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Roll(s) of Honour

BTP tree on ‘The Beat’ at the National Arboretum
(July 2013)

During a discussion this week at the BTP History Group A.G.M. there was mention made of the proposed UK Police Memorial, which will be on or in the vicinity of “The Beat” at the National Memorial  Arboretum in Staffordshire.

In particular, there was reference made to the National Police Officers Roll of Honour, which was created by former Metropolitan and Lancashire police officer Anthony Rae who, since 1981, has spent more than 36 years researching and compiling records of British police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. There is a specific BTP page on this website, which was in many instances the starting point for names included in our own British Transport Police – Roll of Honour (Line of Duty). We are pleased that Anthony has recently become a member of BTPHG, and that work is under way to synchronise both lists.

In addition, it should be noted that there is the roll maintained by the Police Roll of Honour Trust.

Both these websites are available from our Links page.

LPTBP Warrant Card

The advent of Social Media, and the embracing of Twitter by the BTP, has meant an exponential increase in the number of photographs available for us to see. Too many, if we are honest, for us to view and catalogue. But occasionally a real gem appears. And yesterday’s (Sunday 18th February 2018) tweet from BTP Edinburgh (@BTPEastScot) was one such gem.

William Francis NEWMAN warrant card

William Francis NEWMAN warrant card

The officer tweeted “Shown a piece of BTP History this afternoon at Edinburgh Waverley. A Member of Virgin Trains East Coast staff showing us his late granddad’s warrant card from 1940 when he served as a special constable in London.”

It is very nice to see such a good example of a London Passenger Transport Board warrant card. We have a couple of other examples, one from Alfred Peedle, who later became Assistant Chief Constable; but this a particularly good example.

Thanks to all concerned for bringing this to our attention.

William Francis NEWMAN warrant card

William Francis NEWMAN warrant card shown alongside a modern warrant card cover.

 

William Francis NEWMAN warrant card (front)

William Francis NEWMAN warrant card (front)

Source: Twitter @BTPScotEast
Thanks to Robert Cameron for highlighting this entry, and to Viv Head for capturing the image in better detail.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 26th March at The Railway (formerly The Bright House), Public House, Hill Street, Birmingham, commencing at 12.30 hours.

This venue is approximately five minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street Station (map).

A buffet will be provided free of charge. All members are welcome but you do need to let Bill Rogerson know at least two weeks beforehand so that food can be ordered appropriately.

Members should receive a copy of the Year Book in the post before the AGM.

Please note, the AGM will not be the day before the NARBTPO AGM this year.

This is the one opportunity in the year when group members have the chance to meet up and chat historically, topically or just plain sociably.

Hope to see you there.

Promotional Leaflet

 

A new promotional flyer for the History Group has been published.

It is available as a glossy printed tri-fold leaflet or as a PDF download.

For more information go to the Leaflet page.

New Year Honours 2018

Superintendent Matthew Wratten, who led the operation to drive down theft on the London Underground and improve the service to victims has been recognised on the New Year Honours List.

He has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for Services to Policing.

Supt Wratten joined BTP as a Constable from Kent Police in 1999 and is currently based at Central London Police Station within the Justice Department.

From 2010 to 2013, BTP saw a rise in thefts on the London Underground. Working with Transport for London, Supt Wratten developed initiatives to drive down those numbers, culminating in a 17% reduction in theft in the first year alone. That equated to nearly 3,000 fewer victims.

He has also made effective changes within the Justice Department to enrich the service for victims of crime, and chairs the Force’s Independent Scrutiny Panel to ensure out of court disposals are used appropriately and proportionately.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “Superintendent Wratten personifies all the qualities that make a good officer, in that he constantly drives through changes and improvements to make sure we’re doing the best we can for victims. His work in the Justice Department and commitment to ensuring the victims of crime are properly supported is particularly commendable and I’m proud to call him a member of the BTP team.”

 

Source: BTP

See: Honours, Decorations and Medals table.

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at the BTPHG 🎄

Joining Fee increase


The Committee have agreed to increase the one-off joining fee for membership of the BTPHG from £12 to £15. This increase will take effect from Monday 1st January 2018.

So, if you’ve been meaning to join, but just haven’t got around to it, why not join now and beat the increase!

As well as contributing to help save the history of the BTP and its constituent forces, members get a monthly digital copy of our newsletter – History Lines – and a physical softback copy of our Year Book every year. Plus an invite to our AGM in Birmingham to meet up with fellow members to chat historically, topically or just plain sociably.

Details of how to join are on our membership page.

 

Railway Police Dogs (1951)


 
Steve Beamon recently discovered this gem from British Pathé, which had not come to our notice before.

Showing a BTC Dog Handler on patrol in Kings Cross Goods Yard, with a staged chase and capture of a ‘thief’.

Video from the British Pathé YouTube Channel.

100 Years of Women in Policing

On Thursday the 9th November 2017, BTP held an event celebrating 100 Years of Women in Policing on the Railways.

The History Group had been involved from the early planning stages and were there to assist with a display.

We have a report and photo gallery here: 100 Years of Women in Policing

Political Leaders Unite on stage to Honour The Emergency Services

 

The leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats parties united to honour three heroic police officers at the Pride of Britain awards.

Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable put their political differences behind them on 30 October 2017 to pay tribute to officers who responded to terrorist attacks which took place in London earlier this year.

Taking to the stage at Grosvenor House, the politicians each expressed their gratitude to those who serve to keep the streets of Britain safe – as police officers Wayne Marques, Charlie Guenigault and Keith Palmer were honoured with the Outstanding Bravery awards.

PC Keith Palmer gave his life, aged 48, on 22 March 2017 while guarding the Palace of Westminster when terrorist Khalid Masood attacked, armed with two knives. Unarmed Keith valiantly fought off the terrorist, preventing him from entering Parliament, but sadly suffered a fatal knife wound before a fellow officer shot Masood dead.

Presenting the award to Keith’s sisters, Angela and Michelle, the Prime Minister praised the late Police Constable for his unwavering bravery.
“Keith Palmer devoted his life to the service of his country, and as he stood in defence of Parliament, facing down and tackling that evil terrorist, unarmed, he stood for Britain, he gave his life for Britain, he was, quite simply, the pride of Britain,” Prime Minister May said. “I think it is entirely fitting that tonight this award is being given for the first time ever posthumously, in memory of PC Keith Palmer,” she added.

Officers Wayne Marques and Charlie Guenigault were also awarded for their roles in tackling a terrorist attack on 3 June 2017 in which Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba killed eight and injured 48 others in an attack in London Bridge.

“Police Constable Wayne Marques of British Transport Police probably wasn’t expecting anything like this when he went on duty that night,” Jeremy Corbyn said. “He saw danger, he saw people at risk of losing their lives and he potentially laid down his own life so that others might live,” the Labour leader continued. “On behalf of everybody, thank you to him, and thank you to all of our emergency services who keep us safe 365 days of the year. Thank you very much,” he said.

Sir Vince Cable added: “Whatever differences we have politically, I think we are completely and totally united in wanting to honour the real heroes that our country produces and we have them here tonight.”

by Seamus Duff

 

Sources –
Text: The Daily Mirror (07/11/2017)
Video: ITV / YouTube