Young P.C. Raymond "Ray" Needham

We recently received the sad news that Raymond "Ray" Needham, who served in the Bermuda Police from October 1973 - August 1976, died in South Wales on 21sr April 2018.  We received this information from Mr. Nigel James to whom we are most grateful for contacting us with this news.

Raymond "Ray" Needham
(Photo kindly supplied by Nigel James)

Ray served in Central Division (Hamilton) during his time in Bermuda and was an active member of our Police Rugby Team.


Although Nigel did not provide us with any further information about Ray's family and the circumstances of his passing,  his death was announced in the South Wales Argus newspaper at


We offer our sincere condolences to Ray's family.


19th August

Update re Ray Needham

We recently heard that our good friend and colleague Ray Needham was suffering from severe depression for the last few years, and it appears that he took his own life on a railway line near to his home.

His good friend Nigel James fondly remembers the good times with Ray as he explains, “I met Ray around 1983, and from day one we hit it off immediately. Everyone loved the guy, he was a superb friend and quite a gentleman; he loved his veggie plot and nature, especially birds.

His brother Malcolm lives in Rogiet to this day. Ray was rugby mad and during a drinking spree sometimes he would inevitably mention his time in Bermuda. He tracked down an old mate from his Bermuda days in West Wales and I think he saw him a few times but this ended I assume in a way similar to myself.

I miss Ray, I miss his calm brotherly greeting, his voice and laugh, he was taken away from us in a tragic way. Why he did it I can't start to understand. If you come across any answers please let me know.


Editors note -

There was some confusion about whether Ray was nicknamed "Shoes" which was the nickname of Roger "Shoes" Needham.  In fact we have had three officers named Needham who served in the Bermuda Police at various times, and to avoid any further confusion we have published an article,   "Three Needham's Sorted"  which you can view at


We also publish an extensive list of Nicknames - very much a Bermuda tradition - of our former police officers which can be viewed at   If you have any names to add please contact us through our website email address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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#9 Godfrey Davies 2018-09-01 11:26
Ray and I had been in several telephone conversations over the years and promised to visit him next time over there. It was my turn to call him, I shall call his wife and offer condolences. He had returned to his old job as engineer and recently retired and moved to a new home with a bigger garden. RIP Scooby. (his nickname).
Shoes Needham was Roger Needham, we were on the bikes together.
#8 Davie Kerr 2018-08-13 17:40
Re nicknames: I don't know if Ray had one, but Dave was "Big Joe" for some obscure reason (maybe Pat McBride could elaborate on that?) and Roger was "Shoes".

Editors note - I think we have both of these nicknames on our Nicknames list.
#7 Mike Caulkett 2018-05-23 16:33
Roger Needham arrived in Bermuda after I had left so I didn't know him there but on returning to the UK he joined the Sussex Police where I was serving. I am sure that it was Roger who had the nickname Shoes but please don't ask me why. Someone in Bermuda must know.

Editors note - Many thanks Mike. I've now seen several references on our website to Roger "Shoes" Needham so I believe you are right.
#6 John Price 2018-05-22 13:48
Ray was a real cheeky chappie, good company and an excellent centre for the BPRFC. A great team mate on and off the field. Sad that he has been taken so relatively young. RIP, boyo

Editors note - Many thanks for your comments John. It's good to hear from someone who knew him well. I had never realised before that we actually had three guys named Needham serve in the BPS and at least two were rugby players i.e. Ray, Dave, and Roger (not sure if Roger ever stepped out on the rugby field).
#5 terry 2018-05-21 13:56
Rest in peace old boy.
Condolences to his family.

Editors note - Terry, can you confirm that Ray was "Shoes" Needham? I believe we had three Needhams at one time or another. There was Ray, Dave, and Roger, and I thought it was the latter, Roger, who had the nickname "Shoes".
#4 Colin Mackenzie 2018-05-21 12:35
Played rugby with Ray. Great guy, so quick and speedy. My condolences to his family.
#3 Mike Jent 2018-05-21 12:02
Rest in peace Ray. My condolences to your family.
#2 John Price 2018-05-21 07:39
Ray was a smashing bloke and a jolly chappie, as well as a really fine centre. Good company. RIP Ray
#1 wayne Robinson 2018-05-20 19:19
I walked the beat in Hamilton (Central Division ) in 1974 with Ray when he was new on the force. Truly great Guy and excellent police officer Wayne Robinson PC 121

Editors note - Many thanks for your comment Wayne. I never worked with Ray and only knew that he played rugby. It's a religion in South Wales!

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