Catherine Phyllis Godfrey (1917-1947)

Catherine Godfrey was a Policewoman at Hinckley Police Station.

Catherine Godfrey Police Badge
Catherine Godfrey(left/top), Police Badge (right/bottom)

Catherine was a memember of the A.T.S (Female Territorial Army) which was based along Brunel Road, Hinckley.

13th May 1946 Catherine was sworn in as Policewoman 301 in the Leicestershire Constabulary and took up duties at Hinckley Police Station.

3rd May 1947 - She was killed in a cycling accident along Rugby Road at Sketchley Hill, Burbage while cycling to Hinckley Police Station late at night during a severe gale.

She had been recalled to duty to deal with a violent female prisoner but collided with a fallen tree when she sustained fatal injuries.

Catherine is the only female Leicester officer to die in the line of duty and the second in the UK.

Miss Catherine Godfrey was laid to rest at the Churchyard in Burbage, Leicestershire.

24th July 2015 - 12 serving Police Officers and staff members cycled 180 miles from Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters in Enderby to National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Each rider wore a blue metal wrist band with the name of the officer they are riding for and the details of their police service and death, one of those bands were in memory for Catherine Godfrey. During the memorial service the bands were handed by the riders to each of the families of the deceased officers, one of the bands was presented to Sue Belcher (Catherine's niece) from Hinckley.

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