Poignant memorial service held to remember policeman who was brutally murdered - The Redditch Standard

Poignant memorial service held to remember policeman who was brutally murdered

Redditch Editorial 9th Mar, 2019   0

A POIGNANT memorial service was held to remember a policeman who was brutally murdered more than a century ago.

Present-day officers from West Mercia Police gathered in the Beoley Church grounds on Thursday in memory of James Davies and to lay floral tributes at his grave.

The father-of-three was killed on Saturday, February 28, 1885 by Moses Shrimpton a poacher recently released from prison.

An inquest found PC Davies died from a severed wind-pipe.

Shrimpton was later arrested and sentenced to death, and was the last person to be hanged at Worcester Gaol.

Officers, neighbours and mourners set up a memorial fund in his name to help his widow look after their three children and newborn baby, raising £1,408.

Some of the money raised was put towards the roadside memorial where the incident happened, reading: ‘JD 1885’.

PC Davies’ memory has been kept alive for the last 134 years by Wythall Police who are keen to remember one of their own.

Insp Dave King said of Thursday’s service: “It was a nice service and we also laid a wreath at the roadside memorial.

“It is something we will be looking to do in the future to ensure he is never forgotten.”

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