Clarence Roy PIRIE

Clarence Roy PIRIE

AKA CLARRIE

Late of Capertee, NSW

Husband to widow Frances Josephine PIRIE who died 12 October 2019 ( see below ) 58 yrs 11 mths 29 days after Clarrie

NSW Penrith Police College Class # “possibly” 005

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  5824

Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 15 September 1947

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = Senior Constable

Stations: Parramatta ( 18 Division 1947 – ? ), Young – Lock-Up-Keeper ( ? – 1958 ), Capertee ( 1958 – death ) – Death

Service: From ? pre September 1947 ? to 13 October 1960 = 13+ years Service

 

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C.M.F.                                1 October 1941 – 28 April 1943

A.I.F.                                 29 April 1943 – 6 August 1946

World War II                   Australian Imperial Force

Regiment:                         2 Aust. Ord. Port Detachments

Enlisted:                            28 June 1943

Service #                           NX171227  ( N210415 )

Rank:                                 Private

Embarkation:                   Duntroon for Pt. Moresby 12 July 1943

Next of kin:                       Mrs Henrietta PIRIE, 50 Meehan St, Granville – Mother

Religion:                             C of E

Single / Married:              Single

Returned to Australia:    ?

Date of Discharge:            6 August 1946

Posting at Discharge:       HQ 6 A B S A

WWII Honours & Gallantry:  None for display

POW:                                      No

Occupation upon joining:     Mill Hand – Process Operator

War Service In Au:              195 days

Active Service outside Au: 553 days

Active Service in Au:          1017 days

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Police Awards: No find on Australian Honours

Born: Sunday  22 August 1920 at Paddington, NSW

Died on: Thursday  13 October 1960

Age: 40 yrs  1 mth  21 days

Cause:  Shot – Murdered

Event location: Jews Creek, Capertee, NSW

Event date: Thursday  13 October 1960

Funeral date: Monday  17 October 1960

Funeral location: ?

Wake location: ?

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

Grave Location:  Zone E, Section 19, Grave 3661

Memorial located at: 1/  Glen Davis Rd, Capertee – the Clarence Pirie Memorial Park

Lat: -33.143736
Long: 149.983791

 

2/ a Wall Plaque at Chifley L.A.C.

 

SenCon Clarrie Pirie ( 1960 )
SenCon Clarrie Pirie ( 1960 )

Clarence Roy PIRIE

 

Clarence Roy PIRIE
Clarence Roy PIRIE – Touch Plate at the National Wall of Police Remembrance, Canberra

 

CLARENCE IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance


Grave location:  Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

Zone E, Section 19, Grave 3661

INSCRIPTION:<br /> In Loving Memory of my dear husband and our dear father Clarence Roy PIRIE died 13th October 1960 aged 40 years.<br /> Erected by the New South Wales Government in Memory of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE who was shot &amp; killed in the Execution of his Duty at Jew's Creek on the 13th October 1960.<br /> Police Crest.
INSCRIPTION:
In Loving Memory of my dear husband and our dear father Clarence Roy PIRIE died 13th October 1960 aged 40 years.
Erected by the New South Wales Government in Memory of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE who was shot & killed in the Execution of his Duty at Jew’s Creek on the 13th October 1960.
Police Crest.

INSCRIPTION:<br /> In Loving Memory of my dear husband and our dear father Clarence Roy PIRIE died 13th October 1960 aged 40 years.<br /> Erected by the New South Wales Government in Memory of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE who was shot &amp; killed in the Execution of his Duty at Jew's Creek on the 13th October 1960.<br /> Police Crest.

 


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May they forever Rest In Peace


 

Senior Constable Clarrie Pirie was the Officer-in-Charge of the Capertee Police Station from 1958 until his death on 13 October, 1960. On that day he was informed by Lithgow Police that two male offenders had abandoned a stolen car at Cudgigong, north of Capertee.

While patrolling the area Senior Constable Pirie found two fourteen year-olds with a vehicle at a roadside camping area at Jews Creek, ten miles south of Capertee. These however were not the two offenders the police were searching for and as such Constable Pirie did not know that on the previous day the pair had escaped from the Yasmar children’s detention centre ( Lidcombe ) and had broken into a dwelling where they stole several items of property and the vehicle before driving to the Jews Creek area.

As the constable was talking to the young offenders one of them suddenly produced a .22 rifle and shot Constable Pirie. He died a short time later. Both youths were captured the following day.

 

The senior constable was born in 1920 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 15 September, 1947.

At the time of his death he was stationed at Capertee.

 

 

Source:  Beyond Courage

 

As an aside – Clarence PIRIE was the cousin of Victor AHEARN who was also shot and murdered in 1946 aged 40.


