Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is joining the Force in continuing its commemoration of the 160 officers who died in the First World War.
Commemorative plaques will be dedicated in their memory, by placing them along the railings of Merseyside Police headquarters and will be complemented by the poppies planted by school children earlier this year.
Alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, will be Cathy Davidson who is one of the granddaughters of Sgt Major Frederick Collins, who was a serving officer with Liverpool City Police. Cathy will be placing her grandfather’s plaque onto the railings with the help of Police Cadets, Sea Cadets, RAF Cadets and an Army representative on Friday, 22nd June 12 midday at Merseyside Police HQ.
Emma Jones, IS Service Improvements Manager came up with the idea to commemorate the officers who died, she said: “This is the second event we are holding to commemorate those officers who sacrificed their lives in the First World War. It’s fantastic to be able to meet and speak with the relatives of those brave officers who not only served the public locally but also served their country. It’s great to hear their stories and I hope more families will see what we’re doing and get in touch with us as they would be welcome to join us later in the year for our church service.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am honoured to be able to support the events Merseyside Police are hosting throughout the year to mark the centenary of World War 1 and commemorate the 160 police officers who were among the 13,000 servicemen from Merseyside who were killed.
“It is an opportunity to pay my respects to those who served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Officers and staff have been taking part in a video holding the plaques containing the names of the fallen officers, which we will be released in November. A mosaic is also being put together made from poppies created by school children. Finally there will be a special remembrance service on 8 November 2018 at 11am at St Nicholas Church, Liverpool.
Within the first few months of the First World War almost 600 city policemen had signed up for active service overseas with officers from Birkenhead, Southport and St Helens Borough. Over the four years of war, 13,726 servicemen died from the Merseyside area with 160 police officers losing their lives.