Gordon Charles FARNHAM

 Gordon Charles FARNHAM – DCM, MM

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ?

Rank:  Constable

Stations:  Broken Hill, Wagga Wagga,

Service 1:  From  ? ? ?  to  ? ? pre 1914 – Broken Hill

Service 2:  From  15 April 1919  to  10 March 1920 – Wagga Wagga – Resigned

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Australian Imperial Force

Regiment 1:  3rd Field Ambulance, B Squadron

Regiment 2: 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery

Enlisted:  24 August 1914, Morphetville, South Australia

Service #  151 & 176

Rank 1:  Corporal # 151

Rank 2:  Lance Corporal # 176

Embarkation 1:  3rd Field Ambulance, B Squadron – Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A12 ” Saldanah ” on 21 October 1914

Embarkation 2:  3rd Light Trench Motar Battery – Unit embarked from

Age:  26

Next of kin:  Father:  Thomas Farnham, Cessnock, NSW

Religion:  C of E

Single / Married:  Single

War Service:  Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

21 October 1914:  Lance Corporal, 3rd Field Ambulance

21 October 1914:  Embarked HMAT Saldanha, Adelaide

1 March 1917:        Corporal, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery

Returned to Australia:  4 December 1918

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AwardsDistinguished Conduct Medal – granted 6 September 1915 – ‘For great gallantry on the 25th April, 1915, and throughout the landing operations near Gaba Tepe (Dardanelles). In attending to the wounded under a heavy fire, he showed the greatest zeal and disregard of danger, and at all times gave a fine exhibition of coolness and devotion to duty.’
Source: ‘London Gazette’ No. 8844
Date: 6 September 1915

Military Medal – granted on 7 October 1918 – ‘In the operations against the enemy positions at MONT DE MERRIS near STRAZEELE on night 2nd/3rd June, 1918 Corporal FARNHAM displayed great gallantry and initiative. When a gun close by which was firing on a very strong enemy machine gun position on the flank was put out of action, Corporal FARNHAM, regardless of his personal safety, carried the ammunition through the enemy’s barrage to his own gun position and expended both his own and the disabled gun crews’ quota. By great skill he was able to fire alternate shots at his own and the disabled gun crews’ targets, thereby saving casualties from flanking machine gun fire. He set a splendid example of gallantry and initiative.’
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No.

1914 – 15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Born18 June 1888 at Cessnock, NSW

Died on:  Friday  28 January 1921

Place of death:  Wagga Wagga, NSW

Cause:  Food poisoning

Age:  32

Funeral date:  Friday  28 January 1921

Funeral location:  Wagga Wagga

Buried at:  Methodist portion of the Cessnock cemetery

Memorial at?

Gordon Charles FARNHAM
Gordon Charles FARNHAM

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The Cessnock Eagle & South Maitland Recorder     Friday  28 January 1921     page 5 of 6

DEATH OF MR. GORDON FARNHAM A CESSNOCK DISTINGUISHED SOLDIER.

The relatives of Mr. Gordon Farnham D.C.M., M.M. were shocked to receive word this morning of his death at Wagga Wagga. The sad information came as a great shock as it was not even known by his relatives that he was ill. The deceased was a native of Cessnock, being born in the premises now occupied by Mr. Dennis Kenny, in Main Street. The deceased was 30 years of age and was an Anzac, being one of the first Australians to enlist. He enlisted from Broken Hill, where he was a member of the police force.

The late Mr Farnham secured the Distinguished Conduct medal at Gallipoli and the Military medal in France.

He returned on furlough in the early part of 1919 and during his stay at his home town the Armistice was signed.

His remains will be brought to Cessnock and will be interred in the Church of England cemetery on Sunday afternoon.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/99448638

 

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 Daily Advertiser ( Wagga Wagga )                   Saturday  29 January 1921              page 6 of 8

OBITUARY.

MR. GORDON C. FARNHAM.

The death of Mr. Gordon C. Farnham, licensee of the Club House Hotel, Wagga, caused great regret, as the deceased was well-known throughout the district. Mr. Farnham was present at the boxing contests in the Riverina Hall on Wednesday night, and after returning to his hotel ate a supper which included cucumber, and had an iced drink. Later not feeling too well he had a glass of brandy, but during the night he suffered considerably from internal pains. In the morning his condition was such that Dr. Martin was called in, and he diagnosed the case as one of gastritis and enteritis. The sufferer was removed to a private hospital, but although everything possible was done for him he passed away about 3 o’clock on Friday morning. Dr. Martin certified that death was due to food     poisoning, and this was endorsed by the deputy coroner after a formal inquiry.

