WW1 'K' Division Police Officers

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Reference WMO256819

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Forest Gate Police Station

350-360 Romford Road

Forest Gate

Newham

London

E7 8BS

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Stone of remembrance
Lettering: Leaded
About the memorial: OPERATION VALOUR Operation Valour came about after a suggestion was made as to how Newham Borough Police could commemorate the Police officers from K Division who enlisted in the Armed Forces during WW1 and were subsequently killed in action or died as a result of injuries received. The project is being led by Chief Superintendent’s Tony Nash. K Division was made up of the following areas from 1869-1946. Bow, Limehouse, Poplar, Blackwall, Isle of Dogs, West Ham, Plaistow, Canning Town, North Woolwich, East Ham, Forest Gate, Ilford, Chadwell Heath, Dagenham and Barking. Police archives and Police notices were researched as to which Police Officers were identified out of some 281 who enlisted from K Division. One other Police Officer has been added to the list that was killed on duty in The Silvertown explosion of 1917 and posthumously awarded the KPM by King George V. A Memorial Stone has been commissioned and set in the ground by the main entrance to Forest Gate Police Station. A Metropolitan Police Crest from East Ham Police Station a former K Division Station is mounted on the wall above the memorial. It is in such a position that although within the boundaries of the Police Station it is visible and accessible to the general public but also due to the location all Police Officers entering the Station will be able to attain a connection with the memorial. All the original Police Officers former Regiments as were then in existence and now amalgamated have been identified with representatives here today. The Commissioner has been made aware of Operation Valour and has indicated his support and enthusiasm for it. The Band of The Welsh Guards was in attendance at the unveiling ceremony. A Remembrance service has taken place at Barking Abbey, St Margaret’s Church on 28th July to coincide with the outbreak of WW1, with 100 Police Officers in No.1 Dress. The order of service followed a traditional Memorial Service as recommended by The British Royal Legion with a Welsh Guards Bugler in attendance. There was also a Piper from the Emerald Pipe Band. A Book of Remembrance has been made listing the Police Officers Military details and Police Service details. This will eventually go on display in the Police Station in a Cabinet. Within it a Poppy from the Tower of London will be placed next to the book. Inside the cabinet it will include memorabilia from both events. Soil from a Passchendaele and The Somme has been obtained and blessed which now sits in the ground under the Memorial Stone. Finally HM The Queen has given her written support to the remembrance of the officers.
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THE GLORIOUS DEAD, ‘K’ DIVISION, THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918 THE FOLLOWING POLICE OFFICERS GAVE THEIR LIVES. HERE LIES BENEATH SACRED SOIL FROM THE WW1 BATTLEFIELDS OF THE SOMME AND PASSCHENDAELE INSTALLED ON 4TH AUGUST 2014.

SGT GEORGE A G BABBAGE, L/CPL ALFRED T BARNES, L/CPL WILLIAM BROMLEY, CPL ROBERT C BUTTIFANT, L/CPL ARTHUR W COOK, L/CPL EDWIN J CURLE, PTE OLIVER T EAST, PC EDWARD G B GREENOFF, SGT CECIL J HAWES, PTE ERNEST W HUMPHREYS, L/CPL WALTER E INDGE, 2LT SYDNEY JERRETT, L/CPL WILLIAM LAWTY, SGT WIILIAM C MATTHEWS, PTE WALTER MELLOR, 2LT CLARENCE W H MORGAN, L/CPL SIDNEY T NEWBERY, CPL HERBERT H RICHELL, PTE CHARLES F SMITH, CPL LAWRENCE A SMITH, CSM WILLIAM E WATKINS, PTE ARTHUR WILSON, PTE ARTHUR YOUNG.

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