The Book of Remembrance, which
contains a Roll of Honour with citations for over 550 officers and civil staff
killed in the line of duty since the Metropolitan Police was formed in 1829, was dedicated and signed by The Queen in the
presence of many relatives of the fallen officers. The Book had been researched and written by Trust
founder Sergeant Rae after 20 years research and was professionally produced, using calligraphy and
artwork, in a large format and bound in blue, embossed leather.
Research to compile the book was
begun by Sergeant Rae in 1981 while serving with the Metropolitan Police, before his transfer back to the Lancashire Constabulary. Having previously provided a Roll of Honour and List of Remembrance for the Force's "Official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard", last year,
at the request of Deputy Commissioner Ian Blair, the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary, Pauline Clare, seconded Anthony back to the
Metropolitan Police for two months during which time he was able to work full time on the project to complete the research for the more detailed Memorial book.
Sergeant Rae said " My wife
and I were greatly honoured to represent the Trust and to meet and speak with the Queen, it has been a
tremendous task to complete the work but this and the personal thanks given by
many of the relatives present have made it all worthwhile."
The completion of this Book of Remembrance is part of a
much larger project to compile a National Police Officers Roll of Honour, a project began in 1995, for
all police services of the United Kingdom, past and present. Anthony has previously
helped several forces compile a Roll of Honour but this was the first time he had been asked to research, write and oversee the production of a Book of
Remembrance in its entirety.
Already two other large forces
have approached the Trust to assist them with new Rolls of Honour. Eventually the aim is to
publish a Roll of Honour for the whole of the UK, with a Book of Remembrance
sited at a National Police Memorial and additional information available via
The Police Roll of Honour Trust, has
attracted funding and support from all UK Police Forces and Staff Associations. Corporate sponsors include Roland Smith Ltd, Royal & Sun Alliance and
Norwich Union insurance companies.
The charitable trust is now seeking
sponsorship to fund the work on a national basis, and in particular is asking
companies and businesses, which want to acknowledge police officers who gave their lives for their communities,
for their assistance.
Anthony said "The hundreds
of letters that I have received in recent years, not only from the officers'
families but from the general public, illustrates that paying this tribute to
our officers who have fallen in the service of the community has immense value
in promoting police and community relations."