Police Roll of Honour - Lest We Forget

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

STRATHCLYDE POLICE

Strathclyde Police

and the former constituent forces of

Airdrie Burgh Police, Argyll County Police, Ayrshire Constabulary,

Bute County Constabulary, Coatbridge Burgh Police,

Dumbartonshire Constabulary, Dunbartonshire Constabulary, Girvan Burgh,

City of Glasgow Police, Govan Burgh Police, Greenock Burgh Police,

Hamilton Burgh Police, Kilmarnock Burgh Police, Lanarkshire Constabulary,

Motherwell and Wishaw Burgh Police, Paisley Burgh Police,

Port Glasgow Burgh Police, Renfrewshire Constabulary, and

Renfrew and Bute Constabulary.


LEST WE FORGET


Airdrie Burgh Police


TPC James Wright

Died 13 February 1915, aged 38

Collapsed in the street and died of heart failure shortly after going on duty.


Argyll County Police


Supt Charles MacIntyre

Died 2 June 1908, aged 68

Collapsed and died of heart failure while escorting a prisoner to prison.


PC John Alexander MacLurg

Died 25 December 1968, aged 38

Collapsed while taking part in a mountain rescue and later died.


Ayrshire Constabulary


Sgt James Downie

Died 22 August 1896, aged 54

Accidentally struck by a passing train while returning to his station at Dalry.


PC James McQuilkin

Died 21 May 1933, aged 33

Killed when his motorcycle crashed attending the scene of an accident.


PC Kenneth Francis

Died 30 October 1965, aged 36

Fatally injured directing traffic past a road accident when hit by a car.


Bute County Constabulary


PC Archibald Cook

Died 25 November 1877, aged 53

Collapsed and died of exposure while on patrol on a very cold night.


Coatbridge Burgh Police


PC Alexander Lamont

Died 20 December 1888, aged 41

Suffered a stroke and died while on his beat in the early hours.


Dumbartonshire Constabulary


Sgt Samuel MacLean

Died 27 August 1926, aged 45

Fatally injured in a road accident while searching for a suspect.


Dunbartonshire Constabulary


Sgt William Cowie Ewen

Died 24 January 1937, aged 53

Found drowned in Rothesay Dock after going missing on duty in bad weather.


PC James Rankin Shepherd

Died 30 June 1943, aged 36

Fatally injured in a road accident while on motorcycle patrol.


PC Robert Dick Bell

Died 23 November 1963, aged 48

Fatally injured when struck by a car while operating a road check.


Girvan Burgh


SC Alexander Ross

Died 12 July 1831

Shot dead during disturbances while preventing a sectarian march.


City of Glasgow Police


P/W/man John Colquhoun

Died 4 April 1847

Died of a fractured skull, apparently having been assaulted on night duty.


SC James Alexander

Died 8 March 1848

Accidentally shot dead by the military during rioting in the city.


PC Duncan Cameron

Died 24 October 1860, aged 26

Drowned when he fell in the River Clyde patrolling the docks at night.


PC John McArthur

Died 2 May 1861, aged 30

Found dead down a stair on his beat by a fall or blow on the head.


PC Robert Campbell

Died 5 November 1863, aged 46

Fatally injured when attacked by a drunken man he was moving on.


PC William Gordon

Died 17 March 1882, aged 45

Fell into the harbour and drowned in the early morning while on night duty.


Insp George Riddell

Died 16 August 1888, aged 44

While moving a prisoner at the station he collapsed and later died.


PC John McDonald

Died 21 February 1890, aged 25

Found drowned in the docks where he had been patrolling his beat.


PC John Carruthers McNaught

Died 28 May 1892, aged 25 

Collapsed and died while arresting a youth who had been quarrelling.


Det/Off  Alexander J. McMahon

Died 18 December 1893, aged 40

Following observations at night he became ill and died in a few days.


Sgt Wilson Charles

Died 22 November 1894, aged 39

Knocked down by a train and fatally injured while making his rounds.


PC Robert Murray

Died 9 December 1895, aged 23

Fatally injured trying to stop a runaway horse and coal lorry.


PC Robert Cruickshanks

Died 20 August 1896, aged 30

Collapsed and died of heart failure patrolling his beat early in the morning.


PC Andrew Urquhart

Died 24 October 1897, aged 32

Collapsed and died when hit with a poker at a domestic disturbance.


Insp William Wilson C. Cumming

Died 15 September 1903, aged 57

Fatally injured in a road accident while walking home from his office.


