Announcements of serving and former officers and staff who have sadly passed away.

We publish announcements below when a serving officer or staff member passes away, or when we are informed of the passing of former officers and members of staff. Previously, this information was published in Frontline magazine. If you'd like to inform us of an obituary, please contact us with the details and we will publish the announcement both here and internally through 'routine orders'.

The chief constable deeply regrets to announce the following deaths: 


NameStatusAdditional information
Peter Gibson Retired PC Peter Gibson passed away on 14 June. For many years Peter served as a traffic officer at Fareham.
Janet Heather Cummings Retired Janet Cummings passed away at the age of 51. She served as a police officer working at Cosham, Havant and subsequently in various squads including the Surveillance Unit and National Crime Squad.
John Jeffrey Retired PC John Jeffrey passed away at the age of 84.
Phil Blanchard Retired PC Phil Blanchard served at Eastleigh police station.
John William Talmash Retired John Talmash was a police officer.
Barry Gard Retired Barry Gard was a Portsmouth City Police cadet before becoming an officer with Portsmouth and Hampshire forces.
Anthony 'Tony' Smith Retired PC 2017 Anthony Smith passed away on 24 May. He was 81. Tony came late to the police service in 1977 having served with the RAF and worked as a carpenter and joiner. He was in the Special Constabulary when he made the transition to the regular force. Tony retired at the age of 65 , but remained serving the constabulary as a civilian station duty officer at Shirley for a number of years.
Myrna Rita Compton Retired PC Myrna Compton passed away on 20 May. She was the first WPC on the Isle of Wight, serving at Ryde.
Charlie Goddard Retired PC Charlie Goddard passed away on 14 May. He joined Hampshire Constabulary as a cadet in 1955, and became PC 734 for his service, which ended in his medical retirement in December 1981. In Charlie's early days he served at West Cowes, Newport and Ryde. In 1964, he joined Fareham CID and served for many years in the role of police photographer.
Ethel 'Joy' Lyngnane Reired Ethel Lyngnane passed away on 9 May. She was the widow of Dennis, who was a county beat officer serving the Isle of Wight.
James Phillip O'Donovan Retired James O'Donovan (known as Jimmy O'D), the oldest Hampshire police pensioner, passed away on 12 May at the age of 103.
Mervyn 'Bob' Whitlock Retired Mervyn 'Bob' Whitlock passed away at the age of 93. He served at Chale, Yarmouth and Freshwater and upon retirement became a civilian station duty officer known then as NARPOS. Bob served at Newport.
Keith Hebberd  Retired  PC Keith Hebberd passed away on 27 April. He joined the police cadets in 1970. He later served in Andover, Cowplain and Portsmouth. Keith retired after 30 years' service.
Herbert Edward George 'Eddie' Wallace Retired Sergeant Herbert Wallace passed away on 23 April. Eddie joined Portsmouth City Police as a police cadet before the Second World War and manned the Portsmouth City Police fire engines during the Blitz. He was attested on 3 September 1941. He later joined the Army and served with the Royal Artillery. He was a veteran of the D-Day landings. Eddie rejoined the Portsmouth City Police after the war and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on 9 April 1960.
John William Domone Retired PC John Domone passed away on 8 April, aged 78. He retired in 1993 following 30 years' service in Bitterne and West End.
Richard 'Dick' Chambers Retired  Richard Chambers passed away on 7 April.
 Ken Yelf Retired PC Ken Yelf passed away on 5 April. Ken was a beat officer at Tidworth for several years before moving to Andover where he retired.
 Nic Pugh Retired  Detective Constable Nic Pugh passed away on 4 April, aged 62.
Keith Fletcher Retired Traffic Sergeant Keith Fletcher passed away on 30 March. Keith joined the Met in 1967 before transferring to Hampshire.
Brian Davies Retired Sergeant Brian Davies served at North Walls, Bitterne, Portswood, Whiskey One and Alresford. He retired in 2002.
