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 National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance, recorded by the name of each individual constituent force.

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

  • Acts of Violence
    includes all forms of unlawful killing (murder, manslaughter etc.) of officers on duty. Similarly, if they are off duty and their occupation as a police officer is a factor.
  • 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 included in the Remembrance list.
  • Remembrance
    Officers who have died of natural causes whilst on duty and there is no contributing ‘police duty’ related factor. Officers killed in air raids whilst off duty. Serving officers killed off duty by an act of violence or accident where there is no ‘police duty’ related factor.

Where possible the details of the death will have been confirmed and checked against at least two sources. However, information from a single source is acceptable if it is perceived to be reliable. Where conflicting information is found, further research will be conducted until a reasoned judgement as to accuracy can be made. Where we are still investigating the death, the officers name will be placed on the working list but not on the public Roll of Honour as it appears on the website.

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.

Update August 2018: Additional work by Viv Head and Glyn Thomas on the ‘Non-Railway Officers killed on duty on the railway’ table has now increased the number of officers recorded from four to eighty-one.

Update September 2018: Officers who died of natural causes whilst on duty have now been placed on a separate ‘In Remembrance’ table below.

More detailed information can be found on this document: RoH LoD Biographies (Oct 2018) v3

As at 2018, the names of ninety-eight Officers have so far been included in the Roll of Honour:

