West Midlands Police - Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour remembers those officers who either: lost their lives in the line of duty, died whilst on duty, who fell ill on duty (dying shortly after) or whose death was linked to their duty

Force
Officer
Pic
Details
Day
Month
Year
Birmingham Night Watch
Watchman Robert Twyford
Shot whilst on duty in 1806 and died in 1814 from lung damage caused by the gunshot wound - aged 54
22
November
1814
Wolverhampton Night Watch
Watchman Richard Cooke
Fatally struck on the head by a stone while intervening in a street affray
25
January
1822
Birmingham Night Watch
Watchman Thomas Stych
Assaulted whilst on duty and died 4 weeks later - aged 40
19
November
1836
Birmingham Borough Police
PC John Ballance
Whilst on duty at a concert hall he was crushed by a stampede when trying to help evacuate the hall following a fire being spotted - aged 48
5
May
1855
Birmingham Borough Police
Sergeant James Edwards
Collapsed and died whilst on duty at Aston Hall. Cause of death recorded as disease of the heart. Aged 38.
29
December
1862
Birmingham Borough Police
PC Edward Howard
Death was brought about by 'close confinement in an impure atmosphere', working solely out of the Moor Street Lock-up below ground level, aged 38
7
September
1864
Birmingham Borough Police
Sgt John Poole
Supervising fire escape being fixed at Duke Street. Once work was complete he hoisted the escape into the air but upon reaching the top the ladder overbalanced, throwing him to his death. Aged 47.
31
October
1865
Birmingham Borough Police
PC Thomas Hardy
Aged 53 died of a fractured skull received whilst ejecting a drunk from a liquor shop
2
April
1872
Birmingham Borough Police
PC William Lines
Fatally stabbed when attacked by a mob trying to free a prisoner. Aged 30.
24
March
1875
Birmingham Borough Police
PC Alonzo Green
After detaining an aggressive prisoner in the Moseley Street lock-up with a fellow officer, he collapsed and died - aged 28
25
June
1887
Birmingham City Police
PC Fred Cave
Whilst of unsound mind following the death of his child, drowned himself in the canal whilst on duty, aged 28
16
October
1891
Birmingham City Police
PC William Henry Roden
Died from a brain haemorrhage following a fall during a friendly boxing bout on 23 May and subsequently, after being sent home unwell, fell when alighting from the bus home, dying several days later, aged 45
9
June
1893
Birmingham City Police
PC George Tye
Whilst searching a prisoner at the Dudley Road Lock-up Tye suddenly 'fell to the floor and became insensible. The surgeon was called but all he could do was pronouce life extinct. Tye had been under medical treatment.' Aged 52.
19
January
1895
Birmingham City Police
PC George Snipe
Fatally injured when attacked by a mob trying to free a prisoner - aged 29
19
July
1897
Birmingham City Police
DCSupt Gerard Jacob Van Helden
Died from pneumonia contracted after six days of exhaustion due to extended travel in the U.K. on police duty - aged 53
12
June
1901
Birmingham City Police
PC Charles Phillip Gunter
Fatally injured by a brick thrown by a disorderly gang he had warned - aged 24
26
October
1901
Birmingham City Police
PC William Smith
Smith came on to do duty at 6pm seemingly in good health and was posted to his beat in Great Tindal Street, when several officers noticed that he had stumbled. When they went to his assistance he shouted ‘Oh oh’ and died. Death was due to heart failure - aged 37
11
June
1903
Coventry City Police
PC Reuben Needham Dickinson
Fatally injured in a fall off a ladder while cleaning the station windows - aged 52
17
November
1906
Birmingham Parks Police
PC William Percy Savage
Choked and died whilst on duty in the Walmer recreation ground - aged 30
5
June
1914
Wolverhampton Borough Police
SC John Watkin Watson
Collapsed and died from heart failure while on night patrol duty - aged 57
23
May
1915
Birmingham City Police
SC George Croydon
Accidentally struck by a train whilst on protection duty at a railway tunnel - aged 54
11
October
1915
Birmingham City Police
FPR James Henry Goddard
Killed by a train whilst on special protection duty at New Street station - aged 51
5
February
1916
Birmingham City Police
FPR Thomas Reidy
Killed by a train whilst on special protection duty at New Street station - aged 53
13
October
1916
Birmingham City Police
DI James Macauley
Collapsed and died on his way home from duty - aged 52
24
November
1918
Birmingham City Police
PC George Robert Cooper
