Hundreds of neighbours, friends and strangers of the murdered London policeman, Detective Sergeant Raymond Purdy, lined the streets of Surbiton, Surrey, leading to St.
Hundreds of neighbours, friends and strangers of the murdered London policeman, Detective Sergeant Raymond Purdy, lined the streets of Surbiton, Surrey, leading to St. Matthews Church where the dead man was buried,July 21.
Nearly a thousand policeman and policewoman, including most of the high ranking staff from Scotland Yard, headed by Metropolitan commissioner Sir Joseph Simpson, lined the approach to St. Matthews or stood in the cemetery.
The five-car cortege moved slowly from the semi-detached house on Surbiton police estate. Wreaths were piled high on each car. Mrs. Purdy, wife of the dead man, and her two children rode in the first car behind the hearse.
At the church Det. Sgt. John Sandford, the man who was with Purdy when he died, acted as one of the pall bearers.
In his sermon the vicar of St. Matthews said, "The police force is a service without which our society could not exist....Service means sacrifice always...and sometimes the supreme sacrifice of life itself."
The service over, the coffin was gently carried to the open grave. When it had been lowered all the policemen and policewomen attending the funeral marched up to the edge of the grave and gave a final salute to a colleague who died in the course of duty.
The man arrested for the murder of Sgt. Purdy Guenter Podola, left hospital July 20 to be charged and to appear in court. He has been remanded in custody.
Podola had a black eye, bruises on his face and was unable to walk unaided. Home Secretary, R.A. Butler, was persistently asked by M.Ps. if Podola had been beaten up by the police. Mr. Butler denied that there had been any violence other than when Podola was first arrested in a hotel room.