Note - this index is updated monthly...well most months anyway).

Index last updated - December 2018.

WARNING - This index has story plot spoilers, if you haven't read some of the stories.

An A to Z index to the Guard series, with entries for characters, places, events and stories.


Note - words in italics indicate that there is a separate entry for that person, place and so on in the index.
AS1 refers to the Autumn Special 1.
WS1 refers to the Winter Special 1.

A hash sign followed by a number and the story title for example, #1 Snookered refers to the issue number of the story.


  • Abby - leader of the small community of Happy Valley based out in the Nullarbor Desert. Married to Rollo. Abby has issues with Happy Valley remaining secret. And is less than pleased when The Guard shows up and even more annoyed when Thompson the journalist arrives.
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  • Alne, P.C. - Police Constable for the Yorkton Railway Police.
    Another Time, Another Place - Stories in this series take a character out of their normal time line and places him or her into a different time period.
  • Arctic Station Napier - A British run scientific research base situated in the Arctic. The crew changes every so often.
  • Army stories -
  • Army Blues, The - an humorous series that was first published in the first issue of The Guard comic. The series was short lived.

    Ashton, Ensign - A junior officer in the Royal Space Force and a member of the English Captain's crew.

  • Auntie Claus - In the Yorkton Christmas Panto, she plays the Auntie to her nephew the Naughty Santa Claus. This actress Lady Judith Tench was once married to the Naughty Santa Claus actor in real life. It wasn't a successful marriage.
  • Australia - regarded as the officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
    Australia is Albert and Whistle's first stop after leaving Yorkton, England after the events in issues 48 - 50.  Albert joins the Coast  
    to Coast Railway as a conductor, working Tea and Sugar trains across the Nullarbor Desert between Port Augustus and Perth.
  • Australian Coast to Coast Railway - train service that Albert works for as a conductor working Tea and Sugar trains across the Nullarbor Plain between Port Augustus and Perth. This railway train company is fictitious.
  • Autumn Customs, Strange British - features four British traditional customs including -


  • Backpacker, The No name, just an extra who makes a cameo appearance in various stories every now and then.
  • Baker, Police Woman - A police officer for the Yorkton Railway Police.
  • Ballinabricky - A Lego comic created by Anthony Valentino. Ballinabricky is a fictional town set just west of Cashel, Tipperary in 1936. The population includes many famous figures from Ireland’s literary past…whether they were around in 1936 or not.
  • Barlow, Janette - regarded as a leading practitioner in the field of railway science, with a specific interest in the use of metals in the railway industry. (Note - Barlow is not related to the real life railway engineer W.H. Barlow (1812 - 1902) of the Midland Railway, England. He invented among many other things, Barlow Rail.
  • Batman - a fictional character from the DC Comics world.
  • Battenburg, the Principality of - A small landlocked Principality (country), ruled by the eldest Prince of the ruling family. The Principality is regarded as a country in its own right and is about the size of Scotland, with mountains, forests and lakes. The nation's flag is a chequered pink-and-yellow squares, against a light yellow background. Visitors to the country have said it is like stepping back into the 1920's, 30's. This is an image that the country likes to encourage. But the country does keep up with the rest of Europe.

  • Bero - a Canadian pilot, who flys cargo and passengers between North Ontario and Arctic Station Napier. He's also a small-time petty thief, who was caught by McGill after he started stealing money from the scientists at Napier.
  • Big Red - A troublesome lumberjack, who enjoys causing trouble and mayhem. Operates out of the small town of Snowy Bay, Northern Ontario, Canada. Meets The Guard for the first time, during a fight with Albert on top of a moving train. Big Red pushs Albert off the train after the latter slips on some snow. The resulting fall causes Albert to lose his memory.
  • Black Swans - Volume one collecting stories 1 to 12 of the Guard's adventures.
  • Bold - Latter day Australian Bush Ranger operating in the south of the country. Works with his mate Kellie. They 'work' for themselves (by thieving, petty crime and so on) or are hired by others. Described by Sergeant Duke 'as a couple of thieving bludgers.' That is, lazy thieves. Bold and Kellie's names are based on the infamous bushrangers Ned Kelly and Jack 'Bold' Donahue.
  • Bonnor, Dr. Eugene - Geologist at Arctic Station Napier.

    Bo’sun - The English Captain’s right hand man. Has been with the Captain through many a hazardous mission. Can fix any type of mechanical machine. Has over twenty years experience of being in the Royal Space Force. The stories are set in an alternative Victorian Steam Punk era. This series was first published in the very first issue of The Guard.