Died of blood poisoning after cutting his hand on one of the lamps of his police ambulance - aged 25
1
November
1922
Wolverhampton Borough Police
PC Albert Willits
Shot dead attempting to detain 3 absconders in the early morning - aged 24
18
January
1925
Birmingham Parks Police
PC William Thomas Corbett
Struck by lightning and killed in Calthorpe Park- aged 35
24
July
1925
Wolverhampton Borough Police
Sergeant John Evans
Collapsed and died on duty at Wolverhampton Police Station, aged 50
30
January
1925
Birmingham City Police
PC Francis Leonard Taylor
Struck by a motorcycle 11/4/25 whilst on duty, returned to work in June, only to return to hospital where he died from his injuries.
6
September
1925
Birmingham City Police
PC Joseph Smith
PC Smith was on duty and visiting Harbourne Police station remarked to the Inspector that he felt better suddenly collapsed and died on the spot. He had recently suffered with rheumatism returning to duty the previous Saturday - aged 54
12
July
1928
Birmingham City Police
PC Charles William Sheppard
Aged 31 - died from injuries received whilst attending a report of a disturbance
23
May
1928
Dudley Borough Police
PC Harry Leslie Stanton
Found dead on a railway line on his beat in suspicious circumstances - aged 22
28
January
1929
Birmingham City Police
Ex-PC Francis George Findlay
Injured his foot on duty 1927, returned medically unfit and given a pension 1928 and died from the injury in 1929, aged 36
1
June
1929
Birmingham City Police
PC Hugh Miller
Fatally injured when struck by a car whilst on bicycle patrol at night - aged 42
27
December
1930
Birmingham City Police
DI Henry George Vince
Died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound whilst of unsound mind following the collapse of a murder case at court - aged 46
27
December
1932
Birmingham City Police
PC Robert Holmes
Fatally injured on cycle patrol when hit by a car which failed to stop - aged 35
10
November
1935
Wolverhampton Borough Police
PC George Thomas Windsor
Took his own life by taking poison in the ARP store after becoming depressed following attending a suicide himself, aged 33
17
January
1939
Birmingham City Police
PC George Vowles
Died from bronchial pneumonia two days after reporting sick at the end of a tour of duty, aged 45
12
January
1940
Dudley Borough Police
PC William James Lowe
Died after suffering a pulmonary embolism and phlebitis of the leg sustained while removing a dead body - aged 42
24
January
1940
Birmingham City Police
PC Eric George King
Died on the operating table during an operation following an accident during rifle training - aged 24
2
July
1940
Birmingham City Police
PC Harold Barrow
Killed off duty in an enemy air raid - aged 28
27
September
1940
Coventry City Police
Sgt James Arthur Fox
Killed evacuating area of a delayed action bomb in an enemy air raid - aged 37
12
October
1940
Coventry City Police
PC William Henry Leedham
Killed evacuating area of a delayed action bomb in an enemy air raid - aged 36
12
October
1940
Coventry City Police
SC William Matson Sinclair
Killed during an enemy air raid - aged 33
21
October
1940
Birmingham City Police
PWRC William Hodgetts
Killed by enemy action whilst on duty during an air raid - aged 45
26
October
1940
Coventry City Police
SC William Robert Lambe
Killed by enemy action trying to help others trapped in a shelter - aged 26
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
PC Kenneth Charles Rollins
Killed by enemy action when trying to help others - aged 30
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
SC Frederick Barratt
Killed by enemy action when an air raid destroyed the city centre - aged 50
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
SC Harry Berry
Killed by enemy action when an air raid shelter was destroyed - aged 34
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
SC Albert Ernest Bawden
Killed by enemy action when an air raid destroyed the city centre - aged 38
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
Police Messenger Thomas Roland Lowry
Killed by enemy action when an air raid shelter was destroyed - aged 16
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
PC William Alfred Henry Timms
Killed by enemy action when an air raid shelter was destroyed - aged 23
14
November
1940
Coventry City Police
Police Messenger Bertram Whyatt West
Killed by enemy action when an air raid destroyed the city centre - aged 17
15
November
1940
Coventry City Police
PWRC Frederick Solomon Strong
Killed by enemy action when an air raid destroyed the city centre - aged 34
17
November
1940
