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Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty

MERSEYSIDE POLICE


LEST WE FORGET


River Mersey Police


PC Henry Madden

Died 3 February 1868, aged 40

Drowned when the police boat in which he was on patrol capsized.


Birkenhead Borough Police


PC John Matthews

Died 4 September 1854

Fatally shot by a mad man he was trying to calm in his house at Oxton


PC William Vaughan

Died 23 December 1856

Fatally stabbed arresting a man for causing a disturbance in the street.


PC James Goodwin

Died 11 November 1879, aged 28

Died as a result of internal injuries received during an arrest in 1876.


PC James Daley

Died 3 June 1923, aged 25

Found drowned in the dock after he went missing on patrol in a storm.


PC Albert Pratt

Died 15 November 1937, aged 43

Fatally injured when he entered a burning building to warn residents.


Sgt John Banister Davies

Died 14 May 1938, aged 47

Fatally injured when knocked down by a speeding pedal cyclist.


Sgt Archibald James McTavish

Died 6 May 1941, aged 39

Killed by enemy action while on patrol during an air raid.


PC Herbert Swetnam

Died 6 May 1941, aged 27

Killed by enemy action while on patrol during an air raid.


PWRC Albert Lett

Died 28 June 1942, aged 33

Killed in an enemy air raid duty status unknown.


St. Helens Borough Police


PC James Gordon

Died 13 November 1893, aged 26

Fatally bludgeoned and beaten attempting to arrest three thieves.


PC Thomas Ashcroft Grundy

Died 31 January 1914, aged 30

Collapsed and died after running to a fight and arresting one of the men.


PC Adam Mather

Died 19 June 1915, aged 50

Collapsed and died after assisting in the violent arrest of 2 men at night.


PC Ieuan Griffith Jeffreys

Died 4 May 1941, aged 31

Killed investigating an unexploded bomb on aiding duty in Liverpool.


Sgt Kenneth Henry Broughton

Died 16 January 1966, aged 43

Collapsed and died of heart failure during his last tour of night duty.


Southport Borough Police


PWRC John Mannion

Died 31 May 1941, aged 55

Fatally injured in a collision with a coach cycling home from duty.


Wallasey Borough Police


Killed in enemy air raids off duty or duty status unknown:-

SC William Wallace

Died 20 December 1940, aged 63

SC William Athol Snelson

Died 12 March 1941, aged 34

SC John Wilkinson

Died 10 July 1941, aged 56


PC Eric Leslie Valantine

Died 20 August 1943, aged 34

Drowned while attempting to rescue a woman in difficulties in a rough sea.


Liverpool Parks Police


Constable William Clucas

Died 4 May 1941, aged 43

Killed during an enemy air raid with his family at their Stanley Park home.


Liverpool City Police Fire Brigade


P/Fm Samuel Hodgson

Died 22 September 1842, aged 22

Killed when crushed by a falling wall while fighting a large warehouse fire.


P/Fm Robert Pritchard

Died 7 February 1844, aged 28

Fatally injured when a wall collapsed while fighting a large warehouse fire.


P/Fm John Willan

Died 26 October 1853, aged 25

Drowned in Liverpool Dock while fighting a fire on a Steam Tug.


P/Fm Robert Hardaker

Died 29 April 1860, aged 44

Killed when a ladder collapsed whilst fighting a fire at the Sailors Home.


Insp John Commelin

Died 28 July 1861, aged 39

Crushed by a falling wall at the scene of a fire at a ropeworks.


P/Fm Richard Atkinson

Died 9 March 1863, aged 31

Died of injuries sustained fighting a large fire when the building collapsed.


P/Fm Robert Critchley

Died 30 October 1865, aged 25

Died from injuries received at the scene of a fire.


P/Fm Henry Caunce

Died 21 October 1873, aged 25

Fatally injured while fighting a fire.


P/Fm Alexander Burgess

Died 9 February 1874, aged 30 

Killed while engaged fighting a fire in a sugar refinery.


P/Fm Thomas Boyd

Died 8 June 1874, aged 47

Killed while engaged at a fire.


P/Fm Richard Frederick Richardson

Died 28 January 1887, aged 29

Killed while fighting a warehouse fire when a wall collapsed on top of him.


F/Insp Edward Hughes

Died 20 April 1892, aged 45

Died from a severe cold caught when drenched at several large fires.


P/Fm John Beer 

Died 6 January 1893, aged 29

Killed trying to save a colleague when a burning building collapsed.


P/Fm Charles John Watts

Died 6 January 1893, aged 23

Killed when a wall collapsed fighting an out of control warehouse fire.  


P/Fm William Gavan

Died 22 December 1912, aged 41

Killed in a road accident when he lost control of the engine at a fire.


P/Fm Joseph Newark

Died 7 April 1914, aged 32

Got in difficulties at a warehouse fire and drowned in the flooded cellar.