  • 'Boss' - Leader of a group of men trying to find gold in the Nullarbor Plain. No actual name mentioned.
  • British Intelligence - The organisation's motto is, Intelligence We Trust. The head of this shadowy organisation is known by the codename, Walsingham. The crown signifies King and country, the oak leaves endurance, strength and bravery. The service operates worldwide.
  • Buckeye - a henchman and associate of Penny Fair. Buckeye is a railway term and refers to a type of train / passenger / wagon coupling. The Ohio state in America is known as the Buckeye state, as this was where the coupling was originally marketed.
  • Bull, Patrolman Ed - A patrolman who works out of the New Yorkton Central Railway Precinct. Has over fifteen years experience of police work. Tends to be wary of people, due to being shot several years ago. He can be brash and impatient with people. A colleague of Patrolman Joe Madison
  • 'Bully Boy' - leader of a gang of rough, tough Teddy Boys.
  • Bunt, Syd - Vehicle Mechanic and Airfield Clearance at Arctic Station Napier. Likes to bend the rules slightly by playing poker with Ronald 'Ron' Douglas. Gambling is frowned upon at the station.


  • C & C - City and Country Railway.
  • Calderbank - a English Civil Servant who is mad about cricket. Usually to be found in the company of Charteris These two characters tend to provide light relief in a story.
  • Canadian set stories
  • Caretaker - works mainly at the Yorkton City Hall. Tends to have mainly cameo parts in a story.
  • Charles, Sir - head of British Intelligence during the Great War
  • Charteris - a English Civil Servant who is mad about cricket. Usually to be found in the company of Calderbank These two characters tend to provide light relief in a story.
  • Chellow, Winifred - Research Assistant Geologist at Arctic Station Napier.
  • Cherry Blossom Lady - A Geisha lady working for a criminal Hong Kong based triad. Her fan always obscures the right side of her face. Is known to occasionally quote haiku poems. Possibly related to Victor Lam?
    Cheung Fu - an enforcer for a criminal Hong Kong based triad. Holds a grudge against Victor Lam. Cheung believes he is the better fighter.

  • Chinese Far Eastern Steamship Co. - One of the 'big four' of the Yorkton Guild Merchants.
  • Chinese Curio shop A Chinese shop in the centre of Yorkton, stuffed full to the rafters with all sorts of curio's and knick knacks, including sound boxes. The shop tends to be well hidden and customers tend to stumble upon it accidentally. The owner of the shop is a chinaman with at present no name.
  • Christmas / snow stories
  • City and Country Railway (C & C) - The railway that employs Albert Copperwaite amongst others. Also known affectionally as the Comfort and Calm Railway.
    Claus, Auntie see Auntie Claus.
  • Claw, The - A costumed criminal who robs banks for money. In reality he is Henry Wade. Captured by The Grey Shadow and The Guard.
  • Clowns - A gang of bank robbers working in New Yorkton, America. Has a run in with The Grey Shadow.
  • Co-Operative Fishing Co. - One of the 'big four' of the Yorkton Guild Merchants.
  • Coffin Ship, The - story outline - A three part story in collobration with Anthony Valentino's Ballinabricky Lego Comic. The Guard travels to Ireland to locate and return the Coffin Ship painting stolen from the Yorkton Museum by the Will O' the Wisps gang. Note - a reference to the painting was made in the Guard Tales - #21 Race For Life.
  • Comfort and Calm Railway - an affectionate nickname provided by the railway's passengers and the newspapers to the City and Country Railway.
  • Copperwaite#, Albert - The hero of our story and a railway guard for the City and Country Railway, (C&C). Also dons a mask to fight crime as The Guard.
  • Cotton, Private - soldier serving in the North Yorktonshire, 1st Battalion, B Company, No.4 Platoon during the Great War. Current whereabouts not known after the events told in The Patrol story, assuming he survived.
  • Cutter - Leader of the York Docks gang.


