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The Murder of Detective Sergeant Robert Kidd, 1895

Robert Kidd, Date Unknown: Credit: Family Photograph

A special entry in the Research section of HistoryBank this month.

As part of the History Group’s commemoration of the 126th anniversary of the death of Detective Sergeant Robert Kidd, Phil Trendall has updated his 1995 article with additional research.

The article can be found here: The Murder of Detective Sergeant Robert Kidd



Remembering September 11th

A commemorative patch has been sent to those NYPD Transit Bureau officers who served on 9/11 to mark the twentieth anniversary.

Time to remember all officers who lost their lives during the course of their duties.


Source: Twitter / @NYPDTransit

BTP Journals DVD

Just a short entry to report that the BTP Journals DVD has now sold out.

In 2014, after having completed the project to scan all railway police Journals from 1948 to 1990, we offered a double DVD set for sale.

Recent publicity due to the release of the BTP Magazines DVD has resulted in a spike in sales in the older DVD, and our stock has now been exhausted.

There are, at present, no plans to produce any more.

Thank you to all that have purchased a copy.

Ministry of Defence Police - 50th Anniversary

Mod Pol Anniversary

This year the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) celebrates its 50th anniversary, after it was formed following the amalgamation of the Army Department, Air Force Department and Admiralty Constabularies on 1 October 1971.

A brief history of the Ministry of Defence Police is a new article on their blog outlining the story.

Phil Trendall, BTPHG Chair comments: “The MDP have quite a lot in common with BTP in that they have been formed by many mergers (although I suppose this is also true of most county forces). Operationally the force has a fair amount of interface with BTP, especially because they form part of the strategic armed policing reserve.”

Dedication of New Memorial to Police Officers

A new memorial to honour fallen police officers will be unveiled next Wednesday, 28th July from 12 noon at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The new UK Police Memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of all those from across the police service who have dedicated their lives to protecting us and will be commemorated at a special ceremony at the Arboretum next week.

The ceremony will be attended by hundreds of guests, who will adhere to coronavirus restrictions, including dignitaries, senior politicians, representatives from all police force across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of officers killed on duty.

The public will be able to view the ceremony live online through the memorial website Police Memorial UK from midday on Wednesday, 28th July 2021.

Update: A video of the event is now available here: Dedication Ceremony

Sir Hugh Orde, Chair of Trustees, said: “Next Wednesday will be a historic day for our police service. After seven years of fundraising and 12 months of construction, we can finally dedicate this beautiful and iconic memorial that pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of all those police officers and staff who have paid the ultimate price.

“The 12-metre-tall brass memorial,  with its leaf shaped apertures representing courage, sacrifice and lives lost, is set within a beautifully landscaped area, and has been designed for ceremony, tribute and personal acts of reflection. As a nation, we owe all those who have laid down their lives to keep us safe and protect us from harm a huge debt of gratitude. This memorial will ensure that the memory of those officers and staff who have died lives on in perpetuity.”

Since 1749 and the establishment of the Bow Street Runners as the country’s first recognised police force, almost 5,000 police officers and staff have died whilst policing our communities, over 1,500 through acts of violence.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the nation’s place of year-round remembrance for all our services. It is home to almost 400 thought provoking memorials, including the National Armed Forces Memorial, and attracts over 300,000 visitors per year.

Sir Hugh added: “This magnificent tribute to fallen police officers and staff has only been made possible thanks to the considerable generosity of our supporters, donors and benefactors. This is a place that will not only honour the courage and sacrifice of the men and women from our police service, but it will become a fitting tribute to honour all those who continue to serve.”

BTPHG Membership Secretary Glyn Thomas comments:

“This will be of interest to our members.  As you will be aware, our small project group started research work in 2017 to update the Line of Duty Roll of Honour and eventually sharing our completed list with the Force.  We nearly doubled the number of names on the Roll as a result of our research.

It was agreed by the History Group’s Committee to make a donation towards the construction of the Memorial via the Police Memorial Trust.  I am also aware that the Force made a substantial contribution.  The updated list is on our website.”

Police Dog Ash



PD Ash

The dashing PD Ash is an integral member of the BTP’s County Lines Taskforce 🐶.

He works with the team to sniff out drugs and stop organised criminals using the railway to move them between locations.

Police Dog Ash is the latest addition to our Police Dogs gallery. Just one of our photo galleries available on this site.

Source: Twitter / @BTP (July 2021)

Railwaymen & Women of The North London Railway

NLR Coat of Arms

Thanks to HG researcher Steve Beamon, this website has recently come to our attention.

The Railwaymen & Women of The North London Railway traces the history of officers and servants of the North London Railway from the 1850’s. The site contains a collection of over 8,870 names of NLR railwaymen and women, it includes a staff/incident database which is searchable…..there are over 500 entries when searched with the keyword word ‘police’.

The site will no doubt prove invaluable to researchers and historians interested in this field and has been added to the BTPHG website links page.

7/7 Memorial

7/7 Memorial

Wednesday the 7th July 2021 marked the sixteenth anniversary of the London Bombings, in which 52 people lost their lives and many more were injured.

BTP Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi joined the Commissioners of the Metropolis and the City of London at the 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park, to lay wreaths and remember those affected by the tragic events.


Photo Source: Twitter / @BTP

K9 Memorial UK

PD Bobby

News that after the passing of retired Police Dog Bobby (08/07/2009 – 26/04/2021), he has been added to the K9 Memorial UK Tribute Wall page.

Bobby’s handler PC Beal said :

“Bobby served the British Transport police dog section with dedication and distinction, working through the London Olympics, countless operations, high profile searches and major incidents including the aftermath of the Manchester bombing and the London Bridge attack.

Bobby was awarded the PDSA Order of Merit medal for his courage in the most harrowing of conditions for the London Bridge attack.

Bobby also served on the Birmingham CT Hub and the Manchester CT Hub until he retired in Nov 2018 .

Bobby was a credit to the British Transport police dog section and is much missed by us and leaves an unfillable void in our family”.

Other BTP dogs are remembered on the Roll of Honour.


K9 Memorial

K9 Memorial UK is the official campaign to raise funds for K9 memorial and roll of honour, in memory of our brave police dogs. It is a registered charity.


Also see:

The Railway Dogs Benevolent Fund

Police Dogs

Police Dogs Gallery

BTP officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

CC Lucy D’Orsy

Lucy D’Orsi, the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for Distinguished Service to the Policing of Specialist Operations in the UK, in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours.

As reported in the London Gazette.

Ch Supt Dennis Murray

Chief Superintendent Dennis Murray, who is BTP’s Lead for Legitimacy, Trust and Community Policing and on a three-year secondment from Northamptonshire Police, and a BTPHG member, was also honoured with a Queen’s Police Medal for improving diversity within policing and building trust and strong relationships with local communities.


BTPHG Chair Phil Trendall has written to both recipients on behalf of the group to congratulate them on their awards.


Full report in the HistoryBank section of the website: BTP officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

Also see: Honours, Decorations & Medals table