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Police officer's grave in Montgomery leads to appeal
Pc Davies's grave in Montgomery
PC Davies died after a violent arrest in 1903

Dyfed-Powys Police are trying to trace the relatives of an officer who died in the line of duty more than 100 years ago.

Pc William Davies, 43, died after suffering a heart attack during an arrest on 16 November 1903.

The officer was buried in St Nicholas Church in Montgomery, Powys.

But the force wants to restore the grave's headstone to its former glory and find Mr Davies's descendants to take part in the project.

The police officer's grave was recently brought to the attention of Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable Ian Arundale.

He believes it should be maintained in a manner befitting Mr Davies's professionalism and ultimate sacrifice.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: "Given that this happened more than 100 years ago, Pc Davies's grave is still in a surprisingly good condition.

"However, the Dyfed-Powys Police Museum Association would like to take responsibility to restore the headstone to its former glory - and invite the officer's descendants to be part of this delve into history."

Although a suspect was taken to court over the incident which led to Pc Davies's death, there was apparently insufficient evidence and he was acquitted.

The spokesperson added: "Officers who are killed in the line of duty merit a special gratitude for paying the ultimate price, thereby ensuring the safety of members of their community.

"This level of dedication from a serving officer should be continually recognised so that further generations in the community can acknowledge the courage and commitment demonstrated by police officers such as the late Pc William Davies."

Anyone related to the deceased officer, or who knows a family member, is asked to get in touch with Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101 and asking for Kevin Smith.




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