PC Robert Holmes

Robert served for two years with the Royal Irish Constabulary before it was disbanded in 1922 on the establishment of the Irish Free State. He then, along with many ex RIC colleagues fearing reprisals in Ireland joined the the Palestinian Police Force. He later settled in Birmingham and joined the city force in 1924. He served as a constable for 11 years, being commended on multiple occasions for delivering effective first aid and once for courage, for stopping a runaway horse. On the 10th November 1935 Robert was on cycle patrol when a car came up behind him and hit him, making no effort to slow down or make way for him.

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