Birmingham City Police
SC William Dalgetty
Killed during enemy air raids - aged 47
19
November
1940
Birmingham City Police
PC William Alfred Mitchinson
Fatally injured by shrapnell whilst on duty during enemy air raids - aged 25
23
November
1940
Birmingham City Police
PC Harold Gilbert Lewis
Killed outside his station when struck by a bomb during an air raid - aged 25
23
November
1940
Birmingham City Police
SC Eustace Lionel Speller
Killed by a delayed explosion from a bomb whilst sheltering at home - aged 43
11
December
1940
Birmingham City Police
PWRC Harold Kavanagh
Killed by enemy action whilst on duty in an air raid at Acocks Green - aged 30
11
December
1940
Birmingham City Police
FPR John Barrier
Killed off duty during an enemy air raid - aged 63
11
December
1940
Coventry City Police
SC Frank Henry Kimberley
Killed in an air raid at the police station - aged 54
8
April
1941
Coventry City Police
PWRC Thomas Arthur Harraway
Killed during an enemy air raid - aged 63
9
April
1941
Coventry City Police
SC Arthur Frederick Matts MBE
Fatally injured by enemy action at the police station during an air raid - aged 48
9
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
SC Frank James Cook
Killed off duty in an enemy air raid - aged 29
9
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
DI Mark William Sellek
Killed by a bomb on firewatching duties on the police station roof - aged 40
10
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
SC Ralph George Wilkinson
Killed in enemy air raids - aged 50
10
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
Sub-Commander Rowland Thomas Harman
Killed on Somerville Road whilst examining a bomb that exploded - aged 60
10
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
PC Bertie Gready
Killed by a bomb exploding outside Digbeth Police Station - aged 23
10
April
1941
Coventry City Police
SC Harold Leslie Lowe
Killed during an enemy air raid - aged 37
10
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
PC Jack Frederick Goodchild
Killed by a bomb explosion while on patrol during an enemy air raid - aged 30
12
April
1941
Birmingham City Police
PWRC Leonard Arthur Mead
Killed by enemy action while on duty during an air raid - aged 33
17
May
1941
Birmingham City Police
PC Robert Evans Ace
Fatally injured when hit by a car on motorcycle patrol - aged 31
24
September
1941
Birmingham City Police
SC Ralph Henry Corfield
Killed in enemy air raids - aged 41
28
July
1942
Birmingham City Police
SC Alfred Smith Stafford
Killed in enemy air raids - aged 36
30
July
1942
Coventry City Police
Detective Superintendent Cyril George Boneham MM BEM
Took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed, following his wife's serious health troubles, aged 45
10
January
1943
Birmingham City Police
PWRC Stephen George Cox
Fatally injured when knocked down by a stolen car, which failed to stop - aged 40
25
December
1943
Birmingham City Police
PC Henry Basil Dewick
Had a sudden heart attack on the bus on his way in to work and died - aged 51.
29
July
1944
Birmingham City Police
PC Richard William Edgington
Collapsed while on duty at Ryton training centre and was removed to hospital where he died of peritonitis due to a perforated duodenal ulcer - aged 24
9
November
1946
Birmingham City Police
PC Walter Crombie
Died suddenly after being taken ill on his beat - aged 31
7
December
1946
Birmingham City Police
PC George William Davis
Completed night shift at Stechford Police Station then collapsed onto his front in the rear yard and suffocated - aged 37
21
February
1948
Birmingham City Police
PC Charles Alfred Walker
Collapsed and died whilst carrying out his duties at Acocks Green Police Station, aged 53
28
January
1951
Birmingham City Police
PC Jack Harold Ison
Became ill and was sent home, dying later that day - aged 49
28
September
1954
Birmingham City Police
PC John Bamford Marley
Killed in a road accident instructing an advanced driving course - aged 34
13
July
1955
Birmingham City Police
PC Gordon Richard Neal
Crushed by a lorry, which he was assisting to reverse into an alley - aged 21
22
September
1956
Birmingham City Police
PC John Wall
Whilst travelling home from work, went to investigate a matter on the railway and was knocked over and killed by a train, aged 48
1
May
1957
Birmingham City Police
PC Charles Gillies
Died of a cerebral haemorrhage after suddenly feeling unwell whilst on duty, aged 30
30
June
1958
Birmingham City Police
PWS Mary Jean Baldwin
Died from a blood clot as a result of a fall on duty - aged 34
26
June
1959
