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser - Cirencester]

"The man Bunker, who stabbed Inspector Anniss, died to-day of the wounds he inflicted on himself. Anniss is still alive. "
[27 July 1865 - Stirling Observer - Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland.]

"The Shocking Outrage at Plymouth on an inspector of the Metropolitan police, doing duty in Devonport Dockyard. The inspector, Silas Anniss, had risen from the ranks of the police force through his abilities as a detective, and being somewhat zealous to maintain ... "
[25 July 1865 - Dundee Courier - Dundee, Angus, Scotland]

"The Ports ... copper, and some other trivial items of old Government stores. These they seized, and were about leaving the premises, when Anniss went back, and asked to see a metal book that these dealers are obliged to keep. The book was handed to hum, and while he ... "
[29 July 1865 - Hyde & Glossop Weekly News, and North Cheshire Herald - Hyde, Cheshire]

"Shocking Murder at Plymouth... man's body. Anniss drew out the piece, made an alarm, and fell on the floor. He was immediately taken up and conveyed to the Royal Naval Hospital, where he died next day. The prisoner had, it was rumoured, before threatened that if Anniss visited him ... "
[29 July 1865 - Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser - Paisley, Renfrewshire]

"Shocking Outrage at Plymouth ... threatened that if Anniss visited him again he would do for him, 'and at the bedside all the contrition that could be drawn from him,' was the observation, in reference to Anniss, that 'he hoped he would recover to repent.' Anniss has a wife and four ... "
[29 July 1865 - Usk Observer - Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales]

" The marine store dealer, who stabbed Detective Anniss, has made desperate and successful attempt to commit anicide. Anniss is still in a very precarious state. In consequence of the prevalence of contagions disorders .... "
[27 July 1865 - Greenock Advertiser - Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland]

" ... broad arrow on it ... perfectly clear, and the keen shopman must give marine-store dealing a little to deal with justice. Anniss, however, wanted to know somewhat more, and asked for the account books. Bunter handed them over; but, being by this time .... "
[05 August 1865 - Kentish Chronicle - Canterbury, Kent]

" ... that time the woman had gone on quietly, but she now resisted, and the defendant was taken in charge by order of Inspector Anniss. The magistrates considered the case proved, and, referring to their decision in the case of Mrs. King, who was fined .... "
[17 October 1870 - Leeds Mercury - Leeds, Yorkshire]

"The Contagious Diseases Acts. .... are realised by increased trade in this immoral practice. (Loud cheers.) If, as some people say, these Acts are good; if, as Anniss attempted to make the Royal Commissioners believe, they are productive of such a vast amount of good, how is it, we may ask .... "
[23 August 1871 - Birmingham Daily Post - Birmingham, Warwickshire]

" Henry Anniss, captain's coxswain, on board the Narcissus, said was quarter-master at the con when the Narcissus was brought to the wind on the starboard tack shortly after eight o’clock on the evening of the 10th of May. The vessel when .... "
[18 July 1874 - Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service - London]

"The MPs for Plymouth. ...number of contagious things which had not known and which could not believe. Where did they get that information? Why, Inspector Anniss and bis chief superintendent, Wakelord, must have furnished it. .... "
[20 January 1875 - Western Morning News - Plymouth, Devon]

"Bourn Petty Sessions. ... and saw what followed. - Sergeant ... stated that in company with Anniss he went into the Wheat Sheaf Inn, in Beaton, on the same evening, lad saw the man Travis, who, when charged with the offence by Anniss, admitted it, and said he would stab him, and essayed to .... "
[17 April 1875 - Grantham Journal - Grantham, Lincolnshire]

"The charge against a Police Inspector at Plymouth. The charge against Inspector Anniss, the chief of the police engaged in carrying out the Contagious Diseases Act, in Plymouth, of assaulting a respectable female when in he execution of his duty,was resumed .... "
[14 October 1876 - Cardiff Times - Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales]

"Extraordinary Charge of Assault. ... of July last, .., she jwas, just after leaving ??, to whom she was engaged to be married, accosted by Inspector Anniss, who asked her indecent questions, detained her, threatened to imprison her, and followed her for a long distance, and forced .... "
[14 October 1876 - East & South Devon Advertiser. - Newton Abbot, Devon, England]

" The charge against Police Inspector Anniss, of this town, of assaulting a respectable young woman, was resumed before the Plymouth bench. An alibi was established on behalf of the defendant. Many witnesses, including a magistrate for Devonshire .... "
[18 October 1876 - Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Taunton, Somerset]

"... two or three meetings, at one of which Mr. Stansfeld presided, and announced their intention of prosecuting Inspector Anniss, the chief local official entrusted with carrying out the acts. They charged him with assaulting a young woman and .... "
[12 October 1876 - Liverpool Mercury - Liverpool, Lancashire]

