30/04/2018

Service to Remember Murdered Police Officer on 125th Anniversary

Officers and staff will honour the 125th anniversary of the murder of Cleveland Police Constable William Henderson with a memorial service.

Henderson Family

PC Henderson’s death at the age of 37, on 14th April 1893, will be marked by a memorial service which will be held at his grave in Linthorpe Cemetery on Saturday 5th May at 2pm. He was based in Middlesbrough and was well respected in the community after working in policing for ten years.

Sadly his policing career came to an end when he was shot at close range by a 33-year-old man called John Gould (also known as “Horse Harry” by locals) and the injuries left a hole the size of a half pint glass in his chest. 

William sadly died instantly from his injuries leaving his wife, Margaret Ann Henderson and their eight children behind.

Some of William Henderson’s relatives will be in attendance at the memorial service along with Cleveland Volunteer Cadet Programme Coordinator Craig Green, Cleveland Police Cadets, Cleveland Police Federation and Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

Craig Green from Safe in Tees Valley said: “In addition to the memorial service we are also creating a memorial plaque for PC Henderson which will be placed on the side of Colliers Letting Agents on the corner of Linthorpe Road and Binks Street in Middlesbrough.

“This location was the former police station where William was stationed and it is being funded by the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) and the Police Federation. An information board is also being made to place next to Henderson’s headstone in the cemetery. Unfortunately neither will be ready for the memorial service but they will be revealed later in the year.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “It is important that we continue to honour the anniversary of William Henderson’s death, to show our respect and to keep his legacy alive for his family, the Force and communities we live in and the memorial service is the perfect way to do this.”