City Marshal Francis Allen "Frank" Colclough

City Marshal Francis Allen "Frank" Colclough

Midvale Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 1912

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Francis Allen "Frank" Colclough

Marshal Frank Colclough was shot and killed during the robbery of a saloon.

He was inside the saloon discussing the robbery of another nearby saloon with the owner when two masked men entered and announced a robbery. Marshal Colclough drew his weapon and exchanged shots with the two suspects. Despite being mortally wounded he was able to shoot and kill one of the suspects. The other suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life.

Marshal Colclough had served with the Midvale Police Department for only seven months. He was survived by his wife and three daughters. One of his daughters was engaged to Midvale Officer William Nelson, who was shot and killed in the line of duty four months later.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I am the Great Grand Daughter of Francis Allen Colclough. My mother was Margaret (Le Page) Coe and her mother was Margaret (Colclough) Le Page. I always remember my mother speaking of her Grandfather and how he died in a gun fight protecting the citizens of Midvale Utah. My son has Francis’s police badge. Francis was also a fireman for Midvale Utah. I will always remember my Great Grandfather because of all the stories that were told by my parents. He was a great man.

Teresa (Coe) Elsom
Great Grand Daughter

August 7, 2019

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