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DI Mark William Sellek

The bombing overnight on the 9th/10th April was one of the most intense air raids experienced by Birmingham. Five police officers lost their lives in the city that night. The Birmingham Police Headquarters on Newton Street took a direct hit during the heavy air raids that night. Detective Inspector Mark Sellek was on the roof fire watching and was killed immediately. Inspector Sellek had joined Birmingham Police in June 1925, aged 24, and by all accounts had a promising career ahead of him, having been commended twice between 1939 and 1940 for work in connection with the IRA whilst in the Birmingham CID. He had married Marjorie Alice Jones in 1928 and she later served in the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps for a short time, probably desperately trying to make ends meet after losing her husband. Five of his colleagues were injured in the blast that killed Inspector Sellek, including one (Inspector John Kenneth Dodman) who almost had his foot blown off, but survived to serve a further seven years before he was medically retired in 1948.