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Romford footballer and policeman killed at Passchendaele commemorated by Essex Police

PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 November 2017

The 1906-7 Romford FC team photos. Arthur is standing to the left of the goalkeeper. Photo: Havering Libraries Local Studies.

The 1906-7 Romford FC team photos. Arthur is standing to the left of the goalkeeper. Photo: Havering Libraries Local Studies.

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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.

Essex Police Chf Con Stephen Kavanagh unveiled a plaque to Arthur Jones at Essex Police HQ in Chelmsford on Saturday. Photo: Linda RhodesEssex Police Chf Con Stephen Kavanagh unveiled a plaque to Arthur Jones at Essex Police HQ in Chelmsford on Saturday. Photo: Linda Rhodes

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.

Essex Police Chf Con Stephen Kavanagh unveiled a plaque to Arthur Jones at Essex Police HQ in Chelmsford on Saturday. Photo: Linda RhodesEssex Police Chf Con Stephen Kavanagh unveiled a plaque to Arthur Jones at Essex Police HQ in Chelmsford on Saturday. Photo: Linda Rhodes

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.

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