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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  ULSTER SPECIAL CONSTABULARY

1921-1970


LEST WE FORGET


S/Con Robert William Compston

Died 13 January 1921, aged 24

Fatally shot after police escorting a postman were ambushed by the IRA.


S/Con John Cummings

Died 6 February 1921, aged 23

Fatally wounded by a bomb when a patrol was ambushed by the IRA.


S/Sgt William Gordon

Died 22 March 1921

Killed when a bomb was thrown into his house during an IRA attack.


S/Sgt Samuel Nixon

Died 22 March 1921

Shot dead when his home was attacked at night by IRA gunmen.


S/Con William Graham

Died 3 April 1921

Fatally shot by mistake joining a patrol who failed to recognise him.


S/Con John Fluke

Died 10 April 1921

Killed by a bomb in an IRA ambush investigating suspicious activity.


S/Con John Russell

Died 9 May 1921, aged 48

Fatally injured in a fall off a wall on guard duty at a military barracks.


S/Con Robert Coulter

S/Con James Hall

Died 29 May 1921

Fatally shot when their patrol was ambushed at night by 40 IRA men.


S/Con Robert Armstrong

Died 1 June 1921

Shot dead by the accidental discharge of a colleague's gun.


S/Con George Lyness

Died 8 June 1921, aged 25

Shot dead while guarding a house during a gun battle with the IRA.


S/Con David Torrens

Died 9 June 1921

Killed by the accidental discharge of a rifle at the barracks after patrol.


S/Con Thomas Sturdy

Died 12 June 1921

Fatally shot by a sniper while on patrol to quell sporadic gunfire.


S/Con Hugh Gabbie

Died 30 June 1921

Fatally shot by two men in a crowd while he walked off duty in Newry.


S/Con George Clarke Graham

Died 28 July 1921

Fatally wounded by a bomb when his patrol was ambushed by IRA.


S/Con William Lyttle

Died 2 December 1921, aged 27

Killed with an RIC Constable during an attempted IRA prison breakout.


S/Con Charles McFadden

Died 10 February 1922

Shot dead in an ambush while investigating suspicious activity.


S/Sgt William James Dougherty, 23

S/Con James Lewis,

S/Con William James McFarland

S/Con Robert William McMahon

Died 11 February 1922

Shot dead when a USC unit was attacked changing trains at Clones.


S/Con Hector Stewart

Died 15 February 1922, aged 21

Fatally shot by a sniper while off duty during a time of heavy gunfire.


S/Sgt Hugh French

Died 16 February 1922

Fatally shot off duty in his shop when shots were fired in the street.


S/Con James McInnes

Died 18 February1922, aged 25

Killed when his patrol were fired on by mistake by another USC patrol.


S/Con David E. Friars

Died 27 February 1922, aged 27

Fatally shot off duty near his home when attacked by several gunmen.


S/Con Alexander Kirkpatrick

Died 19 March 1922

Shot dead while off duty cycling past IRA men setting explosives.


S/Con Foster MacGeagh

Died 20 March 1922

Died of gunshot wounds accidentally received in Antrim Road Barracks.


S/Con Samuel Laird

Died 21 March 1922

Fatally shot during an IRA attack on the home of his USC employer.


S/Con George Chittick

Died 22 March 1922, aged 50

Shot and fatally wounded when IRA gunmen attacked his home.


S/Con William Chermside, 21

S/Con Thomas R. Cunningham, 22

Died 23 March 1922

Both shot dead on foot patrol when fired on at close range by IRA gunmen.


S/Con James Harper

Died 29 March 1922

Shot dead with an RIC Sergeant when IRA gunmen attacked their patrol.


S/Con David Allen

Died 31 March1922, aged 20

Fatally shot when his patrol was ambushed at night by IRA gunmen.


S/Con Thomas Hall

Died 31 March 1922

Fatally shot returning to barracks when attacked by an armed gang.


S/Con James Edward Plumb

Died 6 April 1922, aged 22

Shot dead when a large number of IRA gunmen ambushed his patrol.


S/H/Con Alexander Compton MC

Died 6 April 1922

Fatally injured in a fall off a vehicle when ambushed by IRA gunmen.


S/H/Con George McDonald

Died 15 April 1922

Collapsed and died of heart failure while on duty at a local hall.


S/Con William Robert Johnston

Died 18 April 1922

Shot dead while trying to locate sniper positions during a fierce riot.


S/Con Robert Cardwell

Died 3 May 1922

Fatally shot in a gun battle with IRA gunmen attacking a special's home.


S/Con Thomas J. Hunter

Died 3 May 1922

S/Con Edward D. Hegarty

Died 4 May 1922

Fatally shot with an RIC Sergeant  when IRA gunmen attacked a patrol.


S/Con William Thomas McKnight MM

Died 4 May 1922

Fatally shot in a gun battle with IRA gunmen who ambushed his patrol.


S/Con Nathaniel McCoo

Died 5 May 1922

Fatally shot by a gunman while patrolling in an armoured car.


S/Con Samuel Milligan

Died 8 May 1922, aged 18

Fatally shot defending his home as it was attacked by IRA gunmen.


S/Con George B. Johnston

Died 19 May 1922

Fatally injured when the vehicle in which he was on patrol crashed.


S/Con Thomas McNeill

Died 20 May 1922, aged 22

Shot dead by another patrol in the confusion of an IRA barrack attack.


S/Con George Victor Kidd

Died 24 May 1922

Shot and fatally wounded off duty.


S/Con James Murphy

Died 25 May 1922, aged 27

Fatally shot by a sniper while going to assist police in an IRA gun battle.


S/Con George Connor

Died 26 May 1922

Fatally shot by an IRA sniper while evacuating the area of a house fire.