Anthony Owen Hill Retired Tony served for more than 30 years in the Portsmouth area and retired around 30 years ago.
Gordon Robinson Retired Chief Superintendent Gordon Robinson passed away on 23 February 2018. Gordon transferred from Lancashire Constabulary to Hampshire in 1950 and served at Havant, Fareham, Eastleigh, Winchester, Aldershot, IOW and finally PHQ Winchester where he retired after completing 39 years' service.
Stanley Arthur Jones Retired Chief Inspector Stanley Jones passed away on 20 February 2018 at the age of 101. Stanley served at a number of stations in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight before retiring in 1968.
Bruce John Board Retired PC Bruce Board passed away on 15 February 2018 at the age of 90. Bruce served in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police as a Traffic patrol officer and later moved to the Control Room, HQ, Winchester, before working within Hampshire's crown courts.
William 'Bill' Murray Retired  Sergeant William Murray passed away on 3 February 2018 at the age of 94. He served at Aldershot and Netley Abbey before retiring after 30 years' service.
George William Cordery Retired Sergeant George Cordery has passed away at the age of 92. George served in the Southampton Borough and City Police forces and, following the 1967 amalgamation, in the Hampshire Constabulary. A significant amount of that service was as a sergeant with the Dog section. He retired in 1976 and remained as a resident in Southampton
George Henry Compton Retired PC George Compton passed away on December 25, 2017. He was 90. George served at Aldershot, Hartley Wintney, Andover, Winchester and Lyndhurst.
Kenneth 'Dodger' Green Retired Officer Kenneth Green passed away on 26 January. He was 93.
Paul Slocombe Retired Paul Slocombe passed away on 16 January. He served with Hampshire Constabulary as a police officer and police staff member before joining the Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) South East Operations Room in November 2014.
Pete Chamberlain Serving Police Staff Investigator Pete Chamberlain passed away on 11 January. Pete was taken ill while on a training course and passed away shortly after being told his cancer had returned. He joined Hampshire Constabulary on 4 September 2017, working in Southampton’s Investigation Department after retiring as a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Service.
Sarah Jane Jones Retired Sarah Jane Jones passed away on 2 January after a brave battle with cancer. Sarah was the ACRO Risk and Business Continuity Advisor. She joined Hampshire Constabulary on 28 August 2006.
John 'Jack' Pimbblet Retired PC John Pimbblet passed away on 1 December. Prior to joining Liverpool City Police, John served in the Royal Military Police. During this service he was a bodyguard to Field Marshal Montgomery at Fontainebleau. John transferred to Hampshire in 1967 and was posted to Andover. He then took up a country beat at East Oakley, Basingstoke. Later in his career he was posted to Shirley, Southampton. He retired in 1980 having served for 28 years.
Peter 'Pete' Smith Retired PC Peter Smith passed away on 29 November. He was 79. Pete originally joined Southampton City Police but after amalgamation stayed in the Southampton area (SW Traffic) as a constable motorcyclist, and was well known in the Hulse Road base. Motorcycles were a passion. As such, he had close working relationships and friendships with that group of specialist officers and did so until the time of his death. Towards the end of his service he was part of a small group on the Radar Team covering the whole of the south-west Hampshire area.
Alfred Edmonds Retired Alfred Edmonds was a sergeant who worked at Southampton Central.
Rod Barter Retired Detective Constable 409 Rod Barter served in the New Forest, Special Investigation Squad and Special Branch Ports Unit, Southampton.
Derek King Retired PC Derek King passed away after a short illness.
David Brunt Retired PC David Brunt joined the force in June 1977 and retired in July 2007. His last posting was as a Targeted Patrol Team PC.
Derek Russell Retired PC 1852 Derek Russell passed away on 5 November. He had cancer. Derek joined the force in February 1970 and retired in 1999. He served in Cowes for a number of years.
Al Fitt Retired PC 23522 Al Fitt passed away on 28 October. He served with Hampshire Constabulary from 4 November 2002 to 6 August 2014. Al was a Response & Patrol and Neighbourhood Policing Team officer in Aldershot.