PC Robert Caughey

Died 31 December 1905, aged 29

Drowned when he accidentally fell in the river, patrolling the docks.


PC Hugh Savage

Died 18 December 1910, aged 23

Collapsed and died of heart failure when chasing boys for obstruction.


PC Robert Smith

Died 16 July 1912, aged 55

Died from disease as the result of an injury received while on duty.


PC George Miller

Died 6 July 1916, aged 35

Whilst on duty as Court Officer he collapsed and died of heart failure.


PC James Campbell

Died 20 January 1919, aged 39

Shot twice and fatally wounded while attempting to arrest a burglar.


PC William McGregor

Died 1 June 1919, aged 25

Died of injuries received 6 months earlier when hit by a bottle in a riot.


Sgt James Paterson

Died 2 May 1920, aged 49

Fatally injured when he was struck by a skidding car whilst on his beat.


Insp Robert Johnston

Died 4 May 1921, aged 41

Shot dead escorting a Sinn Fein prisoner, during a rescue attempt.


PC John Burr

Died 6 December 1929, aged 25

Fatally injured in a road accident on his beat during a stormy night.


PC Harry Ellis Wilkinson

Died 5 August 1937, aged 42

Killed in a road accident when hit by a car while reporting for duty.


PC Hugh Welsh

Died 5 January 1938, aged 36

Died of disease from an injury sustained investigating a burglary.


Sgt William James Curry

Died 15 December 1938, aged 53

Collapsed and died from heart failure while on night patrol duty.


PC Alexander McEachen

Died 13 March 1941, aged 51

PC Archibald C. Stevenson

Died 13 March 1941, aged 27

Killed as a result of enemy action while off duty during an air raid.


PC William Steven Dickson

Died 13 March 1941, aged 27

Killed by enemy action assisting while off duty during an air raid.


S/Sgt Donald MacDonald

Died 13 March 1941, aged 52

SC John Morton Gray

Died 13 March 1941, aged 38

Killed as a result of enemy action while on duty during an air raid.


SC Thomas Hamilton

Died 14 March 1941, aged 36

SC James Williamson

Died 14 March 1941, aged 37

SC John Gerard Mackrell

Died 14 March 1941, aged 29

Fatally injured by enemy action while on duty during an air raid.


SC James Kerr Wilson

Died 16 March 1941, aged 52

Fatally injured by enemy action while off duty during an air raid.


PWRC Frederick Herbert Clarke

Died 21 March 1941, aged 32 

Fatally injured by enemy action while off duty during an air raid.


Insp Ernest Walker

Died 29 June 1944, aged 47

Fatally injured when knocked down by a drunk driver in the black-out.


DS(Rtd) James Straiton

Died 26 March 1946, aged 61

Shot dead when, although retired, he tried to arrest an armed suspect.


PC Stewart Cameron MacDonald

Died 22 November 1948, aged 21

Killed while searching for suspects on a foggy night when hit by a train.


PC John Macleod

Died 4 September 1952, aged 31

Approaching a suspect he was shot without warning and fatally wounded.

Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.


PC Robert Crane Gunnis

Died 12 September 1957, aged 54

Died from heart failure during the night in the Kirklee Police Signal Box.


DC JamesMilroy

Died 27 March 1958, aged 35

Killed when his police vehicle was involved in a road accident.


PC Patrick Moulds

Died 9 August 1958, aged 52

Fatally injured when hit by a bus while on football traffic control.


PC Robert Gillies

Died 28 September 1958, aged 22

Killed on night cycle patrol when hit by a drunk driver who failed to stop.


D/Supt Charles Main McNeill

Died 15 June 1962, aged 54

Fatally injured in a road accident   while returning from a conference.


SC George Brownlie Gates

Died 23 September 1969, aged 50

Beaten to death when intervening in a crime while he was off duty.


A/DC Angus MacLeod MacKenzie

Died 30 December 1969, aged 31

Shot dead trying to arrest a suspect who had just shot another officer.

Posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry.


PC Edward Alexander Barnett

Died 4 January 1970, aged 24 

Fatally wounded attempting to arrest an armed man with A/DC MacKenzie.

Posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry.


PC Robert Belford

Died 15 March 1970, aged 34

Fatally injured in a road accident while on traffic patrol duty.


PC John Stewart Duff Robertson

Died 15 November 1970, aged 38

Fatally injured when his police vehicle skidded on ice and crashed.


