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- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
There are two war memorials inside Grimsby Police Station, Victoria Street, Grimsby for the Great War and one for the Second World War. Both memorials were originally in the old police station which was in Town Hall Street, Grimsby, to the side of the Town Hall. In fact there is a museum in the Town Hall, open to the public which is housed within the old police station, and the visitors can take a look and stay a while in any of the cells! When the new police station was opened on Victoria Street, the memorials were removed from the old police station and taken to the new one, where they are both mounted on the main staircase. This is the memorial for the Great War.However the first memorial was erected in the Police Parade Room at the Town Hall, Town Hall Street, Grimsby on Friday 8th September, 1922. After the Great War, two members of the Grimsby Borough Police Force, who joined the service and did not return. Their comrades in the Force decided to honour their memory by having a memorial erected in a place that their fallen comrades would know very well, namely the room where they would parade immediately before duty.
The memorial was in the form of a large memorial tablet carried out in oak and bearing a brass plate in the centre of which this is the inscription:-
“To the Glory of God and in Honoured memory of H Whinnett and F. Lloyd late members of the Grimsby Borough Police Force who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. Faithful unto death. John Stirling Esq., Chief Constable” Under the plate and carved in oak were the words “Pro Patria”
The memorial tablet was unveiled on the Friday afternoon by Major-General L W Atcherley, CMG, CVO, H.M. Inspector of Constabulary, after which he made his annual inspection of the Borough Force. Alderman H. Smethurst, chairman of Watch Committee, presided over the ceremony and with him were the Mayor, Councillor J.H. Curry, the Chief Constable, Mr John Stirling, Mrs Stirling, Miss Atcherley and Canon A.A. Markham (Bishop of Grimsby).
The tablet was draped in the Union Jack, whilst at the foot was a tasteful floral display. Before asking Major General Atcherley to unveil the memorial, Alderman Smethurst said that 94 members of the Borough Police Force joined the various branches of the services, which represented 52% of the Force, which in his opinion was a high as any in the United Kingdom. Of those that enlisted, two obtained commissions, one obtained warrant rank, 30 non-commissioned rank. Many also received decorations including PC Lampitt, Medal d’Honeur, PC Lancaster, Military Cross, PC Lewis, Military Medal & French Croix de Guerre, PC Walsh, Military Medal & French Croix de Guerre & PC Wass mentioned in despatches. Only two of the late members were killed in action, H Whinnett and F. Lloyd, who died on service, both of whom the tablet was a memorial.
General Atcherley then unveiled the memorial which was dedicated by Canon Markham.
Major-General Atcherley then made a brief speech saying that it was a proper & fitting inspiration to place the memorial in the every day parade room of the Force, for it would serve to remind the younger men who came along that the Grimsby Police did its duty. “Soldiers”, he said, “and policemen liked to be on their honour”
The above article has been retrieved from the Grimsby News held on Microfilm at Grimsby Central Library.
It measures 330mm by 460mm
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