  • Dangerous Journeys Volume Three which collects stories 23 to 32 of The Guards and Grey Shadow's adventures.
  • Danish Station Master - an amateur Danish railwayman who occasionally fights crime on the Danish railways in disguise. No other details are known about him at present. Reports about him appear in the Danish Despatch newspaper.
  • Dantis - an Fritzrovian top enemy field agent. The equalivent of a British Intelligence Utility Man. Highly trained, Dantis is dangerous and a killer. Is known to have killed Mason in Cairo, Egypt. (Dantis is a Prussian word for tooth).
  • Davis, Ray - a mysterious, cloaked snooker player who plays exhibition matches. In fact this is another occasional alias used by Albert Copperwaite. Davis is managed by Barry Earner.
  • Delarosa Jnr, Captain - In charge of the New Yorkton Central Railway Precinct. Known for his fiery outbursts.
  • Destinations Unknown - Tentative title for volume six which will collect stories 51 to 60.
  • De Vere, Professor Florence - Scientist in charge at Arctic Station Napier. Meteorology is her speciality. Asks McGill to investigate the theft of money from the base.
  • Dewey - a mischievous character who makes his money through gambling with cards. (He's happy to cheat when playing cards if necessary). Not an out and out villain, but he does sail very close to the wind as regards breaking the law. Attempts to con Albert out of some of his money, but is out played, losing $170.00 in the process. Does learn that 'the limey' as Dewey calls Albert, is also The Guard. But he doesn't know Albert's real name - yet. Decides not to use the information (for the time being), as The Guard saved his life by stopping a runaway stagecoach.
  • De Winter, Grace - works as a police forensic officer in New Yorkton City, America, for the New Yorkton Central Railway Precinct. De Winter is also secretly The Grey Shadow.
  • Dolman, Police Constable - A Yorkton Police Officer with seven years experience. Served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the final two years of The Great War as an aircraft mechanic. A loyal, resourceful (and it has to be said scruffy) officer. Dolam was never impressed by District Superintendent Ferriby. But is solidly behind District Superintendent Harrow, who Dolman believes is an excellent commanding officer.
  • Douglas, Ronald 'Ron' - Handy man and cook at Arctic Station Napier. Likes to play poker with Syd Bunt, which is against the rules of the station.
  • Drake's Wheel - a small town on the branch line to Hoppley Wood.
  • Duke, Sergeant Doris - Police Sergeant for the South Australia Police Force based in Port Augustus. Assigned to the case of missing families. In Australian crime fiction there is a character called Detective Inspector Napoleon "Bony" Bonaparte of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine created by Arthur Upfield. I wanted my policewoman's name to have some Australian crime fiction connection. I settled on the surname of Duke. As in the Duke of Wellington, who beat Napolean at the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th June, 1815.
  • Duval, Jacques - A French Canadian lumberjack who goes on to become a professional boxing champion, in somewhat suspicious circumstances. Lost an eye in a woodcutting incident. Boxed in a money fight against Robert Finlayson, when both men were working as lumberjacks. Duval, a mean character, took offence at losing and swore to get even with Finlayson. Years later he got his revenge by knocking out Finlayson in a professional boxing championship fight. His win wasn't without controversy, as Finlayson died. Duval disappeared shortly after the fight. McGill has sworn to bring Duval to justice.


  • Earner, Barry - Snooker manager and promoter. Occasionally employs Albert Copperwaite (as Ray Davis), to play Snooker exhibition matches. The only character in the series not to be represented by a Lego figure, because his appearances will be very infrequent and probably just be a voice at the other end of a telephone.
  • Ellis, Mrs. Janet and her husband and son, Ian - A British family that moved from England to Cook, South Australia to start a new life away from the problems of the world. Their disapperance was mysterious, but deliberately so. Eventually tracked down by The Guard and Sergeant Doris Duke of the South Australian Police.
  • Emperor Panda's - law enforcement officers who report directly to the Emperor. They regard themselves as being above the everyday duties of the Watch. The Watch and Emperor Panda's don't always see eye to eye.

    En-Haut, Mademoiselle Ajouter - a 17th century direct ancestor of The Tallyman, in an alternative, parallel world. The Guard saves her from arrest, but at the time isn’t aware of who she is. Her surname is made of French words meaning Add up. Over time the name changed to Tallyman.


    English Captain, The – an adventure story that was first published in the first issue of The Guard comic. A long running steam-punk series. A Captain of Her Majesty’s Royal Space Force. Lost an eye during a Martian Expedition. The Captain now has a glass eye, which can also analyse gases, clouds and has other features. He is in command of H.M.S. ?. The stories are set in an alternative Victorian Steam Punk era.

  • EVE - stands for Electro Verbal E-messenger. Tranquility Base's talking computer system that controls everything. As the name suggests EVE speaks with a female voice.


  • Factual articles
  • Fafferton, Sam - Another small time crook who is actually making money through horse-racing and gambling. Agrees to work with Jack to show him the 'ropes'. Along with Jack and Jill he trespasses on the railway in order to steal cables. The events of that night will forever haunt Sam. Currently spending time in jail at Her Majesty's Pleasure. Sam surname is a from a slang phrase - faffing around. Which means not achieving anything.
  • Fair, Penny see Penny Fair.
  • Ferriby, District Superintendent Edmund - Topham's immediate new superior. Nearing retirement, he doesn't want to blot his clean (and so far), unremarkable police record. Has won the Police Officer of the Year Award, a record three times in a row. This award doesn't cut much ice with the hard-working rank and file officers.
  • Finlayson, Robert - father to Mary McGill, nee Finlayson. A boxer all his life. Finlayson died in suspicious circumstances.
  • First Meeting #10 - a Guard Tales story. Essentially, an introduction to some of the police officers working at Yorkton Station. Also introduces District Superintendent Ferriby, Inspector Topham's immediate superior.
  • Flat Cap A new young hero who appears in the late 1950's. Gains experience in crime fighting from The Guard. Real name Raymond St. John, who works as a lamplighter.
  • Fleming, Peter author of The Kill, the short story that was adapted as a Hallowe'en story related by The Guard.
  • Flying Bobby, The - nickname for Police Constable Terret.
  • Foxy - retired former pilot working for British Intelligence, flying agents and others in and out of occupied Europe during the Great War. Now married to Molly Wilberfoss. He proposed to her after an altercation with some Teddy Boys on a train journey. Lives in Yorkton.
  • Frank (no surname as yet), is a porter for the C&C Railway. All we know about him at present is that he likes a drink or two and he doesn't take life to seriously.
    Fritzrovia a large, western European militaristic country that fought against the Allies during 1930 to 1935.  Five years of conflict which 
    resulted in a stalemate.  Today, the country has an uneasy relationship with some its neighbouring countries and with those countries it fought against 
    in the Great War. 
    'Fritzy' A Fritzrovian agent, during the Great War.  Has tangled with Albert on several occasions.  
  • Fu, Cheung Fu - see Cheung Fu.
  • Fusiliers, North Yorktonshire see North Yorktonshire Fusiliers.


