Police Roll of Honour - Lest We Forget

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

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In Memory of British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty

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METROPOLITAN POLICE

1829 - 1899

The following officers are  included, with additional details, in the Book of
Remembrance at the
Metropolitan Police Memorial at the Peel Centre, Hendon,
which was dedicated by Her Majesty The Queen in 2001.


LEST WE FORGET


  PC Joseph Grantham

Died 28 June 1830, aged 31

Collapsed and died when kicked in the head arresting a drunken man.


PC John Long

Died 16 August 1830, aged 35

Stabbed to death when he stopped three suspected burglars at night.


PC Michael Pratt

Died 7 January 1831, aged 34

Collapsed and died of heart failure chasing four suspected thieves.


PC Thomas Hart

Died 25 October 1832, aged 42

Drowned when knocked in the river trying to catch a stray cow.


PC Robert Culley

Died 13 May 1833, aged 27

Fatally stabbed during a riot at a political meeting in Coldbath Fields.


PC William Bruff

Died 9 December 1836, aged 44

Found collapsed on his beat in Bunhill burial ground and died the next day.


PC John Barton

Died 18 October 1838, aged 40

Drowned when he accidentally fell in the River Lea while on night duty.


PC William Aldridge

Died 30 September 1839, aged 30

Fatally injured when stoned by a mob during an arrest at Deptford.


PC Peter Beadle

Died 11 July 1840, aged 18

Accidentally drowned when he fell in London Docks on night duty.


PC John Husbands

Died 20 July 1840, aged 26

Accidentally drowned when he fell in Grosvenor Canal on night duty.


PC James Carroll

Died 2 October 1841, aged 45

Attacked by a mob and hit with his own truncheon making an arrest.


PC Thomas Everett

Died 14 January 1842, aged 26

Found drowned in London Docks apparently having fallen in at night.


PC Charles Nicholls

Died 29 January 1842, aged 41

Found dead on his beat at Lambeth supposed to have suffered a fit.


PC James Fulkes

Died 10 March 1842, aged 26

Found dead on his beat at Holborn having struck his head in a fall.


PC Timothy Daly

Died 5 May 1842, aged 45

Shot dead when he attempted to arrest an armed highway robber.


PC Charles Reynolds

Died 2 June 1842, aged 22

Found drowned in London Docks having fallen in while on night duty.


Sgt Andrew Allen

Died 17 December 1842

Collapsed and died while on foot patrol with one of his men.


PC Uriah Eden

Died 20 November 1844, aged 29

Fatally injured in a fall in a chapel while searching for lost property.


PC John Birkmyre, 19

PC John Wright, 30

Died 21 December 1844

Both killed while searching a burning house when the floors collapsed.


PC Charles William Somes

Died 4 September 1845, aged 32

Died as a result of being injured on duty on Marylebone Division.


Sgt Samuel Tebbenham

Died 17 September 1845, aged 47

Collapsed and died of heart failure whilst on horse patrol at Dagenham.


PC Fitz Henry Parsons

Died 9 January 1846, aged 22

Fatally injured in a fall into the dry dock at Woolwich Arsenal in a fog.


PC James Hastie

Died 7 March 1846, aged 34

Fatally beaten by several men in a street disturbance at Deptford.


PC George Clark

Died 29 June 1846, aged 20

Found brutally beaten and stabbed to death while on night duty.


PC George Hall

Died 4 July 1846, aged 21

Fatally injured when thrown from his horse after 15 hours on duty.


PC Daniel Harker Monk

Died 28 May 1848, aged 30

Fatally injured with his own staff while taking a prisoner into custody.


PC William Sibley

Died 6 September 1849, aged 37

Collapsed and died from supposed over exertion at the scene of a fire.


PC John Welch

Died 12 October 1849, aged 21

Overcome by fumes trying to rescue three workmen in a sewer.


PC Alexander Scott

Died 26 June 1850, aged 34

Died during a hospital operation on an injury received during an affray.


