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Roll of honour

We have established a ‘Roll of Honour’ to commemorate all police and civilian officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Roll of Honour dates back to when the Constabulary was first established in 1841. 

Any member of the public – whether they be a surviving friend and relative, or simply someone with good local knowledge – is invited to provide us with any information they may have about an officer included on the Roll of Honour, and the circumstances surrounding their death. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Corporate Communication Department on 01707 354588 or

Kevin Church
PC Kevin Church
Died 28th June 2005

Died from his injuries when the unmarked motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Redbourn.

Jacqueline Ann Brown
PC Jacqueline Brown
Died 6th June 1989

Died from injuries sustained after being involved in a road traffic accident whilst driving a prisoner and escort at Harpenden.

Ronald Raymond Hull
PC Ronald Hull
Died 21st November 1989

While assisting an army ambulance crew at the scene of a serious traffic accident in thick fog at Royston a speeding car struck him killing him instantly.

Francis John Mason
PC Francis Mason
Died 14th April 1988

While off duty he intervened in an armed robbery at a bank in Hemel Hempstead. Whilst arresting a man he was shot and fatally wounded.

Mandy Dawn Rayner
PC Mandy Rayner
Died 13th October 1982

Killed when the police car in which she was the observer was deliberately rammed by the driver of a vehicle being pursued by police at Royston.

Peter Otto Eykelbosch
PC Peter Eykelbosch
Died 9th June 1980

Died from injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a lorry near St Albans.

Colin John Flanagan Roddis
PC Colin Roddis
Died 10th September 1973

Died from injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a lorry near St Albans.

Leslie John Bedser
PC Leslie Bedser
Died 10th June 1966

Fatally injured when the police car in which he was travelling was in collision with a lorry in the early hours of the morning in Welwyn Garden City.

Arthur William Burch
PC Arthur Burch
Died 7th April 1960

Died from injuries sustained whilst driving a police vehicle with Constable Anthony Silcock when they were involved in a road traffic accident on the Barnet Bypass, Hatfield.

Anthony Silcock
PC Anthony Silcock
Died 7th April 1960

Was a passenger in a car being driven by Constable Burch when it was involved in a road traffic accident on the Barnet Bypass, Hatfield and died from his injuries.

Frank Edwin Hulme
PC Frank Hulme
Died 12th December 1958

Assaulted during a violent struggle when he intervened in a street affray at Hemel Hempstead shortly afterwards he collapsed and subsequently died.

William Hughes
PC William Hughes
Died 25th April 1947

While serving as a War Reserve Constable with the St Albans City Police he sustained injuries from which he later died when he moved a heavy obstacle from the road.

Reuben Francis Hyatt
PC Reuben Hyatt
Died 24th May 1930

While on night duty in Wormley he was killed when a steam powered cement lorry and trailer skidded, mounted the pavement and struck him.

William Stanley Gatehouse
PC William Gatehouse
Died 17th July 1925

Fatally injured when he fell from the running board of a moving lorry after giving its driver directions.

Charles Edward Godfrey
PC Charles Godfrey
Died 12th April 1924

While stopping and checking drivers in a general search for travelling criminals in London Colney was knocked down by a lorry and died from his injuries.

Charles Gorton
PC Charles Gorton
Died 16th February 1899

Drowned in a lock at Dudswell, near Tring, while trying to rescue a dog. 

Benjamin Snow
PC Benjamin Snow
Died 10th January 1871

While attempting to arrest a wanted man in Bennington he was bludgeoned and fatally wounded.

John Starkins
PC John Starkins
Died 30th October 1857

While keeping watch for thieves he attempted to arrest a man and was savagely attacked and died from his injuries.

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