Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty
LEST WE FORGET
Supt Charles Coleman
Died 16 May 1866, aged 36
Killed when he was thrown from his horse and cart whilst on his rounds.
Insp Joseph Drewett
Died 11 December 1876, aged 38
PC Thomas Shorter
Died 11 December 1876, aged 24
Inspector Drewett was shot and both then bludgeoned
PC Charles Prior
Died 20 July 1893, aged 44
Killed when struck by a train after guarding the line for the Royal train.
PC John Joseph Charlton
Died 4 April 1899, aged 36
Fatally beaten and kicked by two men ejected from a public house at Harwell.
PC William Dennis Johnson
Died 11 August 1939, aged 22
Fatally injured at a road check when he was struck by a vehicle at Maidenhead.
SC Leslie Horsfall
Died 24 November 1939, aged 51
Died after a road accident while cycling home from duty at Maidenhead.
A/Sgt Stanley Shuff
Died 30 November 1940, aged 39
Killed on war aid to Southampton when an enemy bomb struck a police post.
PWRC Owen Dewey England
Died 25 July 1941, aged 36
Killed escorting an abnormal load when his motorcycle was struck by a car.
PWRC Frederick George Newman
Died 27 October 1942, aged 38
Killed in an enemy air raid at Faringdon, duty status unknown.
Insp Francis John East
Died 4 October 1944, aged 42
Killed when pushed off a vehicle by a suspect he was trying to arrest.
PC William John Payne
Died 7 July 1949, aged 37
Collapsed and died after chasing a burglar he had disturbed at night.
PC Douglas J. Knight
Died 14 September 1957, aged 42
Fatally injured when a car hit his bicycle outside Cumnor Police Station.
PC Thomas Anthony Hughes
Died 19 December 1961, aged 20
Fatally injured cycling back to the police office when struck by a van.
PC William Askew
Died 5 May 1868, aged 39
Died after an operation to his arm injured in the execution of his duty.
PC Thomas Proctor
Died 11 May 1884, aged 52
Found drowned in the early hours in a pond on his beat near Winslow.
PC John Cox
Died 26 July 1893, aged 30
Died from an infection sustained in the disposal of cattle killed by anthrax.
PC Enos Climer
Died 8 November 1913, aged 44
Fatally injured in a collision with a pedestrian while on bicycle patrol.
PC Albert Randolph Hooton
Died 16 August 1929, aged 41
Killed in a road accident cycling to a night point when hit by a coach.
PWRC Albert Love
Died 8 August 1942, aged 54
PWRC Malcolm George Holmes Robertson
Died 8 August 1942, aged 54
Killed by enemy action while on patrol together during an air raid at Slough.
DC Brian Moss
Died 25 March 1953, aged 26
Fatally injured in a fall through a factory roof while searching for intruders.
PC James Wallace
Died 24 April 1953, aged 41
Killed in a motorcycle accident on his way home after a tour of duty.
A/Sgt Denis George Cole
Died 5 December 1956, aged 42
Killed when struck by a drunk driver while on bicycle patrol at night.
S/Sgt Charles William George Gigg
Died 15 February 1959, aged 53
Fatally injured when struck by a car while cycling home after duty.
Sgt George Phillip Bickerton
Died 15 January 1960, aged 43
Fatally injured when hit by a lorry at the scene of a motorway accident.
DC John Herbert Hutchinson
Died 5 November 1904, aged 30
Drowned when he fell in a culvert at night after walking with a constable.
PC Rex Jupp
Died 10 February 1943, aged 24
Killed by enemy action while on patrol during an enemy air raid.
PC Joseph Hilary Gilkes
Died 4 February 1869, aged 22
Drowned in the River Isis escaping an angry mob after being assaulted.
PC Alfred Needle
Died 15 October 1931, aged 23
Fatally injured in a road accident by a motor car which failed to stop.
PC Frank R. Taylor
Died 23 September 1956, aged 40
Killed in a road accident while on motorcycle patrol at Thame.
PC Douglas T. P. Jarvis
Died 15 January 1958, aged 27
Killed while on motorcycle patrol when he collided with a lorry at Thame.
PC Brian Bernard Darnell
Died 9 December 1964, aged 32
Fatally injured when hit by a vehicle while clearing cattle from the road.
Sgt Archibald P. Hollis
Died 2 December 1965, aged 42
Fatally injured when hit by a car while cycling home from police HQ.
Insp James Roy Bradley
Died 1 January 1967, aged 41
Fatally injured when run down by a suspect car at a road block in Banbury.
DC Ian Coward QPM
Died 23 July 1971, aged 28
Fatally wounded when shot nine times attempting to arrest an armed suspect.
Posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry.
PC William Byron
Died 14 October 1977, aged 22
Fatally injured in a collision with a lorry while on motorcycle patrol near Oxford.
PC David John Sumner
Died 3 September 1981, aged 38
Killed in an accidental collision with a lorry whilst on motorcycle patrol.
DC Derek Anthony Duncan
Died 19 October 1983, aged 27
Fatally injured in a road accident when his vehicle was hit by a car at Slough.
WPC Joanne Mary Cochran
Died 30 March 1984, aged 20
Fatally injured in a patrol car which crashed during a vehicle pursuit.
PC Laurence Michael Richardson
Died 19 June 1984, aged 36
Killed in a collision with alorry whilst on motorcycle patrol at Eynsham.
PC John Bispham
Died 9 January 1987, aged 41
Killed in a police vehicle accident whilst returning to the police station.
PC Roger Brereton
Died 19 August 1987, aged 41
Shot dead in his police car pursuing a berserk gunman at Hungerford.
Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.
DC Stephen Dixon
Died 11 November 1988, aged 28
Killed in an unmarked vehicle which crashed while on routine duties.
PC Peter William Bryan Betts
Died 15 July 1993, aged 50
Killed in a collision with a lorry whilst instructing on a motorcycle course.
PC Martyn Francis Gerrard
Died 24 May 1995, aged 35
Killed in a road traffic accident on a motorcycle refresher training course.
PC Adrian Mark Baker
Died 10 April 2000, aged 34
Killed when a lorry ran into his police car while on a police driving course.
PC David Robert de Burgh-Thomas
Died 17 July 2001, aged 40
Killed in a motorcycle accident whilst on intelligence support team duties.
DC Robert Charles Keylock
Died 19 November 2003, aged 44
Killed in a road accident travelling home from CID duties late at night.
PC Anthony Martin Jinks
Died 14 March 2005, aged 50
Killed in a motorcycle accident while travelling to duty at High Wycombe.
DC Dee Marie Weatherley
Died 13 December 2008, aged 31
Killed in a road traffic collision while travelling to day duty at Aylesbury.
LEST WE FORGET
Page updated 13 January 2012