P/Fm John Donaldson

Died 30 April 1914, aged 47

Fatally injure in a fall at premises while engaged fighting a fire.


P/Fm Edward Jones

Died 9 March 1921, aged 34

Fatally injured in a road accident when his fire engine overturned.


Sgt Robert Kewin

Died 15 March 1921, aged 40

Killed by the collapse of a wall while fighting a fire at a Chemical Works.


P/Fm Robert Crellin

Died 15 July 1929, aged 32

Fatally injured in an accidental fall on the stairs at the Fire Police Station.


Sgt Hugh Joseph Hunter

Died 16 May 1940, aged 43

Killed attending a fire when his fire engine was in collision with a bus.


P/Fm Ernest Lunt

Died 12 October 1940, aged 22

Killed in a road accident in a Brigade motor tender at Wapping goods yard.


P/Fm James Ferguson Hood

Died 21 December 1940, aged 26

Killed by falling masonry whilst fighting fires during an enemy air raid.


Driver Robert Roberts

Died 3 May 1941, aged 58

Killed while acting as an ambulance driver when a hospital was bombed.


Liverpool Fire Salvage Corps


SC Howell Ap-Einion Jones

Died 4 May 1941, aged 40

SC Ainsworth Spence Hodgson

Died 4 May 1941, aged 54

SC Henry Cooke B.E.M.

Died 4 May 1941, aged 46

Killed by enemy action during an air raid at the Fire Salvage Station.


Liverpool City Police


PC William Horner Ross

Died 7 June 1838, aged 35

Fatally injured when attacked while dispersing a crowd at a prize-fight.


PC David Bailey

Died 15 April 1839, aged 28

Fatally stabbed in the neck attempting to arrest a man armed with a knife.


PC Richard Fairclough

Died 16 December 1844

Fatally bludgeoned when dealing with a domestic disturbance.


PC Richard Sunderland

Died 1 November 1853

Stabbed to death while arresting a man during election disturbances.


PC Samuel Kingsbury

Died 23 June 1869, aged 33

Died as a result of injuries received when tripped during a disturbance.


DC George Bailey

Died 3 July 1880, aged 32

Drowned trying to save his young son when their boat capsized.


PC James Graham

Died August 1887, aged 23

Died from internal injury after being violently attacked during an arrest.


PC Richard Green

Died 20 October 1890, aged 30

Killed when struck by a heavy gate it was his duty to close at the docks.


PC John Young

Died 23 May 1899, aged 28

Fatally injured driving the police ambulance when the horse bolted.


PC Charles Parfitt

Died 12 March 1904, aged 33

Collapsed and died of heart failure during shift change over.


PC Lewis Hughes Jones

Died 6 June 1904, aged 48

Fatally injured endeavouring to stop a runaway horse and float.


PC Thomas McEwan

Died 18 April 1907, aged 46

Accidentally crushed between two railway wagons while directing traffic


PC Brownlow Locke

Died 24 November 1907, aged 26

Killed assisting a porter to close a heavy iron gate when it fell on him.


PC Thomas Power

Died 16 February 1911, aged 48

Died of injuries sustained in 1904 in a road accident saving two children.


PC Henry Phillips

Died 15 August 1911, aged 32

Died as a result of injury sustained in a fall at a warehouse fire.


PC Samuel Ballance

Died 3 September 1911, aged 23

During after operations on injuries received during earlier rioting.


PC William H. Moore

Died 22 August 1912, aged 43

Found drowned possibly trying to rescue his son from the river.


Sgt George Anderson 

Died 26 May 1913, aged 49

Died of injuries received in 1911 when attacked by a hostile crowd.


PC Samuel Jonah Smart

Died 23 November 1913, aged 50

Fatally injured driving the patrol wagon when a horse bolted.


Sgt William Sant

Died 5 August 1916, aged 49

Killed on mounted patrol when his horse was startled and fell on him.


PC William Henry Peers

Died 22 January 1921, aged 24

Fatally injured in a fall from high steps whilst checking property.


PC Albert Millington

Died 16 January 1932, aged 38

Killed when hit from behind by a speeding car while on bicycle patrol.


PC Richard Haig Little

Died 23 September 1933, aged 36

Took his own life as a result of head injuries received in an assault.


PC Benjamin Jones

Died 13 September 1936, aged 32

Fatally injured while cycling to duty in an accidental collision with a car.


PC Francis James Prosser

Died 6 May 1940, aged 36

Fatally injured when run over trying to stop a runaway horse and van.


PC Stanley Black

Died 19 September 1940, aged 39

Fatally injured by bomb splinters on patrol during an enemy air raid.


PC Thomas Voce

Died 20 December 1940, aged 40

Killed by falling masonry whilst on duty during an enemy air raid.


