Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Victoria, BC – VicPD remembers the sacrifice of Constable Albert Ernest Wells, who died on December 19, 1927, from injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Constable Albert Ernest Wells was a motorcycle Patrol officer. He was on duty in the area of Hillside Avenue and Quadra Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 17th, 1927. Constable Wells was proceeding west along Hillside Avenue when made a left turn to go south along Quadra Street.

At the same time, an automobile was proceeding along Quadra Street at a high rate of speed and Constable Wells attempted to avoid a collision. However, the vehicle struck Constable Wells’ sidecar and he was thrown off his motorcycle. Seriously injured and unconscious, Constable Wells was taken to the drug store at Quadra Street and Hillside Avenue while he waited to be transported to the hospital. Constable Wells died two days later.

The driver of the speeding vehicle left the scene of the collision. He was later arrested and charged.

Constable Albert Ernest Wells

Constable Wells was buried in the Ross Bay Cemetery. He was married and had two small children.

Constable Wells was born in Birmingham, England and immigrated to Canada after World War 1. Constable Wells had been a member of VicPD for two years and nine months.

Today, we remember the sacrifice of VicPD Constable Albert Ernest Wells.

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