British Transport Police - Roll of Honour (Line of Duty)

There are three BTPHG Roll of Honour pages. This one, another covering the First World War, and a third page covering the Second World War and the Korean War.

The British Transport Police Roll of Honour (Line of Duty) records the deaths of railway, dock and canal police officers who have died in the line of duty. These officers are also remembered on the British Transport Police area of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance.

The classes of death used in this Roll of Honour are:

  • Acts of Violence
    includes all forms of unlawful killing (murder, manslaughter etc).
  • Misadventure
    refers to death resulting from accidental injury incurred in the performance of a duty involving special risks (e.g. rescue etc).
  • Accident
    refers to death resulting from unforeseen accidental injury whilst on routine duty. It does include death from accidents that occurred while travelling to or returning from duty.
  • Enemy Action
    is death as a result of injuries incurred during wartime air raids.
  • Death by Natural Causes
    is included if it occurred while performing a particular duty which contributed to the death (e.g. heart attack whilst chasing a suspect). Officers on duty who have died of natural causes in ordinary circumstances are not included.

Where possible the details of the death have been confirmed and checked against at least two sources. Where conflicting information was found, further research was conducted until a reasoned judgement as to accuracy could be made. Where we are still awaiting confirmation a ‘Yes’ is absent from the Verified column.

A list of the abbreviations used in the table can be found below.

The table lists the personnel by name in alphabetical order by default, but each column can be sorted by clicking on the column header to suit the users’ requirements. The table shows 40 entries by default, but this can be expanded up to 100. The search box can also be used to find any item required.

Sources
The names included in the Roll of Honour have been gathered from various sources. In many cases the starting point was the list of names provided by Anthony Rae, who masterminded the National Police Roll of Honour and who took a great deal of information from his detailed study of the long-standing magazine Police Review. Kevin Gordon provided much of the original information from BTP records with some additions by Viv Head from his study of railway and dock policing in South Wales.

Update March 2015: Further research has been conducted by Viv Head, and this has yielded a number of additions and changes to the names on the list.
An additional table showing Non-Railway Officers killed on duty on the railway can be found below.

As at 2015, the names of ninety-six Officers have so far been included in the Roll of Honour:

