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IN MEMORIAM: VPD OFFICERS KILLED IN WAR

When duty called in time of war, many Vancouver Police Department members joined the Canadian Armed Forces to serve their country. They took a leave of absence, hoping to return to the Department after the war.

Some of them did not return, giving their lives to protect their country. We pay tribute to their sacrifice.

World War II 1939-1945

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Harold Francis Dore

Died August 31, 1944
Age 39

Henry Alexander Flemming Smith

Henry Alexander Smith
Died April 17, 1943
Age 27

James Hector Sutherland

James Hector Sutherland
Died August 28, 1944
Age 33

Word War I 1914-1918

John Elliott
Constable 67 John Elliott
Died September 2, 1918
Age 28

Hazen Winslow Hall
Constable 197 Hazen Winslow Hall
Died March 7, 1917
Age 31

John K. Kennedy
Police Court Prosecutor John Keefer Kennedy
Died August 14, 1916
Age 40

Reginald Lemon
Constable 152 Reginald Lemon
Died August 15, 1917
Age 27

Robert McLean
Constable 114 Robert McLean
Died June 27, 1916
Age 30

David Angus Morrison
Constable 159 David Angus Morrison
Died May 8, 1915
Age 28

William Morrison
Constable 148 William Morrison
Died September 29, 1918
Age 33


Edward Herbert Parsons

Constable 66
Edward "Herbert" Parsons

Died September 23, 1916
Age 29


Ernest Scarlett
Constable 124 Ernest Scarlett
Died August 15, 1917
Age 34

Harry Haywood Symes
Constable 83 Harry Haywood Symes
Died July 25, 1920
Age 40

James Murray Watson
Constable 22 James Murray Watson
Died August 11, 1918
Age 31

 

 

Conduct of Vancouver Police Volunteers Excellent

 

VPD Soldiers 1915-1920

 

For the Fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon

VPD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Since 1886, when the Vancouver Police Department was created, 16 of our officers have been tragically killed in the line of duty.

Police Dogs In Memoriam

The VPD Canine Unit was first formed in 1957. Since that time, eight police service dogs have given their lives protecting Vancouver's citizens.

Articles

The Chief's "Nine Boys"
The Province
November 2, 1914

Splendid Contribution of Vancouver Police Force to the Empire
The Vancouver Sun
September 27, 1915

Contributors

Retired Inspector Joanne McCormick and VPD civilian Lawrie Stewart spent countless hours researching the history of our VPD officers who were killed in the World Wars.

We are grateful for their efforts in honouring these young officers and their ultimate sacrifices.

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