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 and killed stopping a horse drawn omnibus being driven furiously.
P/Fm William Henry Clayton
Died 19 February 1885, aged 25
P/Fm James Dawson
Died 19 February 1885, aged 33
Fatally injured by the collapse of a wall while fighting a fire at a cotton mill.
P/Fm Richard Cookson
Died 13 October 1894, aged 32
Fatally injured by a fall out of a canvas fire escape chute he was demonstrating.
PC John Thompson
Died 2 September 1897, aged 48
Collapsed in the street and died from heart failure whilst on foot patrol.
PWRC Charles Hoole
Died 15 January 1941, aged 45
Collapsed and died after reporting for night duty at the Police Box, Brownhill.
PWRC John Towers
Died 27 December 1943, aged 39
Died of injuries received 22 December when assaulted by a man he warned on patrol.
D/Insp James O'Donnell QPM MM & Bar
Died 13 December 1958, aged 47
Fatally shot negotiating with a gunman knowing he had already 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 four days after a fire while working on a car at the Police Garage.
Sgt Hartley Wilkinson
Died 16 April 1924, aged 45
Died from effects of exposure sustained attempting a sea rescue in August 1923.
P/Fm William Matthews
Died 23 February 1932, aged 44
Died of illness attributable to his duties as both an ambulanceman and fireman.
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 cotton mill.
P/Fm George O'Donoghue
Died 25 January 1897, aged 38
Died of injuries two days after a horse tender crashed returning from a fire.
P/Fm George Robert Nuttall
Died 20 October 1897, aged 36
Killed when buried by the collapse of a roof while fighting a fire in a cotton mill.
PC Leslie Shaw
Died 19 July 1948, aged 27
Struck by a car which failed to stop on the night of 15 July and died of injuries.
Sgt Thomas Hodgson
Died 11 November 1939, aged 47
Died suddenly following a fall from his bicycle while on patrol during the night.
PC John Parker
Died 29 August 1869, aged 36
Died from hydrophobia nine months after being bitten trying to capture a rabid dog.
Sgt Francis Wallbank
Died 27 December 1921, aged 45
After stopping a vehicle at night he was hit by a passing car and died in hospital.
PC John Thomas Edgeley
Died 16 January 1931, aged 38
Died from injuries received the day before in a collision with a lorry while cycling.
PWRC Fred White
Died 1 October 1942, aged 48
Died of illness contributed to by falling in Preston Dock on duty in November 1940.
SC Joseph Halstead
Died 10 August 1840, aged 43
Bludgeoned to death with an iron rail during rioting against the new police.
PC Matthew Sharp
Died 9 December 1858, aged 32
Drowned in a fall into a canal while on patrol on a very dark night at St Helens.
PC Robert Highton
Died 10 June 1859, aged 48
Collapsed and died after suffering a stroke while at Middleton police station.
PC John Taylor
Died 9 January 1860, aged 27
Collapsed and died in a fit whilst on his beat in the early hours at Heywood.
Supt John Sellers
Died 24 March 1860, aged 43
Killed while returning from duty when his trap overturned onto him at Kirkdale.
PC William Jump
Died 28 June 1862, aged 29
Shot dead attempting to arrest an armed gang at night near Ashton-under-Lyne.
PC Lord Pickup
Died 28 August 1867, aged 42
Died of injuries received in May 1866 when struck by a horse at Manchester Races.
PC Joseph Greenhalgh
Died 15 April 1868, aged 22
Drowned when he fell into the canal at Ince while on patrol on a very dark night.
Supt Richard Pickering
Died 3 November 1868, aged 51
Died as a result of head injuries received in 1865 and 1868 during riots at Rochdale.
Sgt William Hoban
Died 14 April 1872, aged 34
Pensioned in January 1872 due to injuries received on duty and subsequently died.
PC Nicholas Cock
Died 2 August 1876, aged 23
Shot and fatally wounded by a burglar disturbed during the night at Stretford.
PC Robert Michie
Died 4 December 1876, aged 25
Hit by a train and killed walking along the railway on his way to Burnley Court.
PC William Clark
Died 2 February 1877, aged 32
Pensioned in July 1875 due to injuries received on duty and subsequently died.
Sgt Jonah Sewell
Died 1 November 1878, aged 37
Shot in the head by a suspect he had stopped for questioning at St Helens.
PC John Long
Died 1 February 1880, aged 28
Died of injuries received when run over by a train whilst on patrol at St Helens.
PC Thomas Hazelden
Died 1 October 1884, aged 22
Died as a result of a fall while cleaning the Police Station windows at Bootle.