" The Contagious Diseases Acts - The Charge against a Police Inspector. - The charge against Inspector Anniss, chief of the Metropolitan Police carrying out the Contagious Diseases Act in Plymoath, of assaulting a respectable female .... "
[14 October 1876 - Morpeth Herald - Morpeth, Northumberland]

".. reports now before me, and from these I gather that Inspector Anniss was not near the place named on the day in question. It is quite evident to me that some person must have personated Inspector Anniss (probably an agent of the Contagious Diseases Acts Repeal ... "
[11 August 1876 - Morning Post - London]

" A Local Divorce Case .. and during one of them the respondent was confined, but the petitioner forgave her and took her back. Mr. Silas Rendle Anniss stated that he was the inspector under the Contagious Diseases Acts at Plymouth. He knew the respondent as being at a house ... "
[15 June 1877 - Nottinghamshire Guardian - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire]

"... except Inspector Anniss, the Plymouth district, and having been accused by the Society for the Repeal the C.D. Acts with assaulting a girl, the magistrates investigated the charge for two days, and it having been clearly proved that Mr. Anniss was not ... "
[16 July 1877 - Western Morning News - Plymouth, Devon]

"discharged their duties to his entire satisfaction, and that no complaint had been made against any them except Inspector Anniss in the Plymouth district, and he having been by the Society for the Repeal Diseases Acts with assaulting a girl, the magistrates.. "
[16 July 1877 - Shields Daily Gazette - South Shields, Durham]

"The Grand Jury. ... defence, and corroborated Anniss’s evidence. Cross-examined : 'I did not sec him hit the prisoner, but I have doubt he did so'. (The witness’s description of the manner in which prisoner was carrying the scythe also tallied with Anniss's.) "
[09 January 1886 - Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Hertford, Hertfordshire]

"Entertainment at Budleigh Salterton . ' ... Hopkins,' by Miss Baker and Mr H Anniss, was well rendered. ... Mrs Cook sang 'The nightingale trill,' and T Anniss, 'The Powder Monkey,' "
[31 January 1891 - Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Exeter, Devon]

"Silas Rendle Anniss, of Solomon’s Lodge, Elburton, was at Petty Sessions yesterday charged Plympton St. Mary Rural Sanitary Authority with permitting ... "
[18 July 1893 - Western Morning News - Plymouth, Devon]

"Truro, Cornwall - Sold or Let. Small House, with good garden; four rooms.—Apply S. R. Anniss. Solomon’s Lodge, Elburton, Plymstock. "
[26 April 1895 - Western Daily Mercury. - Plymouth, Devon]

" ... clerk, named Anniss, of Romford, claimed damages for false imprisonment from another G.E.R. clerk, named Thane. The latter’s house was broken into last June, and two women told him they saw Anniss entering on the night of the robbery. Anniss was arrested ... "
[12 October 1901 - Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette - London]

" Boating Disaster at Brightlingsea ... boat by man named Anniss, who was assisted by a bricklayer named Locke, when one of the occupants stood up, and the small craft capsised. The cries for assistance were heard on board a yacht close by, boats were lowered, and Anniss and one of the men ... "
[15 August 1903 - Grantham Journal - Grantham, Lincolnshire]

" Ferry Boat Capsized. .... at once ordered all his boats out. He himself cruised in a motor launch near the spot, and succeeded in picking Anniss and Jamieson. Anniss that when boat mid-channel one of the firemen stood and caused it to upset. ... "
[10 August 1903 - Dundee Courier - Dundee, Angus, Scotland]

" The Brightlingsea Disaster ... another, until they had had seven and a half pints of beer each. They were all jolly, and singing and dancing on the Hard. Anniss borrowed boat for them, and they set out with eleven passengers. Two thole pins broke, and the menn changed seats ... "
[2 August 1903 - London Evening Standard - London]

" ... runs high against the prisoners, for Mr. Anniss was extremely popular, and the ill feeling between Captain Heins and the murdered man was well known, the balance of yachting opinion being on the side of Mr. Anniss. An examination of the body at the Flushing ... "
[18 August 1908 - Staffordshire Sentinel - Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire]

"... presentation of a silver salver was then made by the Chairman to Mr. H. Anniss, the salver. which was suitably inscribed ... given by members on the occasion of Mr. Anniss' retirement from active membership. The Chairman referred to the splendid ... "
[21 August 1915 - Ealing Gazette and West Middlesex Observer - London]

"The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. R. Anniss, son and daughter-in-law; Mr. H. Anniss, son; Mr. and Mrs. G. Anniss, son and daughter-inlaw; Mr. and Mrs. Reg Anniss, son and daughter-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. Grunt, sonin-law and daughter; ... "
[24 June 1932 - Western Times - Exeter, Devon]