NAMEDEATH DATERANKFORCEPlace of deathCAUSEVe'f'd
ATKINSON John17.03.1886PCNERNewcastle-on-TyneAccident
BAILEY Charles William21.02.1924DCLMSManchesterAccidentyes
BAINBRIDGE Henry20.05.1908PSNERGatesheadAccidentyes
BALLARD Charles30.03.1900PCSWREastleigh (Hants)Accidentyes
BARKER George Edward08.05.1941PCLNERHullEnemy Actionyes
BEALES George21.10.1896PCGERTempleAccident
BELL Leonard Percy01.08.1940PCLNERNorwichEnemy Actionyes
BIRRELL Sidney Henry13.09.1956PCBTCShrewsburyAccidentyes
BISHOP George09.02.1853PCB&ERBridgewaterAccident
BOGOMOLETZ Vassili06.12.2005PCBTPTadworthMisadventureyes
BOWSTEAD James00.09.1867PCBTPSt Helens (Mersey)Misadventure
BROWN George22.10.1983INSPBTPLeedsNatural causesyes
BRYAN / BRIEN James11.12.1848PCGreat Southern & Western (Ireland)Carlow, IrelandAccidentyes
BURKE Charles Matthew07.10.1900PCGERLondon West HamNatural causes
CARTER George03.07.1883PCLNWRWednesbury (West Mids)Accident
COATES William Herbet24.12.1941PCGUCRegents CanalAccident
COCKWILL John12.08.1942PCGWRPlymouthEnemy Actionyes
COLLIS Robert10.01.1839PCDublin & Kingstown (Ireland)Booterstown, IrelandAccidentyes
COOK Daniel22.09.1894DETNERLondonAccident
COSLETT Archibald John05.05.1955DETBTCLondonAccidentyes
CRAWLEY John28.06.1903INSPLBSCRVictoriaNatural Causesyes
DALTON Patrick15.01.1857PCMidland & Great Western (Ireland)Cullaboy, IrelandAccidentyes
DANIELL James28.09.1838PCL&BRWatfordAccidentyes
DEAVILLE Samuel22.11.1838PCL&SRPLeicesterAccident
DEWS Theophilus28.03.1903PCLYRWakefieldAccident
DICKSON John12.01.1842PCGWRn/kAccidentyes
DISS Albert22.12.1912PCGERLondon West HamAccidentyes
DOBBINS14.04.1906PCLB&SCRNewhavenAccident
ELLIOT John08.09.1896DetectiveNERTweedmouthAccident
FELLOWS Henry15.10.1877SuptSDPBasingstokeAccidentyes
FIELD Thomas20.08.1936PCLNERParkeston QuayAccidentyes
FLAVELL Thomas30.12.1869PCGDPGloucesterAccident
FOSTER Harold24.12.1907PCNERHullAccidental yes
FOULKES John25.09.1890PCSHTPSwanseaAccidental
FURBY William Francis15.11.1924PCLNERLondon Kings CrossAccidentyes
GALE Lilian Daisy 06.01.1944WPCGWRPlymouthAccidentyes
GERMAIN Percy Hugh22.07.1948SGTGWRCardiffAccidentYes
GOATMAN William18.02.1860PCMRn/kAccidentyes
HASSALL Henry18.12.1880PC LNWRManchesterAccident
HAYNES Alfred19.08.1934PCSRShoreham Misadventureyes
HIBBS Thomas10.08.1901DCLNWRBirminghamAct of Violenceyes
HILLIER William00.10.1868PCGWRSteventonAccident
HOLLAND George25.04.1882PCLYRPrestonAccident
HOWARD Thomas18.12.1869PSBDPCardiffDrownedyes
JAMES Michael29.11.1956PCBTCBirkenheadAccident
JONES Charles18.01.1840PCLBRWatford TunnelAccident
KENDALL Sydney18.04.1950PCBTCNewton AbbottAccident
KIDD Robert29.09.1895DSLNWRWiganAct of Violenceyes
KING John08.01.1849PCGWRTauntonMisadventure
LARKIN Dennis03.03.1900PCLBSCRNorwood JunctionAccident
LEEFE George William26.03.1907PCNERLeedsAct of Violenceyes
LENNY Herbert Charles26.11.1973D/HndlrBTPLondon Kings CrossNatural Causesyes
LINGARD John Arthur22.09.1914SCNERHullAccidentyes
LOOM Frederick William19.01.1913PCMRLondonAccidentyes
LOXTON Aaron22.02.1859PCSWRPCardiffAccident
LUTKIN Dennis03.03.1900PCLS&SCRAccident
MacRAE Peter15.11.1935PCLMSRRotherhamMisadventureyes
MARSH Alfred12.01.1898PCLYRFleetwoodAct of Violenceyes
McCLAFFERTY James01.10.1954C/INSPBTCEdinburghNatural Causesyes
McLEOD John10.10.1953BTCAccident
McMILLAN Walter25.01.1960PCBTCEdinburghMisadventureyes
MOORE Ernest04.12.1906PCMRWolverhamptonAccidentyes
MURDOCH David Tanner14.12.1938PCLMSRGlasgowAccidentyes
OLIVER Robert Pryce17.02.1987InspBTPStranraerNatural Causesyes
PEARCE Joseph19.12.1856 PCVoNRMerthyr TydfilAct of Violence
PICKEN Albert Edward12.03.1911PCNERGatesheadAccident
PIKE John Edwin07.01.1938PCLMSRWilmslowAccidentyes
PROUDFOOT Allan14.12.1938PCLMSRGlasgowAccidentyes
PURDY William26.10.1916PCGNRBradfordAccidentyes
RACE William22.07.1940PCLNERWest HartlepoolAccidentyes
RALPH George20.10.1882PCGWRLondon Harrow RoadAccident
ROBINSON John09.04.1901PCNERGatesheadAccident
ROBINSON Raymond29.08.1975PSBTPBrightonNatural Causesyes
RUSTON William04.05.1912PCMRSwanseaMisadventureyes
SARGENT Eric Charles13.10.1940DcLMSRLondonEnemy Actionyes
SCUDDAMORE John04.11.1858PCBDPCardiffAccidentyes
SEDMAN Thomas William12.09.1923PCLNERSelbyAccidentyes
SHOPLAND Robert03.10.1863PCBERTauntonAccident
SMITH Frank22.12.1885PCNSRPn/kAccident
SMITH Frederick Albert07.12.1906PCGERNewmarketAccident
SMITH Harry James15.01.1941PCLMSRDerbyEnemy Actionyes
SMITH Robert William29.04.1942PCLNERYorkEnemy Actionyes
STAGG Edwin02.08.1873GWRWooten BassetAccident
STAMP John14.07.1911PCLSWRSandowne ParkNatural Causesyes
STEBBINGS John Thomas21.10.1899PCRCDRegents CanalAccident
TALLEY Thomas12.01.1863PCBletchleyAccident
TAYLOR Arthur, John17.04.1941PCGWRLondon PaddingtonEnemy Actionyes
TEMPLE William09.01.1867PCSWRCardiffAccident
THOMPSON Edwin 19.11.1940SgtLMSRBiminghamEnemy Actionyes
THOMPSON Richard08.09.1858PCLPJRLancasterAccident
TONG John24.06.1943PcLNERHullEnemy Actionyes
TUBBS George08.04.1890SgtLSWRNine Elms, LondonAccidentyes
TYRELL Charles Albert30.11.1950PCBTCLondon East HamNatural Causes
WALTON George15.12.1948PCBTCHull docksAccident
WATTS Samuel06.09.1839PCL&BRWolvertonAccident
WETHERALL Leonard Harold30.11.1927PCRCDLondonAccidentyes
WHINN George Dodds28.01.1932PCLNERNewcastleAccidentyes
WILCOX Ralph20.08.1964 PCBTC [based at Dublin (North Wall), Ireland]DublinAccidentyes
WINTER Keith23.11.1970PCBTPHullAccidentyes
WOOD Charles Cecil25.09.1950S/Pcn/kLondonEnemy Actionyes
WOODS John Francis08.05.1941PCLNERHullEnemy Actionyes
YELLOP William07.09.1901PCGNRLondonAccidentyes