Sgt William Coutts
Died 6 December 1886, aged 36
Accidentally killed on the railway after visiting a constable at night near Widnes.
Sgt Alexander Mitchell
Died 23 February 1887, aged 44
Drowned in a fall into a canal on a very dark night while visiting beats near Ince.
PC Noah Jackson
Died 10 August 1893, aged 35
Died of blood poisoning contracted at a post mortem of a dead horse at Prescot.
PC William Grant
Died 9 November 1893, aged 53
Died of injuries received on duty in a fall down a staircase at Leigh Police Station.
PS Charles Percival
Died 9 January 1896, aged 48
Died at Carnforth six weeks after being pensioned due to injuries received on duty.
PC Richard Penman
Died 5 December 1897, aged 50
Pensioned in April 1895 due to an injury on duty at Bury from which he later died.
PC Frederick Smith
Died 26 September 1899, aged 43
Died of injuries sustained in 1898 stopping a runaway horse and lorry at Rochdale.
PC Abraham Sutcliffe
Died 22 December 1901, aged 29
Found accidentally drowned in the canal while on his beat at night at Failsworth.
Insp George Murphy
Died 2 June 1904, aged 49
Accidentally knocked off his bicycle by a horse and killed on duty near Ulverston.
PC Richard Clayton
Died 12 December 1904, aged 34
Died of diabetes resulting from injury on duty sustained in March 1902 at Ulverston.
PC Lewis Booth
Died 6 January 1905, aged 50
Collapsed and died from heart failure when arresting a burglar at Seaforth.
Sgt William Forsythe
Died 12 March 1905, aged 45
Stabbed during an arrest at Ulverston in 1899 and subsequently died of diabetes.
PC George Arthur Hodson
Died 29 December 1906, aged 28
Died of injuries after a fall while chasing boys throwing stones at Audenshaw.
PC Stewart Mungo Whillis
Died 15 May 1907, aged 38
Died as a result of injuries received in 1901 when attacked by four men in Standish.
PC John Taylor
Died 13 June 1909, aged 41
Pensioned in 1908 and died from the effects of sunstroke suffered on duty at Preston.
PC Alfred Pearson
Died 25 June 1911, aged 25
Drowned attempting to rescue a suicidal young woman from a canal at Litherland.
PC John James Southward
Died 11 April 1912, aged 41
Pensioned 1 April and died from the effects of injury received in execution of his duty.
PC Harry Edward Hall
Died 18 June 1912, aged 44
Died from the effects of a non-accidental injury received in execution of his duty.
PC James Nelson
Died 7 April 1915, aged 23
Died from a stroke after a fall from his horse on mounted training at Preston.
PC John Davis
Died 5 August 1915, aged 33
Found dead on the railway having been hit by a train going on duty near Upholland.
PC James Hardacre KPM
Died 27 April 1917, aged 34
Killed by an explosion while fighting a fire at a munitions factory at Church.
Posthumously awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.
Sgt Thomas Bell
Died 16 April 1918, aged 41
Died from injuries after a fall locating a light in a blackout at Grange-over-Sands.
PC William Prendergast
Died 26 October 1921, aged 38
Died from injuries sustained when thrown from a police horse in 1917 at Old Trafford.
PC Alfred Henry Barron
Died 23 April 1923, aged 34
Died as a result of accidental injuries received in the execution of duty in 1921.
D/Sgt Josiah Davies
Died 25 June 1926, aged 36
Killed in a road traffic accident while returning from duty at Haydock Races.
Supt Thomas Charles Blanchard
Died 7 November 1930, aged 62
Killed in a police motorcycle combination crash while returning from Aintree Races.
Ch/Insp George Ripley
Died 25 October 1931, aged 61
Hit by a car and killed while investigating the scene of a fatal accident at Tarleton.
Sgt Frank Dyson
Died 20 October 1933, aged 44
Died three days after a fall off his cycle on plain clothes duty near Ulverston.
PC Harry Forrest
Died 7 May 1935, aged 24
Run down and killed by a speeding car at night while on crowd control at Nelson.
Sgt William Dean Coughlan
Died 14 January 1936, aged 49
Died of injuries received 21 December in a bicycle accident on patrol at St Annes.
Insp Henry William Woodhead
Died 20 November 1937, aged 49
While investigating a road accident scene at Lea he was struck by a car and killed.
Insp Thomas Henry Dewhurst
Died 4 October 1938, aged 54
Collapsed at an Air Raid Precautions meeting at Ormskirk and died in hospital.
SC Llewelyn Walford
Died 18 September 1940, aged 46
Killed by a bomb assisting families into shelters during an air raid at Thornton.
