Cleveland Police Federation
Cleveland Police Federation

Fallen constable remembered at memorial service on 125th anniversary of his murder

Cleveland Police Federation chair Andrea Breeze was among a number of officials and staff who honoured the 125th anniversary of the murder of Cleveland Police Constable William Henderson on Saturday.

A memorial service took place at his grave in Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough to celebrate the life of a man who was married with eight children and lived on Ruby Street in the town.

PC Henderson was fatally shot on 14 April 1893, aged just 37, as he tried to disarm and arrest John Gould, known as Horse Harry.

Middlesbrough Police Cadets, who adopted the memory of PC Henderson, held a short service at his graveside last year and sought to fund a memorial plaque at the police station where PC Henderson was based and an information board at the cemetery.

Cleveland Police Federation has supported the Cadets and donated £400 towards the plaque which will be unveiled later this year.

"Getting everyone together to remember the sacrifice made by PC Henderson and his family was the right thing to do," says Andrea, "The memorial service was well attended and impeccably observed.

"Police officers had a unique role to play in our society back in the 19th century and that remains the same today. The threats they face as they try to protect our communities are greater than ever and that is why we are constantly trying to raise the awareness of our Protect the Protectors campaign."

Our picture shows (left to right) the Rev Dave King, the Force chaplain, PCC Barry Coppinger,
members of PC Henderson's family and ACC Jason Harwin at the officer's grave.