Officer slain in 1918 remembered
Frank Beevers’ grave is unmarked no more; gets prominent granite headstone
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took a century, but Edmontonians can once again find and pay their respects at the now marked gravesite of Edmonton’s first police officer killed in the line of duty, Const. Frank Beevers.
An immigrant from the U.K., Beevers was shot and killed in the fall of 1918 while trying to apprehend a man wanted for robbery and murder.
Two officers dressed in 1918 era uniforms unveiled the granite marker Thursday, with Beevers’ name, year of birth and death engraved at the Edmonton Cemetery in the neighbourhood of Queen Mary Park. Although it’s believed his grave was initially marked with a wooden cross, The unveiled monument for Constable Frank Beevers.
police believe it deteriorated over time until his final resting place was forgotten. For the longest time, the constable’s grave remained unmarked until a curious history enthusiast went looking
Sheila Thompson spent a lot of her time at the city and provincial archives, digging for the history of the city. Especially those of fallen soldiers. “I thought they deIt served respect and I would like to visit all their graves,” she said.
In late 2016, she found Frank Beevers’ name on a plaque at Constable Ezio Faraone Park.