NAMEDEATH DATERANKFORCEPlace of deathCAUSE
ATKINSON John17.03.1886PCNERNewcastle-on-TyneAccident
BAILEY Charles William21.02.1924DCLMSManchesterAccident
BAINBRIDGE Henry20.05.1908PSNERGatesheadAccident
BALLARD Charles30.03.1900PCSWREastleigh (Hants)Accident
BARKER George Edward07.05.1941PCLNERHullEnemy Action
BEALES George21.10.1896PCGERTempleAccident
BELL Leonard Percy01.08.1940PCLNERNorwichEnemy Action
BIRRELL Sidney Henry13.09.1956PCBTCShrewsburyAccident
BOGOMOLETZ Vassili06.12.2005PCBTPTadworthMisadventure
BOWSTEAD James05.09.1867PCBTPSt Helens (Mersey)Misadventure
BRIEN (BRYAN) James11.12.1848PCGS&WRPCarlow (Ireland)Accident
BROWN George22.10.1983INSPBTPLeedsNatural causes
CARTER George03.07.1883PCLNWRWednesbury (West Mids)Accident
COATES William Herbet24.12.1941PCGUCRegents CanalDrowned
COCKWILL John12.08.1942PCGWRPlymouthEnemy Action
COLLIS Robert10.01.1839PCK&DRPBooterstown (Ireland)Accident
COOK Daniel22.09.1894DETNERLondonAccident
COSLETT Archibald John05.05.1955DETBTCLondonAccident
CRAWLEY John28.06.1903InspLB&SCRLondon Victorianatural causes
DALTON Patrick15.01.1857PCMid & Grt Western (Ireland)Cullaboy (Ireland)Accident
DANIEL(L) James28.09.1838PCL&BRWatfordAccident
DEAVILLE Samuel22.11.1838PCLeic&SwngtnLeicesterAccident
DEWS Theophilus28.03.1903PCLYRWakefieldAccident
DICKSON John12.01.1842PCGWRSonning Hill, near ReadingAccident
DISS Albert22.12.1912PCGERLondon West HamAccident
DOBBINS Frederick William14.04.1906PCLB&SCRPlumptonAccident
ELLIOT John08.09.1896DetectiveNERTweedmouthAccident
FAZAKERLY James30.09.1938PCL'Pool & M'chesterNewton nr WarringtonAccident
FELLOWS Henry13.10.1877SuptSDPBasingstokeAccident
FIELD Thomas20.08.1936PCLNERPParkeston QuayAccident
FOSTER Harold24.12.1907PCNERHullAccident
FOULKES John25.09.1890PCSHTPSwanseaDrowned
FURBY William Francis15.11.1924PCLNERLondon Kings CrossAccident
GALE Lilian Daisy 06.01.1944WPCGWRPlymouthAccident
GERMAIN Percy Hugh22.07.1948SGTGWRCardiffAccident
GOATMAN William18.02.1860PCMRGloucesterAccident
HASSALL Henry18.12.1880PC LNWRManchesterAccident
HAYNES Alfred19.08.1934PCSRShoreham Misadventure
HIBBS Thomas10.08.1901DCLNWRBirminghamAct of Violence
HILLIER William00.10.1868PCGWRSteventonAccident
HOLLAND George25.04.1882PCLYRPrestonAccident
HOWARD Thomas18.12.1869PSBDPCardiffDrowned
JAMES Michael29.11.1956PCBTCBirkenheadAccident
JONES Charles18.01.1840PCLBRWatford TunnelAccident
KENDALL Sydney18.04.1950PCBTCNewton AbbottAccident
KIDD Robert24.09.1895DSLNWRWiganAct of Violence
KING John08.01.1849PCGWRTauntonMisadventure
LARKIN Dennis03.03.1900PCLBSCRCroyden Norwood JnctnAccident
LEAFE George William26.03.1907PCNERLeedsAct of Violence
LEGGE Hezekiah14.08.1873PcB&ERBristolAccident
LENNY Herbert Charles26.11.1973D/HndlrBTPLondon Kings CrossNatural Causes
LINGARD John Arthur22.09.1914SCNERHullAccident
LOOM Frederick William19.01.1913PCMRLondonAccident
LOXTON Aaron24.02.1859PCSWRPCardiffAccident
LUTKIN Dennis William03.03.1900PCLB&SCRAccident
MacRAE Peter15.11.1935PCLMSRotherhamMisadventure
MAGUIRE Unknown29.12.1845PcSWRNine ElmsAccident
MARSH Alfred12.01.1898PCL&YRFleetwoodAct of Violence
McLAFFERTY James01.10.1954C/INSPBTCEdinburghNatural Causes
McLEOD John10.10.1953PCBTCBurntislandAccident
McMANUS Henry26.01.1861PCSudburyHarrow MiddlesexAccident
McMILLAN Walter25.01.1960PCBTCEdinburghMisadventure
MOORE Ernest04.12.1906PCMRWolverhamptonAccident
MURDOCH David Tanner14.12.1938PCLNERGlasgowAccident
MURRY Donald03.10.1873PCL&NWREustonAccident
PEARCE Joseph19.12.1856 PCVoNRMerthyr TydfilAct of Violence
PIKE John Edwin07.01.1938PCLMSWilmslowAccident
PROUDFOOT Allan14.12.1938PCLNERGlasgowAccident
PURDY William26.10.1916PCGNRBarnsleyAccident
RACE William22.07.1940PCLNERWest HartlepoolAccident
RALPH George15.10.1882PCGWRLondon Harrow RoadAccident
ROBINSON John09.04.1901PCNERGatesheadAccident
ROBINSON Raymond George29.08.1975PSBTPBrightonNatural Causes
RUSTON William 04.05.1912PCMRSwanseaMisadventure
SCUDDAMORE John04.11.1858PCBDPCardiffAccident
SEDMAN Thomas William12.09.1923PCLNERSelbyAccident
SHOPLAND Robert03.10.1863PCBERTauntonAccident
SMITH Frank20.12.1885PCNSRPStoke on TrentAccident
SMITH Frederick Albert07.12.1906PCGERNewmarketAccident
SMITH Harry James15.07.1941PCLMSDerbyEnemy Action
SMITH Robert William29.04.1942PCLNERYorkEnemy Action
STAGG Edwin02.08.1873GWRWooten BassetAccident
SULLY John02.02.1853PCB&ERBridgewaterAccident
TALLEY Thomas12.01.1863PCBletchleyAccident
TAYLOR Arthur, John17.04.1941PCGWRLondon Paddington GWREnemy Action
TEMPLE William09.01.1867PCSWRCardiffAccident
THOMPSON Richard04.09.1858PCLPJRGalgateAccident
TUBBS George08.04.1890SGTL&SWRNine ElmsAccident
TYRELL Charles Albert30.11.1950PCBTCLondon East HamNatural Causes
WALTON George15.12.1948PCBTCHull DocksAccident
WARBURTON George14.05.1860PCVoNRPAbernant South WalesAccicent
WATTS Samuel06.09.1839InspL&BRWolvertonAccident
WETHERALL Leonard30.11.1927PCRCDLondonAccident
WHINN George Dodds28.01.1932PCLNERNewcastleAccident
WILCOX Ralph20.08.1964PC (CID)LMSRPDublinAccident
WINTER Keith23.11.1970PCBTPHull DocksAccident
WOODS John Francis07.05.1941PCLNERHull DocksEnemy Action
YELLOP William07.09.1901PCGNRLondonAccident