S/Con Thomas Steen

Died 26 May 1922

Collapsed and died while on duty attending an instruction class.


S/Con Albert Thomas Rickerby

Died 28 May1922

Shot dead while on patrol in an ambush by IRA gunmen.


S/Con John Megarity

Died 29 May 1922, aged 20

Fatally shot in the head when IRA gunmen ambushed a mobile patrol.


S/Con Andrew Roulston

Died 31 May 1922, aged 23

Shot and fatally wounded by IRA gunmen as he patrolled a beat.


S/Con James Murray

Died 3 June 1922

Shot dead on guard duty when a police rifle accidentally discharged.


S/Con Thomas W. Dobson

Died 4 June 1922

Shot dead helping a military attack to re-take Pettigo from the IRA.


S/Con Richard Black

Died 5 June 1922, aged 36

Mistakenly shot dead by police investigating suspicious activity.


S/Con Thomas Sheridan

Died 6 June1922, aged 35

Shot dead by a sniper as he arrived for duty at a vehicle check point.


S/Con Thomas Hume

Died 11 June 1922

Shot dead when a rifle accidentally fell and discharged in the barracks.


S/Con Thomas Russell

Died 17 June 1922

Fatally shot when his patrol was ambushed at night by IRA gunmen.


S/Con Herbert Martin

Died 20 June 1922

Shot and fatally wounded when attacked by IRA gunmen.


S/Con William Liggett

Died 20 June 1922

Killed in a road accident when his vehicle overturned while on patrol.


S/Con William Mitchell

S/Con Samuel Young

Died 20 June 1922

Fatally shot while cycling to join a patrol when ambushed by gunmen.


S/Con Robert McDowell

Died 22 June 1922

Shot dead by masked men while in ill health staying with relatives.


S/Con James Skillen

Died 28 June 1922

Killed by the accidental discharge of a weapon he was cleaning on duty.


S/Con Thomas Cochrane

Died 11 July 1922

Fatally shot in an RUC station when a rifle was accidentally discharged.


S/Con David Surgenor

Died 27 July 1922

Shot dead in the barracks when a revolver accidentally discharged.


S/Con Samuel Hayes

Died 5 August 1922, aged 45

Shot and fatally wounded off duty in a bar when fired into by gunmen.


S/Sgt Alexander Ross

Died 13 August 1922

Shot dead when mistaken for an intruder by a guard at the barracks.


S/Con Thomas Greenfield

Died 15 August 1922

Accidentally struck and killed by a train while patrolling the line.


S/Con Samuel Holmes

Died 20 October 1922

Accidentally shot himself while handling his revolver in barracks.


S/Con John Alexander White

Died 16 November 1922

Fatally injured in a road accident when his police vehicle overturned.


S/Con Joseph Irwin

Died 20 November 1922, aged 26

Collapsed and died of heart failure while at the door of his barracks.


S/Con William Finley

Died 4 July 1923

Fatally shot when a revolver fell to the barracks floor and discharged.


S/Con Joseph Cooke

Died 17 January 1924

Drowned when he accidentally fell into a lock going on sentry duty.


S/Con William Campbell

Died 21 June 1924

Died of wounds received on 31 May 1922 when shot by IRA gunmen.


S/Con Samuel Steele Neill

Died 26 April 1925

Killed when he lost control of his motorcycle while on enquiries.


S/Sgt Hugh Lindsay McCracken

Died 4 April 1940

Collapsed and died on the rifle range whilst on a firearms course.


S/Con William Maurice Howe, 21

S/Con John McCombe

Died 16 April 1941

Killed during an enemy air raid on Belfast off duty or duty status unknown.


S/Con James Thompson

Died 5 May 1941, aged 36

Killed in an enemy air raid on Belfast.


S/Con John Stevenson

Died 6 December 1941

Accidentally shot while off duty at home cleaning his police revolver.


S/Con Arthur Kenwell

Died 10 March 1942

Accidentally shot by his sergeant demonstrating an armed search.


S/Con Samuel Hamilton

Died 6 September 1942

Fatally shot when their patrol was ambushed at night by IRA gunmen.


S/Con James Lyons

Died 10 October 1942

Killed in a gun battle with two men after a bomb blast at his station.


Sgt Instr. Joseph Millar

Died 20 August 1947, aged 44

Accidentally shot dead supervising shooting practice on a rifle range.


S/Con William Edward Nixon

Died 28 July 1952

Accidentally shot himself while cleaning his rifle at home.


ASO Robert Matthew Boyce MBE MC

Died 15 April 1953

Died after taking ill at the USC HQ where he was Assistant Staff Officer.


S/Con Robert Henderson

Died 8 April 1957

Accidentally shot in the head with a revolver at Trillick RUC station.


S/Con Clifford Benjamin Bassett

Died 13 January 1961

Collapsed and died while on foot patrol in the early hours.


S/Con David Johnstone

Died 27 April 1961, aged 29

Shot by mistake in a misunderstanding by officers guarding a bridge.


S/Con Samuel Henry Irwin

Died 15 May 1964, aged 42

Collapsed and died while on a foot beat patrol in Belfast City.


S/Sgt Andrew McFeeters

Died 5 September 1964, aged 34

Collapsed and died on duty during a USC shooting competition.


S/Con John Charles Greene

Died 17 November 1964

Killed on duty when he was struck by a car, which failed to stop.


S/Con (Rtd) William James Heenan

Died 3 May 1985, aged 52

A former USC officer, shot dead by terrorist gunmen outside his home.


S/Cmdt (Rtd) Samuel V. Montgomery

Died 14 April 1994, aged 76

A former USC officer, died of injury received in a terrorist gun attack.


LEST WE FORGET


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