Birth & Upbringing: Born India 27 June 1870 and educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon. He was the son of Thomas Tomlinson and Margaret Sturge .
Military Service: Tomlinson returned to India  and applied for and received his commission in the Malabar Volunteer Rifles in 1892. Tomlinson appears to have been appointed an Assistant Inspector in the Salt, Akbari and Customs Department of the Madras Government, presumed a excise policing function.
Tomlinson later travelled to Africa in 1893 and took up a position with the Bechuanaland Border Police and a year later attested into the Mashonaland Mounted Police as a trooper. He was commissioned in 1895. Tomlinson was also drawn into the Jameson Raid debacle, suffered capture at Doornkop in January 1896 and was shipped to England.
He returned to Africa and joined Plumer with the Matabele Relief Force during the Matabele Rebellion. He rejoined the British South Africa Police and later fought in the Boer War and was present at the Relief of Mafeking. Tomlinson commanded the BSA Police contingent sent to London on the occasion of the Coronation of HRH King George V. He was seconded to the Rhodesia Native Regiment, with the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel, in July 1916 and commanded operations in German East Africa. Here he suffered injury and subsequent sickness before returning to Rhodesia in 1917 to resume his police career as an Assistant Commissioner. When Capell retired, Tomlinson was appointed Acting Commissioner, but does not appear to have been made substantive Commissioner. Tomlinson retired from the force in May 1926.
Following his service in the police, Tomlinson took up a position with the Automobile Association of Rhodesia, where he remained for 10 years. He took over the duties of Sergeant at Arms of the Rhodesian Parliament in 1937 and remained as such until 1946.
Honours and Awards: Queens Medal with clasps (Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking, Transvaal); Great War 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-18; War Medal 1939-45..
Family: Albert Tomlinson married Etheldreda Neame and together they raised two sons, Raymond and Denis .
Demise: Alfred Tomlinson died in Salisbury, Rhodesia on 27 June 1961 on his 91st birthday. .
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