The deceased, who was an   ‘Anzac,’ rose to the rank of sergeant-major in the 1st Divisional Engineers, and earned the coveted awards of the D.C.M. and the M.M. At the time of his death he was on the committee of the Returned Soldiers’ League.

Prior to enlisting he was a member of the police force, attached to the Wagga station, and he rejoined the force on April 15, 1919, on his return from the front, and resigned on March 10, 1920, to take over the Club House Hotel.

He leaves a wife, five brothers, and two sisters.

The funeral left Traill-street for the Wagga railway station at 4.30pm on Friday, from where the remains were conveyed by rail to Cessnock for interment in the Methodist portion of the Cessnock cemetery.   The chief mourners were the wife of the deceased, Mrs. W. Ball, and Messrs. D. Harris and N. J. Richards. A large number of members of the Returned Soldiers’ League marched behind the hearse, including the president, Ald. Gissing, the pall bearers being Messrs. V. Charker, T. A. Plummer, J. S. Wild, L. H. Shaw, T. A. Smith, and A. Stephenson. Sister Proctor, and members of the Red Cross League were also present, while Senior-sergeant Gallaher, Sergeant O’Brien, Senior-constable Cooper, Constables Brownlee and Waugh, and Tracker McLean represented the Wagga police. There were many beautiful floral tributes.

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. McIntosh Bros.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/142355550

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Service Number listed as 176 and 151

AN ADELAIDE D.C.M.

Lance-Corporal Farnham, who came to Adelaide from Broken Hill to enlist, has won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for “showing the greatest zeal and disregard for danger during the landing at Gabi Tepe.” Lance-Corporal Farnham is a native of Cessnock (N.S.W.), and is 27 years of age. Like all the country recruits from the Cessnock district, he had a varied experience in rural pursuits in his native State, and was also for a time in New Zealand, and for 18 months prior to enlisting had been in the New South Wales police force, being stationed at Broken Hill. At the historic landing on April 25 he was for 10 hours under fire, “during which time,” says the official report, “he attended the wounded continuously, and made a fine exhibition of coolness and devotion to duty.” Lance-Corporal Farnham   was in the trenches from April to the end of August, and is now on police patrol duty guarding prisoners. His parents are very old residents of Cessnock.”from the Adelaide Advertiser 06 Oct 1915 (trove.nla.gov.au)

 

D.C.M. FOR CESSNOCK.

The distinguished conduct medal has been won by Lance-corporal Gordon Farnham, a former resident of Cessnock, for “showing the greatest zeal and disregard for danger during the landing at Gaba Tepe.” The D.C.M. hero, who is a native of Cessnock, is 27 years of age, and previously was employed at the Aberdare Colliery and blacksmith. He is a fine example of Australian manhood, and has many friends in Cessnock who are naturally proud of him. His parents also live in Cessnock. After leaving his native town, Farnham journeyed to New Zealand, from whence he went to Broken Hill, where for eighteen months previous to his enlistment he was a member of the police force. The call of war was too strong, however, and he enlisted in Adelaide with the Third Field Ambulance Corps. He subsequently took part in the famous landing of the 25th April, and was for ten hours under fire, “during which time,” says the official report, “he attended the wounded continuously, and made a fine exhibition of coolness and devotion to duty.”from the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate 08 Oct 1915 (nla.gov.au)

 

OBITUARY. MR. GORDON C. FARNHAM.

The death of Mr. Gordon C. Farnham, licensee of the Club House Hotel, Wagga, caused great regret, as the deceased was well-known through out the district. Mr. Farnham was present at the boxing contests in the Riverina Hall on Wednesday night, and after returning to his hotel ate a supper which included cucumber, and had an iced drink. Later not feeling too well he had a glass of brandy, but during the night he suffered considerably from intenial pains. In the morning his condition was such that Dr. Martin was called in, and he diagnosed the case as one of gastritis and enteritis. The sufferer was removed to a private hospital, but although everything possible was done for him he passed away about 3 o’clock on Friday morning. Dr. Martin certified that death was due to food poisoning, and this was endorsed by the deputy coroner after a formal inquiry.

