Countdown to armistice (1) - remembering those who died
Today at our Remembrance themed open day, we remember the 143 officers who served with Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton, fought with the Armed Forces in WWI or WWII and died as a result of the conflicts.
The officers include 24 year old Arthur Street of Wolverhampton Borough (mentioned in an article this week) who died right near the start of the conflict, and several who died after the guns had gone silent. These include:
- Thomas Fred Eccleston MM, aged 26 of Walsall Borough Police, who died on the 17th November 1918 from influenza
- James Riley, aged 34 of Birmingham City Police, who died on the 1st March 1919 after being discharged from the Army as medically unfit in January 1919 - diagnosed with emphysema including shortness of breath, giddiness and palpitations through strain of military duties
- Thomas Benjamin James Cook, aged 27 of Birmingham City Police, who was diagnosed with tubercle of the lungs and discharged medically unfit, dying 9 months later in June 1919
- George Haynes, aged 34 of Birmingham City Police, who died on the 1st September 1919, who was discharged from the army medically unfit in September 1918 - died from phthisis November 1919
- John Samuel Brinson, aged 38 of Walsall Borough Police, who died on the 9th September 1925 - gassed and wounded during service, suffered ill-health upon returning to the police including taking the last 14 weeks of his life off sick
- Arthur Titus Wilkes, aged 61 of Walsall Borough Police. At some stage in his service Arthur was wounded when he received shrapnel wound to the body. Shrapnell wounds from his service had accelerated mio-cardial degeneration. Shrapnell had worked its way through his lungs to his heart - he died the 2nd April 1944.
Memorial boards for each officer are scatted around the Lock-up for visitors to see. There are still tickets left for our open day today - if you want to join us, please come along.
We will remember them.