Prince Charles to honour fallen officers

23 September 2016

Prince Charles to attend National Police Memorial Day

Families and friends of fallen police officers will gather at a special service to honour and remember them on Sunday (25 September).

HRH The Prince of Wales, in his capacity as Patron of National Police Memorial Day, will be joined by around 2,000 family members, guests and dignitaries from across Government and UK policing.

The service will remember all fallen officers but in particular those who have died on duty in the last 12 months:

  • Constable Dave Phillips, Merseyside Police, who died on 5 October 2015, aged 34 years after being struck by a stolen car
  • Constable Douglas Wiggins, Police Scotland, who died on 3 May 2016, aged 55 years after becoming unwell when he responded to an emergency call and collapsed
  • Constable Sahib Lalli, Metropolitan Police, who died on 27 November 2015, aged 38, when he was travelling home from a night shift and was suddenly taken unwell and collapsed.

Prayers are due to be given by:

  • Angus Morrison, brother of Detective Constable James Morrison, Metropolitan Police, [posthumously awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal], who was fatally stabbed off duty while arresting a thief, and died on 13 December 1991
  • Alice Fisher, granddaughter of Reserve Constable William Wallace Allen, Royal Ulster Constabulary, abducted while off duty and shot, 31 August 1980 
  • Paul Bone, father of Constable Fiona Bone, Greater Manchester Police, murdered in a gun and grenade attack 18 September 2012 
  • Alan Pughsley, QPM, Chief Constable, Kent Police.

Candles are also due to be lit:

  • Representing England: Abigail Phillips, aged eight, daughter of Constable Dave Phillips
  • Representing Wales: Gaynor James, mother of Constable Andrew Lloyd James, aged 38 years, South Wales Police, who died 2 August 2003 after being struck by a passing car while chasing a burglar on foot 
  • Representing Northern Ireland: Andrea Irvine, widow of part-time Constable Kenneth Thomas Irvine, aged 30 years, Police Service of Northern Ireland, who died 23 November 2008 in a police vehicle accident which was responding to a call
  • Representing Scotland: Elaine Gordon, daughter of Sergeant Alan Ewen Gordon, aged 38 years, Grampian Police, who died 10 August 1978, after being struck by a drunk driver whose vehicle failed to stop, dragging him some distance.

More than 4,000 police officers have died while on duty since the modern police service was formed more than 180 years ago.  The event is held every year, on the nearest Sunday to Saint Michael’s Day, the patron saint of police. It returns to St Paul’s Cathedral this year, 13 years after its inaugural service in 2004.

Inspector Joe Holness, QPM, founder of National Police Memorial Day, said: “This is a proud day that means so much to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

“National Police Memorial Day unites the country in national recognition of officers who have given us their all. It is a significant day of remembrance to ensure our fallen officers must not, and will not, be forgotten.”

For more information visit our page on National Police Memorial Day or visit the National Police Memorial Day website