Sgt James Cuthell Fairbrother

Died 26 June 1971, aged 54

Collapsed and died on night duty in Garscadden Police Station.


PC David Robert Peterson

Died 9 September 1972, aged 36

Died when overcome by smoke warning building tenants of a fire.


PC James Hay

Died 20 April 1973, aged 42

Collapsed and died of heart failure on duty in Maryhill police station.


PC Colin MacDuff

Died 27 June 1973, aged 28

Drowned attempting to rescue a drowning man in the River Clyde.


PC(Rtd) William Wright

Died 20 December 1986, aged 56

Died of injuries sustained in 1959 guarding a dangerous building.


Govan Burgh Police


PC John Mitchell

Died 23 February 1890, aged 30 

While turning out the Fire Brigade to a fire he collapsed and died.


PC Colin McKenzie

Died 30 August 1896, aged 45

Died from a head injury received when he was assaulted while on night duty.


Greenock Burgh Police


P/W/man Henry Pearson

P/W/man Robert Simpson

Died 31 July 1820

Shot dead when warning soldiers for discharging a firearm at night.


Insp Lachlan McKinnon

Died 1 January 1869, aged 39

Fatally stabbed attempting to arrest a drunken man causing a disturbance.


PC Duncan Galbraith

Died 9 July 1885, aged 41

Drowned while on night duty when he fell into Greenock Docks.


Sgt Robert Craig

Died 7 April 1886, aged 61

Found dead in a police box in the early hours apparently having had a stroke.


PC William McMillan MacCulloch

Died 5 December 1960, aged 20

Killed in a road accident travelling to a course at the Police College.


Hamilton Burgh Police


Ch/Const John Clark

Died 20 April 1922, aged 61

Collapsed and died from a stroke while on duty in the Burgh Police Office.


Kilmarnock Burgh Police


Sgt William Smith Batesman

Died 16 May 1963, aged 45

Collapsed and died while on duty as road safety officer in police HQ.


Lanarkshire Constabulary


PC James McCall

Died 19 June 1876, aged 23

Killed by the accidental explosion of dynamite at railway works at Hamilton.


Sub Insp James Allan

Died 4 September 1893, aged 50

Fatally stabbed arresting a man suspected of a street robbery.


PC Joseph Simpson

Died 10 May 1897, aged 25

Accidentally killed when he was struck by a train while walking on the railway.


PC Peter Munro

Died 7 August 1921, aged 21

Fatally injured in an arrest during disturbances after a football match.


PC Robert Bryce Rennie

Died 6 July 1925, aged 49

Accidentally asphyxiated by his collar after fainting in the police station.


PC Sydney Hussey Craik

Died 12 September 1932, aged 31

Fatally injured when knocked down while chasing a street bookmaker.


Sgt John Whamond MM

Died 27 April 1941, aged 46

Collapsed and died of heart failure on duty in the Rutherglen Police Office.


PWRC William Jack

Died 6 March 1945, aged 42

Killed as a result of enemy action while off duty during an air raid.


PC Norman Andrew Stodart

Died 29 September 1966, aged 29

Taken ill on duty and died in hospital soon after from a brain haemorrhage.


PC Donald MacMillan

Died 26 September 1969, aged 42

Killed at a road accident scene at night when hit by a passing car.


PC Matthew Brown

Died 1 January 1972 aged 46

Became unwell on duty and soon after he collapsed and died of heart failure.


Ch/Supt John Rance Chalmers

Died 16 September 1974, aged 54

Collapsed and died at a reception for the opening of a new station.


Motherwell and Wishaw Burgh Police


PC John Currie

Died 23 January 1953, aged 22

Killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car while travelling to work.


Paisley Burgh Police


PC James McLellan

Died 13 August 1873, aged 22 

Found drowned in the River Cart after being missed from his beat.


PC John Tough

Died 7 January 1912, aged 49

Died of injuries received 12 months earlier while dealing with an affray.


PC William Dalgetty

Died 7 April 1941, aged 46

Killed as a result of enemy action while off duty during an air raid.


Port Glasgow Burgh Police


PC James Grant

Died 17 September 1887, aged 22 

Found drowned in the docks after going missing off his beat in the night.


Renfrewshire Constabulary


Sgt William King McDonald

Died 8 July 1943, aged 36

Killed when his police car was involved in a collision with a lorry.


