Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty
and the former constituent Forces of
LEST WE FORGET
PC John Brown
Died 17 August 1884, aged 26
Run down stopping two horse drawn omnibuses being driven furiously.
P/Fm Robert Cookson
Died 13 October 1894, aged 32
Fatally injured by falling out of a fire escape he was demonstrating.
PWRC John Towers
Died 27 December 1943, aged 39
Fatally injured whilst on patrol when assaulted by a man he had warned.
D/Insp James O'Donnell QPM MM & Bar
Died 13 December 1958, aged 47
Fatally shot attempting to arrest a gunman who had shot two others.
Posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry.
PC James Thomas Brindle
Died 13 September 1959, aged 33
Died of burns after an explosion at the police garage where he worked.
Sgt Hartley Wilkinson
Died 28 April 1924, aged 45
Died from the effects of exposure sustained in 1923 in a sea rescue.
P/Fm George Henry Lockwood
Died 3 April 1893, aged 28
Fatally injured by the collapse of a wall while fighting a fire at a mill.
P/Fm George O'Donoghue
Died 25 January 1897, aged 38
Fatally injured when a horse tender crashed while returning from a fire.
P/Fm George Robert Nuttall
Died 20 October 1897, aged 38
Buried by the collapse of a roof while fighting a fire in a cotton mill.
PC John Parker
Died 29 August 1869, aged 36
Died from hydrophobia after being bitten trying to capture a rabid dog.
Sgt Francis Wallbank
Died 27 December 1921, aged 45
Fatally injured when knocked down by a car whilst on patrol at night.
PWRC Fred White
Died 1 October 1942, aged 48
Died of injuries received in December 1940 during an enemy air raid.
Sgt Thomas Hodgson
Died 11 November 1939, aged 47
Collapsed and died suddenly while on bicycle patrol at night.
SC Joseph Halstead
Died 10 August 1840, aged 43
Bludgeoned to death with an iron bar during anti-police rioting at Colne.
PC Matthew Sharp
Died 9 December 1858, aged 32
Drowned in the canal while going on patrol on a very dark night.
PC Robert Highton
Died 10 June 1859, aged 49
Collapsed and died after suffering a fit while on duty in the police station.
PC John Taylor
Died 9 January 1860, aged 27
Collapsed and died when he suffered a fit while on duty.
Supt John Sellers
Died 24 March 1860, aged 44
Killed when thrown from his trap returning from duties at Liverpool.
PC William Jump
Died 28 June 1862, aged 29
Shot dead during a violent struggle to arrest an armed gang at night.
PC Lord Pickup
Died 28 August 1867, aged 47
Fatally injured when run down by a horse on crowd control at the races.
PC Joseph Greenhalgh
Died 15 April 1868, aged 22
Drowned when he fell into the canal while on patrol on a very dark night.
Supt Richard Pickering
Died 3 November 1868, aged 51
Died as a result of severe injuries received in separate disturbances.
Sgt William Hoban
Died 14 April 1872, aged 34
Pensioned and subsequently died of severe injuries received on duty.
PC Nicholas Cock
Died 2 August 1876, aged 21
Fatally shot attempting to arrest an armed burglar he disturbed at night.
PC William Clark
Died 2 February 1877, aged 32
Pensioned in 1875 and later died as a result of injuries received on duty.
Sgt Jonah Sewell
Died 1 November 1878, aged 37
Shot in the head by a suspect he had stopped and was questioning.
PC John Long
Died 1 February 1880, aged 29
Fatally injured when accidentally run down by a train whilst on patrol.
PC Thomas Hazelden
Died 1 October 1884, aged 22
Died as the result of a fall while cleaning the police station windows.
Sgt William Coutts
Died 7 December 1886, aged 36
Accidentally killed on the railway after visiting a constable at Prescot.
Sgt Alexander Mitchell
Died 23 February 1887, aged 42
Found drowned having fallen in a canal while visiting beats at night.
PC Noah Jackson
Died 10 August 1893, aged 35
Died of blood poisoning contracted at post mortem of a horse carcase.
PC William Grant
Died 9 November 1893, aged 53
Fatally injured in a fall coming down an unprotected staircase.
PS Charles Percival
Died 9 January 1896, aged 48
Died as a result of injuries received while in the execution of his duty.
PC Richard Penman
Died 5 December 1897, aged 50
Died as result of an injury received in the execution of his duty.
PC Frederick Smith
Died 26 September 1899, aged 43
Died from injuries sustained when stopping a runaway horse and lorry.
PC Abraham Sutcliffe
Died 22 December 1901, aged 29
Found accidentally drowned in the canal while on his beat at night.
PC Richard Clayton
Died 12 December 1904, aged 34
Died of disease attributable to injuries received in the execution of his duty.
PC Lewis Booth
Died 6 January 1905, aged 50
Collapsed and died from heart failure when arresting a burglar.
Sgt William Forsythe
Died 12 March 1905, aged 46
After being stabbed on duty in 1899 he subsequently died of diabetes.
