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WW1 Centenary Memorial Service

Over 186,475 railway people from Britain and Ireland fought in World War One, on land, sea and in the air, and more than 18,957 of these gave their lives. On 14th May, 1919, in the presence of His Majesty King George V, over 7,000 railway people and families attended a service of remembrance in St Paul’s Cathedral “In memory of the railwaymen of Great Britain and Ireland who have died in the service of their country during the war 1914-1918”.

Now, a century later, the railway industry of Britain and Ireland will come together again in a service at Southwark Cathedral, London, to remember those that fell in the “Great War”.

The service, on 6th November 2019 at Southwark Cathedral, will be by invitation only, and a website has been set up to enable those wishing to register to receive an invitation.

Link:  WW1 Centenary Memorial Service

 

 

Arboretum Tree

BTP Arboretum Tree 2019

BTP tree on 'The Beat' (July 2013)

BTP tree on ‘The Beat’
(July 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A post by Gary Wildman on Facebook last week provided a useful update on the progress of the BTP tree on The Beat at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The last photo we have displayed was taken in 2013.

Here is Gary’s post, which also highlighted a couple of Police related charities:

“COPS: Care of Police Survivors memorial service on Sunday 28th July a very emotional and wet day held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Cannock, Staffordshire: Where at the BTP plaque I bumped into Mo Stanford also paying his respects. Photo opportunity. I was there Supporting the charity with a motorcycle group named The Blue Knights, a charity based group, made up of serving and retired police officers.”

Both Gary Wildman and Maurice ‘Mo’ Stanford are BTPHG members.

See also:

UK Police Memorial post

The Blue Knights and COPS websites

The Railway Dogs Benevolent Fund

The Railway Dogs Benevolent Fund logo

The Railway Dogs Benevolent Fund was launched recently and we have now added their website to our links page.

“For over 100 years, police dogs have served alongside officers to protect the public. Years spent chasing criminals, detecting drugs and searching for explosive devices can lead to these brave animals experiencing costly medical conditions in retirement.

The Railway Dogs Benevolent Fund was established to support dogs who have completed their service with British Transport Police (BTP).

The Fund provides grants towards the cost of their care, including ongoing medical treatment, so these loyal and hardworking animals can enjoy a long and happy retirement.”

You can also follow them on Twitter at @RailwayDogsFund

 

 

Remembering those lost on 7/7

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (far right) attended the ceremony with senior members of London’s Emergency Services, including BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther (3rd from left)

 

Today we remember the 52 innocent people killed and 700 injured by a terrorist attack on London’s transport network on 7th July 2005.

Wreaths were laid today at a ceremony in Hyde Park at the 7 July Memorial.

In a speech, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan paid tribute to those that died as well as those who helped the injured.

The mayor praised Londoners’ resilience while paying tribute to those that died.

“We will never forget those innocent victims, and as we grieve for them we also pay tribute to the heroic efforts of the emergency services and first responders who selflessly ran towards danger to help others,” he said. “Londoners showed resilience and unity in the face of huge adversity in 2005, and sadly our city has faced difficult times since then. But, standing together, we uphold the values that make this the best city in the world, united in defiance against terrorism.”

Among those joining him at the service were British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, her City of London counterpart Ian Dyson, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade Danielle Cotton, and London Ambulance Service Chief Executive Garrett Emmerson.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan at the ceremony.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan at the ceremony.

 

7 July Memorial

The 7 July Memorial was unveiled in Hyde Park on the fourth anniversary of the disaster, Tuesday 7 July 2009. Located in the south east corner of Hyde Park. The memorial comprises 52 stainless steel pillars, collectively representing each of the 52 victims, grouped together in four inter-linking clusters reflecting the four locations of the incidents. Constructed from solid-cast, long-lasting stainless steel, each pillar measures 3.5 metres high and is unique, with individual characteristic finishes brought about by the casting process.

Sources:
Twitter: @Mayor of London
BBC News
7 July Memorial photo: By Hahnchen at Wikimedia Commons  – Own work.

 

 
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Police Dog Rufus (Retd)

PD Rufus

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock today presented Police Dog Rufus with his certificate of service.

