Remembering today Police Constable 30 Samuel Hart of the West Riding Constabulary.
Born in the village of Crank, near Billinge in Lancashire, Samuel was a farmer before being appointed to the West Riding force on the 18th August 1913, serving at Hebden Bridge.
On the outbreak of war, he was posted to Widdop Reservoir on protection duties before retuning to Hebden Bridge.
In early January 1917, he enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery and began is training at Scotton Camp, Catterick Bridge.
Within weeks of enlisting, Samuel died suddenly on the 24th January 1917 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. He death was a great shock to his wife and the local community who describe him as “one of the healthiest and strongest men in the town”.
Samuel was laid to rest at Billinge Churchyard and remembered in his hometown of Crank and on the West Riding Constabulary War Memorial.
From the Police Remembrance Trust (Give them a follow on Twitter)
Item added : 8th July 2023