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Memorial details

Memorial type
Roll of honour or book of remembrance
District
Wakefield
Town
Wakefield
County
West Yorkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
92247
Current location

Archive reference WYP/LE/A90/341
West Yorkshire History Centre
127
West Yorkshire Archive Service
Kirkgate
Wakefield
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 1JG
England

OS Grid Ref: SE 33674 20459
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • West Yorkshire Police HQ
    Laburnum Road
    Wakefield
    Wakefield
    West Yorkshire
    WF1 3QP
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SE 32989 21140
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Leeds City Police HQ (Brotherton House)
    Little Queen Street

    Leeds
    Leeds
    West Yorkshire
    LS1 2RS
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SE 29403 33542
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Town Hall
    Leeds City Police HQ
    The Headrow
    Leeds
    Leeds
    West Yorkshire
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
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Description
Illuminated Roll of Honour, with a stylised border of green laurel leaves that has an emblem at each corner (red rose for England, purple thistle for Scotland, green shamrock leaf for Ireland and yellow daffodil for Wales). Beneath the title "Roll of Honour at top-centre is the Union Flag and a laurel wreath, bisected by a ribbon bearing the words "For King and Country". Beneath this is the dedicatory inscription, followed by the names of all the officers and constables of Leeds City Police who enlisted in WW1, along with a note of their Police rank and collar numbers. (N.B. Among those listed on the Roll of Honour as having served is P.C. 102 John Crawshaw Raynes, who was awarded the Victoria Cross while serving in the Royal Field Artillery. The Roll of Honour omitted mention of his receipt of that award, and similarly omitted annotations re some other recipients' decorations for gallantry etc. The Roll of Honour also omitted to indicate whether any of those named upon it had died, yet several are known to have done so).
Inscription
Roll of Honour/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ OFFICERS AND CONSTABLES OF THE LEEDS CITY POLICE,/ WHO HAVE JOINED H.M. FORCES DURING THE EUROPEAN WAR./ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Acomb, Tom
Alvin, George
Andsley, Herbert H
Arrowsmith, Chas E
Atkinson, Albert
Atkinson, Harry
Ballinger, William E
Bancroft, Horace A
Bartle, William
Bateson, Herman
See details for all 282 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 277
    Served and returned: 277
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Police rank, collar number, surname, forenames
    Order of information: In ascending Police collar number order in several groups (perhaps grouped by Police Division?)
Components
  • Roll of honour
    Measurements: height 810mm, width 535mm
    Materials: Paper
Listing information
Condition
History
The Roll of Honour would originally have been framed and hung on display in the Leeds City Police HQ. By the time it was deposited with West Yorkshire Archive Service on 4/7/1980 it was unframed. (In addition to erecting this Roll of Honour of all of its Force's officers and constables from each Division, Leeds City Police are known to have created a separate Roll of Honour for those of them who had enlisted from its B Division -see our reference 92234. It is therefore near certain that Leeds City Police would likewise have created a separate WW1 Roll of Honour for each of its other Divisions, i.e. A, C, D and E. If so, then their current whereabouts is unknown).
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
West Yorkshire Archive Service (Wakefield Office)
Reference
  • The relevant West Yorkshire Archive Service Accession reference re this memorial is: WYP/LE/A90/341 ‘A Roll of Honour of Officers and Constables of Leeds City Police who have joined HM Forces during the European War’. ("This deposit was received from the Museums Officer, West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police, Headquarters, Laburnam Road, Wakefield on 4 July 1980, and was part of a wider deposit of police material from forces across West Yorkshire").
  • Information re the location of Leeds City Police HQ at Brotherton House from 1965: www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/business/former-leeds-police-headquarters-brotherton-house-set-become-student-flats-1355925
  • Those named on this Force Roll of Honour who enlisted from Leeds City Police's B Division were also listed on a separate Roll of Honour see our reference 92234 (www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/92234 ). It is near certain that each of the other four Divisions of Leeds City Police (A, C, D and E) likewise erected a Roll of Honour of their officers who had enlisted; if so, their current whereabouts are unknown.

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