West Yorkshire Police Crest

West Yorkshire Police

and the former constituent forces of
Huddersfield Police, Bradford City Police, Halifax Borough Police, Leeds City Police, Leeds Police Fire Brigade, West Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary, West Yorkshire Constabulary and West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police.


Huddersfield Police
Head Constable William Duke
Died 28 April 1840, aged 48
Stabbed to death while visiting a prisoner in the town lock-up.

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Bradford City Police
Police Constable Joseph Edward Kershaw
Died 27 September 1889, aged 23
Fatally injured when he tried to stop a runaway horse and coal wagon.

Police Constable Albert Smith
Died 25 January 1907, aged 35
Died from illness a month after he was assaulted during an arrest.

Acting Sergeant Harold Reveley
Died 21 August 1916, aged 45
Killed while fighting fires during explosions at a munitions factory.

Police Constable Arthur Joseph Webb
Died May 1923, aged 42
Died as a result of injuries received in 1920 when violently assaulted.

Police Constable Sidney Randle Hayward
Died 2 February 1928, aged 47
Killed on duty when struck by a steam lorry while crossing a road.

Special Sergeant William Samuel Beecham
Died December 1942, aged 66
Died as a result of injuries received in a fall while on duty in Bradford.

Police Constable Robert Hutchinson
Died 11 may 1959, aged 27
Killed in a motorcycle accident riding to the police training centre.

Detective Sergeant Arthur Smith
Died 2 February 1962, aged 42
Fatally injured in a road traffic accident whilst on duty.

Police Constable Denis Edmund Pope
Died 8 July 1969, aged 33
Collapsed and died after attending court following a tour of night duty.

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Halifax Borough Police
Sergeant Albert Downes
Died 23 December 1954, aged 54
Collapsed and died while attending a civil defence course at Police HQ.

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Leeds City Police
Police Constable John Stubbs
Died 19 November 1845
Fatally injured in a train crash while returning from duties at Birmingham.

Police Constable George Studley
Died 16 October 1852
Found drowned after being missed from his beat in the early hours.

Police Constable William Thompson
Died 25 June 1888, aged 39
Collapsed and died after a violent struggle to apprehend three men.

Police Constable John Thomas Spence
Died 23 January 1895, aged 42
Died as a result of injuries received when assaulted making an arrest.

Police Constable Charles Colbert
Died March 1903, aged 29
Collapsed and died while on foot patrol in the early hours.

Police Constable John William Tennant
Died 2 August 1930, aged 33
Collapsed and died while on duty in the warrants department.

Superintendent William Pullan
Died 29 January 1898, aged 55
Killed in a fall from tramcar when returning from visiting stations.

Police Constable Alfred Haddon Hudson
Died 4 January 1910, aged 28
Fatally injured when kicked in the back at a suffragette disturbance.

Sergeant Robert Coulter
Died 19 February 1933, aged 52
Fatally injured while on duty when knocked off his bicycle by a car.

Reserve Police Constable Albert Edward Burgin
Died 17 September 1939, aged 60
Collapsed and died while on patrol duty in the early hours.

Special Constable Stanley Maskell Hitchcock
Died 8 August 1942, aged 52
Killed off duty in an enemy air raid.

Sergeant Richard Wesnedge
Died 8 October 1951, aged 38
Killed while returning from duty when his cycle was struck by a drunk driver who failed to stop.

Inspector Charles L. Ravensdale
Died 13 September 1963, aged 50
Collapsed while on duty and died in hospital.

Police Constable Richard Tweedie
Died 11 June 1965, aged 19
Fatally injured when his police motorcycle and a van collided.

Police Constable Reginald Keith Pickles
Died 16 November 1965, aged 23
Fatally injured when crushed against a wall by a reversing lorry.

Police Constable Gerald Kennedy Bumby
Died 12 March 1966, aged 25
Killed in an accidental collision with a lorry while on motorcycle patrol.

Detective Sergeant Clive Edward Taylor
Died 9 February 1969, aged 37
Fatally injured on Regional Crime Squad duties when his car crashed.

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Leeds Police Fire Brigade
Superintendent William James
Died 12 October 1857, aged 56
Suffered a stroke while fighting a fire in a mill and died the next day.

Police Constable Samuel Otter
Died 3 August 1879, aged 27
Fatally injured when thrown from his horse while on mounted patrol.

Police Fireman Robert William Horney
Died 8 February 1896, aged 28
Fatally injured during a training exercise prior to a course of drill.

Police Fireman Joseph Ellis
Died Died 30 May 1897, aged 31
Died of burns sustained while fighting a fire at a chemist's shop.

Police Fireman Herbert Storey
Died 24 February 1909, aged 32
Fatally injured during a fire drill when he fell 50 feet from a ladder.

Police Fireman Patrick Dunleavy
Died 4 January 1922, aged 37
Killed fighting a fire in a warehouse when a floor collapsed burying him.

Police Fireman Isaac Percival
Died 18 January 1924, aged 31
Fatally injured when his fire engine crashed while attending a fire call.

Police Fireman Alfred Edward Waterhouse
Died 31 December 1930, aged 27
Killed when buried by the collapse of a wall while fighting a mill fire.

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West Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary
Police Constable William Peet
Died 9 December 1877, aged 24
Fatally bludgeoned and beaten dealing with a street disturbance.

Police Constable William Batley
Died 25 December 1877, aged 30
Struck by a train while escorting an unruly prisoner to the lock-up.

Superintendent Thomas Birkill
Died 24 November 1887, aged 56
Shot dead forcing entry to a house where an armed killer was besieged.