PC Henry James Chaplin

Died 5 May 1851, aged 33

Fatally wounded when attacked with bricks by a disorderly crowd.


Sgt Joseph Rendall

Died 29 September 1852, aged 39

Died from injuries received in an accident on duty at Greenwich.


PC Michael Madigan

Died 17 October 1852, aged 31

Found accidentally drowned in the Thames while on night duty.


PC George Best

Died 18 October 1852, aged 38

While reporting for duty at Pimlico he suffered a fit and died the next day.


PC Francis Stoker

Died 11 February 1855, aged 38

Killed attempting to rescue persons trapped in a collapsing house.


PC Malachi Shannon

Died 28 June 1856, aged 34

Fatally injured when accidentally thrown from his horse on patrol.


PC James Burton

Died 15 July 1857, aged 34

Died after the amputation of his arm following an injury on duty.


PC Charles Busk

Died 11 August 1857, aged 45

Fatally injured in a fall while checking premises at night.


PC James Denyer

Died 17 August 1857, aged 28

Drowned checking a suspicious light on a boat in London Docks.


PC Henry Morgan

Died 2 January 1858, aged 25

Fatally injured when attacked making an arrest during an affray at Stepney.


PC William Wilson

Died 18 November 1858, aged 32

Found drowned in a canal after being missed on his beat in a gale.


PC William Driver

Died 12 March 1859, aged 20

Drowned when he accidentally fell in a canal on his beat in a storm.


PC William Fuller

Died 19 April 1859, aged 43

Killed taking a police horse to the station when it reared and fell.


PC Thomas Randall

Died 19 August 1859, aged 20

Killed in a fall at the police station.


PC Charles Welch

Died 16 December 1859, aged 30

Died as a result of head injuries received in execution of his duty.


PC George Brown

Died 24 October 1860, aged 25

Killed by falling down the area of a house while patrolling his beat.


PC Samuel Hawes

Died 8 June 1861, aged 34

Died in an asylum from the effects of a head injury received on duty.


PC Henry Hall

Died 22 August 1861, aged 26

Found drowned at Woolwich Dock after being missed from his beat.


Insp James Rapsey

Died 26 September 1861, aged 41

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


Insp William Hard

Died 11 June 1862, aged 43

Died from a fractured skull caused by a fall from his horse on duty.


PC Henry Butler

Died 21 August 1862, aged 23

Found drowned in the canal on his beat in suspicious circumstances.


PC Richard Lillicrap

Died 31 August 1862, aged 45

Collapsed and died from over exertion when in pursuit of a thief.


PC William John Davey

Died 19 January 1863, aged 43

Shot dead while on a duty at home  by a man he was investigating.


PC Frederick William Patrick

Died 20 November 1863, aged 29

Found dead under Hungerford Bridge having fallen through a hole.


PC Charles Pearce

Died 23 January 1864, aged 32

Drowned when he accidentally fell from a police boat at Devonport.


PC Daniel Langford

Died 24 January 1864, aged 37

Died from injuries he received in 1862 when assaulted by navvies.


Sgt Thomas William Jackson

Died 27 July 1864, aged 40

Died from injuries received in 1859 when assaulted by a prisoner.


Insp John Jenkin Terry

Died 4 October 1864, aged 34

Died after amputation of his leg broken in a fall while on patrol.


PC George Edward Saunders

Died 7 November 1864, aged 27

Drowned when he fell in the docks while patrolling his beat at night.


Sgt John Thompson

Died 20 June 1865, aged 39

Died after suffering a stroke while on duty at Clapham police station.


PC George Sykes

Died 20 December 1865, aged 37

Fatally injured helping to release a brig in the mud at Woolwich Docks.


PC William Fitzgerald

Died 23 January 1866, aged 31

Fatally injured when violently assaulted by a drunken prisoner.


PC Thomas Ley Baker

Died May 1866, aged 25

Died from injuries received in 1863 when assaulted by two burglars.


PC Jesse Roberts

Died 9 April 1866, aged 52

Died of disease the result of injuries received in execution of his duty.


