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Thomas McMahon, who joined the force in 1949, after completing his National Service following the war. Initially he joined the LMS force, and then the new British Transport Commission, but I assume he must have been one of the first PCs when the BTP started. He was mainly based in the London area. He retired from the force in 1985, having worked as a DS in the Special Branch from 1977. After retiring from the police, he worked for the MOD and finally retired in 1993, moving to Cornwall. He died peacefully on 17thAugust, aged 90.

The funeral will be held at Truro Crematorium on the 21st September at 3.30pm, should anyone wish to attend.


I have just learned that Martin Baker, a long serving officer at Cardiff, died on Friday 6 July.
I believe that he was most recently residing in a home but regret that I have no information regardng a funeral at this time.
Viv Head
Chairman British Transport Police History Group

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Information received from Martyn Ripley that the Association now has a Twitter account which can be accessed here:-


Two BTP officers will be recognised by the Queen for their heroic actions during the London Bridge attack last year.

PC Wayne Marques will receive the George Medal, the highest civilian award given to non-military personnel. His colleague PC Leon McLeod is to be awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

On 3 June 2017, three terrorists carried out an attack on members of the public at London Bridge, resulting in eight people being killed and many being badly hurt.

PC Wayne Marques was himself seriously injured as he ran towards the attackers and confronted them, armed only with his baton. He was seriously wounded but kept fighting off the terrorists until he collapsed.

His colleague, PC Leon McLeod, was with PC Marques that night, ran after the attackers and gave vital first aid to injured people, helping to carry people to safety despite the danger to himself.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther, said: “I was delighted to hear the news that PC Marques and PC McLeod are to be honoured for their incredible actions during those terrible events in June last year.

“It really signifies the regard in which we all hold them for their actions that night.

“Last year was a year that was incredibly difficult for many BTP officers and staff up and down the country and I’m incredibly grateful for all they did during those difficult times.

“While today is a day of acknowledgment and celebration for Wayne and Leon, of course, our thoughts remain with those who lost their lives or were injured in all of those terrible incidents. But very well done to Wayne and Leon.”

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Notice of the death of a retired Pc Tom Lazell has been passed to us via his brother in Law Walt Girdley.

Tom was a dog handler for most of his service between 1950 and 1982. He also did a spell of duty at Immingham Docks working in plain clothes.

His passing was whilst he was an in-patient at a hospital in Grimsby. His funeral took place on 30th April 2018. Tom was not a member of NARBTPO




Information has been passed to us from the Solicitor of a retired officer who retired in 1969. Francis Clark was an officer who was stationed at Bricklayers Arms. He was 104 years old when he passed away at his home in Hailsham, Sussex on the 3rd May 2018. His funeral will be held on Tuesday the 29th May 2018 at Eastbourne Cemetery, Hidden Hollow, Eastbourne Bn23 8AE at14.30 hrs. If anyone who knew him they are invited to attend.