  • Game of Patience, A. #22 - A British Intelligence Utility Man Operative story, in which Albert gains further experience when Turkish criminals intercept a briefcase from a contact, instead of Albert. It's then up to George and Albert to retrieve the briefcase if they can.

  • Games - games that were published in the Guard comic.
  • Genie - plays a trainee genie in the Yorkton Christmas Panto.
  • George - British Intelligence Utility Man operative stationed mainly in Istanbul, Turkey during the Great War. Speaks fluent Turkish. (His mother is turkish, father a British businessman). The family lived in the country during George's youth. George is in his late forties by the end of the war.
  • Great War, The This terrible conflict was fought between the Allies and Fritzrovia between October 1930 and October 1935. Five bloody years of conflict which resulted in a stalemate.
    Green Lion Comics Investigations - factual articles that explore common, but possibly not thought about much, subjects.   
  • Greene, Sergeant based at Yorkton Railway Station. An experienced, respected and knowledgeable officer with over twenty years service.
  • Grey works in Operations on Tranquility Base. He's one of the characters on the base who does know what he is doing and is an essential cog in the efficient running of the base. Rank not currently known, (assuming he even has one).
  • Grey Shadow, The - costumed crime fighter in New Yorkton City, America. In reality she is Grace De Winter who works as a forensic officer for the New Yorkton Central Railway Police. The Grey Shadow has no super powers.

    The Grey Shadow operates from her forensic officer at the New Yorkton Central Railway Precinct. Access to her garage and lair is via a secret sliding door disguised as a bookcase in De Winter's office. An old lift (fully restored), transports the Grey Shadow swiftly down to the sub-basement. During the journey down De Winter changes into The Grey Shadow. A selection of equipment available to her in the lift includes smoke bombs, guns and a vehicle tracking gun. Waiting in the garage is her main mode of transport, her motorbike. She also has access to other vehicles.

    Note - the now infamous Grey Shadow issue 666 has never been re-printed and is much sought-after by collector's.    
  • Griffiths, 'Taff' (Taffy is a form of address for a Welshman. But Griffith's has somewhere along the line had this shortened to Taff). A British Intelligence service legend. Formally a Grade 1 Utility Man Operative before later becoming Head of Training (Operations). Served as a Utility Operative before, during and (briefly) after The Great War.
  • Grisdale & Lyle Co. - One of the 'big four' of the Yorkton Guild Merchants.
  • Grisdale, John - first chairman of the City and Country Railway.
  • Grisdale, Sir Robert - Current Chairman of the York Guild Merchants as of the late 1940's. A grandson of John Grisdale who was the first chairman of the City & Country Railway. Owner of the Grisdale & Lyle Co.
  • Gruffy, Eustace a railway porter for the City and Country Railway, based mainly in Yorkton, but occasionally works at other stations as required. Not the cheerest of people, Eustace is known to be grumpy more often than not. Assists Ray Davis, the snooker player at times.
  • Guard, The - our hero. In reality, Albert Copperwaite, railway guard. The Guard has a secret headquarters in...a disused Guards van! Where else? His origin story is still shrouded in mystery. (Well only some of it is now. I've written the first part, it just needs to be 'drawn').
  • Guard, Robin - is an ancestor of Albert Copperwaite, The Guard who lived in Medieval times. This series of stories has no connection to the main series. Also stars Whistle and Miles Vane. Albert Copperwaite plays his ancestor in the panto, A Spot of Bother at the North Pole.

  • Guard, The - comic publishing history -
  • Guard Comics History, A - #25 in which two young children having to spend time indoors due to bad weather work, enjoy re-reading past adventures of The Guard and The Grey Shadow. Includes the very first Guard story published, a Guard game and the origin story of The Grey Shadow.
  • Guard, the & Flat Cap - Not much is known about this series, which features these two heroes teaming up to fight crime.
  • Guard Tales# - a series of short, short stories about the characters inhabiting the Guard's world. Stories provide information about characters backgrounds, events and so on. The stories don't always feature The Guard.
  • Guard's Van, The - The secret HQ for The Guard is a former Canadian Caboose (in the UK it would be called a Guard's van).
  • Gull'em, Dr. I. - purveyor of healing potions, oils, balms and so on. Was once a doctor of medicine, but was struck off the medical register.