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
SC Henry Edward Heaton
Died 23 December 1940, aged 43
Killed when Old Trafford Police Station was struck by a bomb during an air raid.
RPC John William Law
Died 23 December 1940, aged 51
Body found the day after he was killed by a bomb during an air raid at Old Trafford.
SC Harry Davies
Died 24 December 1940, aged 49
Died of injuries received 22 December from a bomb during an air raid at Old Trafford.
PC Ian Douglas Steen
Died 26 December 1940, aged 23
Died of injuries received 23 December in an air raid at Old Trafford Police Station.
Posthumous King's Commendation for Brave Conduct in Civil Defence.
PWRC David Roderick Roberts
Died 1 January 1941, aged 48
Died of injuries received 23 December from a bomb during an air raid at Old Trafford.
PC Gerard Gaskell
Died 12 March 1941, aged 28
SC Clifford Ernest C. Davey
Died 12 March 1941, aged 38
SC John Clarence Harrop
Died 12 March 1941, aged 32
Killed by a bomb explosion in the early hours during an air raid at Stretford.
SC George Morgan Valentine
Died 4 May 1941, aged 43
Killed as a rsult of enemy action during an air raid at Huyton-with-Roby.
PWRC Joseph Pickering
Died 31 January 1942, aged 54
Died of heart failure after an assault whilst arresting a man at Litherland.
Insp Jacob Murray
Died 25 June 1945, aged 41
Killed in a road accident while seconded to Army Civil Affairs duties in Germany.
PC Arthur Richardson
Died 2 July 1945, aged 45
Died of injury sustained 25 May rescuing a woman collapsed in a bath at Fleetwood.
PC Albert Edward Holgate
Died 7 May 1946, aged 45
Collapsed in Nelson Police Station at night and died in hospital next morning.
DCI James Henderson Duncan
Died 12 January 1949, aged 50
Pensioned 1947 and died from illness related to Fingerprint Department duties.
PC Allan Swift
Died 12 February 1949, aged 33
Died of illness resulting from conditions in a damp police house at Worsthorne.
PC Sydney Arthur Tysoe
Died 29 November 1949, aged 38
Died as result of injuries received in 1940 when assaulted in an arrest at Prescot.
Ch/Insp Leonard Smith
Died 22 December 1949, aged 45
Died as result of injuries received in 1930 when assaulted in an arrest at Beverley.
PS Harry Walton
Died 30 March 1950, aged 39
Accidentally shot by a colleague in July 1940 contributing to his subsesuent death.
PC Frank Holdaway O'Connor
Died 19 November 1950, aged 40
Collapsed and died on a call with his Sergeant late at night at Skelmersdale.
RPC John Poucher
Died 7 January 1951, aged 59
Fatally injured when struck by a drunk driver on bicycle patrol at Cleveleys.
PC Rivers George H. Sherwood
Died 28 February 1952, aged 51
Died of injuries the day after he was hit by a car while on bicycle patrol at Rainhill.
Sgt Charles Moore KPFSM
Died 1 November 1952, aged 57
Died on pension of injuries received in 1944 when stabbed in an arrest at Little Lever.
Awarded the Kings Police and Fire Service Medal for Gallantry in 1945.
D/Insp George Nixon
Died 4 January 1953, aged 65
Died of head injuries received in 1929 when assaulted going off duty at Fleetwood.
PC John Thomas Hill
Died 19 January 1954, aged 50
Pensioned in 1951 and died from a disability occasioned by his police duties at Crosby.
PC Ivor Allan Oates
Died 6 March 1956, aged 25
Died four days after a physical training accident on a recruits course at Bruche.
PC John Michael Gillett
Died 24 March 1956, aged 24
Killed while helping a lorry driver repair a light when hit by a car near Garstang.
PC Isaac Taylor
Died 24 May 1956, aged 30
Died of injuries from 19 May in a patrol car crash pursuing a vehicle at Chadderton.
Ch/Insp Thomas Clifford Walker
Died 24 December 1957, aged 41
Killed in a traffic patrol car crash in the early hours on icy roads at Penwortham.
PC James Firth Batty
Died 29 May 1959, aged 19
Killed when his motorcycle collided with a lorry returning to duty at Walkden.
PC Philip Peter Gibbard
Died 5 May 1961, aged 32
Killed in a collision of his Traffic motor cycle and a stationary lorry at Fulwood.
PC Ernest Southern
Died 27 January 1962, aged 35
Died after collapsing while dealing with an affray against the police at Kirkby.
