National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

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Northumbria NARPO relies entirely on information provided to us to compile the obituaries. 

They are provided for the benefit of friends and colleagues and are not intended to replace full obituaries published elsewhere.

The obituaries appearing below will be published in the Summer 2023 edition of the Northumbria Bobby

Norman Kirtlan

Norman died on the 19th November, 2022. He is survived by his widow, Sheila. Norman had a varied career, commencing his police service in 1974 at Washington. He will be particularly remembered for his time with the Drug Squad and as the Force Photofit artist. He also worked at Sunderland, Whickham, and Gosforth, and with Training Department. Norman retired as an inspector from Gateshead after 31 years service. The funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 7th December, 2022 at Sunderland Crematorium

George Thomas Armstrong

George died on the 19th November, 2022 aged 63 years. He leaves a widow, Carol. George's funeral will take place at 3 pm on Wednesday, 7th December, 2022 at Tynemouth Crematorium He retired as a sergeant in 2013 after serving in a range of postings including Kenton, and as custody office sergeant at Gateshead.

Colin Lawson Fenwick

Colin died on the 4th December, 2022 aged 93 years. His funeral will take place at 3pm on Tuesday, 13th December, 2022 at St. John's Methodist Church, Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay NE26 3ND. Colin joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1952 and in 1962 was stationed at Longbenton. During his service, Colin was also stationed at Forest Hall, Wallsend, and Morpeth. Family flowers only. Donations to Alzheimers Society and Stroke North  in lieu.

Tom Laidlow

Tom died on the 7th December, 2022. (Age not supplied). He leaves a widow, Roberta Mary Laidlow. Details of his funeral, yet to be arranged, are not being released by the family. Tom retired as a constable in 1991 to live in the Prudhoe area. It is thought that he was working at Prudhoe at the time of his retirement, where he had been station for a number of years.

John Butler

John died on the 16th December, 2022 aged 84 years. He leaves a widow, Beryl. John's funeral will be held at 1.15pm on Thursday, 5th January, 2023 at South Shields Crematorium. John spent some of his service with Motor Patrols South, based at Jarrow and, later in service, as an  instructor with Advanced Driver Training at the Driving School, Training Department, HQ Ponteland, later returning to Jarrow where he completed his police service.

Thomas William Oliver Lawson

Tommy died on the 19th December, 2022 aged 94 years. He leaves a widow, Hannah. Tommy's funeral will be held at 2.30pm on Friday, 13th January, 2023 at Saltwell Crematorium. Amongst other postings, Tommy worked at Felling and Pelaw, then part of Durham County's Jarrow Division, as a constable. He also served as a station sergeant. He retired from Northumbria Police in 1988.

Gordon Russell

Gordon died on the 23rd December, 2023 . He leaves a son, Anthony. Gordon's funeral will take place at 9.45am on Wednesday, 11th January, 2023 at Tynemouth Crematorium. An ex Tynemouth Borough officer, Gordon spent much of his service in the CID, retiring in 1982.

Walton Adams

Walton died on the 4th January, 2023. He leaves a daughter, Monica. Funeral arrangements are not to hand. Walton retired in 1974. Nothing further is known of his service history.

Colin Hutchinson 

Colin died on the 15th December, 2022. He leaves a widow, Adele. Colin retired in 2015. His funeral has already taken place. Nothing is known of his service history.

Andrew Ryder

Andrew died on the 2nd January, 2023. He leaves a widow, Dr Amanda Wood. Andrew's funeral will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, 24 January, 2023 at Darlington Crematorium West Chapel. Before joining Northumbria Police, Andrew served in the Met. His last few years of service with Northumbria were with SB. Andrew retired as a DC in 2015 to live in the Bishop Aukland area. After retirement, Andrew spent some time working for Cleveland Police.