Renfrew and Bute Constabulary


Sgt Donald MacLeod

Died 20 May 1969, aged 41

Collapsed and died while on duty at Greenock Police Office.


PC Thomas Brown

Died 31 August 1969, aged 40

PC Henry Isaac Hamilton

Died 31 August 1969, aged 44

Fatally injured when their police patrol car crashed.


Strathclyde Police


PC William Robertson

Died 6 April 1976, aged 34

Collapsed in the police office at Forth and died of a brain haemorrhage.


Insp Duncan MacFarlane

Died 20 July 1976, aged 45

Collapsed and died on duty at the Police Traffic HQ in Paisley.


Ch/Insp Thomas Cringles

Died 26 August 1976, aged 51

Collapsed and died dealing with a disturbance outside his home.


PC George William Chree Taylor

Died 30 November 1976, aged 27

Fatally wounded when attacked with an axe by two escaped murderers.


D/Sgt Edward James Mollison

Died 26 August 1977, aged 34

Killed in a road accident returning home after a protracted enquiry.


D/Sgt Neil Murdoch Caskie

Died 5 November 1977, aged 37

Killed in a road accident on duty with the Scottish Crime Squad.


PC David Barrie

Died 22 may 1978, aged 22

Fatally injured in a motor cycle accident while travelling to work.


PC George Hillier Garrott

Died 5 March 1980, aged 27

Electrocuted while investigating a report of vandalism on the railway.


Sgt Edward Williams Thomson

Died 13 January 1982, aged 41

Killed when his patrol car crashed while responding to an emergency call.


PC Joseph Doris

Died 5 July 1982, aged 30

Fatally injured in police vehicle involved in a road traffic accident.


PC David Grant MacKenzie

Died 26 September 1982, aged 39

Collapsed and died while on duty in London Road Police Station.


D/Sgt William Ross Hunt

Died 5 June 1983, aged 56

Fatally stabbed and beaten attempting to arrest a suspect.


PC John Houston

Died 3 November 1983, aged 47

Collapsed and died on duty in the police room at Airdrie Sheriff Court.


PC John Gerard Doherty

Died 22 October 1985, aged 43

Died while undergoing a training course at the force training centre.


Sgt Malcolm Calder Herd

Died 24 January 1990, aged 30

Killed while observer in a helicopter, which crashed during a snowstorm.


PC Callum Simon Chisholm

Died 15 March 1994, aged 27

Killed in a road accident at Newhouse while travelling to work.


PC Stuart Simpson

Died 28 March 1994, aged 26

Killed when his police car was hit head on by a car on the motorway.


PC Kenneth Samuel Meney Wilkie

Died 25 May 1994, aged 39

Collapsed on duty and died in hospital of heart failure.


PC Lewis George Fulton

Died 17 June 1994, aged 28

Fatally stabbed attempting to arrest a deranged knifeman in the street.

Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.


PC Melanie Igoe

Died 30 May 1995, aged 28

Killed in a road accident while on a police motorcycle training course.


PC James Robert E. Hughes

Died 9 June 1996, aged 25

Killed in a road accident while travelling home from night duty


Insp John Boyle

Died 28 October 1998, aged 49

Suffered a fatal heart attack while on late shift duty at Force Headquarters.


PC Jacqueline Ann Haswell

Died 7 August 2000, aged 30

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to work.


Ch/Insp Hugh Davidson

Died 4 June 2002, aged 44

Killed in a road accident while travelling to duty at police HQ.


PC James Liddell Clarke

Died 16 August 2002, aged 34 

Killed in a road accident while observer in an unmarked traffic car.


PC Joseph Gerard Taggart

Died 27 August 2004, aged 49

Collapsed and died while on duty within a Police Office in Glasgow.


PC Barrie Lawson

Died 19 September 2005, aged 30

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling home from late shift duty.


PC Kevin Lowe

Died 20 October 2006, aged 46

Killed in a car crash while responding to an emergency call in Ayrshire.


PC Derek Andrew Leitch

Died 21 June 2007, aged 47

Fatally injured in an accidental fall while attending a training exercise in France.


DC Diane Christine Donald

Died 21 January 2009, aged 40

Killed when her car crashed travelling to report for early duty at Glasgow.


Supt Neil Cunningham McCover

Died 8 October 2010, aged 55

Died in a collision with a car cycling during a lunch break at the training centre.


PC Neil Jeffrys

Died 2 November 2011, aged 49

Died from head injuries received in a police vehicle accident in 2002.


LEST WE FORGET


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