PC David Colin Brown
Died 11 February 1965, aged 24
Died of injuries seven weeks after a police van crash escorting a prisoner at Kirkby.
PW Myra Waller
Died 20 June 1965, aged 24
Died the day after her traffic patrol car crashed attending an accident at Halton.
PC George Leslie Higham
Died 7 November 1966, aged 37
Struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating a road accident at Kirkby.
Ch/Insp Thomas Edward H. Woods
Died 13 December 1966, aged 49
Collapsed and died during a Federation working party meeting in London.
PC Graham Roughley
Died 13 June 1967, aged 22
Killed in a patrol car crash attending a bank alarm call at Ashton-under-Lyne.
PC Brian Marsh
Died 23 April 1968, aged 19
Died of a sudden illness while attending his initial training course at Bruche.
PC Stanley Edward Moore
Died 11 February 1969, aged 37
Drowned during an underwater search for two missing children at Warrington.
Sgt John Dawson
Died 14 June 1969, aged 50
Died six days after a motor cycle accident going off duty at Chadderton.
PC Leslie Alwyn Marson
Died 29 September 1969, aged 47
Collapsed and died of heart failure while installing radio equipment.
Supt Gerald Irving Richardson
Died 23 August 1971, aged 38
Shot and fatally wounded attempting to arrest an armed robber at Blackpool.
Posthumously awarded the George Cross for Gallantry.
PW Barbara Lynne Wilkinson
Died 13 November 1971, aged 20
Killed in a car accident while returning home from a police first aid competition.
PC Kenneth Richmond Fletcher
Died 23 November 1972, aged 26
Killed on an advanced motorcycle course when he fell from his machine at Turton.
D/Insp James Jope McKendrick
Died 18 December 1974, aged 52
Killed in a traffic accident while crossing the road outside police HQ at Hutton.
Insp Ian Douglas McPherson
Died 25 November 1976, aged 45
Died suddenly while at Scarborough with the police examinations marking panel.
PC George Anthony Spencer
Died 3 December 1976, aged 24
Killed when his traffic car crashed on an emergency call in a thick fog on the M61.
PC Roland Cree McGowan
Died 22 January 1978, aged 20
Killed responding to an emergency call when his patrol car crashed at Bacup.
A/Sgt Walter Lacey
Died 12 September 1978, aged 42
Died of heart failure during a violent struggle to arrest a suspect at Colne.
PC Malcolm Reader
Died 4 January 1979, aged 36
Died in a car crash on the Edenfield By-Pass returning home from dutyat Bacup.
PC John Stanley Roberts
Died 29 January 1979, aged 25
Collapsed and died of heart failure while driving a patrol car at night at Preston.
PC David Whittle
Died 12 August 1979, aged 20
Fatally injured with PC Bromilow in a car crash escorting a prisoner at Blackburn.
PC John Edward Bromilow
Died 18 August 1979, aged 23
Died after the car crash with PC Whittle while escorting a prisoner at Blackburn.
PC John Harwood
Died 28 September 1979, aged 23
Died 9 days after a crash on an advanced motorcycle course at Charnock Richard.
PC Robert Milne
Died 21 October 1979, aged 50
Collapsed and died after dispersing a hostile crowd while off duty at Fulwood.
Sgt Gerald Charnley
Died 14 December 1982, aged 53
Killed in a fall on Helvellyn mountain during police cadets adventure raining.
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
The three officers drowned together trying to rescue a man from the sea at Blackpool.
PC Peter Heaton
Died 16 September 1986, aged 47
Collapsed and died while attending a course at the Training School at Hutton.
PC Ian Wain Woodward
Died 25 February 1987, aged 33
Shot dead off duty when he challenged a poacher armed with a shotgun at Chorley.
PC Donald Percy Morgan
Died 1 February 1988, aged 49
Collapsed and died leaving Blackpool Central Police Station to go on patrol.
PC Ronald Ansell
Died 9 November 1989, aged 56
Collapsed and died of heart failure during public order training at Inskip.
PC Peter Burnett
Died 7 October 1990, aged 42
Collapsed and died dispersing rioters who were attacking police at Barnoldswick.
PC Martin Baker
Died 24 December 1992, aged 25
Killed when his car collided with a lorry while travelling to duty at Blackburn.
PC Alan West Houghton
Died 17 March 1998, aged 50
Died two days after he collapsed and crashed his police vehicle at Catterall.
PC Catherine Margaret Sutcliffe
Died 20 August 2004, aged 34
Collapsed 8 August at a routine incident at Waddington and later died in hospital.
LEST WE FORGET
Page updated 12 September 2017