Met honours fallen officers and staff including those killed in the First World War
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service led tributes yesterday, Monday 16 June to hundreds of MPS officers and staff who have lost their lives in duty. This was a particularly poignant event, as this year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, and so officers and staff who lost their lives in both World Wars were remembered.
The ceremony took place at the Memorial Garden, Peel Centre in Hendon, where it has taken place there each year since 2002. The Memorial monument in the gardens was dedicated by HM The Queen in September 2001.
The Commissioner laid a wreath in recognition of those officers and staff that died during the First World War. This was followed by the sounding of the Last Post and a one minute’s silence and prayers by Met Senior Chaplain, Reverend Prebendary Jonathan Osborne.
4,500 members and ex-members of the MPS joined the Armed Forces, in all branches, during both wars and over 500 lost their lives on active service or enemy action in both World Wars. Their names are contained within the Roll of Honour that is kept in Westminster Abbey and was brought to the ceremony. This was the first time it had left the Abbey since 1919.
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “The Metropolitan Police Service has a proud history. I feel that pride every day, when I hear stories of officers and staff taking huge personal risks to protect the public. In upholding the office of constable and fulfilling the pledge they made on attestation, police officers will often run toward danger, not away from it. Sadly this means that there are occasions when our colleagues pay the ultimate price.
“It is important that each year we pay tribute to those who have died, and remember the sacrifice they have made. We will always be indebted to them for their service.
“We should not and will not forget them.”