PWRC Richard Millington

Died 21 December 1940, aged 40

Killed by falling masonry whilst on duty during an enemy air raid.


PC Lewis Glover

Died 22 December 1940, aged 46

Killed attempting to extinguish an incendiary bomb during an air raid.


PC William John Wilson

Died 20 February 1941, aged 47 

Found drowned in the docks having fallen in on patrol in the blackout.


PC Cyril Nelson Read

Died 13 March 1941, aged 35

PC Alan Trevor

Died 13 March 1941, aged 37

Killed evacuating the area of an unexploded bomb in an air raid.


PC Thomas Arthur Benn

Died 29 March 1941, aged 25

Killed attempting to rescue a family trapped in a burning house.

Posthumously awarded a King's Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry.


PC John Edwards

Died 3 May 1941, aged 39

Killed by a bomb explosion while on patrol during an enemy air raid.


PC John Cutler Williams

Died 4 May 1941, aged 50

Killed by a bomb explosion while on patrol during an enemy air raid.


Sgt Francis Winder Parrington

Died 8 May 1941, aged 42

Killed by enemy action whilst on duty in a shelter during an air raid.


PC William Edward Wright Morton

Died 8 May 1941, aged 44

PC George Albert Shellshear

Died 8 May 1941, aged 26

PC Frederick Walter Doran

Died 8 May 1941, aged 44

Fatally injured by a bomb explosion on patrol during an enemy air raid.


PC Wilfred Edward Grigg

Died 5 February 1943, aged 45

Found drowned in a water tank with a child he probably tried to rescue.


Killed as a result of enemy air raids off duty or duty status unknown:-

SC Stanley Swidenbank

Died 29 September 1940, aged 45

PWRC Arthur John Lowe

Died 17 January 1944, aged 37

PWRC Stanley Antrobus 

Died 11 September 1946, aged 36

PWRC Joseph Stephen Hawksey

Died 24 September 1947, aged 37


PC Alexander Napier

Died 7 January 1948, aged 29

Fatally injured when knocked down by a vehicle while on night duty.


PC Francis Leo Gallagher

Died 12 November 1961, aged 52

Killed in a motorcycle accident while reporting for early turn duty.


PC Ronald Brown

Died 19 February 1962, aged 20

Killed in a fall through a garage roof searching for a suspected burglar.


Bootle Borough Police


PC Benjamin Drinkwater

Died 1 August 1935, aged 26

Killed searching a warehouse for suspects when the roof collapsed.


PC James Mann

Died 3 May 1941, aged 48

Killed by enemy action whilst on duty during an enemy air raid.


PC James Anderson

Died 5 May 1941, aged 45

SC George McKeown

Died 5 May 1941, aged 42

PWRC William Sinton Will

Died 5 May 1941, aged 35

Killed by enemy action while on patrol during an air raid.


Sgt Frank William V. Smith

Died 8 May 1941, aged 44


PWRC William Alfred Moore

Died 8 May 1941, aged 43

Killed in an enemy air raid duty status unknown.


SC Thomas John Gillett

Died 9 May 1941, aged 34

Killed by enemy action whilst on duty during an enemy air raid.


PC Richard H. Smerdon

Died 22 May 1965, aged 52

Collapsed and died while on duty in a patrol car.


Liverpool and Bootle Constabulary


PC Paul Matthew Maguire

Died 10 May 1968, aged 24

Killed when his police motorcycle was in collision with a lorry.


Merseyside Police


PC Francis Knight

Died 27 October 1974, aged 32

Killed in a motorcycle crash returning home from duty in stormy weather.


PC Raymond Davenport

Died 4 July 1981, aged 35

Fatally injured when dragged by a stolen car trying to arrest the driver.

Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.  


PC James William Byers

Died 6 May 1983, aged 35

PC Norman Harold Jones 

Died 6 May 1983, aged 53

Killed when struck by a car while at the scene of a motorway accident.


PC William Marshall

Died 29 June 1986, aged 47

Died as a result of internal injuries received during rioting in 1981.

Holder of the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.


PC Mark Paul Shelton

Died 24 June 1987, aged 22

Fatally injured in a vehicle collision on a police motorcycle course.


Sgt Douglas Charles Beggs

Died 24 November 1987, aged 44

Killed in a vehicle collision leaving the Mersey Tunnel while going off duty.


PC John Shevlin

Died 10 November 1997, aged 36

Died following two years in a coma after his police car crashed.


PC Gary Clarke

Died 7 August 2001, aged 38 

Killed when he was struck by a car while cycling home from work.


PC David Thomas Shreeve

Died 9 November 2005, aged 38

Killed in a motorway collision on a police motorcycle training course.


PC David Andrew Victor Phillips

Died 5 October 2015, aged 34

Killed when struck by a stolen vehicle which he was attempting to stop.


LEST WE FORGET


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