Sgt Joseph Hirons

Died 30 June 1866, aged 43

Died after amputation of his thumb following an injury received on duty.


PC John McFarlane

Died 4 July 1866, aged 34

Found drowned apparently having accidentally fallen in the Thames.


Sgt Henry Collins

Died 21 November 1866, aged 38

Fatally injured apparently having been thrown from his horse at night.


PC Dennis Potter Clark

Died 6 January 1867, aged 42

Died as a result of a head injury received when assaulted in 1864.


PC John Chattey

Died 21 January 1867, aged 34

Died of disease as a result of injury received in execution of his duty.


PC John Kennedy

Died 8 May 1867, aged 22

Collapsed and died from the effects of sunstroke while on his beat.


PC Robert Snelling

Died 6 October 1867, aged 26

Died following injuries received in a fall off a wall while searching a house.


Insp Daniel Bradstock

Died 2 June 1868, aged 46

Fatally stabbed while visiting a prisoner in the police station cell.


PC Joseph Eite

Died 6 August 1868, aged 28

Died as a result of injuries received by being kicked by a drunken man.


PC Charles Clay

Died 31 August 1868, aged 34

Collapsed in the street while on enquiries and died from a stroke.


Sir Richard Mayne KCB

Died 26 December 1868, aged 72

Found collapsed at his desk at Scotland Yard and died the same day.

Appointed in July 1829 as one of two original joint Commissioners of Police.


PC William Batchelor

Died 7 May 1869, aged 44

Died from injuries received in 1866 when kicked during a disturbance.


PC Charles Pierson

Died 8 July 1869, aged 50

Died from the effect of an injury to his leg received when on duty.


PC Charles Cox

Died 19 January 1870, aged 41

Drowned when he accidentally fell into the river while on night duty.


PC James Nice

Died 23 April 1870, aged 38

Died as a result of a spinal injury received when kicked on duty.


Sgt George Robins

Died 11 October 1870, aged 46

Killed when kicked by his horse while practicing mounted drill.


PC George Frederick Waring

Died 29 December 1870, aged 31

Died after amputation of his leg injured when kicked by a prisoner.


PC John Laskey

Died 29 August 1872, aged 46

Accidentally poisoned at the station by mistakenly swallowing acid.


PC James Bowler

Died 3 October 1872, aged 40

Found drowned in a canal on his beat in suspicious circumstances.


PC Moses Parrott

Died 9 November 1872, aged 31

Collapsed and died on duty from the effects of previous injuries.


PC Alfred George Bennett

Died 19 October 1873, aged 19

Died as a result of injuries received when assaulted during an arrest.


PC Alexander Barnes

Died 13 May 1874, aged 41

Fatally injured when he fell from a ladder lighting the station lamp.


PC Isaac Worf

Died 14 May 1875, aged 33

Collapsed and died from a stroke while on patrol in the early hours.


PC Samuel Walker Bell

Died 3 June 1875, aged 47

Died from injuries received on duty when struck on the head by a gate.


DC Thomas Phelan

Died 10 June 1875, aged 34

Died from exposure while watching and capturing a gang of burglars.


D/Insp Daniel Davey

Died 21 February 1876, aged 36

Died of typhoid fever contracted while on special duty in Naples.


PC Thomas Groomes

Died 18 January 1877, aged 40

Drowned in the canal apparently trying to rescue or arrest a boy.


PC Thomas Brook

Died 30 May 1877, aged 26

Died from a head injury received when assaulted during an arrest.


Sgt Edward Hardie

Died 1 July 1877, aged 32

Found drowned in a river where he had been on night patrol duty.


PC Charles Martin

Died 4 May 1878

Died as a result of injuries received while in the execution of his duty.


PC Joseph Bunyan

Died 16 August 1878, aged 39

Died of head injury received on his beat in suspicious circumstances.


PC Richard Cook

Died 14 October 1878, aged 28

Fatally injured when his horse fell on him while on mounted patrol.


PC Thomas Carlyon

Died 19 November 1878, aged 43

Collapsed and died of heart failure while on foot patrol.


