Remembered 2020

29 March 2021

Sadly throughout 2020 Gwent branch of Narpo lost the following members.

Retired Police Sergeant Catherine Sandra BAMFORD - Cath joined Gwent Police in 1972 and served at a number of stations including Newport, Cwmbran and Pontypool. Cath retired as a police officer in 2005 after 33 years service. She then continued to serve the community of Gwent as a supervisor in the Gwent Police force control room and call centre and finally retired in 2016.

Retired Police Sergeant 176 Leslie Thomas - Les, who was 96 years old was one of our oldest members. He joined the Monmouthshire Constabulary and served at Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and the former Headquarters at Abergavenny, retiring in September 1977.

Retired PC 361 Michael Carmock – Mike joined Monmouthshire Police in 1952 and served in Abergavenny, Cwmbran, Pontypool and Scenes of Crime. He retired from Gwent Police in 1983.

Mrs Veronica May Witcombe, wife of retired Monmouthshire and Gwent officer, John Witcombe.

Elizabeth Shepherd - Elizabeth was the widow of the late Edgar Shepherd who was a very active member of the Gwent Branch Committee for many years.

Retired Superintendent William Keith Harris - Keith joined the Monmouthshire Constabulary in 1959 and became part of Gwent Police on amalgamation. Keith served at various stations in the county and retired in 1989 as the Superintendent at Ebbw Vale.

Retired Police Sergeant 343 Russell John Waters - Russell joined Monmouthshire Constabulary in 1966. He then served with Gwent Police on amalgamation until his retirement in 1997 after 31 years. Russell served at various stations, including Chepstow, Monmouth, Blackwood, Newport and Cwmbran.

Retired Police Inspector Phillip George Maurice - Phil joined Gwent Police in 1973 after serving in the Army with the Parachute Regiment. He served at various stations in the county and spent a period of his service at the District Police Training Centre, Cwmbran, as a Drill Instructor.

Retired PS 597 Geoffrey Beddoe - Geoff joined Newport Borough Police in 1963 and served at Newport Central and Maindee. He was promoted to Detective Sgt at Maindee and was seconded to the Regional Crime Squad. Upon his return, he served in the Force Training Department at HQ and the Crime Prevention Department at Blackwood, until his retirement in June 1994.

Joan Williams - Joan was the widow of retired PS 412 John Williams.

Gaynor Fox – Gaynor was the widow of retired Supt. Spencer Fox.

Christopher Carne - Chris was an associate member who previously served with the Metropolitan Police. After leaving the Met, he became a local water bailiff and worked with many Gwent officers

Retired Police Sergeant, David Fothergill Edwards, aged 96 years - David served in the Monmouthshire Constabulary as a cadet prior to World War II before joining the 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. During the war, he took part in the D-Day Normandy landings.
After being demobbed, he returned to the UK and rejoined the Monmouthire Constabulary in 1946. After serving in Chepstow, Abertillery, Pontypool and Mardy, David was promoted to Sergeant in the Traffic Department and retired from Gwent Police in 1976 after 30 years service.
David returned to France to find a house he had sheltered in during the war. This led to a 40 year friendship with the family who lived in the house. As a result of that friendship and the links that he formed with schoolchildren in the village of Mondrainville near Caen, the school was subsequently renamed “L' Ecole Edwards-Griffiths”, after him and another army colleague. In 2019, he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, France's highest award for services to the French nation.
The below link to the Normandy Memorial Trust includes a moving video with David reciting a poem he wrote about his experiences.
https://www.normandymemorialtrust.org/news-story/normandy-veteran-david-edwards/?fbclid=IwAR3sqSUnSvfuiLjeFq6mwzzGP93pxJAY25-HF6ctWcI11qHoCFJbJiQjtWE