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Special ceremony for "forgotten hero"

Merseyside police are set to remember PC James Gordon Photo: Merseyside Police

The bravery of a police officer described as a "forgotten hero" will finally be honoured with headstone for his grave 120 years after his murder.

Late on Sunday, 12 November 1893, PC James Gordon, 26, and a colleague, Constable Whalley, disturbed three men who had broken into the yard of Foster's Navigation Boiler Works in Atlas Street, St Helens attempting to steal hens.

As they attempted to arrest the criminals PC Gordon was hit across the head with an iron bar, receiving terrible injuries.With the help of other officers the three men were all detained. Having received first aid, the officer was sent home and told to report back on duty the following morning.

However, PC Gordon never returned to duty. He died from his injuries in the early hours of the following morning.At 11am today at St Helens Cemetery, Rainford Road, St. Helens, a host of dignitaries will attend a special ceremony organised by The Police Roll of Honour Trust in memory of the brave young policeman.

Mounted police officers will lead the official party to the old section of the cemetery off Hard Lane. During the service a bugler plays the last post and reveille.

Merseyside Police will also form a guard of honour and a lone piper will play during the service.

Steve Lloyd, the Trust Manager of The Police Roll of Honour Trust, said: "Although PC Gordon's name and sacrifice is well recorded by The Police Roll of Honour Trust I am sad to say that this brave young officer has lain in an unmarked grave since his death.

"Indeed this would have continued to be the case had it not been been for research undertaken on our records and research by members of the Friends of St Helens Cemetery, one member in particular, Mrs Brenda Neary, who is herself an ex police officer."