PC William Stevens Nazer

Died 24 January 1879, aged 33

Drowned when he accidentally fell from the quayside while on patrol.


PC James Collis

Died 22 April 1879, aged 25

Killed when he was accidentally run over by a train while on patrol.


Sgt Alfred Thomas Guymer

Died 25 August 1879, aged 38

Died from head injuries received while in the execution of his duty.


PC William Twinn

Died 10 September 1879, aged 23

Fatally injured while attempting to stop a runaway horse and cab.


Sgt Robert Harris

Died 11 October 1879, aged 49

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


Sgt Henry Dent

Died 11 August 1880, aged 41

Died from the effects of an injury received while on duty.


PC Henry Hallett

Died 2 July 1881, aged 32

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


PC William Palmer

Died 6 July 1881, aged 27

Died as a result of injuries received when assaulted by a prisoner.


PC Fred Atkins

Died 23 September 1881, aged 23

Shot three times and fatally wounded trying to arrest a  burglar.


Sgt William John Bacon

Died 9 November 1881, aged 36

Found drowned in the dock waters having been missed from his beat.


Insp John Pearman

Died 9 December 1881, aged 44

Died of disease from the effects of injuries received on duty.


Insp James McElligott

Died 6 February 1882, aged 45

Collapsed and died of a stroke as a result of injuries received on duty.


PC William Goddard

Died 22 March 1882, aged 41

Accidentally drowned when he fell into a dock on his beat in a storm.


Insp Thomas Jennings

Died 7 July 1882, aged 41

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


PC Thomas Leader

Died 20 July 1882, aged 40

Pensioned in 1878 from an injury on duty and subsequently died.


PC Henry Worthington Fitnum

Died 28 October 1882, aged 44

Having been relieved on night duty he fell into a river and drowned.


Insp Joseph Hughes

Died 27 November 1882, aged 37

Killed when thrown from his horse while returning from court.


PC Edward Walkling

Died 30 November 1882, aged 31

Died as a result of injuries received when run over by a cab on duty.


PC George Cole

Died 1 December 1882, aged 27

Killed when despite being shot at he tried to arrest an armed burglar.


PC Daniel Shanahan

Died 31 March 1883, aged 29

Died following the amputation of his leg resulting from an injury on duty.


PC William Silvey

Died 20 November 1883, aged 42

Fatally injured in a fall off a wagon investigating suspicious activity.


PC John Russell

Died 4 August 1884, aged 31

Died as a result of injuries received while in the execution of his duty.


Insp William Robson

Died 16 October 1884, aged 50

Drowned when his police galley was struck and sunk by a steam tug.


PC Albert Thompson

Died 11 February 1885, aged 31

Fatally injured while on point duty trying to stop a horse and cart.


DC Richard James Barber

Died 2 March 1885, aged 28

Killed when he fell through a glass skylight chasing a burglar on a roof.


PC Alfred Wellham

Died 21 April 1885, aged 30

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


PC Edwin Cousins

Died 5 May 1886, aged 40

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


PC Harold L. Richardson

Died 13 May 1886, aged 19

Found drowned after leaving his station for duty on a stormy night.


PC Robert McGaw

Died 10 February 1887, aged 29

Died from a fractured skull after being kicked by his police horse.


A/Sgt John Nurdin

Died 20 April 1887 aged 35

Died from head injuries received when attacked by a prisoner.


PC George Goldsmith

Died 15 June 1887, aged 44

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


PC John Beer

Died 26 June 1887, aged 59

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


Sgt David Groombridge

Died 18 September 1887, aged 38

Died of injuries received during an arrest when assaulted by two men.


PC Michael Lewis

Died 31 May 1888, aged 47

Collapsed and died of heart failure in the violent arrest of two thieves.


PC Alfred Ellis

Died 31 July 1888, aged 47

Found drowned in the river he was to cross to execute a warrant.


PC Thomas Dean

Died 18 October 1888, aged 39

Drowned in the canal while he was patrolling his beat on a foggy night.


