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National Police Officers Roll of Honour

Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty ~ Lest we Forget


The work of the Police Roll of Honour concerns police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and we are very pleased to hear from anyone researching any officer they believe died as the result of their duty; we are particularly pleased to hear from family, relatives or descendants of officers killed on duty.

For general enquiries please Contact Us.

For submission or verification of names
for inclusion on the National Police Officers Roll of Honour please download an


and complete the entries as far as you are able and return by email, with copies of any available documents, death certificate, photographs, or any police or news reports etc..

To carry out your own research on family history or general police history enquiries, the following may assist.

Advice on Family History and General Police History Enquiries

(all links open in new windows)


Archives & Record Offices

Most older records are now held in National, County or Local Archives, Record Offices or Libraries.

UK National Archives - www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

British Library - www.bl.uk

Access to Local Archives database - www.a2a.org.uk

England - Local Record Offices and Archives - www.oz.net/~markhow/englishros.htm

Wales - Local Record Offices and Archives - www.archiveswales.org.uk

Wales - National Library - www.llgc.org.uk

Scotland - www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Northern Ireland - www.proni.gov.uk

Ireland National Archives - www.nationalarchives.ie

General Register Offices ( Births, Marriages & Deaths)

England & Wales - www.gro.gov.uk

Scotland - www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

Northern Ireland - www.groni.gov.uk/index.htm

Ireland - www.groireland.ie


POLICE.UK - Official UK Police Service website includes links to individual police force websites: - www.police.uk

General Police History

'The Black Sheep Index' - www.blacksheepindex.co.uk

An index of names and places of criminals and police officers taken from mainly 19th century newspapers and journals, charges are made for copy of relevant article. Includes The Police Index

The Police History Society - www.policehistorysociety.co.uk

Police Museums & Archives

Main Police Museums and Archives are shown below for others try "The National Virtual Museum" website and Search for POLICE: www.24hourmuseum.org.uk

Open University - International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice

Includes: A Guide to the Archives of the Police Forces of England and Wales

St George's Harrogate - www.stgeorgesharrogate.org

St George’s House, Northern Police Orphanage, Association of Old Boys & Girls

Their website  aims to provide a historical record of the life and activities of the orphan children all of whom came from families of Police officers, for anyone who may be interested, including: Descendents of the Gurney family, St George's House Orphans, Families of the St George's boys & girls, Police Historians, Genealogists, Members of the UK Police Force, St George's Police Trust, Educational institutions, and the general public.


British Transport Police

History of BTP -  including former railway forces and family history enquiries:

BTP Website - BTP History  

British Transport Police History Group  - www.btphg.org.uk

National Archives - Research Guide 97-Transport Police

Essex Police - www.essex.police.uk/museum

Essex Police Museum, PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA.
01245 457150

Greater Manchester Police -  www.gmpmuseum.com

Greater Manchester Police Museum, Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1ES.

Tel: 0161 856 3287

Lancashire Police

Lancashire County Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston PR1 2RE

Telephone: 01772 533039
Fax: 01772 533050

Lancashire Police Officers can be searched for by surname - www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/record_office/records/police.asp


www.old-merseytimes.co.uk   - Liverpool and Merseyside's life and times transcribed from old newspapers.

Includes the Police Fire Brigade Monument at Toxteth Cemetery with photographs and detailed transcriptions of several of the incidents in which officers lost their lives.

See www.liverpoolparkspolice.co.uk for the history of a little known force the Liverpool Parks Police which existed from the 19th century until 1972.

Metropolitan Police

Most Records of Service are held the National Archives at Kew -

Research Guide 52 - Metropolitan Police Records of Service

Other records are held by the following who may assist with enquiries on individual officers:-

Metropolitan Police Historical Collection - Will usually answer questions on individual officers:
Empress State Building, Empress Approach, Lillie Road, London, SW6 1TR

Telephone: 020 7161 1234

Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection - www.fomphc.org.uk

For general Metropolitan Police History see:- www.met.police.uk/history

Also: www.historybytheyard.co.uk

North Eastern Police Forces

North East Police History Society

Royal Irish Constabulary

Surviving RIC Records including Registers of those serving during and since 1849, Pension Records and numerous items relating to Official Reports and Correspondence are held at the UK National Archives:-

Research Guide 54 - Royal Irish Constabulary Records

RIC Service Registers detailing all serving officers from 1849 are available on microfilm via
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Family History Centers

Other private research sources: -

Jim HERLIHY, Irish Police Historian and Author (including Dublin Metropolitan Police)

Website: www.esatclear.ie/~ric/

Email: j_herlihy@esatclear.ie

Postal Mail: 8  Aisling Close, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, IRELAND

Royal Irish Constabulary.com - www.RoyalIrishConstabulary.com

This website is dedicated to the memory of the men of the Royal Irish Constabulary (1814-1922) with information on the force, illustrations of equipment, medals, photographs & documents etc. Also provides Garda, Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), RUC & army pages.

The Royal Irish Constabulary Forum - www.irishconstabulary.com

This community exists to help relatives or interested persons in research relating to old Irish police forces which existed prior to 1922. Its primary theme revolves around the Royal Irish Constabulary. They do not do lookups but aim to provide you with the tools and advice to undertake your own research.

Royal Ulster Constabulary

www.royalulsterconstabulary.org    and    www.rucgcfoundation.org

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Page updated 29 May 2012

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