PC George Arthur Hodson
Died 29 December 1906, aged 28
Died from injuries received in a fall chasing youths throwing stones.
PC Stewart Mungo Whillis
Died 15 May 1907, aged 37
Died as a result of an assault while in the execution of his duty in 1901.
PC John Taylor
Died 13 June 1909, aged 39
Died from effects of injury received by him in the execution of his duty.
PC Alfred Pearson
Died 26 June 1911, aged 25
Drowned attempting to rescue a woman from a canal at Litherland.
PC John James Southward
Died 11 April 1912, aged 42
Died from the effects of injuries received in execution of his duty.
PC Harry Edward Hall
Died 18 June 1912
Died from a non-accidental injury received in execution of his duty.
PC James Nelson
Died 7 April 1915, aged 23
Killed in a fall from his horse on mounted patrol after suffering a fit.
PC John Davies
Died 5 August 1915, aged 33
Found dead on the railway having been hit by a train going on duty.
PC James Hardacre KPM
Died 27 April 1917, aged 34
Killed by an explosion while fighting a large fire at a munitions factory.
Posthumously awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.
Sgt Thomas Bell
Died 16 April 1918, aged 41
Fatally injured in a fall into a cutting trying to locate a light in a blackout.
PC William Prendergast
Died 26 October 1921, aged 41
Died from injuries sustained when thrown from a police horse in 1917.
PC Alfred Henry Barron
Died 23 April 1923, aged 34
Died as a result of accidental injuries received in the execution of duty.
D/Sgt Josiah Davies
Died 25 June 1926, aged 56
Killed going off duty in a car which had swerved to avoid children.
Supt Thomas Charles Blanchard
Died 7 November 1930, aged 62
Killed on duty when his motorcycle combination collided with a lorry.
Ch/Insp George Ripley
Died 25 October 1931, aged 61
Killed by a car while investigating a previous fatal accident scene.
Sgt Frank Dyson
Died 20 October 1933, aged 43
Fatally injured in a fall from his cycle whilst on plain clothes duty.
PC Harry Forrest
Died 7 May 1935, aged 23
Run down and killed by a speeding car while on crowd control.
Insp Henry William Woodhead
Died 20 November 1937, aged 49
Struck by a car and killed while investigating a road accident scene.
Insp Thomas Henry Dewhurst
Died 4 October 1938, aged 54
Collapsed while attending an ARP meeting and died in hospital.
SC Llewellyn Walford
Died 18 September 1940, aged 45
Killed by a bomb assisting women and children into an air raid shelter.
Ch/Insp William A. Chippendale
Died 23 December 1940, aged 49
PC Herbert Berry
Died 23 December 1940, aged 28
PC John Harrison Burns
Died 23 December 1940, aged 30
RPC John William Law
Died 23 December 1940, aged 51
SC Henry Edward Heaton
Died 23 December 1940, aged 43
All killed when Old Trafford police HQ was destroyed in an enemy air raid.
SC Harry Davies
Died 24 December 1940, aged 49
Fatally injured when dealing with an incendiary bomb during an air raid.
PC Ian Douglas Steen
Died 26 December 1940, aged 23
Fatally injured when Old Trafford HQ was destroyed in an enemy air raid.
Posthumous King's Commendation for Brave Conduct in Civil Defence.
PWRC David Roderick Roberts
Died 1 January 1941, aged 48
Fatally injured when Old Trafford HQ was destroyed in an enemy air raid.
PC Gerard Gaskell
Died 12 March 1941, aged 28
SC Clifford Ernest L. Davey
Died 12 March 1941, aged 38
SC John Clarence Harrop
Died 12 March 1941, aged 32
Killed by a bomb explosion while on duty during an air raid at Stretford.
SC George Morgan Valentine
Died 4 May 1941, aged 43
Killed in an enemy air raid at Roby, duty status unknown.
PWRC Joseph Pickering
Died 31 January 1942, aged 54
Collapsed and died when assaulted while attempting to arrest a man.
PC Arthur Richardson
Died 2 July 1945, aged 45
Died of injuries sustained rescuing an unconscious woman in a bath.
PC Albert Edward Holgate
Died 7 May 1946, aged 45
Collapsed and died of heart failure while on foot patrol at Colne.
PC Allan Swift
Died 12 February 1949, aged 33
Died of tuberculosis brought about by damp conditions in his police house.
PC Sydney Arthur Tysoe
Died 29 November 1949, aged 38
Died as result of injuries received in 1940 when assaulted in an arrest.
Ch/Insp Leonard Smith
Died 22 December 1949, aged 45
Died as result of injuries received in 1930 when assaulted in an arrest.
PS Harry Walton
Died 30 March 1950, aged 39
Died from injuries received in 1940 when accidentally shot on duty.
PC Frank O'Connor
Died 19 November 1950, aged 40
Collapsed and died while on patrol duty late at night at Skelmersdale.
RPC John Poucher
Died 7 January 1951, aged 59
Fatally injured when struck by a drunk driver while on bicycle patrol.
PC Rivers George H. Sherwood
Died 28 February 1952, aged 51
Killed while on patrol when knocked off his bicycle by a car.