Richard 'Dick' Phillips Retired PC 905 Richard Phillips passed away on 27 October. He had leukaemia. Richard served with Hampshire Constabulary from 18 December 1964 to 17 December 1994. He served at Fareham, Tadley, Kingsclere, Emsworth, Havant (Traffic), Havant (Uniform) and Petersfield.
Roy Peters Retired Officer Roy Peters passed away on 5 October. He was 84. Roy transferred from Hertfordshire Constabulary to Hampshire Constabulary in 1968. He had postings in Fleet, Portswood, Winchester (North Walls), Romsey and Southampton Central. He was at some time a member of the Vice Squad in Southampton and earned the nickname of 'Greensleeves' owing to his observation tactics on Southampton Common.
Robert (Chris) Christopher Watters Retired Detective Inspector Robert Watters passed away on 3 October. He was 70. One of Robert's nicknames was 'Snatch'. He served at many places throughout the force area since joining in 1967, including Basingstoke, Southampton Central, Portswood, Crime Squad, Cosham and Headquarters.
David John Howard Retired PC David Howard passed away on 29 September. He was 55. David retired in July 2013. He served at Andover and Southampton Central. Some may have known him as 'Big Dave'.
Gillian Allen Serving Gillian Allen passed away on 26 September. She was a quality controller at ACRO. Gillian joined Hampshire Constabulary in December 2015.
Geoffrey Ballard Retired Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Ballard passed away on 20 September. He was 82. During his service Geoffrey was attached to several units, including the Fraud Squad. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery when he disarmed a man in possession of a firearm at the Bargate, Southampton.
George Starr Retired PC George Starr passed away on 8 August. He was 96. George joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1953 serving at Havant, Hayling Island, Clanfield, Alton (Traffic Motorcyclist) and finally at crown court. He retired in 1983.
Graham 'Danny' Anthony Retired PC Graham Anthony passed away on 14 August at Two Beeches care home, Waterlooville. He had been living in Cyprus for the past 10 years. Graham became ill and his family recently brought him back to England. He joined the Portsmouth City Police in 1962, serving only within the city. He was an area car driver at Portsmouth Central and retired in 1997.
Martin Jacobs Serving PC Martin Jacobs passed away on 2 August at North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, after being taken ill at home while off duty. Martin joined Hampshire Constabulary on 5 June 1995 and served in Petersfield, Alton and Whitehill as a Targeted Patrol Team PC and area car driver. In 2007, Martin became a rep with Hampshire Police Federation, looking after officers in the north of the county. In 2011, he became the Federation’s discipline lead, a full-time role based in the Federation office.
John Hutchinson Carruthers Retired John was a detective superintendent.
Raymond 'Agro' Legg Retired Detective Sergeant Raymond Legg passed away on 23 June. He served at Newport police station between the beginning of the '60s and 1980, when he retired through ill health. He was attached to the three prisons and liaised with Special Branch. He was well known for his work at Winchester HQ.
Ursula Coppin Retired Evidence officer Ursula Coppin passed away peacefully on 23 June after a brave fight against cancer. She served with Hampshire Constabulary for 28 years, working in the Imaging Unit as an imaging technician for 23 years. Ursula then transferred to the evidence office at Southampton, where she worked for five years until she retired in March this year.
David Jeffries Retired David passed away peacefully at home on 28 June after a long illness. He was 85. He retired as a chief inspector and many will know him from his time in Training. David than worked for Hampshire Fire Brigade as a civilian in Administration. He was an active member and past chairman of the Hampshire North Branch of NARPO.
Gladys Howard Retired Gladys served with Portsmouth City Police and Hampshire Constabulary. She served from 1947 - 1976 and was both the first woman sergeant in the Portsmouth City Police and also the first woman inspector. She was Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 1989.
Joan Scott Retired Joan served with Portsmouth City Force and Hampshire and retired as a chief inspector.
