The memorial was moved from Ipswich Police station (basement) Ipswich Town Hall to Martlesham Police Headquarters Suffolk.

21st October 1921

Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

There was a large gathering of members of the Ipswich Borough Police
Force in the Parade Room at the Police Station at 1:15p.m. on Friday,
when about 75 members of the force assembled for the unveiling of a
memorial to three men who lost their lives in the Great War.

The chair was taken by the Chief Constable (Capt. A.T. Schreiber),
others present being Supt. J.Firman, and Inspectors F.Nunn, W. Westrip,
A. Firman, and W. Jennings.

The unveiling of the memorial was performed by Alderman J.H. Grimwade (former Mayor),
Chairman of the Watch Committee.

In opening the ceremony, Capt. Schreiber said he thought that those who
were present that day would never forget their old comrades, but that
memorial had been put up as a memorial for those who followed after.
They felt that they should have a special memorial to commemorate their
comrades who had gone, and he thought that they all realised that their
departed comrades had laid down their lives upholding the honour of
their great Empire.

Alderman Grimwade said he came there to unveil that memorial with a very
great sense of the honour that had been conferred upon him by the police
force of the borough. Those men whose names were on the memorial died at
the call of duty. When the war broke out it was not for them to decide
their course of actions. “Theirs not to reason why; theirs but to do and
die,” Those men went forth into the great fight with determination.
There was no courage so great as that of the man who gave all for his
duty; it was one of the greatest traits of the English nation. Those men
would never be forgotten, because their names would ever be in front of
them. He unveiled that memorial in honour of their brave men of their
force who died for their country in the Great War.

The memorial which was designed by Mr. J. S. Corder, consists of a brass
plate on an oak plinth. The inscription reads:- “Erected by the members
of the Ipswich Borough Police Force to the memory of their brother
members who made the extreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914-1919: P.c.
Harry Catchpole, P.c. George Chapman, P.c. George Crisp, Semptember 1921.”

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P.c. Harry Catchpole
P.c. George Chapman
P.c George Crisp


1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

The funeral of Bombr. George Crisp, formerly a detective-constable in the Ipswich Police Force, who died on October 3rd, in the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, as the result of wounds received in France, took place in Holton St. Mary Churchyard, on Thursday in last week, amid widely marked testimony of sorrow among the villagers of Holton, of which place he was a native. The funeral service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. C.J. Howard, assisted by the late Rector, the Rev. W.G. Hodges, of Haverhill, the choir also being present. The family mourners were the father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R. Crisp (brother and sister-in-law), Gunner and Mrs. C.H. Crisp (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. W. Wolton (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. W. Cook (brother-in-law and sister), Sapper and Mrs Howell (brother-in-law and sister), Pte. and Mrs F. Barrell (brother-in-law and sister), Mrs. Mills (sister), Mrs Dale (sister), and Mrs Prestney (aunt): whilst among others present at the church were Supt. J. Firman, Inspector A. Hammond, Sergt. B. Chenery, Sergt. F. Snell, Detective-Sergt. F. Wood (from the Borough Police Force), Mr. J. Rist, Mr and Mrs. Wigby, Mr. G.H. Harrison, and Mr. E. Clarke and son. In addition to those from the family, floral tributes were sent by the Rev. C. J. and Mrs Howard, the Rev. W.G.and Mrs Hodges, the Ipswich Borough Police Force, the Sister and Nurses of the Mason Ward, East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, and the men in the Mason Ward, Miss Rist (Holton Place), Mr. And Mrs W. Borham, Mrs Skeat. Mr. and Mrs. B. Davis (Ipswich), and Mrs Wood. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Hastings and Son, of Ipswich.

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