Birmingham City Police
PC Brian William Wright
Left his room in single men’s quarters at Ladywood Police Station to parade for first watch, had a heart attack on the stairs and died, aged 23
23
February
1961
Birmingham City Police
Sgt Leslie Spence
Whilst carrying out a conference point with a PC on his beat, Sergeant Spence took unwell, struggling to breathe. He died shortly after being transported back to his home address, aged 47
29
March
1962
Birmingham City Police
PC Michael John Harris
After injuring himself whilst on duty on his police pedal cycle a month earlier, PC Harris underwent an operation in conjunction with the injury but subsequently died - aged 21
25
July
1962
Wolverhampton Borough Police
PC James Bakes
Collapsed and died while on duty - aged 48
19
October
1963
Birmingham City Police
PC Alexander Henderson
Killed in a road traffic accident whilst on motorcycle patrol - aged 21
24
March
1964
Birmingham City Police
PC Alan Trevor Turner
Killed in a head-on collision with a car while on motorcycle patrol - aged 27
19
September
1964
Wolverhampton Borough Police
DS James Stanford
Fatally stabbed attempting to arrest an absconder armed with a knife - aged 40
20
August
1965
Birmingham City Police
PC Kerim Harry Blakeman
Collapsed and died pushing a van which was causing an obstruction - aged 35
27
June
1966
Birmingham City Police
Sgt Anthony Desmond Crowson
Fatally injured when his patrol car was involved in a road accident - aged 30
22
October
1969
Birmingham City Police
PC Leslie Harrod
Suffered chest pains while on mobile patrol and died in hospital - aged 46
8
December
1971
Warwickshire & Coventry Constabulary
PC Peter Guthrie
Shot dead trying to arrest a suspect who had broken into a gunshop - aged 21. Posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry
22
July
1972
West Midlands Constabulary
PC Michael Harry Round
Killed in a road accident while on a police motorcycle course - aged 22
27
November
1972
Birmingham City Police
PC Terence Hall
Killed when his police car was in collision with a lorry - aged 21
28
February
1973
West Midlands Police
PC David Robert Brown
Killed in a road traffic accident whilst on motorcycle patrol - aged 31
26
July
1974
West Midlands Police
PC David Christopher Green
Fatally stabbed while attempting an arrest during a street disturbance - aged 20
17
July
1975
West Midlands Police
PC Colin Clive Nicholls
Died as a result of serious injuries sustained when involved in a Road Traffic Collision - aged 38
2
July
1976
West Midlands Police
PC Michael George Hewitt
Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while travelling to work aged 37
31
July
1976
West Midlands Police
PC Bernard Henry Church
Collapsed at the station and died four months after accident on duty - aged 45
22
July
1977
West Midlands Police
Sgt Peter James Brett
Fatally injured in an RTC whilst on duty - aged 32
28
August
1977
West Midlands Police
Sgt Louis Henry Bennett
Died as a result of injuries sustained in a Road Traffic Collision on his way to work - aged 57
23
December
1977
West Midlands Police
PC Brian Lawrence Phillips
Fatally injured when his patrol car was struck by another police car - aged 35
21
May
1978
West Midlands Police
PC Phillip Mark Sanderson
Killed in a patrol car crash while responding to an assistance call - aged 20
10
August
1978
West Midlands Police
PC Alexander Lawson Hamilton Forrest
Took ill and died whilst on duty at an election meeting - aged 45
24
April
1979
West Midlands Police
PC John Nicholson Pacey
Killed when his police car skidded on ice on a bend and crashed - aged 30
24
December
1979
West Midlands Police
PC David Cameron
Died as a result of injuries sustained in a Road Traffic Collision, aged 49
24
December
1980
West Midlands Police
PC Paul Kenneth Worth
Hit by a lorry and fatally injured while assisting a motorist on the motorway - aged 34
30
April
1981
West Midlands Police
PC Joseph Anthony O'Brien
Fatally injured when struck by a car while directing traffic in a road race - aged 48
14
November
1982
West Midlands Police
PC Andrew Stephen Le Comte
Killed in a fall while searching for suspects on a shop roof at night - aged 21
4
February
1984
West Midlands Police
PC Anthonie Tom Edmund Hughes
Had a sudden heart attack and died whilst on duty with the Mounted Branch - aged 46
28
April
1986
West Midlands Police
PC Jeffrey Thomas Barnes
Killed in a road accident travelling to a motorcycle refresher course - aged 43
21
July
1986
West Midlands Police
PC Martin Andrew Laucht