  • Haiku - a Japanese three line poem of usually seventeen syllables (The Oxford English Dictionary 6th edition 1986). Victor Lam and The Cherry Blossom Lady' quote haiku poems. Kobayashi Issa is one such poet.
  • Hallowe'en stories
  • Happy Valley - a small community based out in the Nullarbor Desert. A community of families (no religious people or criminals), who want to get away from crime, political bickering and general everyday stress. People selected to live there must have a useful trade that can be of use to the community. For example, teachers, doctors, gardeners and so on.

    Harrow, District Superintendent - a tough, no nonsense police chief. Assigned to Yorkton Railway Police.


    Haut, Mademoiselle Ajouter, En - see En-Haut, Mademoiselle Ajouter.

  • Hillary - Works as a police Forensics Officer for the New Yorkton Central Railway Police. Grace De Winter is her boss. Hillary is also the only other person to know that Grace is The Grey Shadow.
  • Hinto - A Watchman (policewoman) for the West Central area of Ninjago City. A Watchman who on first meeting comes across as someone not really with it. Not suitable to be a Watchman. But this outward dotty act, hides an intelligent brain. And criminals who underestimate her, do so at their peril.
  • Ho, Charles 'Charlie' - owner of one of the Yorkton Guild Merchants (YGM) big four trading companies, operating out of the Yorkton Docks. Sits on the YGM Committee. Runs the Chinese Far Eastern Steamship Co. Ho is a fourth generation Anglo-Chinese merchant.
  • Hollingberry, Fred - British Intelligence's Head of Station, Turkey, during the Great War in the early 1930's. Later rises to become the head of British Intelligence. Has over thirty years experience. The head of this organisation is always known by the codename Walsingham.
  • Holly - a junior foresnic's officer based at the New Yorkton Central Railway Precinct. Doesn't have a very tidy work attitude.
  • Hoppley Wood - a small, charming English town surrounded by woods and lakes. Passengers arrive at the town after a fifty minute journey via a branchline from Yorkton.
  • House, Detective Sergeant Hudson - A member of the detective Railway Police force stationed at Yorkton Station. Doesn't like being made a fool of by the criminal element. House in the past has settled rude comments made to his face, by challenging the person to a fight on the spot. Saved Albert Copperwaite's life on their first meeting. As a result they became firm friends. Being the good detective that he is, he later learned of Albert's secret identity, but has kept this to himself.
    The name Hudson House is an in railway joke.  Hudson refers to George Hudson the railway king and Hudson House refers to a railway office 
    building in York named after him.
  • House of Death - a large house full of traps and clockwork operated, situated in a dodgy part of London, England.
  • London City - The big smoke and capital city of this great nation, that this story is set in. Situated down south.
  • Lone Stranger, The - a masked 'hero', who believes he is helping the fight against crime in the old wild west. In reality, he may well look the part, but is regarded as a nuisance. Everyone is scared stiff of him. Not because of his temper, but because of his reputation of causing mayhem wherever he goes. Number of bad guys caught - none.
  • Lumberjack Bob - Professional boxing name for Robert Finlayson, Mary McGill's father.


  • Mack, Private - soldier serving in the North Yorktonshire, 1st Battalion, B Company, No.4 Platoon during the Great War. A dour Scotsman, Mack was the mine detector expert for the Platoon. Current whereabouts not known after the events told in The Patrol story, assuming he survived.
  • Madison, Patrolman Joe - a policeman based at the New Yorkton Central Railway Station Precinct. Has seven years experience. Easy going, with a dry sense of humour.
  • Mason - a British Intelligence Utility Man Operative, based in Cairo, Egypt. Is killed by Dantis, a Fritzrovian field agent during the Great War. Appears in the series by name only.
  • McGill, Corporal - Grizzled veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Operates out of the small town of Snowy Bay, Northern Ontario, Canada. Meets The Guard for the first time, when Albert is pushed off a train by Big Red and loses his memory. Both men become firm friends. Married to Mary McGill.
  • McGill, Mary - Wife of Corporal McGill (RCMP). Trained as a nurse, she meets Albert after he was pushed off a train by Big Red and loses his memory. Mary nurses him back to full fitness.
  • McNair, Roy - Scottish laird carrying a Quaich, a cup of friendship from Europe to Scotland. Ambushed by robbers in a forest. Saved by Robin Guard and his men. But dies.
  • Me# - Stories I have made a cameo appearance (as Hitchcock used to do in his films) -
  • Minty - A Yorkton crime boss operating in Yorkton City. Not adverse to killing, he shoots and kills Flatfoot Thomsen who he thinks is The Guard. Was hoping to pull a job with The Tallyman, but was arrested by Sergeant House and convicted.
  • Mole, The - a local name for Yorkton's underground railway system. Yorkton Underground Operated by the C & C Railway the system has two lines, the City and District line and The King's Line. The system was first opened in 1907.
  • Montagu, Dr. - Medical doctor at Arctic Station Napier. A Fritzrovian by birth, he is slightly aloof from his colleagues at the base, possibly due to being on the opposing side during the Great War.


