Thames Valley Police Crest

Thames Valley Police

and the former constituent forces of
Berkshire Constabulary, Buckinghamshire Constabulary, Reading Borough Police, Oxford City Police, and Oxfordshire Constabulary.


Berkshire Constabulary
Superintendent Charles Coleman
Died 16 May 1866, aged 36
Killed when he was thrown from his horse and cart whilst on his rounds.

Inspector Joseph Drewett
Died 11 December 1876, aged 38
Shot by poachers who then bludgeoned him and Constable Shorter to death.

Police Constable Thomas Shorter
Died 11 December 1876, aged 24
Bludgeoned to death by poachers who had shot Inspector Drewett

Police Constable Charles Prior
Died 20 July 1893, aged 44
Killed when struck by a train after guarding the line for the Royal train.

Police Constable John Joseph Charlton
Died 4 April 1899, aged 36
Fatally beaten and kicked by two men ejected from a public house at Harwell.

Police Constable William Dennis Johnson
Died 11 August 1939, aged 22
Fatally injured at a road check when he was struck by a vehicle at Maidenhead.

Special Constable Leslie Horsfall
Died 24 November 1939, aged 51
Died after a road accidentwhile cycling home from duty at Maidenhead.

Acting Sergeant Stanley Shuff
Died 30 November 1940, aged 39
Killed on war aid to Southampton when an enemy bomb struck a police post.

Police War Reserve Constable Owen Dewey England
Died 25 July 1941, aged 36
Killed escorting an abnormal load when his motorcycle was struck by a car.

Police War Reserve Constable Frederick George Newman
Died 27 October 1942, aged 38
Killed in an enemy air raid at Faringdon, duty status unknown.

Inspector Francis John East
Died 4 October 1944, aged 42
Killed when pushed off a vehicle by a suspect he was trying to arrest.

Police Constable William John Payne
Died 7 July 1949, aged 37
Collapsed and died after chasing a burglar he had disturbed at night.

Police Constable Douglas J. Knight
Died 14 September 1957, aged 42
Fatally injured when a car hit his bicycle outside Cumnor Police Station.

Police Constable Thomas Anthony Hughes
Died 19 December 1961, aged 20
Fatally injured cycling back to the police office when struck by a van.

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Buckinghamshire Constabulary
Police Constable William Askew
Died 5 May 1868, aged 39
Died after an operation to his arm injured in the execution of his duty.

Police Constable Thomas Proctor
Died 11 May 1884, aged 52
Found drowned in the early hours in a pond on his beat near Winslow.

Police Constable John Cox
Died 26 July 1893, aged 30
Died from an infection sustained in the disposal of cattle killed by anthrax.

Police Constable Enos Climer
Died 8 November 1913, aged 44
Fatally injured in a collision with a pedestrian while on bicycle patrol.

Police Constable Albert Randolph Hooton
Died 16 August 1929, aged 41
Killed in a road accident cycling to a night point when hit by a coach.

Police War Reserve Constable Albert Love
Died 8 August 1942, aged 54
Killed by enemy action while on patrol together during an air raid at Slough.

Police War Reserve Constable Malcolm George Holmes Robertson
Died 8 August 1942, aged 54
Killed by enemy action while on patrol together during an air raid at Slough.

Detective Constable Brian Moss
Died 25 March 1953, aged 26
Fatally injured in a fall through a factory roof while searching for intruders.

Police Constable James Wallace
Died 24 April 1953, aged 41
Killed in a motorcycle accident on his way home after a tour of duty.

Acting Sergeant Denis George Cole
Died 5 December 1956, aged 42
Killed when struck by a drunk driver while on bicycle patrol at night.

Station Sergeant Charles William George Gigg
Died 15 February 1959, aged 53
Fatally injured when struck by a car while cycling home after duty.

Sergeant George Phillip Bickerton
Died 15 January 1960, aged 43
Fatally injured when hit by a lorry at the scene of a motorway accident.

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Reading Borough Police
Detective Constable John Herbert Hutchinson
Died 5 November 1904, aged 30
Drowned when he fell in a culvert at night after walking with a constable.

Police Constable Rex Jupp
Died 10 February 1943, aged 24
Killed by enemy action while on patrol during an enemy air raid.

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Oxford City Police
Police Constable Joseph Hilary Gilkes
Died 4 February 1869, aged 22
Drowned in the River Isis escaping an angry mob after being assaulted.

Police Constable Alfred Needle
Died 15 October 1931, aged 23
Fatally injured in a road accident by a motor car which failed to stop.

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Oxfordshire Constabulary
Police Constable Frank R. Taylor
Died 23 September 1956, aged 40
Killed in a road accident while on motorcycle patrol at Thame.

Police Constable Douglas Jarvis
Died 15 January 1958, aged 27
Killed while on motorcycle patrol when he collided with a lorry at Thame.

Police Constable Brian Bernard Darnell
Died 9 December 1964, aged 32
Fatally injured when hit by a vehicle while clearing cattle from the road.

Sergeant Archibald P. Hollis
Died 2 December 1965, aged 42
Fatally injured when hit by a car while cycling home from police HQ.

Inspector James Roy Bradley
Died 1 January 1967, aged 41
Fatally injured when run down by a suspect car at a road block in Banbury.

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Thames Valley Police
Detective Ian Coward QPM
Died 23 July 1971, aged 28
Fatally wounded when shot nine times attempting to arrest an armed suspect.

Police Constable William Byron
Died 14 October 1977, aged 22
Fatally injured in a collision with a lorry while on motorcycle patrol near Oxford.

Police Constable David John Sumner
Died 3 September 1981, aged 38
Killed in an accidental collision with a lorry whilst on motorcycle patrol.

Detective Constable Derek Anthony Duncan
Died 19 October 1983, aged 27
Fatally injured in a road accident when his vehicle was hit by a car at Slough.

Woman Police Constable Joanne Mary Cochran
Died 30 March 1984, aged 20
Fatally injured in a patrol car which crashed during a vehicle pursuit.

Police Constable Laurence Michael Richardson
Died 19 June 1984, aged 36
Killed in a collision with alorry whilst on motorcycle patrol at Eynsham.

Police Constable John Bispham
Died 9 January 1987, aged 41
Killed in a police vehicle accident whilst returning to the police station.

Police Constable Roger Brereton
Died 19 August 1987, aged 41
Shot dead in his police car pursuing a berserk gunman at Hungerford.

Detective Constable Stephen Dixon
Died 11 November 1988, aged 28
Killed in an unmarked vehicle which crashed while on routine duties.

Police Constable Peter William Bryan Betts
Died 15 July 1993, aged 50
Killed in a collision with a lorry whilst instructing on a motorcycle course.

Police Constable Martyn Francis Gerrard
Died 24 May 1995, aged 35
Killed in a road traffic accident on a motorcycle refresher training course.

Police Constable Adrian Mark Baker
Died 10 April 2000, aged 34
Killed when a lorry ran into his police car while on a police driving course.

Police Constable David Robert de Burgh-Thomas
Died 17 July 2001, aged 40
Killed in a motorcycle accident whilst on intelligence support team duties.

Detective Constable Robert Charles Keylock
Died 19 November 2003, aged 44
Killed in a road accident travelling home from CID duties late at night.

Police Constable Anthony Martin Jinks
Died 14 March 2005, aged 50
Killed in a motorcycle accident while travelling to duty at High Wycombe.

Detective Constable Dee Marie Weatherley
Died 13 December 2008, aged 31
Killed in a road traffic collision while travelling to day duty at Aylesbury.

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