Michael John Richens

Michael died on the 25th December, 2022. He leaves a widow, Victoria. Michael's funeral will take place at 2pm on Tuesday, 17th January, 2023 at South Shields Crematorium. Michael, who retired in 2009, was a member of Ops Division and spent several years on the Marine Unit. He was also a rugby player and represented Northumbria Police.

Paul Greensitt

Paul died on the 31st December, 2022. He leaves a widow, Sylvia. His funeral will take place at 2pm on Tuesday 24th January, 2023 at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Paul retired as a constable in 1991 to live in the Killingworth area. Nothing is known of his service history.

Lance Garner

Lance died on the 27th December, 2022. He leaves a widow, Elaine. The date of his funeral in yet to be announced. Lance retired as a constable in 2017 to live in the Wallsend area. Nothing is known of his service history.

Anthony Hoy

Tony died on the 6th December, 2022, aged 92 years. His funeral details have not been provided. Tony  began his police service on the old River Tyne Police, subsequently the Marine Division.  He came ashore and was in Traffic and was promoted sergeant, and stationed in Jarrow sub-division of South Tyneside Division when he retired.

Kenneth Dodds

Ken died on the 23rd December, 2022 aged 90 years. His funeral will take place on Wednesday 23rd January, 2023 in Bolton, where he was living with his son and daughter-in-law at the time of his death. 

Ken joined Newcastle City Police in 1952, after completing National Service. He served for 30 years during which time he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct in 1964 and, later, his Long Servive and Good Conduct medal. Ken was a promine. He died on the 1th January, 2023. e retired from Northumbria Police and moved back to the north west, living in the Preston area. He leaves a widow, Theresa.nt member of the original Firearms Team in the Newcastle City force and spent his service working within the City divisions where he was affectionately know as Crazy Horse. Later in service, his accumulated knowledge of City villlains was put to good use by Ken as the City Centre collator. He retired in 1982.   In retirement, Ken was a stalwart member of the Northumbria Branch of NARPO, being awarded a Life Membership for his contributions, over many years, as a member and also on the branch committe. He was a prolific contributor to the Northumbria Bobby both with  anecdotes from his years of service and his keen observations of the many social and structural changes occurring within the city he had policed for so many years.

Eric Nicholson Maville DFM

Eric died on Wednesday, 18th January, 2023, two days after his 102nd birthday. He leaves a widow, Cynthia, a son, Andrew, and daughter, Lesley Pattison. Funeral details are not yet released.

After leaving school, just before his 15 th birthday, Eric worked as on farms in Northumberland and, at the same time, joined the County Home Guard at the start of World War II. Life got a bit boring on the farm so he joined the RAF, serving first in 46 Squadron, guarding airfields throughout England, then he decided on a change of direction and was accepted/trained as a machine gunner flying Lancaster bombers with the 76 Bomber Group. He flew in over 30 missions. In August 1943, Eric took part in the 560 strong raid on the V2 research facility in Peenemunde, which was successful; on the return leg, 40 planes were shot down by enemy aircraft. For his actions during that raid, in which he was wounded and badly burned saving a colleague, Eric was awarded the Distingushed Flying Medal for Valour (DFM). Eric then flew in 8 raids over a well-defended Berlin before the war ended, and, then, after a year or two, Eric then left the RAF and joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1947 serving  in Berwick, Shilbottle, Acklington, and Amble, where he met his wife Cynthia and they settled in Morpeth.

Eric was then honoured to be invited to London to line the Coronation Parade of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 to represent his force. Never one to be idle, Eric was seconded to Cyprus during the late 1950s’ troubles, and remained there until it received its independence in 1960. He returned to his home force where he served in various stations in rank of constable.  He was a uniformed sergeant when he retired in 1974/5.

Frederick Barry Bancroft

This obituary was reported as Frederick Bancroft however it is believed that it refers to Barry Bancroft retired ACC who died on the 11th January, 2023. He retired from Northumbria Police in 1993 when he went to live in the north west in the Preston area. He leaves a widow, Theresa. Funeral details are not yet released.