Is this the Albert Canning of Scotland Yard fame?

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I've been researching characters in a book about the Duke & Duchess of Windsor and came across Albert Canning.  To my surprise, I find very little about him in my research.  I would just like to get the basics, like his DOB/DOD.  I have found some data but I cannot confirm which Albert Canning was a detective for Scotland Yard Special Branch .  It seems as if there was a vicar of the same name and same time period. Thanks for any help.  JVrla
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This Albert is one of my Great Uncles. He immigrated to New Zealand during the 1920's.

He is not the Albert Canning you are looking for :-)

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Albert Canning appears to have been born in Woolwich, London during the 3rd Quarter of 1885 (Vol 1d Page 1181). He was a 25 year old Police Constable during the 1911 Census. By 1913 he was a Detective based in Boulogne. He was awarded the M.B.E. during 1938 and the M.V.O. during 1939. He oversaw the visit by the King and Queen to Canada and the United States during 1939.

There is an article in a Ottawa newspaper that gives some biographic details, but it doesn't appear to be that accurate https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2194&dat=19390512&id=PY0vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6tsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4880,1339652&hl=en

There is a death for an Albert Canning on the 4th November 1969 that might be relevant for this man.
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Thanks for the info.  It should provide me with additional leads.  It seems that agents of Scotland Yard have a very low profile.
Hi JVrla,

I have also emailed https://www.metpolicehistory.co.uk/met-police-family-history.html to see if they have any additional details about Albert and will post their response here for you.
I have just received an email from the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre. They have supplied me with a copy of his initial examination paper and also numerous articles regarding his time in the "Met".

If you would like to contact me I can send the information to you.

The examination paper states that he was previously in the Army (4th Hussars) and appeared to be in South Africa for most of his enlistment period. He was 6 foot and 13 stone with blue eyes. It seems to confirm that the registration entries supplied above are likely to be correct as well.
Stumbled across this newspaper link the that has a poor quality photo of Albert

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/MS19390527.2.22?items_per_page=10&page=12&query=George+canning&snippet=true

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