 

IN REMEMBERANCE: DATE OF DEATHRANKFORCEPlace of deathCAUSE
BURKE Charles Matthew07.10.1900PCGERLondon West HamNatural Causes
CORBETT Murdo04.01.1976PCBTPLeighton BuzzardNatural Causes
DUNN George Cornhill22.02.1911PCBDPCardiff DocksNatural Causes
EDWARDS Thomas09.12.1885SuptBDPCardiff DocksNatural Causes
KEATING John00.04.1899PCGCRPNottinghamNatural Causes
KEMP John Michael30.06.1989SgtBTPNorwichAccident
OLIVER Robert Pryce17.02.1987InspBTPStranraerNatural Causes
SARGENT Eric Charles13.10.1940DcLMSLondonEnemy Action
STAMP John14.07.1911PCLSWRSandown ParkNatural Causes
TANNER Charles John03.01.1919PcBDPCardiff DocksNatural Causes
THOMPSON Edwin 19.11.1940SgtLMSBirminghamEnemy Action
TONG John26.06.1943PcLNERHullEnemy Action
WOOD Charles Cecil25.09.1940S/Pcn/kLondonEnemy Action

 

BTP officers killed on duty after having transferred to another force     
SMITH Trevor Harold18.11.1972C/InspSouth Wales PoliceNr. Bridgend South WalesAccident

 