The DCC said “Sometimes there are simple but great moments in this job. What a pleasure to present a certificate of service to PD Rufus who retired from @BTPDogs in 2013 after 5 years service. PD Rufus was an exceptional narcotics & substance detection dog. Thanks for your service.”

 

(Story via Twitter @BTPDeputy)

Also see the Police Dogs page, and the Police Dogs Photo Gallery.

New History Writers

Ian Oliver (centre), with wife Karen and Viv Head.

Ian Oliver has been appointed a BTP History Writer, for his continued hard work on the Police Service Records Project since it’s inception.

His citation reads: “History Group and long-term Committee Member, Ian spent most of his service at Southampton Docks and has a wealth of information on policing the port. In addition, whilst on the committee, Ian managed a project recording, verification and storage of many hundreds of Police Service Records. As a result we have a significant archive to add to our collections.”

Ian was presented with his certificate by BTPHG Chairman Viv Head, in the presence of Mrs Oliver, at the BTPHG AGM in Birmingham.

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Addendum:

John Higgins, with Viv Head.

In an earlier presentation, John Higgins was also made a BTP History Writer. A member of BTPHG, John spent many years serving at Hull Docks until promotion came his way which took him on to Heysham and York. He is man very much aware of history and has put together a veritable catalogue of information, photographs and stories relating to the places he served. Two lever arch files full and more.

 

More Display Cabinets

Further to our earlier report that the BTPHG have a Display Cabinet in the foyer of Force Headquarters, we are now pleased to report that two more cabinets have been installed.

One at the Central London Police station:

Central London Police Station

and one at Ivason House:

Ivason House

and our original cabinet at FHQ now has an electricity supply for lighting, which considerably improves the look of the display.

Force Headquarters

Thanks as always to John Owen, Ed Thompson and Viv Head for putting this project together. And to the BTP for providing the cabinets and support for making it possible.

Medal Presentation

Jim Rentell QPM

Retired PC, and BTPHG member, Jim Rentell received his Queen’s Police Medal yesterday (07/02/2019) at Buckingham Palace. The award was presented by HRH Prince Charles.

Congratulations from all of the History Group.

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Addendum:
In an earlier ceremony, Ben Clifford, Chief Officer of BTP’s Special Constabulary, and fellow BTPHG member, was presented with his British Empire Medal at the Tower of London on 16th November 2018, by Her Majesty’s representative, Ken Olisa, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London.

See also: Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018

PC Leon McLeod to run London Marathon

PC Leon McLeod

Pc Leon McLeod, who received the Queen’s Gallantry Medal as a result of his actions during the London Bridge terrorist attack in 2017, is competing in this year’s London Marathon. He is running on behalf of PTSD999, an organisation dedicated to assisting those affected by Post Traumatic Stress in the Emergency Services and Military.

“On Saturday 3rd June 2017 my life and career changed in a way I could never have prepared for.

While on a foot patrol with my colleague, we stepped into a situation that I can hardly find the right words to explain as the atrocities of the London Bridge and Borough Market attack began to unfold.

Although I didn’t sustain the physical injuries or worse that so many others unfortunately did, the events have no doubt left their mark.

I know for certain that many of my colleagues and fellow members of the blue light family that responded to calls for assistance have been affected, but while this event was above and beyond the norm, emergency services personnel are faced with traumatic events on a daily basis all over the country. The atrocities at Grenfell and the terror attacks in London and Manchester in 2017 only serve to highlight this.

We’re only human, but yet we all come back in day after day to do it all again never knowing what’s around the corner.

Clearly though there’s only so much a person can take, and it seems that only recently attention has really been paid to mental health and wellbeing. No matter how big or small, things will always leave a mark.

So where am I going with this? Well I have been fortunate enough to secure a spot in the 2019 London Marathon and knew from the start that I wanted to run for someone that really meant something to me and to hopefully make a difference to people.”

Leon McLeod

Those wishing to donate to Leon’s fund raising efforts can go to his Just Giving page.

 

Links:

BTP officers honoured for heroic actions during London Bridge terrorist attack

Gallantry Roll of Honour Plaque

Honours, Medals and Decorations table

 

Annual General Meeting 2019

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25th March.

Members have been circulated with details of the venue in the latest edition of History Lines.

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.