Countdown to armistice (2) - introducing the new West Midlands Police Roll of Honour

The Museum volunteers have spent several months researching all of the police officers across the West Midlands area who joined the Armed Forces during WWI and WWII and died as a result of the conflicts in order to be able to create memorial boards for the 143 officers. This work was greatly aided by work that the Military History Society of the West Midlands Police and the Wolverhampton Police Military History Society have completed over several years, and also by the personal efforts of retired officer Graeme Clarke, Chief Inspector Helen Kirkman and Helen's Dad - Tony Kirkman.

Today the memorial boards were unveiled at the Lock-up as the Museum hosted the force's memorial service to mark 100 years since the armistice agreement on the 11th November 1918.

Also unveiled today was a digital Roll of Honour with the names and pictures (wherever possible) of the officers who died, which was made possible by the contributions of the West Midlands Police Federation, The West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund and the Police Mutual Assurance Society. Rob Gill completed the IT work for the digital Roll of Honour itself.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie and Chief Constable Dave Thompson

Families of the officers who died were invited to the service and the unveiling and the Last Post was played at 11am by Sergeant Jon Beach of the West Midlands Police Brass Band. It was a very fitting tribute to remember so many fallen heroes and ensure their sacrifices are never forgotten.

The memorial boards and the iPad will be on display at the Lock-up tomorrow and tickets are still available for the open day here:

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