Inscription Police Monument Toxteth Park cemetery
Liverpool Mercury, June 28th, 1869


On Saturday morning the remains of the late Samuel KINGSBERRY [326] an officer of the Liverpool police whose death resulted from an injury he received in the discharge of his duty, was interred at the cemetery Smithdown Lane.

Circumstances of his death, some time after midnight on the 6th instant a row occurred in Maguire St and PC IRVINE [500] whilst assisting in quelling it, was severely stabbed in several places by a woman. One of the men who had been engaged in the disturbance ran into Scotland Rd, then to Rose Place, pursued by IRVINE. In Scotland Rd the deceased [326] took chase, IRVINE being unable to carry on through loss of blood. He had not gone far when a man named CARROL tripped him up and he fell and fractured the little finger of his left hand. Lockjaw supervened, from the effects of which the deceased died on Wednesday last.

All his fellow officers who could be sparred from duty attended the funeral, the numbers present included superintendents, inspectors, bride well keepers, clerks etc, being about 400. The men were mustered at the fire station Hatton Garden, where they formed in procession, the firemen taking the lead. Next came the police band, immediately following next the hearse. The general officers of the force marched next in order, the rear being brought by superintendents, inspectors, and the head constable, the latter on horseback. As the solemn procession moved slowly along the band played the Dead March from Handels oratorio of Saul. The route was through Dale St, William Brown St, Lime St, Renshaw St, and Leece St, Crown St, Smithdown Lane, thence to the place of interment.

The burial service was read by the Rev Dyson RYCROFT. On returning the order of the procession in accordance with military custom, reversed, the head constable taking the lead. A different route through Upper Parliament St, Grove St etc, was adopted on coming into town. The solemn assemblage as it passed through the streets attracted numbers of spectators. The deceased has left a wife and three children.

Liverpool Mercury, Aug 17th, 1869




Michael CARROLL. Aged 29, found guilty on Friday of having at Liverpool on the 6th June, feloniously killed and slain Samuel KINGSBERRY a police officer, was brought up for sentence - The judge said the prisoner had been found guilty of having caused the death of a police officer by a most outrageous act - having tripped him up when in the discharge of his duty. The prisoner did not contemplate and could not have contemplated the fatal consequence that resulted from this act, but that which rendered his offence a serious one was the fact that instead of doing what was his duty to do as a right minded man, namely, that is to assist the police in the discharge of their duties, he from some mischievous spirit seemed inclined to thwart them. Prisoner tripped up the deceased, who was in pursuit of an evil-doer, and thereby caused his death. He [the Judge] could not treat the offence lightly and the prisoner must be sentenced to nine months hard labour.

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