  • Napier - see
  • Naughty Santa Claus - played by a TV soap start, with a drink problem. Essentially, he's playing himself on stage. He's a nephew to his Auntie Claus. Was married to the actress playing the part of Auntie Claus. The marriage wasn't a success.
  • Newspapers - the Guard stories appear in -
  • No. 4 Platoon, North Yorktonshire Fusiliers see North Yorktonshire Fusiliers.
  • North Yorktonshire Fusiliers - An infantry regiment comprised of men from North Yorktonshire. Topham and Tallon were soldiers in the 1st Battalion, B Company, no. 4 platoon. (Albert Copperwaite was a soldier in the 2nd Battalion, A Company, no. 6 Platoon).
  • Nullarbor Desert - an aborigine word for no trees. is part of the area of flat, almost treeless, arid or semi-arid country of southern Australia. The desert occupies an area of about 200,000 square kilometres (77,000 sq miles). At its widest point, it stretches about 1,100 kilometres (684 miles) from east to west across the border between South Australia and Western Australia.
    It's across this desert that the Australian Coast to Coast Railway run their Tea and Sugar trains.  Albert is a conductor for this railway, 
    after he had left Yorkton. 




  • P.C. stands for Police Constable, a member of a British police force.
  • P.C. 59 - This character is based on a British BBC radio drama PC 49 broadcast between 1947 and 1953. 112 episodes in total. The character (Police Constable Archibald Berkeley-Willoughby) also starred in two films, The Adventures of PC 49 and A Case for PC 49. As well as appearing in the children's comic Eagle.
    In my series, P.C. 59 is an experienced copper.
  • Paintings - that have been reproduced in Lego and have appeared in stories.
  • Pantomime or Panto definition from the - What’s On Stage website –

  • Parker, Dan - worked at Wade Electronics until fired by Wade, who wanted and does steal his plans. Parker vows revenge, which he doesn't carry out, due to drinking instead. Loses his eyesight after a fracas with Imp. The Grey Shadow rescues Parker from a burning building set alight by Imp. But fails to save his eyesight. A now blind Parker repays The Grey Shadow by telling her about the weaknesses of the costume and vehicle The Claw is using to rob banks.
  • Patrol, The #24 - story outline - A Halloween horror adventure, featuring members of the North Yorktonshire Fusiliers, who set out on a fighting patrol to attack and destroy a troublesome Fritzrovian Artillery unit. We learn how Topham received his facial scar.
  • Pen, Iver A writer for the Yorkton Courier who specialises in local history.
  • Penny Fair - an adventuress always on the lookout for an opportunity to make money, legally or otherwise. Has a soft spot for The Guard. Sometimes plays the part of an innocent, naive young lady. Attempted to rob a stagecoach of its money, but was foiled ironically by The Lone Stranger! Buckeye is one of her henchmen.
  • People of Yorkton - short one of two page biography of a leading person of Yorkton.
  • Peterson (see also Tranquility Base entry) - a not particularly bright astronaut, who nevertheless managed to obtain a job on Tranquility Base. Not known for his scientific experience or skills, but he's always enthusiastic and cheerful.
  • Piper, Constable Edwin - Yorkton Railway Police Officer. Has been a bobby for two years. He isn't liked by Inspector Topham who believes Piper doesn't have the abilities to make a good policeman.
  • Platoon, No. 4, North Yorktonshire Fusiliers see North Yorktonshire Fusiliers.
  • Police Force officers (British and overseas).
  • Poster pin-up -
  • Potts, Evelyne Chen A Chinese / British officer for British Intelligence. Born and raised in Hong Kong. Expert in Surveillance and Head of Station Hong Kong during The Great War. Later Director of Operations, Asia.

  • Quaich, The - A Quaich is a shallow drinking cup, with two small handles either side. The Quaich is pronounced ‘quake,’ and is a ‘Cup of Friendship’.


  • Race For Life #21 - The Flying Bobby, P.C. Terret in an unusual race against the ghost of King Tut, Tut at the Yorkton Museum. A Guard Tales adventure.
  • RCMP - Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Railway Workers (C&C and other railways).
  • Red for Danger, Green For Action collects stories 13 to 22 of The Guards and Grey Shadow's adventures.
  • Reginald - a junior booking clerk for the C&C Railway.
  • Rey, Eustace Argentinian / British officer for British Intelligence. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gibraltar and Spain, to British parents. Head of Station Buenos Aires during The Great War. Later Director of Operations, the Americas.
  • River Flumen Shipping Co. - One of the 'big four' of the Yorkton Guild Merchants.
  • Robin Guard - see Guard, Robin
  • Robotic Guard - a robot that is leader of an alternative, parallel Earth. Has designs on ruling our Earth.
  • Rollo - leader of the small community of Happy Valley based out in the Nullarbor Desert. Married to Abby.
  • Roughston - a less than salubrious, rough town twenty-five miles away or so from Yorkton.
  • Roughston Boys - a gang of violent football supporters who support Roughston Rovers Football Club.