Non Railway Police officers killed on duty on the railway     
BARRETT Thomas19.10.1877PCNorthamptonshire ConstabularyAccident
BATLEY William25.12.1877PCWest Riding Yorks ConstabularyAccident
BENNETT George04.08.1894PCDerbyshire ConstabularyAccident
BRISLEY Charles Edward20.04.1978Det/SgtKent County ConstabularyFolkestoneAccident
BURDETT John Henry31.10.1905P/FmYork City Police / Fire BrigadeAccident
BYRNE Joseph29.10.1885PCPlumptonAct of violence
CALLAN Clarence St Clair M.A.22.07.1944InspHull Borough PoliceAccident
CAPERS John Henry07.06.1879PCWarwickshire ConstabularyAccident
CHARLES Wilson 22.11.1894SgtCity of Glasgow PoliceGlasgowAccident
COLLIS James22.04.1879PCMetropolitan Police 1829/99Accident
COUTTS William06.12.1886SgtLancashire ConstabularyWidnesAccident
CROYDON George 11.10.1915SCBirmingham City PoliceAccident
DAVIS John05.08.1915PCLancashire ConstabularyUphollandAccident
DIX Thomas03.04.1917PCSwansea BoroughSwanseaDrowning
DORNEY Edward Roy01.01.1960PCMetropolitan Police since 1946DeptfordAccident
DOUGHERTY William James11.02.1922S/SgtUlster Special Constabulary 1921-1970ClonesAct of violence
DOWNIE James22.08.1896SgtAyrshire ConstabularyDalryAccident
EDMONDS Edwin25.11.1877SgtSomerset ConstabularyAccident
ELLIOTT William14.11.1905PCWarwickshire ConstabularyAccident
ENRIGHT Michael13.05.1919PCRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
FAITHORN Arthur Charles00.05.1943PWRCWar Dept Constabulary / M.O.D.WoolwichAccident
FALKINER M.C. Walter V12.03.1921T/CadetRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
GARROTT George Hillier05.03.1980PCStrathclyde PoliceAccident
GRAHAM John Anthony00.03.1922SgtTyne Docks & Piers PoliceAccident
GREENFIELD Thomas15.08.1922S/ConUlster Special Constabulary 1921-1970Accident
GRIGGS William Leonard07.07.1926P/FmDover Borough PoliceAccident
HARRISON Ambrose02.01.1898PCHull Borough PoliceDrowning
HARRYMAN John29.05.1907PCKent County ConstabularyAccident
HETHERINGTON James19.04.1921PCRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
HOEY Owen29.06.1921PCRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
HOLBROOK Edwin02.08.1892PCHull Borough PoliceDrowning
JACKSON William26.11.1914SgtSheffield City PoliceAccident
JOHNSON George17.09.1914PCMet Police 1829/99Accident
KELLY Thomas19.04.1921PCRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
KEMP Joseph29.09.1880PCHull Borough PoliceDrowning
KIMBERLEE Samuel12.02.1875PCWarwickshire ConstabularyAccident
LEE Herbert John28.03.1920PCNorthamptonshire ConstabularyAccident
LEECH William28.05.1922SgtRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
LEWIS James11.02.1922S/ConUlster Special Constabulary 1921-1970ClonesAct of violence
LOBB03.07.1886PcCornwall ConstabularyNr SaltashAccident
LONG John01.02.1880PCLancashire ConstabularySt HelensAccident
MacDONALD Stewart C. 22.11.1948PCCity of Glasgow PoliceAccident
MARTIN Patrick William05.10.1906PCLondon & India Docks PoliceAccident
McCALL James19.06.1876PCLanarkshire ConstabularyHamiltonAccident
McEWAN Thomas18.04.1907PCLiverpool City PoliceAccident
McFARLAND William James11.02.1922S/ConUlster Special Constabulary 1921-1970ClonesAct of violence
McMAHON Robnert William11.02.1922S/ConUlster Special Constabulary 1921-1970ClonesAct of violence
MINTON Robert00.08.1928PCBrighton BoroughAccident ?
NEWMAN Edwin Henry A.29.10.1915SCMetropolitan Police 1829/99Accident
PLANT John12.08.1882PCStaffordshire ConstabularySudburyAccident
POOLE Lewis18.10.1877SuptNorthamptonshire ConstabularyAccident
PRIOR Charles20.07.1893PCBerkshire ConstabularyAccident
PULLEN William10.06.1905SgtWest Sussex ConstabularyAccident
Robert MICHIE04.12.1876PCLancashire ConstabularyAccident
ROBERTS Gregory D.09.01.1959PCGlamorganshire ConstabularyBarry DockFatal injury
ROBERTS Robert08.09.1949SgtFlintshireNorth WalesAccident
RODGERS Ian03.04.1975PCGreater Manchester PoliceAccident
ROTHNIE Thomas14.12.1912Det.Off.Edinburgh City PoliceGretnaFatal injury
RUDGE Aubrey Ronald14.04.1939PCKidderminster Borough PoliceAccident
RUSSELL George William M10.02.1965PCCumberland, Westmorland & Carlisle ConstabularyOxenholmeAct of Violence
SALVIDGE George28.11.1882PCHull Borough PoliceDrowning
SCOTT JohnJuly 11, 1900InspEast Lothian ConstabularyDunbarAccident
SIMPSON Joseph10.05.1897PCLanarkshire ConstabularyAccident
SMEED William16.07.1836PCDover Borough PoliceDrowning
SMITH John19.09.1880PCHull Borough PoliceDrowning
SMITH John25.09.1899PCMetropolitan Police 1829/99Accident
STANTON Harry Leslie28.01.1929PCDudley Borough PoliceDudleySuspicious
STOBART James00.04.1887PCDurham County ConstabularyAccident
STOREY Smith05.10.1932PCDurham County ConstabularyAccident
STUBBS John19.11.1845PCLeeds City PoliceAccident
TAYLOR Brian12.08.1914A/SgtRoyal Irish ConstabulariesBelfastAccident
TAYLOR Ernest James30.10.1942D/CSunderland Borough PoliceCollapsed
TURNER Archibald09.11.1920PCRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
TURNER John George26.07.1949PCWest Riding Yorks ConstabularyAccident
Unnamed00.04.1906PCPlumpton ?Accident
WALDREN James12.10.1882SgtBasingstoke Borough PoliceAccident
WALLACE Peter14.05.1919SgtRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
WARWICK George00.05.1931PCHull Borough PoliceEdmontonAccident
WILSON Isaac14.11.1877SgtNorthamptonshire ConstabularyAccident
WOODS James Thomas15.11.1920PCRoyal Irish ConstabulariesAct of violence
WREN Henry Frederick15.01.1930SgtPort of London Authority PoliceAccident

 

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