Patrolman William G. Clancy

Patrolman William G. Clancy

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, January 22, 1920

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William G. Clancy

Patrolman William Clancy was shot by an armed youth at a dance at Roughan Hall in Charlestown.

There was an argument between groups of dancers when Patrolman Clancy and another officer attempted to stop the fight. The subject fired, attempting to wound another police officer, but hit Patrolman Clancy.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on January 1, 1953.

Patrolman Clancy had served with the Boston Police Department for two months. He was a British Army WWI veteran, sustaining many wounds in battles, and was the first American to carry the U.S. flag into battle. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, and father.

He was buried at Highland Cemetery with full military honors.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge 24
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1953


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Officer Clancy, , it has been 104 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 22, 2024

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