 

Mrs Frances Josephine PIRIE sadly passed away last night ( Friday 12 October 2019 ) aged 94 years – 5 days shy of her 95th birthday.

Wife of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE of the Capertee Police.

Almost 59 years to the day, Frances and Clarey are together again.

May they both, forever, Rest In Peace.

 

Clarence Roy PIRIEs wife - Frances PIRIE
Clarence Roy PIRIEs wife – Frances PIRIE

 

 

 


 

Gordon Weaver ( Monday 15 July 2019 )
Knew Clarie well when I was at Cowra and Clarie was LUK at Young, I was transferred on the PSB at Lithgow and Clarie was transferred to Capertee so I used to see a lot him as the Highway Patrol done daily runs to Capertee.
I took the phone call at Lithgow from a chap from Cullen Bullen to say Clarie had been shot, then drove Insp. Eli Hanson and Det S/Cst Jimmy Foster to the Scene at Jew’s Creek.
Never will forget that day.
His Youngest son John was a Police Support Officer and KAC Manager at Orange.

 

 

 

 

 


Capertee HERITAGE

http://caperteeheritage.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-tragic-death-of-clarie-pirie.html

Friday, 20 September 2013

The tragic death of Clarie Pirie

Almost all visitors to Capertee will notice the large memorial park in the middle of the village close to the Glen Davies turnoff. This recreational area, which includes a car park, childrens’ playground and toilets, is officially named after Clarence Pirie a notable policeman who was stationed in the community during the late 1950s and early 60s. While many police have served the Capertee district well over the years Pirie deserves lasting recognition as he gave his life to protecting the community.
Senior Constable Clarence (Clarie) Roy Pirie was born in Paddington, Sydney, in 1920. During World War 2 he joined the army and served in New Guinea. After the war, in 1947, he joined the New South Wales Police Force, and from 1959 to 1960 he was the Officer-in-Charge at Capertee Police Station
On the 13th October 1960 he was asked to look out for two male offenders who had abandoned a stolen car north of Capertee.While patrolling the area the following day, Pirie found two 14 year-olds with a vehicle at a roadside camping site at Jews Creeks south of Capertee. According to police records, these were not the suspects who had abandoned the vehicle the previous day but two escapees from the Yasmar juvenile detention centre in Haberfield, Sydney. While interviewing the youths one of them suddenly produced a stolen .22 rifle and shot the officer twice. The Senior Constable died of his wounds at the scene a short time after. The two youths were arrested the following day and were later imprisoned. Pirie was survived by his wife Frances and four young children.
The memory of Clarie Pirie as well as the many other police who have been killed in the line of duty is commemorated each year on Police Memorial Day which is held near the end of September.
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Mum often talked about him, said he was a good man and never carried a gun.

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Clarence Pirie Memorial Park Rest Area

INSCRIPTION:<br /> This plaque has been erected to perpetuate the memory of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE in recognition of his ultimate sacrifice when he died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained when arresting two juvenile car thieves at Jews Creek on the 13th October 1960.<br /> "to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven"
INSCRIPTION:
This plaque has been erected to perpetuate the memory of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE in recognition of his ultimate sacrifice when he died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained when arresting two juvenile car thieves at Jews Creek on the 13th October 1960.
“to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven”

Clarence PIRIE Mmemorial Park

Clarence PIRIE Mmemorial Park

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The Canberra Times  Friday  14 October 1960  page 1 of 28

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/136940872

Constable Shot Dead In Chase

SYDNEY, Thursday: – Police were to-night conducting one of the largest manhunts ever in the Central Western district for two youths who are alleged to have shot dead Senior Constable Clarence Roy Pirie, 40, of Cullen Bullen.

The constable was chasing two youths on the Capertee Cullen Bullen Road early to- night.

Pirie, a father of four, was believed to have been killed with a .22 rifle.

Police from Lithgow, Bathurst, Mount Victoria, Kandos, Rylstone, Katoomba, Oberon, Orange and other centres are searching dense bush near Jews Creek.

Police from other Central Western stations and from Sydney will join the searchers to-morrow.

The searchers are heavily armed with rifles and riot guns.

Other specialised weapons will arrive from Sydney to-morrow.

At 9 a.m. to-day a stolen car was found abandoned at Cudgegong.

Two youths were seen to leave the car and police in the area were alerted.

Constable Pirie sighted two youths in a second stolen car on the Lithgow-Mudgee Road near Jew’s Creek.

Overturned

The stolen car overturned at high speed about a half mile farther on.

Two youths scrambled from the wreck and fled into the bush.

Constable Pirie followed them.

