Cleveland Police Federation
Cleveland Police Federation

Honouring PC Henderson

Officers and staff will honour the 125th anniversary of the murder of Cleveland Police Constable William Henderson with a memorial service this Saturday (5 May).

Among those attending will be Cleveland Police Federation chair Andrea Breeze. "I think it is fitting for us to come together to mark this anniversary and to remember the sacrifice of PC Henderson and indeed the family he left behind," says Andrea.

"At a time when the Police Federation is raising awareness of the risks officers face as they serve their communities with its Protect the Protectors campaign, this service is a timely reminder of the unique role police officers have always had in society."

PC Henderson was just 37 when he was fatally shot on 14 April 1893 as he tried to disarm and arrest John Gould, known as Horse Harry, who he intended to take to the Clifton Asylum in York.

PC Henderson was married with eight children and lived in Ruby Street in Middlesbrough.

The memorial service will be held at his grave in Linthorpe Cemetery on Saturday at 2pm.

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 was happy to support the Cadets and donated £400 towards the plaque which will be unveiled later this year. NARPO has also made a donation towards the plaque which will be placed at PC Henderson's former police station, now Collier Property Management, at the corner of Binks Street and Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough.