Plea for family members of WW1 serving officers to get in touch

Leicestershire police is marking the centenary of the First World War during a Remembrance Day memorial event at Force Headquarters on Friday 9 November 2018.

Photo: Poppy on radiator grille
Photo: Leicestershire Constabulary

Surviving family members of serving Leicestershire police officers who lost their lives while on duty during the first and second world wars are being invited to attend the event as guests of Leicestershire police.

The Force are trying to trace descendants of 21 officers from the city, county and Rutland that died as a result of the war.

If you were related to one of the officers, or know someone that was, please contact Dominique Allen, Benevolent Fund Treasurer, via

City WW1

PC. W.A BAILEY – Royal Horse Artillery

PC J BRIGGS – Mounted Military Police

PC J COBLEY – West Yorkshire Regiment

PC R HAZELWOOD – Grenadier Guards

PC. F HUTSON – Royal Marine Artillery

PC. E.M MADDOCK MM- Royal Horse Artillery

PC G.A MANTON – Coldstream Guards

PC A.W OSBORN – Leicestershire Regiment

PC T PERCIVAL – Leicestershire Regiment

PC A.E REEVES – Leicestershire Regiment

PC. W WOODWARD – Royal Marine Artillery


PC Arthur PREW – Rank Private – Number 29092 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Percy SMITH – Rank Gunner – Number 29117 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Colin BRAMMAL – Rank Sergeant – Number L/28853 served with A Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC John DRIVER – Rank Gunner – Number L/29804 served with D Battery 46th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Charles SMITH – Rank Corporal – number L/29119 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC T GRAINGER – Rank Lance Corporal – Leicestershire Regiment

PC L HENSON – Rank Lance Corporal – Coldstream Guards

PC E WAKEFIELD – Rank Private – Leicestershire Regiment

PC. Joseph WALKER – Rank Gunner – Royal Garrison Artillery

Chief Constable Simon Cole, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon, Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham, police officers and staff will also be in attendance to pay their respects.

Mr Cole comments: “It is important to the force to mark the centenary commemorations. We hold a gathering every year in our memorial garden to commemorate Remembrance Day but there is a different significance this year.

“We are extending the invitation to the families of those fallen officers to join us as a way of expressing our gratitude and solidarity for their bravery and sacrifice. We are pleased to have already been in contact with ten families who have said they would like to join us – making the event even more poignant.”