West Midlands Police

World War Two Roll of Honour

The World War II Roll of Honour remembers those officers that lost their lives serving in HM forces during the 1939-45 war. 

Force
Officer
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Police Rank
How Died
Date Died
Age
Coventry City Police
William Arthur Blower
Constable 60
Officially reported 'missing'. Last seen on the beach at Dunkirk.
31 May 1940
25
Birmingham City Police
Geoffrey Statham
Constable A253
Geoffrey was killed in a training accident alongside his friend.
29 August 1942
22
Birmingham City Police
Ernest John Butler
Constable B42
Ernest was killed whilst piloting a Vengeance aircraft that crashed at Peshawar, Pakistan
15 February 1943
24
Coventry City Police
Edward Lloyd George Ratcliffe
Constable 27
Shot down during a bombing mission and crashed in Ameland
19 February 1943
30
Birmingham City Police
Donald George Denslow
Constable C95
Donald served as a navigator and was killed along with most of the crew when his plane was hit by flak and crashed.
10 March 1943
28
Birmingham City Police
Humphrey William Walpole
Constable D228
Humphrey was killed in a flying accident at Berwick, Scotland.
28 March 1943
29
Birmingham City Police
John Rawcliffe
Constable D167
John was killed when his plane crashed in the target area in Germany during a sortie.
03 April 1943
29
Birmingham City Police
William Donald Griffith
Constable D78
William took part in a bombing sortie when his plane crashed near Monchengladbach, Germany.
27 April 1943
29
Coventry City Police
James Crompton
Constable 37
Died aboard HMS Kite, possibly during an air attack
04 June 1943
27
Birmingham City Police
George Taylor
Constable D111
George's aircraft crashed near Antwerp killing all on board.
17 June 1943
22
Birmingham City Police
Jack Watson
Constable C197
Jack crew failed to return from a sortie to bomb an armaments factory in France.
20 June 1943
29
Birmingham City Police
George Edward Crum
Constable E231
Edward's squadron were practicing dive bombing over a target in Buzzards Bay. He was last seen to enter a cloud bank, diving on the target. Neither he nor the wreckage of his plane was ever seen again.
22 June 1943
25
Birmingham City Police
George Norman Rowell
Constable A82
George was killed when his army truck was involved in a collision
10 August 1943
27
Birmingham City Police
William Wardrop
Constable E327
William's aircraft was hit by flak and crashed near Zossen killing the entire crew including his Birmingham City Police colleague, John Alexander Reid.
24 August 1943
24
Birmingham City Police
Charles Herbert Spiers
Constable D255
Charles served as a navigator flying anti-shipping sorties and was killed when his plane crashed into the sea.
16 September 1943
31
Birmingham City Police
Thomas Albert Rose
Constable E105
Thomas was captured by the Japanese in Singapore and succumbed while working in captivity on the Burma-Siam railway.
03 October 1945
28
Dudley Borough Police
Raymond Coulson
Constable 10
Killed in action during operation over Hanover
9 October 1943
27
Birmingham City Police
John Alexander Reid
Constable C252
John's aricraft was hit by flak and crashed near Zossen killing the entire crew, including his Birmingham City Police colleague, William Wardrop.
24 October 1943
27
Birmingham City Police
John Edwin Lovell
Constable E190
John died on a mission to Greece
16 November 1943
22
Birmingham City Police
Tom William Kempin
Constable E168
Tom died in a 'flying accident'.
02 January 1944
30
Coventry City Police
Cecil Douglas Blackford
Constable 193
Disobeyed an order to leave a fellow soldier hit by a sniper in order to offer first aid. He was then hit - sustaining 15 machine gun bullets and dying later that day
08 February 1944
26
Birmingham City Police
Eric Macpherson Howard
Constable C219
Eric's aircraft failed to return home after taking off to take part in a bombing raid on Leipzig and his remains have not been found
20 February 1944
23
Birmingham City Police
James Alexander Kinloch
Constable D319
James is presumed to have died while training in Canada.
26 February 1944
20
Birmingham City Police
Albert Edwin Elliott
Constable C240
Albert was unwell on arriving home on shore leave and died from an internal haemorrhage in his lungs
24 March 1944
28
Birmingham City Police
Francis Samuel Langston
Constable E297
Francis' aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter and crashed near the Somme killing all on board.
11 April 1944
23
Birmingham City Police
William Alfred Henry Reynolds
Constable D280
William served as an air gunner based on HMS Furious and his plane was shot down off Norway and crashed into the sea.
06 May 1944
22
Coventry City Police
John William Smith
Constable 185
Aircraft serial number JB733 PM-K had taken off at 21:58 on 11/5/1944 from Elshom Wolds, and was shot down at Loenhout at 02:00 the next day
12 May 1944
28
Wolverhampton Borough Police
Arthur William Ward
Constable
Arthur was killed on the second day of the Allied landings in Normandy whilst attached to Number 4 Commando.
07 June 1944
26
Birmingham City Police
William Lynham
Constable C166
William died in a mission over France as part of D Day operations along with the entire aircraft crew.
07 June 1944
26
Birmingham City Police
Brian Turner
Constable D311
