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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 by email.

Kevin Church

PC Kevin Church
Died 28 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 6 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 21 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 14 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 13 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 9 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 10 September 1973

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

Leslie John Bedse

PC Leslie Bedser
Died 10 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 7 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 7 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 12 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 25 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 24 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 17 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 12 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 16 February 1899

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

Benjamin Snow

PC Benjamin Snow
Died 10 January 1871

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

John Starkins

PC John Starkins
Died 30 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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