Killed in a motorcycle accident riding pillion on surveillance duty - aged 28
11
August
1987
West Midlands Police
PC Geoffrey Ernest Collins
Fatally injured in a collision with a lorry while on a motorcycle course - aged 38
25
November
1987
West Midlands Police
PC Colin John Hall
A dog handler, collapsed and died after helping to quell a disturbance - aged 40
29
November
1987
West Midlands Police
PC Gavin Richard Carlton
Shot dead while chasing two bank robbers armed with shotguns - aged 29
19
December
1988
West Midlands Police
PC Anthony John Salt
Fell and died whilst on surveillance duty - aged 30
16
April
1989
West Midlands Police
PC Colin Graham Pursall
Killed in a motorcycle accident while travelling to report for duty - aged 27
10
March
1990
West Midlands Police
PC Mark Anthony Gumbley
Killed in a collision with a lorry while on a police motorcycle course - aged 27
28
March
1990
West Midlands Police
SC Neil Coleman
Killed when hit by a bus while on traffic duty after a football match - aged 27
30
October
1990
West Midlands Police
PC Mark John Woodhead
Collapsed and died while on duty at Fletchampstead Police Station - aged 32
26
January
1992
West Midlands Police
PC Philip Joseph Kurlinkus
Killed in a motorcycle accident responding to an emergency call - aged 39
18
March
1993
West Midlands Police
PC David Brennan
Fatally injured in a car accident when reporting for duty - aged 37
8
June
1993
West Midlands Police
PC Robert John Dallow
Killed in a patrol car involved in a collision while pursuing a stolen car - aged 41
17
December
1995
West Midlands Police
Insp Vanessa Rosemary Carroll
Killed in a road accident while with the British Police Unit in Bosnia - aged 35
28
April
1996
West Midlands Police
PC Michael Install
Collapsed and died whilst on duty at Park Lane - aged 53
24
July
1996
West Midlands Police
PC Malcolm Edward Walker
Killed when his motorcycle was rammed trying to stop a stolen car - aged 46
4
October
2001
West Midlands Police
DC Robert George Ling
Killed in a car crash escorting two men being extradited from South Africa - aged 27
7
October
2002
West Midlands Police
DC Michael Swindells
Stabbed to death attempting to arrest a violent suspect armed with a knife - aged 44
21
May
2004
West Midlands Police
PC Paul Linden Owen
Fatally injured while on duty when he was accidentally struck by a bus - aged 47
20
October
2004
West Midlands Police
PC Valroy O'Neil Hodgson
Died from complications of an injury sustained in officer safety training - aged 44
31
December
2004
West Midlands Police
PC Deborah Adele Harman-Burton
Killed in a road accident whilst travelling home from night duty - aged 28
24
March
2006
West Midlands Police
PC Ryan Michael Hunt
Killed in a road accident while working on an investigation in South Yorkshire - aged 31
25
May
2006
West Midlands Police
PC Jonathan Paul Wade
Whilst instructing self defence training he collapsed and died of heart failure - aged 39
12
March
2007
West Midlands Police
Insp (Rtd) Francis Edward Dodd
Died from mesothelioma which he contracted whilst working as an officer in Birmingham City and West Midlands Police - aged 73
7
September
2009
West Midlands Police
PC (Rtd) Keith Malcolm Dobson
Died from mesothelioma which he contracted whilst training as a firearms officer - aged 68
3
September
2011
West Midlands Police
PC Ramin Tolouie
Died after a collision of a car and his motorcycle returning home from duty aged 40
16
October
2011
West Midlands Police
PC Michael Chapman
Having cycled into work for a late shift he took unwell. He was rushed to hospital but suffered a fatal heart attack - aged 48
14
April
2014
West Midlands Police
PC Martin James Peter Gillespie
Martin took his own life following a traumatic incident on duty - aged 53
24
April
2015
West Midlands Police
SC Resham Singh Nahal
Whilst dealing with a road traffic collision on 9th November 2019, Resham was seriously injured when another vehicle collided with him. After initially making good progress recovering from his injuries, Resham suffered cardiac arrest and died on 26th June 2020 - aged 53
26
June
2020

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We would like to thank the following for making all of the Roll of Honour pages possible:

-          The Police Roll of Honour Trust 

-          The Military History Society of the West Midlands Police

-          The Wolverhampton Police Military History Society

-          Debbie Menzel

-          Graeme Clarke

-          Helen and Tony Kirkman

-          Linda Fraser

-          Sandra Gill

-          Malcolm Fraser