Sgt Charles Moore KPFSM
Died 1 November 1952, aged 57
Pensioned in 1947 and subsequently died as a result of an injury on duty.
Awarded the Kings Police and Fire Service Medal for Gallantry in 1945.
D/Insp George Nixon
Died 4 January 1953, aged 65
Died as a result of injuries received in 1929 while in the execution of his duty.
PC John Thomas Hill
Died 19 January 1954, aged 50
Pensioned in 1951 and died from disability occasioned by his police duties.
PC Ivor Allan Oates
Died 6 March 1956, aged 25
Fatally injured during physical training on an initial recruits course.
PC John Michael Gillett
Died 24 March 1956, aged 24
Killed while helping a lorry driver to repair a light when struck by a car.
PC Isaac Taylor
Died 24 May 1956, aged 30
Fatally injured when his patrol car crashed during a vehicle pursuit.
Ch/Insp Thomas Clifford Walker
Died 24 December 1957, aged 41
Killed when his traffic patrol car crashed on icy roads at night.
PC James Firth Batty
Died 29 May 1959, aged 19
Killed when his motorcycle collided with a lorry while returning to duty.
PC Philip Peter Gibbard
Died 5 May 1961, aged 32
Killed in a road traffic accident while on motorcycle patrol duty.
PC Ernest Southern
Died 27 January 1962, aged 35
Collapsed and died while dealing with a violent street affray.
PC David Colin Brown
Died 11 February 1965, aged 24
Fatally injured in a police van crash while escorting a prisoner.
PW Myra Waller
Died 20 June 1965, aged 24
Fatally injured when her traffic car crashed attending an emergency.
PC George Leslie Higham
Died 7 November 1966, aged 37
Killed when struck by a car while investigating a road accident scene.
PC Graham Roughley
Died 13 June 1967, aged 22
Killed when his patrol car crashed swerving to avoid a pedestrian.
PC Stanley Edward Moore
Died 11 February 1969, aged 37
Drowned during an underwater search for two missing children.
Sgt John Dawson
Died 14 June 1969, aged 45
Fatally injured in a road traffic accident while going off duty.
PC Leslie Alwyn Marson
Died 29 September 1969, aged 47
Collapsed and died of heart failure installing radio equipment on duty.
Supt Gerald Irving Richardson
Died 23 August 1971, aged 38
Shot dead trying to arrest an armed robber after others had been shot.
Posthumously awarded the George Cross for Gallantry.
PC Kenneth Richmond Fletcher
Died 23 November 1972, aged 26
Killed in road accident while on an advanced police motorcycle course.
D/Insp James Jope McKendrick
Died 18 December 1974, aged 52
Killed in a road traffic accident while going off duty at police HQ.
PC George Anthony Spencer
Died 3 December 1976, aged 24
Killed when his patrol car crashed on an emergency call in a thick fog.
PC Roland Cree McGowan
Died 22 January 1978, aged 20
Killed in a patrol car, which crashed responding to an emergency call.
A/Sgt Walter Lacey
Died 12 September 1978, aged 42
Collapsed and died of heart failure struggling to arrest a suspect.
PC Malcolm Reader
Died 4 January 1979, aged 36
Fatally injured in a road traffic accident returning home from duty.
PC John Stanley Roberts
Died 29 January 1979, aged 25
Collapsed and died of heart failure driving a patrol car on night duty.
PC David Whittle
Died 12 August 1979, aged 20
PC John Edward Bromilow
Died 18 August 1979, aged 23
Fatally injured in a patrol car crash while escorting a prisoner.
PC John Harwood
Died 28 September 1979, aged 23
Fatally injured in an accident while on advanced motorcycle training.
PC Robert Milne
Died 21 October 1979, aged 50
Collapsed and died dispersing a disorderly crowd while off duty.
Sgt Gerald Charnley
Died 14 December 1982, aged 53
Killed in a fall on a mountain while supervising police cadets training.
WPC Angela Bradley
Died 5 January 1983, aged 23
PC Gordon Alexander Connolly
Died 5 January 1983, aged 24
PC Colin Morrison
Died 5 January 1983, aged 38
Drowned attempting to rescue a man and each other from the sea.
PC Peter Heaton
Died 16 September 1986, aged 47
Collapsed and died while attending a course at training school.
PC Ian Wain Woodward
Died 25 February 1987, aged 33
Shot dead off duty challenging a suspect armed with a shotgun.
PC Ronald Ansell
Died 9 November 1989, aged 56
Collapsed and died of heart failure during public order training.
PC Peter Burnett
Died 7 October 1990, aged 42
Collapsed and died of heart failure dispersing rioters attacking police.
PC Martin Baker
Died 24 December 1992, aged 25
Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to report for duty.
PC Alan West Houghton
Died 17 March 1998, aged 50
Collapsed driving a police vehicle on patrol and died in hospital.
PC Catherine Margaret Sutcliffe
Died 20 August 2004, aged 34
Collapsed at a routine incident and hospitalised until her death.
LEST WE FORGET
Page updated 9 May 2012