Sidney Dodd

Served with Essex County Constabulary from September 1, 1949 and died on February 24, 1957.

Police Constable Sidney Dodd served in the Royal Artillery throughout World War II. On joining the force he was posted to the Grays division, and as a married man with a small son, Sidney Dodd became a detached beat officer at Horndon-on-the-Hill.

He was very popular on his beat, and well respected by local magistrates for the clear way in which he gave evidence in court. One of Sidney Dodd's particular concerns was road safety, and he often visited the local schools in his own time where the children affectionately called him 'Uncle Sid'.

One Sunday evening in February 1957, Sidney Dodd was cycling along the Stanford-le-Hope bypass when he was knocked down and killed by a drunk driver, leaving his wife Catherine and six year old son Peter. Peter now has two children of his own, Thomas and Emily.