    Royal Space Force (RSF) Her Majesty’s force is a naval / space defence / exploration force, with highly trained personnel and equipment. Including ocean and sea going craft. This series is set in an alternative Victorian Steam Punk era. Members of the RSF include The English Captain, Bo'sun, Sparks and Lieutenant Ashton

  • RSF see the Royal Space Force entry.
  • Rubicon - a Fritzrovian mole buried deep in British Intelligence. First made his presence felt in the Great War and has remained active since the war.
  • Rubins, Doctor - The Guard's medical doctor who patches him after his fights.


  • S. Lander see Lander, S.
  • Santa Claus -
  • St. John, Raymond - a lamplighter who works for the Yorkton City Lighting Dept. Parts of Yorkton are still lit my gas lamps and St. John and his colleagues are responsible for daily lighting, maintaining and extinguishing the gas lights, no matter what the weather is doing. St. John is originally from the tropical island of Jamuda. A part-time, cocky crime fighter, who fights as Flat Cap.

    Scallywag - He thinks he's a gent, but really he's a Scallywag. A masked 'hero' who steals from crooks, under the guise of being a crime-fighter.


    Security (for the English Captain series - Similar to the red shirts on a certain sci-fi TV series, they don’t tend to stay alive very long.

  • Shadow, The Grey - see Grey Shadow, The.
  • Shepley, Arthur (Utility Man Operative, based in Russia, but elsewhere as required).
  • Singh, Mr. Yorkton Station Barber. Moved from India with his wife Deepali to Yorkton in 1920. Eventually opened a barber's shop in the Yorkton Railway station.
  • Single to Hangman's Noose #30 (or Through the Booking Glass Window) A story told from the point of view of Mr. Thackery, a senior booking ticket clerk and his assistant Reginald. During one week, various events unfold, with the main plot of passengers being strangled, by an anonymous murderer.
  • Slog, Captain - (see also the Tranquility Base entry) - The character's full name is Captain Randolph Smyth-Slog, in charge of Tranquility Base. He's a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
  • Snider - a a rather un-savoury character who works cons with a sting. He tends to work with his partner Snooker Sam. Snider is regarded as the brawn of the team.
  • Snooker Sam - a rather un-savoury character who works cons with a sting. He tends to work with his partner Snider. Snooker Sam is regarded as the 'brains' of the team.
  • Snow / Christmas stories
  • Snowy Bay - A small town in the province of Northern Ontario, Canada. Corporal McGill of the RCMP and his wife Mary McGill are based there.
  • Snowy Bay Irregulars - Three small children (names not known at present), who live in the small town of Snowy Bay, Northern Ontario, Canada. They act as the 'eyes and ears' for Corporal McGill. They find the injured Guard after he has fallen from a train and are responsible for saving his life. Later the children provide Albert with a clue as to who he is, after he lost his memory as a result of falling from a train.
  • 'Spanner' Douglas - is a travelling locomotive engineer. Does have a tendency to swear in moments of high tension.

    Sparks - A mechanical and wires machine, with the ability of basic speech. Sparks main function is to analyse data and provide information. Built by Bo’sun, who regards the machine as one of his greatest achievements. Hopefully Sparks is water proof after being thrown into the River Flumen. This character is a crew member of The English Captain, a series set in an alternative Victorian Steam Punk era.

  • Splash pages (full page).
  • Spot the Difference - AS1
  • Squidman (see also Tranquility Base entry) - A character created by Louise Dade for her Lego brick comic Tranquility Base). - an alien market trader from the east end of the planet Teuthida. Like his Earth counter-parts, Squidman has many of the same qualities (or lack of), as the Earth cockney market traders.
  • Standbury, Rufus - owner of one of the Yorkton Guild Merchants (YGM) big four trading companies, operating out of the Yorkton Docks. Sits on the YGM Committee. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Rufus inherited the family business. Doesn't like to 'muck in' with his workers. But he is a very astute businessman, much to everyone else's surprise. Owns the River Flumen Shipping Co.
  • Strain, Councillor - has led the Yorkton council for the last two terms. But fails to make it three in a row after losing to Councillor Strong. Heard about in the series, but not actually seen.
  • Strangler, Yorkton - see Yorkton Strangler.
  • Strong, Councillor leader of an opposition party attempting to take control of the council of Yorkton.
  • Suliman - driver and information gatherer for British Intelligence. Based in Cairo, Egypt.


