Police war dead remembered in east London

By Rob Virtue on August 5, 2014 1:17 PM |

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The 23 east London police officers who gave their lives during the Great War have been remembered with a memorial stone unveiled in Newham.

It included one who was killed while on duty in the Silvertown Explosion of 1917, alongside 22 who were among 281 enlisted into the armed forces during the five year conflict.

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On Monday, The Queen's Lord Lieutenant of Newham, John Barber, unveiled the memorial stone while the Band of the Welsh Guards sounded The Last Post.

The names listed were all part of the Met's K Division, which is now the Met boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham.

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Former Borough Commander Rob Jones, PC Stephanie Gentile, PC Sandie Porter and Chaplain David Foster spent many hours finding out the names.

PC Gentile said: "We know their names by heart, and we probably always will."

The stone is on display at the entrance to Forest Gate Police Station in Green Street.

Four and a half thousand members and ex-members of the Met Police joined the army during the First and Second World Wars with 500 losing their lives.