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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Leicester
Town
Leicester
County
Leicestershire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 26 November 1950
    Attended by: The Lord Mayor performed the unveiling
  • Dedicated
    Date: 26 November 1950
    Attended by: Bishop of Leicester performed the dedication
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
14752

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Current location

In the foyer
Mansfield House Police Station
Belgrave Gate
Leicester
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE1 3GQ
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 58870 04933
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • In the foyer
    Leicester City Police Headquarters
    Charles Street
    Leicester
    Leicester
    Leicestershire
    LE1 1SH
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SK 59222 04310
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Rectangular two panel oak board with Leicester City Police badge at the top centre, and carved lettering. The left panel relates to WW1 casualties; the right panel relates to WW2. (The quotation "Our children shall measure their worth" that is included in the WW1 section of this combined World War memorial is a line from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Verdict". Permission to incorporate the quote on Leicester City Police's original WW1 memorial - WMR 70547 - was obtained from Kipling by Superintendent Charles Hart, and was later carried forward to this combined memorial).
Inscription
LEICESTER CITY POLICE (Left panel): TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF/ OUR GALLANT COMRADES/ WHO NOBLY AND CHEERFULLY/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR ENGLAND/ 1914 - 1918/ OUR CHILDREN SHALL/ MEASURE THEIR WORTH/ (Names) (Right panel): TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF/ OUR GALLANT COMRADES/ WHO NOBLY AND GALLANTLY/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM/ 1939 - 1945/ THEY FOUGHT THAT/ WE MIGHT LIVE/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bailey, W A
Bleackley, Charles Jellicoe
Briggs, J
Cowley, J
Hawkes
Hazelwood, P
Hutson, F
Knox, W
Mackenzie, P
Maddock, E
See details for all 23 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 11
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Police rank, initial, surname, regiment,
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 9
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 9
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Police rank, initial, surname, regiment
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank , initial, surname, occupation
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Board
    Measurements: height c1200mm, width c1500mm
    Materials: Wood - Oak
Listing information
Condition
History
c2019, thoroughly cleaned
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Leicestershire Police
Reference
  • Nottingham Journal 25/11/1950 (page 5) reported that the unveiling would take place the following day: "Leicester City Police memorial A memorial to the 12 members the Leicester City Police Force who lost their lives in the last war, including three who were killed during an air raid on Leicester in November, 1940, will be unveiled and dedicated tomorrow. The tablet in the entrance hall to police headquarters in Charles Street- will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor, Ald, F, E. Oliver, and dedicated by the Bishop of Leicester. Dr. Vernon Smith. This will follow a parade to the morning service at the Cathedral, of regular and special City police, a detachment from the County Police and Leicester Fire Brigade, and police pensioners. Twenty relatives of the men named will be present". www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001898/19501125/150/0005
  • Leicester Evening Mail 27/11/1950 printed a photograph of the memorial with the caption "CITY POLICE MEMORIAL OFFICERS of Leicester City Police study the memorial panels which were unveiled yesterday in the Charles -street headquarters to the memory to members of the force who gave their lives in two World Wars". Beneath the photograph was a report of the unveiling: "Memorial Panels To City Police. AS nearly 450 members of the city and county police forces, the special constabulary, pensioners and city firemen stood to attention in a hollow square in the yard at Leicester City Police headquarters, the Lord Mayor, Ald. F. E. Oliver. unveiled memorial panels to members of the city force who were killed in the two world wars. The panels were then dedicated by the Provost of Leicester, the Very Rev. H. A. Jones, deputising for the Bishop of Leicester, who is indisposed. Earlier, at a special service at the Cathedral, the Provost had said, "These men have given to us something that makes the tradition of this city great, because they died on duty and some of them died in this city on the night so many died". www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0003330/19501127/219/0007#

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