Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Tragic officer's grave to be marked

The Police Roll of Honour Trust have commissioned a headstone to honour killed officer James Gordon

The forgotten grave of a police officer who was killed on duty 120 years ago will be marked with a headstone for the first time.

Police Constable James Gordon was attacked with iron bars as he stopped a gang of men breaking into a boiler works factory in St Helens, Merseyside, in 1893.

Although his death is listed in official police records, his grave at St Helens Cemetery was left unmarked.

But 120 years later Brenda Neary, a former Merseyside police officer and volunteer at the cemetery, has been able to track down his resting place.

The Police Roll of Honour Trust have now commissioned a specially engraved headstone to be erected on the grave at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Pc Gordon's death on November 13, which will be attended by Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Ian Pilling.

Steve Lloyd, manager of the trust, said: "We may never know why this local police hero was left in an unmarked grave in this cemetery for 120 years.

"The Police Roll of Honour Trust are proud to be able to place a memorial headstone here in his honour.

"It means that now everyone in Britain will know where the young Pc James Gordon lies at rest, his duty well done."

"The job of a police officer has never really changed over the years.

"The men and women of law enforcement have always faced violence. Whether it be the murder of young Pc James Gordon in 1893 or Pc Ian Dibell in 2012 it proves that the job of the front line officer is still inherently dangerous."

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