The deceased, who was an ‘Anzac,’ rose to the rank of sergeant-major in the 1st Divisional Engineers, and earned the coveted awards of the D.C.M. and the M.M. At the time of his death he was on the committee of the Returned Soldiers’ League. Prior to enlisting he was a member of the police force, attached to the Wagga station, and he rejoined the force on April 15, 1919, on his return from the front, and resigned on March 10, 1920, to take over the Club House Hotel. He leaves a wife, five brothers, and two sisters. The funeral left Traill-street for the Wagga railway station at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, from where the remains were conveyed by rail to Cessnock for interment in the Methodist portion of the Cessnock cemetery. The chief mourners were the wife of the deceased, Mrs. W. Ball, and Messrs. D. Harris and N. J. Richards. A large number of members of the Returned Soldiers’ League marched behind the hearse, including the president, Ald. Gissing, the pall bearers being Messrs. V. Charker, T. A. Plummer, J. S. Wild, L. H. Shaw, T. A. Smith, and A. Stephenson. Sister Proctor, and members of the Red Cross League were also present, while Senior-sergeant Gallaher, Sergeant O’Brien, Senior-constable Cooper, Constables Brownlee and Waugh, and Tracker McLean represented the Wagga police. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. McIntosh Bros.”from the Wagga Daily Advertiser 29 Jan 1921 (nla.gov.au)

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NSW Births, Deaths & Marriages

Death:  4551/1921  Father:  Thomas  Mother:  Susan   Wagga Wagga District

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William THOMAS

William THOMAS

Victoria Police Force

Inspecting Superintendent – Retired

72 old

Suicide – firearm

Died  Thursday  10 September 1908

 

 

POLICE OFFICER COMMITS SUICIDE.

William Thomas, 72 years of age,  ex-inspecting superintendent of police,   committed suicide at his residence, Elsternwick (Melbourne) early on Thursday morning by shooting himself through the heart with a revolver. Thomas had suffered greatly from heart trouble for some months, and had latterly experienced much pain, and could neither eat  nor sleep.

Singleton Argus ( NSW )  Saturday  12 September 1908  page 5 of 7

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/79662419?searchTerm=police%20suicide&searchLimits=l-australian=y




Thomas O’CONNOR

Thomas O’CONNOR

New South Wales Police Force

Senior Constable

Regd. # ?

Stations: MacLean, Broadwater, Lismore & Casino

Illness – suicide

42 years

Casino

Died: 2 November, 1908

Funeral:  ?


The Sydney Morning Herald dated 3 November, 1908 contained the following brief story of the death of the constable. He had been treated for depression shortly prior to his death.

 

SENIOR CONSTABLE’S SUICIDE – SHOOTS HIMSELF IN BATHROOM.

Casino, Monday.

Senior Constable O’Connor shot himself this morning in his bathroom at 8 o’clock. He fired three times, the last shot tearing the side of his face and head away. Lately O’Connor seemed quieter than usual, but there was nothing to suggest that he contemplated taking his own life. He leaves a wife and six children.

 

At the time of his death by suicide, the constable was aged 42 years and was stationed at Casino. He had previously served at Maclean, Broadwater and Lismore.




William Cochrane ADIE

 William Cochrane ADIE

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ?

Rank:  Probationary Constable – Mounted Constable

Stations?, Stuart Town

ServiceFrom  17 December, 1907  to  11 October 1908 = 9+ months Service

Awards?

Born? ? 1883

Event date:  Saturday  10 October 1908

Died on:  Sunday  11 October 1908

Cause:  Horse accident

Event location:  Stuart Town, NSW

Age:  25

Funeral date:  Monday afternoon  12 October 1908

Funeral location?

Buried at:  Stuart Town Cemetery, Wallaroi Rd,

Protestant section ‘ A ‘

 

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On Saturday 10 October, 1908 Mounted Constable Adie set out on a patrol of the town and surrounds. By the following day he had not returned as expected and Senior Constable McConville set out to find him. After being informed that an unattended troop horse had been seen in the bush Senior Constable McConville investigated and found the unfortunate Constable Adie seriously injured. It appeared that the young constable had been thrown from his horse the previous day and had lain seriously injured throughout the night. He died while being taken back to Stuart Town for medical attention. The constable’s horse was described in the Melbourne Argus of 14 October, 1908 as being “a particularly savage animal”.

 

In addition to this, the Sydney Morning Herald of 26 October, 1908 reported the following.

 

DANGEROUS POLICE HORSES – A SERIOUS ALLEGATION.

