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

NOTE: - These pages contain information about The Police Memorial Trust Registered Charity No. 289371

For further information, general enquiries or donations, find their Charity on the Charity Commission website.


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Police Memorial Trust Badge   In Memory of Michael Winner Founder of the Police Memorial Trust 1935 - 2013

In Memory of Michael Winner Founder and Chairman of the Police Memorial Trust 1935 - 2013

 

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The National Police Memorial

APRIL 2005

Her Majesty The Queen Unveils The National Police Memorial
H.M. The Queen unveiled The National Police Memorial on the corner of The Mall and Horse Guards at a ceremony on Tuesday April 26th 2005. Present at the ceremony were Michael Winner, founder and chairman of the Police Memorial Trust, who conceived the memorial, designed by Lord Norman Foster; leaders of all main political parties, including the Prime Minister Tony Blair;  and the nation's most senior police officers. Most important among the guests were hundreds of members of the families of the officers whose names are recorded. A guard of honour was provided by over 50 constables wearing uniforms of every UK police force.

Also present was Anthony Rae, founder of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and the Police Roll of Honour Trust charity, who researched and wrote the Roll of Honour Book on behalf of the Police Memorial Trust. This book, which is behind the glass panel in the memorial, is the product of 25 years research and starts with an unknown constable killed in 1680. There are nearly 1,600 names recorded, of those officers unlawfully killed while in the execution of their duty, or in the course of effecting an arrest or the performance of acts of gallantry or other hazardous duty, taken from the 4,000 names on the National Police Officers Roll of Honour of officers who died in the line of duty.

The glass pillar, part of the Memorial, will be lit with a delicate, barely perceptible, blue illumination, recognising the blue light of the lamp that used to be outside all police stations telling the public the police were always ready to serve. The Memorial, 21 years in the making, will stand as a lasting tribute to all the police of our nation.
 

HM The Queen, The Prime Minister & Michael Winner   National Police Memorial



1984 - Twenty one years in the making - 2005


A message from Michael Winner April 2005

Twenty one years ago I was deeply moved by the senseless murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher. It seemed unfair the police had no public memorials to commemorate their bravery when they faced danger every day. So I formed The Police Memorial Trust to place memorials to officers slain on duty at the spot where they died to pay tribute to them and to the police of our nation. We now have twenty-nine memorials throughout the land.

I also thought the police deserved a National Police Memorial in a significant place in our capital city. I acquired for The National Police Memorial the finest site in London, on the comer of The Mall and Horse Guards. The Memorial has been designed by Lord Norman Foster. There is a large vent for London Underground which cannot be removed. This is being clad in marble and covered in creeper similar to that on the wall behind it. One face will remain open. It will have engravings and show a book with the names of police officers slain on active duty. There's a paved area with a small pool and a glass column which will be lit with a blue hue representing the blue light that was outside police stations advising the police were always on duty.

I hope you will wish to honour your own police service and your police officers who died in the course of their duty. In years to come if your children or grandchildren ask if you took any part in the building of the National Police Memorial I hope you'll be able to say, "Yes, I gave some money toward it".

Donations for the National Police Memorial should be made to The Police Memorial Trust see: Charity Commission website.


Building The National Police Memorial

2004
Work nears completion on Memorial
to Police Killed on Duty

Work is progressing well on the National Police Memorial which is being constructed in central London. The £2.3m project includes a large black wall with a glass cabinet displaying a book which names the officers, and should be complete in The Mall before the year end.

Work in progress

 

Work in progress

It was organised by the Police Memorial Trust, a charity set up by Michael Winner following the shooting of Pc Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in 1984. Michael Winner has campaigned for it to be built for 13 years.

The film director, who put £500,000 of his own money into the project, said he was "absolutely delighted" that building work was under way. He said: "I am highly hopeful that people will say: 'The police are out there, dying for us and leaving very distraught families'. Memorials to soldiers, sailors and airmen were commonplace. But the police fight a war with no beginning and no end."

