Romford footballer and policeman killed at Passchendaele commemorated by Essex Police
PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 November 2017
A special constable turned Romford footballing sensation who was killed during the First World War had a plaque unveiled in his honour at Essex Police HQ on Saturday.
Arthur Edwin Jones was a Romford FC legend in the late 19th century, scoring droves of goals for the amateur club and being named club captain.
Sadly, on August 27 1917 – his 37th birthday – Arthur was ordered over the top at the Battle of Pa Passchendaele.
He was injured and died two days later.
On Saturday, at the Essex Police HQ in Chelmsford, Chf Con Stephen Kavanagh made a speech and unveiled the plaque, before the Last Post was sounded and a 2-minute silence was observed.
The ceremony came about after the Essex Police Memorial Trust uncovered Arthur’s story. The footballer had been a special constable in the Romford division of the Essex Constabulary.