  • Tallon, Sergeant Harry - Inspector Topham's right hand man. Served with Topham in the Great War and joined the railway police force when his former commanding officer did. Tallon is possibly taking bribes, but nothing has been proven, one way or the other.
  • Series update - Tallon has been taking bribes and met his Waterloo with Inspector Topham in issue 58.
  • Tallyman, The - a criminal mastermind. No one knows who he is or what he looks like. Those that find out take up permanent residence in a cemetery. Friend and foe though both agree on two things about the Tallyman, a) he is a brilliant criminal and b) he wears black and white two tone shoes. The shoes are the only memorable items anyone ever remembers about him, because of his desire to remain in the shadows. He also has a catch phrase - "Oh, dearie me, yes". Although sometimes he uses just part of the phrase.
  • Tallyman, Sir - an ancestor of The Tallyman living in the English Medieval ages. In this time he is the evil Sheriff of Yorktonshire. His opponent is Robin Guard and his band of outlaws.
  • Tallystick - an automaton enforcer for the Tallyman. The master criminal stumbles upon a Tallystick by accident when a box was delivered to his warehouse accidentally. The Tallyman appears to like the product so much he is in the process of purchasing others. The Guard and Lam faced a version mark one model in the story Click, Whirrrl.
  • Tarek, Inspector - works for the Cairo City Police, Egypt. Is also the unofficial liaison between the Cairo police and British Intelligence.
  • Tarmac Merchants, The (#11) - a story about two conmen Snooker Sam and Snider tarmacing people's driveways (very badly). Their activities come to the attention of The Guard and the police. The story was created in the style of a silent film, in colour.
  • Tea and Sugar train - Run by the fictitious Australian Coast to Coast Railway that operates passenger and freight trains across the Nullarbor Desert. Albert joins the Railway as a conductor.
  • Westwood - a small town in the wild west of America. Just about still hanging onto the old ways. It's local rag (newspaper), is the Westwood Express.
  • Whistle# - An informer for The Guard. A down and out who spends his days drinking and keeping his ears open for titbits of information. Tends to keep to himself and as far as possible to the shadows. Rumoured to live in a disused coach. One side of his face is covered as a result of an incident during the Great War (details unknown at this time), which makes some people uneasy in his presence. At a distance Whistle looks to be well-dressed. But his clothes and hat have seen better days. How The Guard and Whistle came to know one another is not known. He is often to be found sleeping rough covered by copies of The Landan Times newspaper. Prefers sleeping under this newspaper as it provides more protection from the elements, than any of the other gossip rags. Very knowledgeable on many different subjects.

                   appearances in the Robin Guard series - 
  • #51 The Quaich
  • Wilberfoss, Molly - retired British Intelligence operative who was a member of an escape line in occupied Europe during the Great War. Met Foxy for the first time when he used the escape line after being shot down. Foxy proposes to her (she accepted), after an altercation with some Teddy Boys on a train journey.
  • Will O' the Wisps gang - a well organised gang of criminals who steal The Coffin Ship painting from the Yorkton Musuem and take it to Ballinabricky, Ireland to sell.
  • Wood Church a small town, near Yorkton.
  • Wood, Lawson - English illustrator, cartoonist and water-colour artist, who drew many humorous paintings and worked on four animated Hollywood films. He drew many humorous cartoons and drawings of cavemen, dinosaurs, policemen and animals, especially a chimpanzee called Gran'pop.
  • Wressle, P.C. - an alias used by District Superindendent Ferriby. Ferriby adopted the disguise so he could retrieve his Best Admin Officer of the Year Award, which has accidentally been thrown out with the rubbish. Wressle is supposedly part of the Yorkton Rural Police.


  • YFDWC - see Yorkton Flumen Docks & Waterways Company.
  • YGM see Yorkton Guild Merchants.
  • Yorkton - an historical city, somewhere in the north-east of England and the headquarters for the City and Country Railway and where most of the stories in this series take place.
  • Yorkton Docks - the area of the city where goods are transported by small ships and barges into and out of Yorkton. In centuries past this area was a bustling hive of activity. By the time of this series, the Docks area is much smaller, but still regarded as a small important trading centre.
  • Yorktonshire Fusiliers, North - see North Yorktonshire Fusiliers.
  • Yorkton Flumen Docks and Waterways Company (YFDWC) - responsible for operating and maintaining the Yorkton Docks. Created in the early 1800's.
  • Yorkton Guild Merchants (YGM) - the association that looks after the interests of the York Docks merchants.
  • Yorkton Mercury - a Yorkton tabloid newspaper and rival to the Yorkton Courier. Current editor is S. Lander.
  • Yorkton Strangler - a character who strangled four people (including Mr. Ira Thackery, a booking clerk for the C & C Railway), before being caught by The Guard. Met his death after attempting to make his escape from The Guard and the police, when he was being transferred from Yorkton to London.
  • appears in -
  • #30 Single to Hangman's Noose.
  • #34 Running Commentary.
  • Yorkton Underground system - The C & C Railway also operates the Yorkton Underground system, known locally as The Mole. Only a few stations are physically undergound. The system has two lines, the City and District and the King's lines. The former line runs roughly north and south, whilst the latter runs east to west. The system was first opened in 1907.


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