Police believe that the elder youth, realising that Pirie was following them, turned and fired the shot which fatally wounded the policeman.

 

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The Canberra Times  Wednesday  19 October 1960  page 29 of 33

Murder Charge Remand For Boy

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/103107227

LITHGOW, Tuesday:- A 14-year-old Sydney boy was remanded in Lithgow Children’s Court to-day on a charge of murdering a policeman.

He was remanded till November 1 without bail and will be detained in custody until that date.

The boy was charged with having murdered Constable Clarence Roy Pirie at Jews Creek camping reserve on October 13.

Police prosecutor Sergeant J. S. Smith said the youth charged with murder had   escaped from a Sydney boys’ home on October 12 and together with another boy had stolen a car.

The car was allegedly parked at Jews Creek’ Camping reserve the next day.

When Const. Pirie approached the vehicle he was allegedly shot dead.

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The Canberra Times  Tuesday  7 March 1961  page 3 of 20

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/103115285

Boy, 15, Goes To Gaol For 15 Years

SYDNEY, Monday: — Christopher Lindsay, 15, went to gaol to-day for 15 years for killing a policeman last year.

Mr. Justice Else Mitchell described the fair-haired, well-dressed boy as a “young gangster.”

Lindsay, of Alice Street, Newtown, did not appear to be emotionally upset at the sentence.

He turned to court officials who led him from the dock to the cells below.

The sight of the boy being led away brought an outburst of sobbing from the public gallery.

Lindsay last week had pleaded not guilty to having murdered Constable Clarence Roy Pirie, 39, at Jews Creek Camping Reserve off the Mudgee Road near Cullen Bullen on October 13 last.

The Crown accepted Lindsay’s plea of guilty of man slaughter.

Lindsay – standing in the dock of Central Criminal Court with hands clasped in front of him – heard Mr. Justice Else Mitchell say that the deposition and Lindsay’s own signed statement left slender ground for the lesser offence.

“Before committing this crime, you had shown a refusal both in England and in this country to conform with the laws which are made for the good of society.

“From the record, it is clear that the processes of the habitation and reform which are provided by the country here have made no impact on your attitude or conduct.

“In pursuit of this anti-social conduct you twice escaped from Yasma shelter, where you were being detained awaiting trial for various charges, and on the second occasion in company with a confederate, younger than yourself, stole a rifle, food, other goods and then a motor car in which you travelled to the scene of the crime.

“When you were in fear of apprehension by a constable of the police for the theft of the car you did not hesitate to shoot him because as you said ‘You did not want him to catch you with the car.’

“Your subsequent conduct and your attempt to evade capture though perhaps natural do not appear to have been accompanied by any manifestation of c0ntrition or remorse, a fact which seems to me all the more serious in view of Dr. McGeorge’s conclusion that you are not suffering from any mental or psychiatric disorders.

“A substantial sentence appears to be necessary not only for the reasons I mentioned but as the only possible way in which you may begin to understand your obligations to society.”

 

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The Canberra Times  Saturday   12 August 1961  page 23 of 28

Boy Killer’s Appeal Fails

SYDNEY, Friday:— The Full Supreme Court to-day dismissed a school boy’s appeal against a 15-year sentence for the manslaughter of a policeman.

The boy, Christopher Lindsay, 15, appealed against the severity of the sentence.

Mr. Justice Else-Mitchell, in Central Criminal Court, had sentenced Lindsay to 15 years gaol for the manslaughter of Constable

Clarence Roy Pirie, at Jew’s Creek, last October.

Pirie was questioning Lindsay on a car theft at the time.

Lindsay to-day conducted his own case before the Full Bench — comprising the Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Evatt, Mr. justice Herron and Mr. Justice Hardie.

He handed the bench a written statement, headed —’ “No Discourtesy.”

The statement read: “I respectfully submit that His Honour, at the time of imposing the severe sentence for manslaughter, regarded the offence as tantamount to murder.

“I further most respectfully submit the crime was not premeditated.

“The whole tragedy took place in a matter of seconds.

“At no time did I intend this man’s death.

“I respectfully submit that a 14-year-old youth to be sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for a crime he did not intend, is too severe.”

Mr. Justice Else-Mitchell, reported to the Full Court, that Lindsay’s offence was hardly distinguishable from murder.

However, he had felt that he was bound by the Crown’s acceptance of the manslaughter plea.

Lindsay originally had been charged with murder.

Mr. Justice Else-Mitchell said it had been submitted he should not impose a crushing sentence.

He also was mindful of the danger with a youthful offender — that the imposition of a heavy gaol sentence often could produce more harm than good.

The Full Court ruled unanimously against Lindsay’s appeal.

It added that Lindsay’s crime called for the greatest condemnation.

