Bedfordshire Police Roll Of Honour
Commemorating all officers who have died on duty or as the
result of injuries sustained whilst on duty since the formation of
the County Force and Borough Forces since 1840.
Luton Borough Police - 1876 to
Inspector Samuel Brace joined the
Bedfordshire Constabulary during 1864 and resigned to join the
newly formed Luton Borough Police in 1876 as its first Inspector,
the second most senior officer in the Force. As yet the precise
details are not known but during 1880 he was so severely injured on
duty that it was necessary for him to resign in the November of
that year, sadly he died only six months later, in May 1881.
Bedfordshire Constabulary – 1840 to
Constable Herbert Millington
PC Jay died at the age of 31 years
when he was accidentally struck by a lorry after he
had stopped a bus late at night on the 19 June 1929.
Special Constable Sydney
SC Dunkley died at the age of 45 years
when on night duty, when his stationery car was hit by another
during September 1939.
War Reserve Constable William Frederick
Former WRPC Morris died from
tuberculosis at the age of 53 years in September 1947. He
contracted the illness during the course of his duties during the
Second World War as the result of having been exposed to extremes
of wet weather and resulted in his premature retirement from the
Force. It is probable that his overall physical constitution had
been affected as a result of his having been a gas casualty during
the First World War.
Constable Alfred Donald Warton
PC Warton died at the age of 35 years
as the result of injuries sustained when his patrol car crashed and
overturned during April 1948.
PC Housden died at the age of 22 years
when he was struck by a car whilst warning traffic of flood danger
at night on the 8 December 1954.
Bedfordshire and Luton Constabulary – 1966 to 1974
Constable John James
PC Weller died at the age of 34 years
following a tragic accident in the rear yard of the Road Traffic
Department at Kempston, shortly before going off duty after a night
Constable Geoffrey Ivor
PC Ball was fatally injured at the age
of 29 years when his police motorcycle was in collision with a
lorry on the 16 February 1983.
Sgt Hunter collapsed and died
from heart failure at the age of 52 years whilst on duty at
his Station on the 30 December 1985.
Sergeant Robert Charles
Sgt Pearman collapsed and died at
the age of 42 years whilst dealing with the scene of a Road Traffic
Accident on the 11 December 1995.
Constable John Stephen Simmons
PC Simmons died at the age of 27 years
following an accident involving his motorcycle whilst travelling
home following football duty on the 5 August 2006
Constable Jonathan Charles
PC Henry was fatally stabbed in Luton
Town Centre at the age of 36 years whilst attempting to
arrest a man who had already attacked members of the public on the
11 June 2007
This roll of fallen officers has been compiled from Force
Archives and the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and
Remembrance. Bedfordshire Police gratefully acknowledges the
assistance of the Police Roll of Honour Trust in its
The Police Roll of Honour Trust maintains the National Police
Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance on behalf of all the past
and present Police Forces of the United Kingdom.
The motto of the Trust is ‘Lest We Forget’ and in furtherance of
that aim it not only records current duty deaths but researches
historical deaths also, discovering between 30 and 50 annually. For
more information about the Trust and its work please visit the
The Roll of Honour commemorates those officers who have died on
duty, or as the result of injuries sustained on duty. If you have
information about any of the officers listed, or believe that you
know of Bedfordshire Police officers whose details are not shown on
the Roll of Honour, please contact Keith Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
with brief information about the officer and personal contact