Obituaries

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 would like to inform us of an obituary, please contact us with details and we will publish both here and internally through Routine Orders.

The chief constable deeply regrets to announce the following deaths:

2017

Date Name Status Additional information
December 2017 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.
November 2017 Alfred Edmonds Retired Alfred Edmonds was a sergeant who worked at Southampton Central.
November 2017 Rod Barter Retired Detective Constable 409 Rod Barter served in the New Forest, Special Investigation Squad and Special Branch Ports Unit, Southampton.
November 2017 Derek King Retired PC Derek King passed away after a short illness.
November 2017 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.
November 2017 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.
October 2017 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.
October 2017 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.
October 2017 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.
October 2017 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.
September 2017 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'.
September 2017 Gillian Allen Serving Gillian Allen passed away on 26 September. She was a quality controller at ACRO. Gillian joined Hampshire Constabulary in December 2015.
September 2017 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.
August 2017 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.
August 2017 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.
August 2017 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.
July 2017 John Hutchinson Carruthers Retired John was a detective superintendent.
July 2017 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.
July 2017 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.
July 2017 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.
July 2017 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.
June 2017 Joan Scott Retired Joan served with Portsmouth City Force and Hampshire and retired as a chief inspector.
June 2017 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.
June 2017 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.
June 2017 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.
June 2017 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.
May 2017 John Robins Retired John was a detective sergeant.
April 2017 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.
April 2017 Steve Sillence Retired Steve served in Portsmouth, where he was a uniform beat man as well as a firearms officer.
April 2017 Tom Hanson Retired Tom passed away on 3 April. He was a detective sergeant.
April 2017 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.
April 2017 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.
March 2017 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.
March 2017 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.
March 2017 David Easson Retired David was an officer in Southampton, serving in Shirley, Southampton Central and Portswood between 1950 and 1977.
March 2017 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.
March 2017 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.
February 2017 Graham 'Ikey' Tarrant Retired Detective Superintendent Graham Tarrant passed away following a short battle with cancer.
February 2017 Richard Reid Retired Richard previously worked in the Legal Department as the Force Solicitor.
February 2017 Thomas Rainey Retired Tom transferred from the RUC and served for around 28 years at Fareham before retiring.
February 2017 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.
January 2017 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.
January 2017 Peter Bloor Retired

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