Pc George William Russell - Oxenholme, Cumbria UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member martlakes
N 54° 18.285 W 002° 43.302
30U E 518108 N 6017464
Quick Description: Pc George William Russell was shot and fatally injured at Oxenholme railway station in February 1965. A plaque on the station platform records this event and was unveiled in June 2007. He was 36 and pursuing an armed criminal.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/30/2008 7:36:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM32HJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member StagsRoar
Views: 53

Long Description:
Pc George William Russell and other officers were involved in a stand-off at the station with a suspected car thief, who was also in possession of a stolen gun.

Pc Alex Archibald was shot and seriously injured while Pc Russell was shot and fatally injured during the incident at Oxenholme railway station in February 1965. The killer later shot himself in the head.

At the unveiling of the memorial Chief Constable Michael Baxter said: "We should never forget the dangers that police officers face in carrying out their duties. This memorial plaque will ensure that we never forget George Russell's brave actions, who, like others, gave his life whilst protecting the public."

Pc Russell is buried in Carlisle and was posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry. Pc Alex Archibald, was invited to attend the ceremony at Oxenholme.

In another incident, on May 27, 2006 the station was the scene of a murder, when a young man was stabbed aboard a Glasgow-Paignton train. See: (visit link) for more information.
Date of crime: 02/10/1965

Public access allowed: yes

Web site: [Web Link]

Fee required: Not Listed

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