Bronwen Davies Serving PC Bronwen (Bron) Davies passed away on 12 June at Southampton General Hospital after a very brave fight with cancer. Bron joined Hampshire Constabulary on 19 February 2007 and served in Lyndhurst and Lymington areas as a District Probationer, Targeted Patrol Team PC, Neighbourhood Policing PC and Safer Neighbourhoods PC.
Patricia Atkinson (née Kimber) Retired PC Patricia Atkinson passed away on 31 May. She joined the constabulary on 13 November 1964, receiving a chief constable's commendation in July 1967, as well as being congratulated in 1977. Patricia retired on 12 November 1994.
Michael George Chivers Retired Chief Inspector Mick Chivers passed away on 20 May at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. He joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1960 and served in numerous locations including Winchester, IOW, Totton, North Baddesley, Southsea, Southampton, Havant, Fareham, Netley Training Centre and Andover.
Peter Edwards Retired Peter passed away on 18 May. His career commenced with Bootle Borough Police before transferring to Hampshire in 1968/69. He was posted to Ringwood and then on to Winchester in 1970/71. He was an area car driver in Winchester until 1979 when he moved to recruiting before eventually retiring in 1983/84.
John Robins Retired John was a detective sergeant.
Phyllis Smith Retired Phyllis passed away peacefully on 22 March at Royal Hampshire County Hospital after a short illness. Phyllis started working at Eastleigh police station before working in the ADP Section at Police HQ, Winchester.
Steve Sillence Retired Steve served in Portsmouth, where he was a uniform beat man as well as a firearms officer.
Tom Hanson Retired Tom passed away on 3 April. He was a detective sergeant.
William Alan Griffiths Retired William passed away at the age of 96. He was a PC who served in Portsmouth City Police from 1940 to 1967.
Edmund Arthur Farthing Retired Edmund passed away on 29 March at Southampton General Hospital after a short illness. He had been a beat policeman, an advanced motorbike rider and advanced patrol car driver, an instructor at the Police Driving School in Hulse Road, Southampton, and later a station sergeant when at Shirley Road police station. He served in Romsey, Shirley and Woolston.
David 'Spud' Murphy Retired David passed away on 17 March. David joined Portsmouth City Police as a cadet then joined Portsmouth City Police in 1958. He served at Central Southsea and Cosham and was a DC then DS serving on crime squad SB Ports and anti-terrorism. David retired in 1989 where he was a divisional DS.
Victor Amos Marriott Retired Victor passed away on 15 March. He served in Portsmouth as a uniformed constable and as a detective until his retirement in the early 1980s.
David Easson Retired David was an officer in Southampton, serving in Shirley, Southampton Central and Portswood between 1950 and 1977.
Peter Andrew Lavin Retired Detective Constable Peter Lavin passed away on 6 March having lost his fight to cancer. Peter joined us in 1990 and worked in Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham before leaving in June 2014. Peter had been living in Gibraltar until recently returning to stay with his son.
Raymond Leslie Rowsell BEM Retired Raymond joined in 1952, retiring in 1976 having served at Newport, Bembridge and Hythe along with being seconded to Cyprus Police. Upon retirement, he became an IOW County Councillor and Police Authority member. Raymond passed away on 2 March 2017 at the age of 87.
Graham 'Ikey' Tarrant Retired Detective Superintendent Graham Tarrant passed away following a short battle with cancer.
Richard Reid Retired Richard previously worked in the Legal Department as the Force Solicitor.
Thomas Rainey Retired Tom transferred from the RUC and served for around 28 years at Fareham before retiring.
Michael Anthony Pratt Retired Mike joined us after three years' service as a dog handler with the RAF, and worked in Andover, Hythe and Cowplain, retiring in 1988 having served for 34 years.
Brian Fry Retired Brian passed away on 19 January 2017 following an eight-year battle with cancer. Proud of his police work, he served for 28 years.
Peter Bloor Retired