National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

Attribution: Irid Escent [CC BY-SA (]


During the currency of the Covid-19 crisis, obituaries are not able to be published in the same detail as usual, as Pensions Department, who supply the information, are mainly home-working without access to records to supply additional background information and service histories. Please note, however, Northumbria NARPO has no independent access to service records and relies entirely on information provided to compile the obituaries.

Regulations relating to the conduct of funerals,  imposed by HMG, dictate that services are still not open to the public. Some locations provide a streaming service for those unable to access the chapel.

All obituaries published below will appear in the Winter 2021 Northumbria Bobby

Alan Anderson

Alan died on the 6th May, 2021 aged 62 years. He leaves a widow, Jean. Alan, whose funeral took place on Wednesday 19th May, 2021, retired as a constable in 2006.

Richard Jackson

Richard died on the 12th May, 2021 aged 53 years. He leaves a widow, Suzanne. Richard retired as a superintendent in 2017. His funeral was held at South Shields Crematorium.

Helen Clark

Helen died on the 13th May, 2021 aged 56 years. She leaves a widower, Francis.  Helen's funeral details are not to hand. Helen, who retired as a constable worked mainly in the West End before moving to a plainclothes role and retiring in 2013.

Ambrose Alan Brown

Alan died on the 23rd May, 2021 aged 92 years. He leaves a widow, Mollie. Alan retired as an inspector in 1984 following 35 years service. Initially based at the West End, Alan also served at Wallsend, Whitley Bay, and in various control rooms.  He spent many years running the police rugby team.  The funeral service will be held at St Hugh's Church, Regent Farm, Gosforth on Friday, 11th June 2021. Covid restrictions to numbers attending will apply and all places available have been allocated.

Colin Bain

Colin died on the 5th May 2021 aged 84 years. Colin, who lived in the Sunderland area, retired as a constable in 1987. Nothing further is known of his service history. Funeral arrangements are not to hand.

Wilfred Mackel

Wilf died on the 23rd May, 2021 aged 82 years. He retired as a uniformed inspector in 1994 after service in the Sunderland area. Funeral arrangements are unknown.

John Henderson

John died on the 23rd May 2021 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Jennifer. John, who retired from Northumbria Police as a sergeant in 1988, spent most of his service in the Newcastle area, serving with Newcastle City Police and Northumberland Constabulary. Subject to Covid regulations, John's funeral will be held at 2 pm on Monday, 7th June, 2021 at Trinity Church, Gosforth.

Maureen Harper

Maureen died on the 19th May, 2021 aged 87 years. She was the widow of George Harper, lately Branch President of Northumbria NARPO. Maureen supported George in attending NARPO conference and social event for many years. Her funeral will take place, within Covid regulations, at 1.45 pm on Wednesday, 9th June, 2021 at St Francis' Church, Cleveland Gardens, High Heaton.

Richard Thompson

Richard died on the 3rd June, 2021 aged 68 years. He leaves a widow, Maria. His funeral will be held at 12 noon on Friday, 18th June, 2021 at Tynemouth Crematorium where current Covid restrictions will apply. Nothing further is known of Richard's service history except that he retired from Northumbria Police in 2007.

Michael Nealen

Mick died on the 7th June, 2021 aged 76 years. He leaves a widow, Judith. Mick retired in 1995. There are no further details available.

Peter Leslie Neal

Peter died on Thursday, 17th June, 2021 aged 56 years,. He leaves a widow, Wendy. Peter, who was a member of the Northumbria Branch of NARPO, retired as a sergeant in 2016 to live in the Prudhoe area. His funeral will take place at 10.15 am on Wednesday, 30th June, 2021 at Mountsett Crematorium

William Graham Sinclair

Graham died on the 23rd June, 2021 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Bernadette. Graham's funeral will take place at 11.15 am on Monday, 5th July, 2021 at St. Mary's RC Church, Hexham. Retiring as a uniformed inspector,  Graham joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1953 and in 1957 was a member of Motor Patrols, stationed at Haltwhistle, He was also a member of Motor Patrols/Traffic Department at Morpeth and was the traffic sergeant at Hexham in the late 1960s. After his police career, Graham was appointed as the Force Civil Defence Co-ordinator.

John Simpson

John died on the 9th July, 2021. He leaves a widow, Pat. John, who worked the Newcastle Division, retired as a constable in 1995. There are no funeral arrangements to hand.

Barbara Skeete

Barbara died on the 29th June, 2021 aged 72 years. During her service, she was both in uniform and CID in the Newcastle area. Her funeral has already taken place.

John Johnson

Jack, as he was universally know in the job, was originally a Durham County officer commencing his postings at West Hartlepool before moving to Bishop Auckland, and Bowburn followed by a posting to Newby Wiske on central service. After the 1974 amalgamation, he joined Northumbria Police and for part of his service was inspector in Probationer Training and, sometime later, moving over to War Duties. Later he was uniformed chief inspector in the area operations rooms from which post he retired in 1993. His funeral will be held at 11.30 am on Monday, 19th July, 2021 at St. Robert's Church, Morpeth

Edith Eleanor Knox

Edith died on the 8th January, 2021 aged 94 years. Her funeral has already been held. Edith was the widow of Sergeant Ron Knox whose death was recorded in 2009. During her life as the wife of a police officer, when Ron was on patrol, Edith was often called into service answering the telephone or dealing with callers to the police office which was situated next to the two police houses where they lived.

Peter William Moffatt

Peter died on the 1st July, 2021 aged 94 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy. Peter's funeral will take place at 3 pm on Friday, 23rd July, 2021 at Tynemouth Crematorium and thereafter at Tynemouth Golf Club. A Newcastle City police officer initially, Peter joined in 1955 and was a member of the subsequently amalgamated forces serving at Whitley Bay, North Shields, and Wallsend where he was station sergeant, retiring with the rank of sergeant in 1981. In retirement, Peter enjoyed golf, art, gardening, and was a car enthusiast. Mainly, however, he enjoyed being with his family by whom he was adored.

Geoffrey Curry

Geoff died on the 14th July, 2021 aged 91 years. He leaves a widow, Wynn. Geoff's funeral will take place at 1.45 pm on Friday 29th July, 20212 at Blyth Crematorium. Originally a member of Northumberland County Constabulary, Geoff joined in 1956 and was posted to Forest Hall in 1958. He served through subsequent amalgamations and retired as a uniformed constable in 1983.