Brian died of acute leukaemia during active service.
12 June 1944
22
Birmingham City Police
Harry Taylor
Constable C87
Harry died in hospital as a result of an air accident.
17 June 1944
24
Birmingham City Police
Robert Edward Duck
Constable C55
Robert's aircraft was shot down over Eindhoven by a German night fighter killing all on board.
22 June 1944
29
Birmingham City Police
Kenneth John Skinner
Constable C275
Kenneth and his crew failed to return from a bombing mission.
26 June 1944
24
Birmingham City Police
Dennis Marrows
Constable C304
Dennis's plane was shot down by enemy fire over France and the entire crew were killed.
08 July 1944
28
Coventry City Police
John Michael Arundel
Constable 175
Killed in action
10 July 1944
33
Birmingham City Police
John Charles Dickson
Constable D291
John sustained wounds and subsequently died in an aircraft that was hit by fire from a submarine the plane was trying to destroy
17 July 1944
30
Birmingham City Police
John William Wagstaffe
Constable B55
John was engaged on a sortie to attack enemy transport columns when he crashed, possibly struck by anti-aircraft fire.
08 September 1944
25
Birmingham City Police
Eric William Rawlins
Constable B257
Eric and his pilot were killed during an operation to seize Arnhem bridge from the enemy.
17 September 1944
27
Coventry City Police
Kenneth William Green
Constable
Kenneth was killed on the third day of Operation �Market Garden�, transporting glider borne troops to Arnhem. Over 1,300 pilots landed in Holland and of these 229 were killed and 469 wounded or taken prisoner. It is believed that Kenneth survived the landings and was killed fighting with Canadian ground troops.
19 September 1944
22
Birmingham City Police
Arthur Perring
Constable E324
Arthur was killed when his plane collided with another RAF aircraft while on a bombing sortie over Dortmund.
23 September 1944
32
Birmingham City Police
Alfred Bell
Constable B251
Alfred was killed during some stage of Operation Market Garden near Arnhem.
25 September 1944
32
Birmingham City Police
Harold Kneale
Constable C249
Harold was killed during an enemy attack in France.
10 October 1944
29
Birmingham City Police
Maurice Fantham
Constable B126
Maurice was wounded in an attack by Germans in Corfu, suffering shrapnel wounds and died from his injuries 3 days later
13 October 1944
22
Coventry City Police
Sidney Alfred Taylor
Constable 69
Killed in action
15 October 1944
32
Dudley Borough Police
Walter Wilde
Constable 69
Died of wounds serving in the Mediterranean Theatre
20 October 1944
27
Birmingham City Police
Joseph Kenneth Smith
Constable D108
Joseph failed to return from a mission over Thailand.
24 November 1944
25
Birmingham City Police
Robert Charles Northwood
Constable C170
Robert was mortally wounded in action and later succumbed to his injuries.
27 November 1944
29
Wolverhampton Borough Police
Harry Simkins
Constable
Lost in the sinking of the troopship 'Khedive Ismail' in Kenya
02 December 1944
27
Birmingham City Police
Tom Laking
Constable 327
Tom died in 'an accident' in Italy.
13 December 1944
29
Birmingham City Police
Raymond Athol Bruck
Constable D85
Raymond's plane crashed in England during dense fog following a bombing raid on an oil refinery near Stettin, Germany. All crew were killed.
22 December 1944
22
Birmingham City Police
Arthur John Berry
Constable E220
Arthur was serving on board HM Landing Ship 415 when it was torpedoed during 16/1/1945 resulting in the ship being beached in the Thames estuary.
16 January 1945
28
Coventry City Police
George William Howlett
Constable 171
Recalled on reserve at the outbreak of war, George was killed in a road accident.
08 February 1945
28
Birmingham City Police
Eric Grundy
Constable B178
Eric took part in a bombing sortie over Gravenhorst when the Lancaster plane crashed.
21 February 1945
33
Birmingham City Police
John Maxwell Wardrope
Constable D63
John died as a result of 'friendly fire' from American troops.
27 February 1945
26
Birmingham City Police
James Alexander Millan Bryce
Constable D186
James was killed by enemy fire from German bazooka teams. Along with his fellow crew, he got out of his tank to examine a road block. All were killed.
11 April 1945
24
Coventry City Police
Sidney Thomas Cooke
Constable 57
Killed on the KELLEN, LADBERGEN and SCHMEDEHUASEN Canal BRIDGE in an accident
05 April 1945
29
Birmingham City Police
Alan Ernest Underwood BEM
Constable E200
Whilst on a day's leave he felt faint and lost his sight, seconds later he died from a coronary thrombosis
23 May 1945
27
Birmingham City Police
John Albert Winkley
Constable B98
John was killed in an air crash presumably whilst training.
30 June 1945
22
Birmingham City Police
John Edward Dickinson DFC
Constable B110
John died post the war in Europe in an air crash
05 September 1945
30
Birmingham City Police
Leslie Hardy
Constable C190
Leslie succumbed to dysentry and acute enteritis on board ship returning to England from India and was buried at sea.
11 September 1945
26
Birmingham City Police
Jacob Indian Munday
Constable C328
Jacob is reported as being killed in a 'flying accident while stationed in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
02 October 1945
26
Birmingham City Police
Leonard Albert Wildin
Constable E202
Died in a flying accident
02 September 1946
32