Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty
and the former
LEST WE FORGET
PC John Cruickshank
Died 1 May 1868, aged 31
Fatally shot by another constable against whom he gave evidence.
Sgt William Smith
Died 23 February 1884
Beaten to death with stones by three drunken men he had warned.
Supt Joseph Scott
Died 31 May 1888, aged 44
Shot dead in a revenge attack by an ex-sergeant who then shot himself.
PC Matthew Walls Straughan
Died 28 June 1927, aged 36
Shot dead by a man on whom he had just served a summons.
Sgt Robert Little
Died 14 December 1930, aged 46
Killed by fumes trying to rescue an old lady trapped in a burning house.
Posthumously awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.
PC Smith Storey
Died 5 October 1932, aged 40
Knocked down by an engine while patrolling along the railway line.
PC Henry Lawson
Died 4 March 1935, aged 24
Fatally injured on his beat having been knocked down by a vehicle.
PC William Ralph Shiell
Died 1 March 1940, aged 28
Shot and fatally wounded chasing two burglars he had disturbed.
SC Robert Reay
Died 1 May 1942, aged 61
Killed by a delayed action bomb after an enemy air raid at Beamish.
SC Samuel Edgell
Died 3 May 1942, aged 63
Fatally injured by a delayed action bomb after an air raid at Beamish.
Sgt Matthew Slack
Died 12/13 March 1943, aged 52
Killed by enemy action during an air raid at his post at Boldon Colliery.
SC Frank Ridley Littlefair
Died 19 August 1941, aged 65
SC William Frank Appleton
Died 2 July 1942, aged 50
SC John Cheeseman
Died 5 December 1944, aged 70 Killed off duty in enemy air raids.
Sgt Robert Swan
Died 19 July 1945, aged 63
Fatally injured on duty when a motor car collided with his bicycle.
PC Thomas Geary
Died 2 October 1952, aged 46
Killed on patrol when his police motorcycle was struck by a car.
SC Thomas Nichol Brown
Died 15 May 1956, aged 66
Died as a result of injuries received during an enemy air raid in 1940.
Sgt Arthur James Coote
Died 9 June 1957
Killed in road accident seconded to the British Police Unit Cyprus.
Died 13 October 1958, aged 36
Killed by terrorists while seconded to the British Police Unit in Cyprus.
PC John Parkin
Died 15 November 1962, aged 43
Fatally injured when struck by a car while cycling to report for duty.
PC David Roe
Died 1 March 1966, aged 19
Drowned during a life-saving class on his initial recruit training course.
DCI Charles Edward Gibson
Died 3 August 1969, aged 47
Killed on duty in a road traffic accident involving a stolen vehicle.
Sgt John Albert Broadbridge
Died 14 April 1973, aged 45
Killed in a police van, which was in a head on collision with a car.
D/Sgt John Elves
Died 12 October 1974, aged 40
Killed when his police car was in collision with another car.
PC Glenn Russel Corder
Died 6 February 1980, aged 18
Killed in a patrol car which crashed whilst pursuing a suspect car.
DC James Brian Porter
Died 4 March 1982, aged 31
Shot dead while chasing two armed robbers after shots had been fired.
Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.
PC Steven Robert Ingham
Died 13 January 1989, aged 23
Collapsed and died on a run during his initial recruits training course.
PC Keith Maddison
Died 21 May 1997, aged 46
Collapsed and died chasing two suspects from a stolen vehicle.
Sgt Stephen Philip Armstrong
Died 23 August 1997, aged 35
Killed in a road accident returning home from work in the early hours.
PC Jonathan Kevin Green
Died 18 November 2004, aged 23
Killed in a road accident while travelling home after finishing duty.
LEST WE FORGET
Page updated 13 January 2012