 

Non-Railway Police officers killed on duty on the railway      
McCALL James19.06.1876PCn/kHamiltonAccidentKilled in explosion on the railway but was a local officer, not railway police. Press cutting
ROBERTS Robert08.09.1949SgtFlintshireNorth WalesAccidentKilled by train while keeping observations for thieves
RUSSELL George William10.02.1965PCCumberland, Westmorland & CarlisleOxenhomeAct of ViolenceFatally shot by known gunman.
SCOTT John28.08.1906InspLothian & BordersDunbarAccident

 

List of Abbreviations:

BDPBUTE DOCKS POLICEDCDETECTIVE CONSTABLE
BERBRISTOL AND EXETER RAILWAYDSDETECTIVE SERGEANT
BTCBRITISH TRANSPORT COMMISSION POLICEINSPINSPECTOR
BTPBRITISH TRANSPORT POLICEPCPOLICE CONSTABLE
GERGREAT EASTERN RAILWAYC/INSPCHIEF INSPECTOR
GDPGLOUCESTER DOCK (and Sharpness Canal) POLICEPS / SGTSERGEANT
GNRGREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY
GUC GRAND UNION CANAL
GWRGREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
LBRLONDON & BIRMINGHAM RAILWAY
LBSCRLONDON BRIGHTON & SOUTH COAST RAILWAY
LMSLONDON MIDLAND & SCOTTISH RAILWAY
LNERLONDON & NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY
LNWRLONDON & NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY
LPJRLANCASTER & PRESTON JUNCTION RAILWAY
L&SRPLEICESTER AND SWANNINGTON RAILWAY
LSWRLONDON & SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
LTLONDON TRANSPORT
LYRLANCASHIRE & YORKSHIRE RAILWAY
MRMIDLAND RAILWAY
NERNORTH EASTERN RAILWAY
RCDREGENT'S CANAL & DOCK
SHTPSWANSEA HARBOUR TRUST
SRSOUTHERN RAILWAY
SWRSOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
SWRPSOUTH WALES RAILWAY POLICE
VoNRVALE of NEATH RAILWAY