The Queen is expected to unveil the memorial when it is completed.


Groundbreaking by the Prime Minister

Groundbreaking by
Michael Winner, Lynn Bialowas, Tony Blair and Joel Edwards

On 22nd July 2004 the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the UK's first ever national police memorial is performed by Prime Minister Tony Blair accompanied by Michael Winner, with the police represented by two constables from forces that have lost more officers than others in recent years: Lynn Bialowas from Greater Manchester Police and Joel Edwards Metropolitan Police.

Trust Chairman and Michael Winner
Anthony Rae, Founder of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and  the Police Roll of Honour Trust , was invited by Michael Winner to witness the historic occasion. 


The National Police Memorial is at last a reality. Planning permission was granted by Westminster Council for the construction of a national memorial to police officers who have died in the course of duty following a thirteen-year campaign by the film director Michael Winner, Chairman and Founder of The Police Memorial Trust. The memorial designed by Foster and Partners in association with the Danish visual artist Per Arnoldi is sited at Cambridge Green at the north-eastern junction of The Mall and Horse Guards Road in front of the Old Admiralty Building.

The cost, including building and future maintenance is expected to be in excess of £2 million and The Police Memorial Trust is appealing for help to raise funds. "We would love to have some help from anyone who reads this site" said Mr Winner.

Since 1984 Trust has established 29 memorials to 33 individual officers around the country.

The national monument, designed by Sir Norman Foster, will consist of two distinct elements.

A book listing the names of officers killed on duty will be displayed in a vitrine (glass show case) within a dark stone wall. This wall, which will also carry an inscription and the police’s badge of office, will form one side of a rectangular enclosure concealing the concrete London Underground vent shaft that currently occupies the site. The other three sides will be faced in the same dark stone and covered almost entirely in creeper similar to that covering the walls of the adjacent citadel.

Before Work

 

The site prior to work commencing


Artist's impression

Nearby will be a tall transparent wall of glass sited in a reflecting pool and gently illuminated with blue light. The glass wall represents the blue lamp once displayed outside every police station in Britain and still regarded as a symbol of the police and their readiness to serve. The glass wall provides a degree of shelter so that those visiting the memorial may do so in an appropriate setting for contemplation, and it also acts as a symbol for the project. The two elements are linked by Purbeck stone paving.

  Artist's impression of the finished Memorial

 

The project had the full backing of police forces and authorities, the Association of Chief Police Officers,
The Police Federation and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Michael Winner receiving the Roll of Honour from its researcher and author Anthony Rae     National Police Memorial

  Michael Winner receives the Roll from its author Anthony Rae

       The finished Memorial 2005

Mr Winner said he would personally turn the pages of the book from time to time so that new names would be shown.


HONOURING HEROES

Whilst honouring all those who serve, the Memorial will pay a special tribute to Police Officers killed in the execution of their hazardous duty by recording their names on a Roll of Honour to be on permanent view at the site.

Anthony Rae, founder of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and the Police Roll of Honour Trust,  worked closely with Michael Winner to ensure the names of all UK police officers killed in the execution of their hazardous duty were recorded at the National Police Memorial. To this end he produced the Roll of Honour, to Mr Winner's specifications, which is on permanent view in the Memorial and is updated with the names of fallen officers as required by The Police Memorial Trust.

For Further Details, including the criteria for inclusion, go to the

National Police Memorial
Roll of Honour

of
Police Officers of the
United Kingdom
Who have Lost their Lives
I
n the Execution of their Duty
As the result of Criminal Acts or
In the Course of Effecting an Arrest or
In the Performance of Acts of Gallantry or
Other Hazardous Duty


NOTE: - These pages contain information about The Police Memorial Trust Registered Charity No. 289371

For further information, general enquiries or donations, find their Charity on the Charity Commission website.


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