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Officers killed in the line of duty.

MANY Merseyside police officers were killed while on duty during World War II, with 18 officers losing their lives between May 3 and May 9, 1941. Much of the following information - there is more personal information recorded for some than others - comes from the force's memorial book: ? St Helens Borough - PC Ieuan Griffith Jeffreys, died May 4, aged 31.

Killed investigating an unexploded bomb on aiding duty in Liverpool. ? Liverpool Police Fire Brigade - Driver Robert Roberts, died May 3, aged 58.

Was killed by falling masonry while attending a fire at Mill Road Hospital, caused by enemy bombing. He had 25 years service and left a widow.

? Liverpool Fire Salvage Corps (note the police service and fire service were linked at this time) - SC (Supt) Henry Cooke BEM, aged 46.

SC Ainsworth Spencer Hodgson, aged 54 SC Howell Ap Einion Jones, aged 40, all died May 4. Killed by enemy action during an air raid at the fire salvage station.

. ? Liverpool City Police - PC John Edwards, died May 3, aged 39.

Killed by a high explosive bomb during a raid on the dock offices. He left a widow and a four-year-old daughter.

PC John Cutler Williams, died May 4, aged 50.

Was killed by a high explosive bomb which exploded near him during a raid on the East side of No.1. Canada Dock. He had 20 years service and left a widow and a 14-year-old daughter.

Sgt Francis Winder Parrington, died May 8, aged 42.

Was killed by falling masonry when a shelter in Tower Buildings, Water Street, was hit by a high explosive bomb. He had 21 years service and left a widow and two children (12 and 13).

. ? From the Bootle Times Forum website: Sgt F.W Parrington was a noted swimmer and long-plunge champion. He won the plunging championship of the amateur Swimming Association 11 times between 1926 and 1939.

PC William Edward Wright Morton, died May 8, aged 42.

Fatally injured by a bomb explosion on patrol during an enemy air raid.

PC George Albert Shellshear, aged 26. Was killed in Whitechapel when a high explosive bomb fell near him. He had two years service and left a widow.

PC Frederick Walter Doran, aged 44, died May 8 Was killed in Whitechapel when a high explosive bomb fell near him. He had 21 years service and left a widow.

. ? Bootle Borough Police - PC James Mann, died May 3, aged 48.

Killed by enemy action whilst on duty during an air raid.

PC James Anderson, aged 45. SC George McKeon, aged 42. PWRC William Sinton Will, aged 35, all died May 5. Killed by enemy action while on patrol during an air raid.

Sgt Frank William V. Smith, aged 44. PWRC William Alfred Moore, aged 43, died May 8. Killed in an enemy air raid (duty status unknown).

SC Thomas John Gillett, died May 9, aged 34.

Killed by enemy action whilst on duty during an air raid.

. ? In addition, the following information details Liverpool city police officers who suffered injuries in the May 1941 blitz that subsequently led to their enforced early retirement.

PC William Tate suffered leg injuries when a bomb exploded near him on May 3, whilst fire watching. A coping stone fell across his legs causing early retirement in April 1942, after he had served for 22 years.

PC Thomas Walker was struck by bomb fragments during a raid on Brunswick Dock on May 7, resulting in hospital treatment for wounds to his face, neck and chest and a fractured jaw that subsequently resulted in early retirement in 1943 after he had served 21 years.

Read more More Blitz pictures and memories online at www.liverpoolecho.

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County Road in Walton, Liverpool showing the destruction during the May Blitz by the German airforce
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Date:May 4, 2011
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