Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Malcolm Smith


Plaque 1939-45 Police HQ





Original Location

Police H.Q., Elvet

Present Location

See Note 1 below.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 12th April 1947 by Mr. Chuter Ede, Home Secretary.

Memorial Description

Plaque approx. 60 inches high x 36 inches wide (1520 mm x 910 mm) with hemisphere at centre top, which contains the Durham Constabulary badge. There is a single line border. The names are listed in two columns, apparently in order of seniority, divided by a single vertical line. The dedication is in a box at the foot using in Roman capitals.

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Killed while serving in H.M. Forces
Killed on Constabulary Duties
(Names) / The Durham Constabulary proudly / inscribe above the names of those of their / comrades who gave their lives for all in the / Second World War 1939-1945



1. This building was demolished in 2016. The Police have moved to a new building approx. 100 yards away. The memorials are not on show to the public. To see them you have to make a request in writing to the Estates Dept. They are now displayed behind the "secure line" of the building, hence the procedure to get in.

2 The plaque was unveiled at the opening of the new premises at Aykley Heads. The building originally housed the administrative offices of the former Royal Ordnance Factory which fell vacant in 1946. The Police were to be rehoused here from Durham for ten years.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: John and Mavis Dixon; Malcolm Smith

Policing the Land of the Prince Bishops The History of Durham Constabulary 1840-1990 Supt. Alan S. Watson and Supt. Derek Harrison LL.B.(Ret’d) Durham Books ISBN 1 872902 00 6 features the lists of members of the Police Force who were killed in 1914-18 and 1939-45

Sunderland Echo and Shields Gazette 18/04/1917 reports proposed opening of building the following day.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Fitzhugh Collection, Middleton in Teesdale; John and Mavis Dixon; David Sloan; Dorothy Hall

Research In Progress

John Grainger has researched the names on this memorial and would be pleased to hear from anyone with stories, photographs or memorabilia. Contact:-

Plaque 1939-45 Police HQ (A41.02)

   Killed while serving in H.M. Forces
   Sgt. Nav. J.S. Allan,  R.A.F.      Sgt. S.T. Kerr,  R.A.F.
   Sgt. Plt. G.A. Atkinson,  R.A.F.   Sgt. L. Lanaghan,  R.A.F.
   Gdsn. K. Bell,  C.Gds.             L/Sgt. G.F. Little,  C.Gds.
   Rifle’n. E. Brown,  Cam’n.Regt.    Cpl. T. Martin,  C.M.P.
   Cpl. J.J. Burgess,  H.L.I.         Sgt. J. Melville,  R.A.F.
   Lt. H.A. Campbell,  D.Well.Regt.   Plt. Off’r  J.J. Nevens,  R.A.F.
   Fly’g Off’r H.D. Clark,  R.A.F.    Sgt. F. Pallister,  R.A.F.
   Plt. Off’r  E. Crossley,  R.A.F.   Cpl. A.W. Parkin,  H’hld Cavry
   3rd Off’r J.D. Dale,  Air T.Aux    Sgt. R. Poole,  R.A.F.
   Sgt. S.A. Errington,  R.A.F.       Ord.Art’f’ R.S. Robinson, R.N.V.R.
   Sgt. T. Gibson,  R.A.F.            Rifle’n R. Short,  Cam’n Regt.
   Gnr. W. Goldsborough,  R.A.        L/Cpl. T.H. Stephenson,  I.Gds.
   Sub Lt. S. Green,  R.N.V.R.        Plt. Off’r W.H. Walton,  R.A.F.
   Killed on Constabulary Duties
                 Police Sergeant 98.  M. Slack
   S/Constable S. Edgell              S/Constable R. Reay
   The Durham Constabulary proudly
   inscribe above the names of those of their
   comrades who gave their lives for all in the
   Second World War 1939 – 1945

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