WELLINGTON, Saturday – The recent death of Constable Adie, of Stuart Town, who was killed by being thrown from his horse, is causing considerable discussion in the district in regard to the dangerous character of some of the horses supplied to police officers. The animal which killed Constable Adie is well known for its vicious propensities. It nearly killed Constable Cameron when he was at Stuart Town, and last Christmas it threw Senior Constable McConville’s brother, and nearly killed him. There are several other police horses in the district which the constables only ride at the risk of their lives, and every time they go out into lonely bush tracks they are exposed to the terrible fate of the late Constable Adie, who was not found until the day after he had been thrown and seriously injured.

 

The constable was born in 1883 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 17 December, 1907. At the time of his death he was stationed at Stuart Town.

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The Sydney Morning Herald Wed. 14 Oct. 1908 p 10 of 16

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Wagga Wagga Express     Thu.  15 Oct. 1908   p4 of 4

Constable Adie, of Stuart Town, was thrown from his horse on Saturday last, and died on Sunday afternoon. He went out on Saturday morning and did not return.  Two men saw his horse saddled and bridled on Saturday morning grazing in the bush, but no notice was taken of the matter.

On Sunday morning Constable McConville found Adie lying in a creek unconscious. He died 20 minutes later, without medical aid.

Deceased was 27 years of age, unmarried, and had been for 12 months in the force.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/145407114

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu. 15 Oct. 1908  p4 of 8

IS IT MANSLAUGHTER ?

The terrible accident which resulted in the death of Constable Adie at Stuart Town, directs attention to a matter that requires the serious attention of the police authorities. The animal which the unfortunate constable was riding when he met his death was well known in the district as being a dangerous one for any man to ride, and it has been rather good luck than other wise that it has not been responsible for a fatality long ago. This is not the only case in the district in which constables are compelled to ride horses that are a constant source of danger to them, and when a man is killed in consequence, are not those responsible for supplying such horses morally guilty of his death ?

Of course the men who have these horses do not care to object, for the reason that it would look as if they lacked courage, and prejudice them in the eyes of their officers, but surely there should be some care taken to see that a horse is fit to ride before it is handed to a constable.

The mounted men in the police force have to make many journeys on lonely tracks, and if they meet with an accident days may elapse before they are found. Under these circumstances it is only reasonable to expect that they would be supplied with reliable horses and not with outlaws that it would take the skill of an expert rider like Billy Waite to handle. To virtually compel a constable to ride a horse about the bush that is a menace to his life, is positively criminal, and the untimely death of Constable Adie should lead to an alteration in the system which, in his case, has had such a deplorable result.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141594443

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu. 15 Oct. 1908  p4 of 8

CONSTABLE ADIE’S DEATH.

THE INQUEST.

The death of Constable Adie, who was killed by being thrown from his horse, was the subject of an inquiry held by the Coroner ( Mr. R. Read ) at Stuart Town on Monday. Senior-Constable McConville gave evidence that at about 10 a.m. on Saturday last the deceased left the police station on bush patrol. He was instructed to patrol the Mookerawa as far as the Enterprise dredge, and return that evening or the following morning.

On Sunday morning, as the constable had not returned, he went out and met a man named Patrick Quiley, who, in reply to questions, stated that he had not seen Constable Adie anywhere, and that the constable did not stay at Marning’s the previous night.   Questioned further Quiley stated that he had heard that the constable’s horse was seen near Hop Wah’s place on Saturday evening feeding, with a saddle and bridle on. Witness then went to the Mookerawa and saw William Cohen, who said that he had not seen Constable Adie, but that the children had seen his horse feeding near Hop Wah‘s. He asked Cohen to try and find the constable, and then rode on to Hop Wah‘s, where he found the horse feeding with the saddle and bridle on. The bridle was tied to the breastplate. He carefully examined the saddle and found a spur mark from the near right side right across the seat. From the mark on the saddle his opinion was that the constable had fallen from the off side. He secured the horse and started to make a search by the river.

When returning with several others, who were assisting in the search, he met Harry Boehme, who told him that Constable Adie had been found in the Mookerawa Creek. He hurried to the spot and saw the constable, who was alive but unconscious, and was breathing heavily.   There was a piece of skin off the right   temple, and the skull appeared to be dented in.

When he saw the constable the latter had been moved about 15yds from where he was found. Witness carefully examined the place where the constable was picked up for bloodstains, but could find none.

The deceased wore elastic side boots, and there was no chance of his being hung up in the stirrup. The spur was still on, but the other one was missing.

From the horse’s tracks he thought that something had startled the animal causing him to buck. The horse was a dangerous one and would always buck if anything went wrong. Otherwise he was quiet enough.