Sergeant Henry Norwood
Died 5 November 1888, aged 27
Drowned when his boat capsized recovering stolen goods in a river.

Sergeant Joseph Parker C. Winpenny
Died 4 December 1895, aged 50
Fatally injured arresting a drunken woman when attacked by a mob.

Sergeant William Holyland
Died September 1925, aged 39
Fatally injured when run down by a car while on bicycle patrol at night.

Sergeant Albert Andrews
Died February 1928, aged 43
Fatally injured warning a driver of a loose wheel when it struck him.

Police Constable William Sidgwick Slack
Died September 1933, aged 26
Fatally injured in a road accident while driving a police patrol car.

Police Constable Joseph Plant
Died 1 January 1944, aged 51
Died as a result of an injury to his heart during a severe drill in 1943.

Police Constable Thomas M. Akrill
Died 19 January 1945, aged 48
Collapsed and died of heart failure while on patrol on a stormy night.

Sergeant Naylor Whitaker
Died 15 August 1949, aged 61
Died as a result of injuries received in an assault in 1940.

Detective Inspector Duncan Alexander Fraser
Died 15 July 1951, aged 46
Shot and fatally wounded trying to arrest a suspected burglar.

Police Constable Arthur Gordon Jagger
Died 16 July 1951, aged 42
Shot and fatally wounded trying to arrest a suspected burglar.

Sergeant Ben Whiteley
Died 14 June 1954, aged 46
Collapsed and died at the Royal Review of police in Hyde Park.

Police Constable Charles John Skevington
Died 19 July 1955, aged 41
Killed while observer in a patrol car, which crashed during a pursuit.

Temp. Detective Sergeant William Edward Critchley
Died 8 June 1957, aged 28
Accidentally shot himself while serving with the British Police Unit in Cyprus.

Inspector William McKim
Died 3 February 1959, aged 57
Killed in a road accident after a visit to the Mounted Branch stables.

Police Constable John Rowe
Died 29 January 1964, aged 28
Killed in a road traffic collision while driving a prisoner and escort.

Detective Constable Gerald Edward Donnelly
Died 8 May 1966, aged 34
Killed when his car crashed while returning home from duty.

Chief Inspector Sidney Griffiths
Died 1 November 1967, aged 47
Fatally injured when hit by a lorry while standing by his police car.

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West Yorkshire Constabulary
Inspector Barry John Taylor
Died 15 February 1970, aged 30
Shot dead when he confronted a suspect armed with a shotgun.

Detective Constable John Michael Brook
Died 28 May 1970, aged 30
Killed in a road accident when his Regional Crime Squad car crashed.

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West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police
Police Constable John Dawson
Died 14 August 1976, aged 32
Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident whilst on traffic patrol.

Police Constable David Bulleyment
Died 15 May 1978, aged 31
Killed in a coach crash travelling to the Police Federation Conference.

Woman Police Sergeant Elizabeth Burton
Died 15 May 1978, aged 40
Killed in a coach crash travelling to the Police Federation Conference.

Police Constable Eric Charles Renshaw
Died 15 May 1978, aged 45
Killed in a coach crash travelling to the Police Federation Conference.

Police Constable Colin Ross
Died 15 May 1978, aged 33
Killed in a coach crash travelling to the Police Federation Conference.

Woman Police Constable Lillian Sullivan
Died 15 May 1978, aged 41
Killed in a coach crash travelling to the Police Federation Conference.

Sgt Michael Hawcroft
Died 12 March 1981, aged 31
Stabbed to death by a suspect he chased and was trying to arrest.

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West Yorkshire Police
Sergeant Alfred Patrick Looby
Died 16 August 1984, aged 54
Took ill on his last day of duty, went home and died of heart failure.
Sergeant John Richard Speed

Died 31 October 1984, aged 39
Shot dead as he confronted a man who had just shot a colleague.

Police Constable David Andrew Sykes
Died 28 July 1986, aged 32
Killed when his patrol car was hit by a lorry on the M62 hard shoulder.

Inspector David Leitch
Died 5 February 1990, aged 41
Collapsed and died in a smoke chamber on a fire brigade course.

Sergeant Terence Irving
Died December 1991, aged 46
Killed when his police car was in collision with another vehicle.

Police Constable Andrew Winterburn
Died 3 September 2003, aged 43
Killed in a fall from his machine while on motorcycle traffic patrol.

Police Constable Ian Nigel Broadhurst
Died 26 December 2003, aged 34
Shot dead at Leeds trying to arrest a suspect who suddenly produced a gun.

Police Constable Sharon Beshenivsky
Died 18 November 2005, aged 38
Shot dead when confronted by three men on arrival at the scene of a robbery.

Police Constable Conal Daood Hills
Died 19 November 2006, aged 36
Fatally injured when his patrol car crashed while pursuing a suspect car.

Police Constable Ian David Walker
Died 10 October 2007, aged 50
Killed in a motorcycle accident while reporting for early duty at Bradford.

Detective Sergeant David Alan Heptinstall
Died 30 June 2008, aged 41
While travelling to report for duty he collapsed and died of heart failure.

Police Constable Perviz Ahmed
Died 31 July 2011, aged 37
Fatally injured in a motorcycle collision while travelling home from duty.

Police Constable Mark Goodlad
Died 24 October 2011, aged 41
Fatally injured when struck by an HGV while assisting a motorist on the M1.

Police Constable Tony Sweeney
Died 27 December 2012, aged 58
Died of a heart attack whilst travelling home from duty after taking ill during an early shift.

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