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Book Of Remembrance

As a tribute to officers who died before the Roll of Honour started in 1920, and in recognition of other officers who have died in the course of their duties but whose names have not been formally recorded, a new Roll of Honour has been compiled and is contained in a Book or Remembrance which will be displayed within the entrance of Simpson Hall at the Peel Centre, Hendon.

Her Majesty the Queen signs the new Book of Remembrance

On 25 October 2001 Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by Sir John Stevens QPM MA, former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, dedicated a new Memorial Stone within the Memorial Garden at the Peel Centre, Hendon.

The memorial Stone bears the Metropolitan Police Coat of Arms and is inscribed:

Metropolitan Police Service
in remembrance
of those officers
who lost their lives
in the line of duty

Her Majesty the Queen also dedicated and signed the new Book of Remembrance in the Simpson Hall.

The title page of the book is inscribed,

Metropolitan Police Roll of Honour
In remembrance of those officers of the
Metropolitan Police Metropolitan Special Constabulary
Metropolitan Police War Reserve
and Civil Staff
who lost their lives In the line of duty

Sergeant Anthony Rae, Police Roll of Honour Trust, October 2001 has written the following introduction,

"Within these pages are the names of many heroes and heroines but mostly the names of ordinary men and women - father and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and coleagues. What makes them extraordinary is not how they died but how they lived - doing an often dangerous and thankless job, forgotten until needed - protecting the community for which, in the course of their duties, they lost their lives.

"Names of fallen officers first began to be recorded under "Roll of Honour" in Police Orders in 1920. A book at New Scotland Yard displays details of those officers - killed in connection with dangerous duties or acts of gallantry - and it now contains over 60 names.

"This new book complements it, taking the historical record back to the formation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. The new Roll is inclusive of all officers known to have died in the line of duty as a result of acts of violence, enemy air raids, misadventure while taking special risks to save life or make arrests, accidents while on routine patrol or travelling to and from duty, and from unknown causes,

"At the time of dedication, the Roll contains the names of over 550 officers who died in the line of duty. In addition appendices contain the names of over 100 officers killed in enemy air raids while off duty and of peace officers killed in London prior to 1829.

"The Book has been compiled after twenty years research and has taken a calligrapher and artist six months to produce. The pages on view display citations for all who died on each day of the year, including details of awards and locations of known memorials.

"Space remains for more names and, sadly, it is inevitable that the Roll will never be complete. It will however serve as an ongoing memorial to those who lose their lives in the service of the public and those left behind may now be assured their loss will never be forgotten. This book is a tribute to those men and women and to their families - lest we forget."

Please note

The details of officers whose names appear in the Book of Remembrance have been drawn from the conscientious research project conducted by Sergeant Anthony Rae, a former Metropolitan officer, on behalf of the Police Roll of Honour Trust (Registered Charity No. 1081637) as part of their larger project to create a National Police Officers Roll of Honour for the UK.

For further details of the work of the Trust including criteria for inclusion on the Roll see their website at www.policememorial.org.uk or write to Police Roll of Honour Trust, c/o Lancashire Constabulary, Hutton, Preston, PR4 4AL.