Deceased was not a good horseman, but he was a careful, steady rider. The creek was dry where the constable was found, and his head apparently struck a stone where he fell.  A stone that was sticking out looked as if it had been shifted.

A man named Edwards told him that he had tied the bridle to the breastplate on Sunday morning, as he saw the horse feeding with the bridle trailing on the ground.

William Cohen, miner, residing at Mookerawa, deposed to finding the constable about two or three yards from the track, which was considered a short cut.

John Marning, grazier, gave evidence that at about 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon he was mustering cattle about a quarter of a mile from his place when he met Constable Adie. They rode along together for about a mile and a half, and on parting shook hands.

They parted about 5½ miles from Stuart Town. Deceased’s horse was then going quietly. He did not see deceased again until called upon to drive him to Stuart Town the following day.

The Coroner found that death was caused by injuries accidentally received in a fall from a horse.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141594487

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu. 15 Oct. 1908  p5 of 8

( From a Correspondent. )

The funeral of the late Constable Adie, whose death was reported last issue, took place on Monday afternoon. A great number of people from both town and district attended the funeral, which was a long one considering that Mr. Adie has only been in our midst for a short time. It is believed that   he had not a relative in the State.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141594488

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu. 15 Oct. 1908  p5 of 8

Constable Adie Killed. — Constable Adie, who has been stationed here for the last five or six months, had occasion to go to Lower Mookerawa on Saturday last, and not returning by Sunday morning, Constable McConville went in search of him, and finding his horse, with the saddle and bridle on, feeding about the road, near Hop War’s store, at Mookerawa, a search was made, and he was found lying in the Mookerawa Creek, where he had been thrown from his horse, striking a large stone with his head. He lay there all night until found next day in the water, which was only very shallow, otherwise he would have been drowned.

He was conveyed into town, but expired shortly after. The funeral took place on Monday. An inquest was held on Monday before Mr. Robt. Read, coroner, when a verdict of accidentally killed through falling from his horse was returned.http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141594489

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Mon.  19 Oct. 1908  p3 of 4

I will make reference to the horse that was the cause of Constable Adie’s death, in Thursday’s issue of the Times.

A special memorial is to be preached to-night (Sunday) in the Church of England by Mr. Champion in memory of Constable Adie, who was killed last week, by being thrown from his horse.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141600341

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu.  22 Oct. 1908  p3 of 8

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141603267

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu.  22 Oct. 1908  p5 of 8

As I said, I will refer to the horse that killed Constable Adie in this issue of the Times. I have known the horse, also Constable McConville’s, which were purchased for police mounts at the same time from Katella. Both were colts at the time, and very wild and vicious at that.

They had to be taken to Orange or Wellington to be shod, the local shoeing smiths could not manage them until they were shod several times. When the police had occasion to use them after a few days spell, they could be seen racing them around the paddock for some time with saddles and bridles on, but whether it was to put life into them or take it out of them, I am not sure ; but I think it was the latter.

Constable McConville is a very good horseman, otherwise perhaps he would have met with an accident ere this.

During Constable Cameron’s sojourn here he got a spill from the horse which accounted for Constable Adie’s death, and which very nearly sent him to glory.

Then, during last Christmas holidays Constable McConville’s brother, who was   on a visit, got a spill from the same horse, which also could have had a fatal ending, as he was rendered unconscious for some time.

So you can see that he can buck when he likes, and it is only a first class rider that should have the handling of such a brute. It is not the class of horse fit for a new-chum trooper — such as was poor Adie — to ride. It is only a pastime for this horse to buck, and seems an easy matter for it to get rid of its burden at will.

It is hoped that the next man sent to fill the gap made by such a brute is able to take out of this horse what the other troopers could not.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141603256

 

 

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Mudgee Guardian & North-Western Representative ( NSW )   Thu.  29 Oct. 1908  p 26 of 28

A special memorial service was preached in the Stuart Town Church of England, in memory of Constable Adie, who was killed by being thrown from a horse.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/157670013

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Wellington Times ( NSW )   Thu.  3 Dec. 1908   p5 of 8

WILLIAM COCHRANE ADIE, late of Stuart Town, Constable of Police, deceased.

All persons having claims against the above estate are requested to forward the same, verified by affidavit, to the undersigned, on or before the thirty-first day of December,   1908.

T. W. GARRETT,

Curator of the above estate.

Chancery Square, Sydney, 1st Dec., 1908. 

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/141511275

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Probationary Constable William Cochrane ADIE Touch Plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra
Probationary Constable William Cochrane ADIE Touch Plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra

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