A Horncastle hero who won George Medal passes away

Anthony Hart Piercy who had died at the age of 83
Anthony Hart Piercy who had died at the age of 83

A retired police officer, who won the George Medal for bravely restraining an armed man in Horncastle 62 years ago, has died.

Anthony Hart Piercy passed away on March 16 at the age of 83.

The George Medal is awarded for outstanding acts of bravery.

On May 21, 1952, he restrained a man who had threatened to shoot his wife in Horncastle.

Two other officers - Sergeant Walter Savage and Constable Jack Mates - were awarded the British Empire Medal for their part in the incident.

According to official records, the man fired two shots at his wife. The first narrowly missed her face and the second passed over her head.

Sergeant Savage and Constable Hayes were shot and wounded as they chased the man towards some outbuildings.

Constable Piercy then joined the chase and approached to within a few yards of the armed man who pointed the rifle at him and threatened to shoot.

Constable Piercy ignored the threat and took ‘two or three’ more paces towards the man who fired the rifle.

Fortunately, the bullet passed over Constable Piercy’s shoulder.

As the man prepared to shoot again, Constable Piercy jumped forward, brought him to the ground and restrained him until help arrived.

Later in life, Constable Piercy left the police and worked for the Crown Prosecution Service.

His funeral was held at Mintlyn Crematorium Kings Lynn on March 31.

Assistant Chief Constable Lee Freeman represented Lincolnshire Police and Tony Miller the National Association of Retired Police Officers.