Arthur Alfred Jacob WILLMOTT
Late of Leeton formerly of Strathfield
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ‘ Q ‘9019
For the purposes of this website ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )
Rank: Joined 22 August 1909
Constable – appointed 23 September 1910
Constable 1st Class – appointed 16 November 1915
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 15 June 1928
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 11 August 1935
Sergeant 2nd Class – Death
Stations: ?, Burwood ( Senior Station Sergeant 1930 – June 1936 ), Leeton ( from 3 June 1936 ) – Death
Duties: traffic, motor cycle duty, plain clothes and detective. Police Band.
Service: From 22 August 1909 to 23 February 1937 = 26+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 23 August 1888 at Paddington, Sydney
Died on: 23 February 1937
Cause: Rheumatics around the Heart
Event location: Leeton Police Residence
Event date: 23 February 1937
Funeral date: ? ? ?
Funeral location: ?
Buried at: Cremated at Rookwood Crematorium
Memorial located at: ?
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Narrandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 – 1953), Friday 26 February 1937, page 2
SERGT. ARTHUR A. J. WILLMOTT
For the second time within a period of a year, Leeton has been robbed of its Sergeant of Police to death.
On Tuesday morning Sergeant Arthur Alfred Jacob Willmott, aged 48 years, died at his home from heart trouble. The first sign of sickness was on Thursday of last week at the court of petty sessions, but the sergeant carried on till the close of the court on Friday. On Saturday it was necessary for him to go to bed. On Monday he spoke of going on holidays next week on account of feeling run down.
His sudden death came as a shock to the people of Leeton, for it is less than a year since his predecessor ( Sergeant Ferris ) died suddenly at the same house on April 8 last, after being only three months at Leeton.
Sergeant Willmott went to Leeton from Burwood in June last. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Blackmore, of Pennant Hills.
The body was taken to Sydney for burial.
Sergeant Willmott visited Narrandera in the course of his duty at the last sitting of the Quarter Sessions, and was very well respected by his comrades in this district, as well as others with whom he came in contact.
Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 – 1954),
Wednesday 24 February 1937, page 3
POLICE SERGEANT’S DEATH
HOODOO ON RESIDENCE ?
DEMISE AND ILLNESS OF PREDECESSORS LEETON.
Sergeant Alfred Arthur Jacob Willmott, aged 48, who came to Leeton on June 3 last, from Burwood, Sydney, died suddenly this morning, ( 23rd ) after three days’ illness. Before coming to Leeton, he was senior station sergeant at Burwood. Sergeant Willmott was in robust health up till Saturday, and his death has shocked the community, especially in view of the fact that his predecessor, Sergeant Ferris, formerly of Wagga, died in almost exactly similar circumstances less than a year ago after he had been in Leeton only three months.
It is a coincidence that both Sergeant Ferris and Sergeant Willmott died in the new official residence in similar circumstances, the first occupant of which was ex-Sergeant Thomson, who went into it a few months before he was due for retirement. He suffered a critical illness, but is now restored to health.
Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW : 1915 – 1954),
Tuesday 23 February 1937, page 2
DEATH OF POLICE SERGEANT
SERGEANT Arthur Alfred Jacob Willmott, aged 48 years, of the Leeton police force, died this morning at his home, from rheumatics around the heart.
The first sign of sickness was on Thursday last ( 18 Feb ) at the Petty Sessions Court, but the sergeant carried on till the close of the court on Friday ( 19 Feb ). On Saturday ( 20 Feb ) it was necessary for him to go to bed. Yesterday ( 23 Feb ) he spoke of going on holidays next week on account of feeling run down.
The late Sergeant Willmott came to Leeton on June 3 last, from Burwood. He was an obliging and courteous officer and a man who gave personal attention to any cases of distress, which came under his notice.
Prior to coming to Leeton, he was senior station sergeant at Burwood divisional headquarters for six years, and had had all-round experience including traffic, motor cycle duty, plain clothes and detective work. He had also been a member of the police band.
His sudden passing has come as a shock to the people of Leeton, for it is less than a year since his predecessor Sergeant Ferris, died suddenly in the same house on April 8 last, after only being three months in Leeton.
The late Sergeant Willmott is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Blackmore, of Pennant Hills.
The body will be taken to Sydney today for cremation, under arrangements of Ashtons.
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),
Friday 7 May 1937 (No.64), page 1911
In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the matter of the estates of the undermentioned deceased persons and in the matter of the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898-1932; the Public Trustee Act, 1913-1936, and the Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916.
NOTICE is hereby given that the Public Trustee has this day filed in the Registry of this Honourable Court his elections to administer the estates of the following deceased persons:—
Arthur Alfred Jacob Willmott, late of Leeton, in the State of New South Wales, sergeant of police, who died 23rd February, 1937 (will dated 4th July, 1919).
South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 – 1954), Friday 12 August 1932, page 13
Sergeant Jacob Willmott; formerly officer-in-charge of Corrimal police station for many years, died in Sydney on Tuesday, aged 72 years. One son, Arthur is a police sergeant at Burwood. His wife predeceased him a few months ago.
South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 – 1954), Friday 6 May 1932, page 10
Bulli – Woonona
On 6 November, 1919 Constables Joseph Hush and Arthur ( Arthur Alfred Jacob )Willmott ( Q 9019 ) went to Roseville where they made enquiries into a robbery. On completion of these enquiries at about 5pm, they accepted a lift back to their station with a lorry driver. They had almost reached the Chatswood Police Station when a tyre on the vehicle blew out, causing it to overturn. Both constables were trapped beneath the vehicle and seriously injured. Both were conveyed to the Royal North Shore Hospital where Constable Hush unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Constable Willmott recovered from his injuries.
The Sydney Morning Herald of 7 November, 1919 reported that ” Constable Hush, who was 39 years of age, had been in the police service for nearly 12 years. He was known as a steady, reliable man, who had performed good work on many occasions. He lived in Edward Street, Willoughby, and leaves a wife and six children. “
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),
Wednesday 2 July 1919, page 10
WILLMOTT .- July 1, at R.P.A. Hospital. Sydney. John Thomas Willmott, ( late 20th Batt. A.I.F. ) dearly loved husband of Mary Adelaide (Molly ) Willmott of Fairmount street, Lakemba, aged 28 years.
WILLMOTT.- July 1, 1919, at R.P.A. Hospital, Sydney, John Thomas ( late A.I.F. ) dearly loved son of ex-Sergeant of Police Jacob Willmott late of Corrimal. South Coast, and brother of Constable A. J. Willmott of Chatswood police, aged 23 years.