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

THE CARNEGIE HERO FUND TRUST

ROLL OF HEROES & OF HEROINES

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POSTHUMOUS POLICE AWARDS

 Below are the names and details of police officers who lost their lives in the performance of acts of gallantry and are known to have been honoured by the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust; the illustrations are of their entries in the volumes of the Roll.

Arthur Wright, Police Constable, Matlock, was drowned in the River Derwent, on the 27th March 1911, while attempting to rescue a girl who was also drowned.

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Carnegie entry Pearson 1911

Alfred Pearson, Police Constable, Seaforth, on the 25th June 1911, was drowned in the Liverpool & Leeds Canal at Litherland, in consequence of an effort made by him to rescue a young woman.

Joseph Watt, PC, (32), Romford, died on the 8th September 1913, in consequence of injuries received in endeavouring to stop a runaway horse in High Street, Romford, on the 27th August 1913.

Police Constable Edward G B Greenoff (29), 13 Rhea Street, North Woolwich, on 19th January 1917, sustained fatal injuries while urging people to flee from the scene of an explosion at a munitions factory.

Also awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.

Police Constable Alfred Smith (37), 22 Gerrard Street, Islington, London, N, lost his life on 13th June 1917, while urging employees of a factory to take cover during a hostile air raid.

Police Constable Frederick Lambert (40), Metropolitan Police, on 7th April 1919, sustained fatal injuries while attempting to stop a runaway horse in Stamford Hill, London.

Police Constable Edwin P Cook (33), 28 Macfarlane Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, and David R Williams (22), Labourer, 24 Farmer Street, Notting Hill, London, on 7th October 1927, lost their lives while attempting to rescue a man who had been overcome by gas at the bottom of a shaft.

 

 

Police Constable Howard S Overton (51), 4 Lansdown Cottages, Moorlands Road, Malvern, on 28th May 1928, was fatally injured while preventing a child from being run over by a motor car.

Police Constable William T Herrett (33) 22nd October 1928 (Fatally injured while endeavouring to stop a runaway horse and cart at Bagshot, Surrey. - *no citation seen)

Also awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.

 

 

Police Sergeant Robert Little (46) 14th December 1930 (Killed by fumes trying to rescue an old lady trapped in a burning house at Seaham Harbour, County Durham. *no citation seen)

Also awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.

Police Constable Tom W Jewes (25), 18 Duke Street, Chorley, Lancs., lost his life on 16th June 1933 while attempting to rescue a man from drowning in the River Irwell at Manchester.  John Tudor (21), Hose Maker, 99 Greengate, Salford, unsuccessfully attempted to rescue both men.

 

Police Sergeant Harold Glasby (35), 220 Woolwich Road, Bexley Heath, Kent, lost his life on 2nd July 1934, while endeavouring to rescue his wife and two children from drowning in the Lake at Danson Park, Bexley Heath.

Also awarded The Royal Humane Society
'In Memoriam' Bronze Medal.

Police Constable James W Thomson (32) 7th September 1935 (Killed trying to clear a crowd from the path of an out of control lorry at Barnet Hill, London. *no citation seen)

Also awarded the King's Police Medal for Gallantry.

 

Police Constable Francis Prosser (36), 38 Kingsdale Road, Liverpool, lost his life on 6th May 1940 as a result of attempting to stop a runaway horse.

Also awarded the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society 'In Memoriam' Medallion.

 

Cpl Michael Cooney (34), Military Police, Griffith Barracks, Dublin, lost his life on 14th December 1940 while attempting in darkness, to rescue three people trapped in a motor car in the Grand Canal.

 

 

Police Constable Thomas A Benn (25), 8 Glendevon Road, Broadgreen, Liverpool 14, and Police Constable Leslie W Lacey (26), 105 Larkfield Road, Liverpool, on 29th March 1941, went to the assistance of persons who had been trapped by fire in their home, Benn losing his life in the course of his efforts and Lacey sustaining severe injury.

Also awarded the King's Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry.

Police Constable Eric L Valantine (34), 10 Bletchley Avenue, Wallasey, Cheshire, lost his life on 20th August 1943 while attempting to rescue a woman (30) from drowning in the River Mersey.

Also awarded the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society "In Memoriam" Medallion and their Silver Medal for another rescue two days earlier.

 

 

Police Sergeant Ronald M Roffey (37), 231 Seafield Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, lost his life on 22nd August 1956 in going to the assistance of his daughter (13), who was in difficulties in the sea at St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Alan Choules (29), Police Officer, lost his life on 25th April 1971 while attempting to rescue a boy from drowning in the River Thames, near Staines, Middlesex.

 

Police Constable David R Peterson (36), Glasgow, lost his life on 9th September 1972 in attempting to warn the occupants of a multi-storey block of flats in Glasgow about an outbreak of fire.

Police Const. Colin  MacDuff (28), Bishopsrigg, lost his life on 27th June 1973 in attempting to rescue a man from drowning in the River Clyde at Glasgow Bridge.

Stewart Will (38), Sergeant, Metropolitan Police, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, lost his life on 26th July 1973 in an attempt to rescue a girl who had been swept out to sea by high waves at North Berwick.

 100 YEARS OF HEROISM

An article by the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust

The Carnegie Hero Fund Trust can be contacted on 01383 723638 or email: herofund@carnegietrust.com

Website: www.carnegiehero.org.uk

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