D/Sgt James John Elliott

Died 5 March 1889, aged 47

Died from the effects of injuries received when stabbed on duty.


PC William James Pasker

Died 24 July 1890, aged 43

Drowned on holiday attempting to rescue a man from a rough sea.


PC James Goodhew

Died 16 October 1890, aged 52

Accidentally drowned when he fell off a lock gate while it was closing.


PC William Frederick Dunmow

Died 20 April 1891, aged 49

Died in an operation on a fracture following a fall while on foot patrol.


PC Henry Moore

Died 23 April 1891, aged 33

Fatally injured when he fell down stairs at the police station.


PC George Cole

Died 24 June 1891, aged 33

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


Sgt George Dixon

Died 27 August 1891, aged 31

Collapsed and died on duty of a haemorrhage after a coughing fit.


PC Henry Randolph Donaldson

Died 14 November 1891, aged 49

Died as a result of injuries received in an accident on duty in 1889.


Sgt Thomas Henry Biggs

Died 22 December 1891, aged 42

Collapsed and died from syncope on office duty at Dalston Police Station.


DC Charles Robinson

Died 17 February 1892, aged 42

Became insane following a blow to the head and took his own life.


PC Arthur May

Died 22 February 1892, aged 35

Died as a result of injuries received when he fell into a canal on duty.


PC Hugh Spalding

Died 5 April 1892, aged 23

Fatally injured when he fell down a stairwell at the police station.


PC Henry Samuel Graham

Died 19 May 1892, aged 34

Died from injuries sustained in an accident while on mounted duty.


PC Joseph Daniels

Died 22 May 1892, aged 27

Choked to death after swallowing his false teeth assisting in an arrest.


D/Sgt Joseph Joyce

Died 20 June 1892, aged 42

During a struggle to arrest a thief he was shot and fatally wounded.


PC Ernest Ellis

Died 9 December 1892, aged 50

Died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty.


Sgt David Garner

Died 15 December 1892, aged 34

Collapsed and died of heart failure after a struggle to arrest a prisoner.


Insp George Henry Dixon

Died 2 March 1893, aged 50

Found drowned after going missing in suspicious circumstances.


PC Robert Wright

Died 30 April 1893, aged 27

Killed in a fire searching a burning shop for a woman believed trapped.


PC John Goddard

Died 26 November 1893, aged 45

Fatally injured in a fall while hurrying to the scene of a fire.


Sgt William George Snell

Died 22 December 1894, aged 46

Shot during an arrest in 1884 which hastened his subsequent death.


PC Charles Walpole

Died 13 April 1895, aged 41

Crushed by the accidental fall of a stack of timber while on his beat.


Sgt Frank Benstead

Died 17 July 1895, aged 30

Found unconscious at the police station and died of a fractured skull.


PC Edwin Stone

Died 28 July 1896, aged 44

Collapsed and died of heart failure while assisting in a violent arrest.


DC William James Kemp

Died 25 May 1897, aged 31

Died from an internal haemorrhage aggravated by chasing a prisoner.


PC George Simpson

Died 11 April 1898, aged 38

Died of injuries received in an assault and while chasing a thief.


PC Charles Mather

Died 10 June 1898, aged 51

Died as a result of injuries received in a fall at the police station.


PC James Baldwin

Died 2 October 1898, aged 29

Fatally stabbed during a violent struggle to arrest a drunken man.


PC Harry Joseph West

Died 14 January 1899, aged 25

Died of disease from injuries received in execution of his duty.


PC John Shirley

Died 23 January 1899, aged 37

Died as a result of the effects of sunstroke suffered on his beat.


PC John Thomas Willsheer

Died 17 June 1899, aged 27

Fatally injured when he fell down the area of a house on his beat.


PC Frederick Arnup

Died 9 September 1899, aged 34

Died from the effects of heat stroke, which he sustained while on duty.


PC John Smith

Died 25 September 1899, aged 34

Found dead in a railway tunnel after being run over by a train on duty.


LEST WE FORGET


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