 

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Police remember fallen

http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/767925/police-remember-fallen/

PERSONAL LOSS: Inspector Greg Pringle and police administration manager John Pirie have personal experience of the loss of someone close on Police Remembrance Day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0926police2
PERSONAL LOSS: Inspector Greg Pringle and police administration manager John Pirie have personal experience of the loss of someone close on Police Remembrance Day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0926police2

REPRESENTATIVES from Orange Police Station will today attend a national memorial in Canberra for Police Remembrance Day.

For Inspector Greg Pringle and Canobolas Local Area administration manager John Pirie, the day bears a special significance.

John Pirie was just coming up to his fifth birthday when his 40-year-old father Senior Constable Clarence Roy Pirie was shot at point-blank range and killed near Capertee.

It was on October 13, 1960, that Mr Pirie’s father was patrolling when he came across a stolen vehicle. He stopped the vehicle and spoke to two youths inside, but one of them pulled a gun on Snr Const Pirie and shot him.

Inspector Pringle’s experience is in contrast, but he agrees the grief that comes with losing a colleague on the job remains for many years.

“I was with highway patrol working out of Cootamundra in 1988. I had a cup of tea with a fellow officer Constable Kurt Schetor before we headed off to patrol in separate directions,” Insp Pringle said.

Ten minutes later the then Constable Pringle received a call to respond to a crash and he arrived to find his friend and colleague was in involved in a head-on crash with a truck.

“I did my best but I couldn’t revive him,” he said.

Insp Pringle said many police officers carried a burden of grief with them for colleagues who died on the job.

“In many ways it is harder to deal with your own grief,” he said.

“When you are a police officer your ‘tank’ is full of other people’s grief because that’s part of the job. But it doesn’t leave much left.”

Officers from Canobolas Local Area Command will not be marking Police Remembrance Day in Orange this year.

Instead, this year’s service will be held at Cowra which is part of the Canobolas Local Area Command.

 

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Family honours a dad’s sacrifice

 

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Slain policeman remembered

15 Oct, 2010 08:40 AM

When Senior Constable Clarence (‘Clarrie’) Roy Pirie went to work on the morning of the October 13, 1960, he fully expected to go home to his wife Frances and their four young children at the end of the day.Sadly, 40-year-old Senior Constable Pirie lost his life that day at Jews Creek, when he was shot by one of two escapees from a juvenile detention centre.

Senior Constable Pirie’s family returned to Capertee this week to remember the events that turned their lives upside down for all time.

On Thursday morning Senior Constable Pirie’s wife Frances, with her children, grandchildren and some great-grandchildren, joined senior police including Deputy Commissioner Dave Owen, Assistant Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, Chifley Area Command Superintendent Michael Robertson, Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin, and many members of the police force at Clarrie Pirie Memorial Park in Capertee to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

A service was conducted by Police Chaplin Mark Jenkins from the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst and was addressed by the Superintendent Robertson, Mr Martin and Detective Superintendent Jim Foster who investigated Senior Constable Pirie’s death.

Senior Constable Pirie paid the ultimate sacrifice and was the sixth of eight police officers [in the Chifley command] to lose their life upholding the law,” Superintendent Robertson said.

“Those who follow [in the police force] serve to do his memory proud and he lives on through this park, which was named in his honour.

“The debt owed by society to Senior Constable Pirie cannot be measured and we will always ensure that he is remembered.”

Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin related how Clarrie Pirie served with the Australian Armed Forces in New Guinea during World War II and how he met his wife in military service.

“He undertook a very challenging front line career, which can be extremely dangerous,” Mr Martin said, speaking on behalf of Police Minister Michael Daley.

“His loss will always be a tragedy and compares to the recent death of trainee detective William Crews, the former Glen Innes who lost his life in the line of duty last month.”

Detective Superintendent Jim Foster told how Senior Constable Pirie had joined the police force in 1947 and served at Parramatta and Young before being transferred to Capertee in 1958.

“Those were difficult times with no two-way radios or mobile phones, but the community spirit was evident as we investigated the case,” Detective Foster said.

“The Postmaster at Cullen Bullen kept the phone lines open after the 6pm regular closing time so that we had communications.

“The only police photographer was hours away and a local chemist took the photos we needed to record evidence.

The offenders were arrested at 3am on October 14 as they were attempting to board the Mudgee Mail train at Capertee.”

Detective Superintendent Foster said Senior Constable Pirie was faithful to his duty as a police officer and earned the respect of the Capertee community and the police in the then Lithgow sub-district.

Mrs Pirie said her husband’s attention to detail in his work as a police officer was incredible.

“He knew just about every car that passed through town,” she said.

“Strange cars always attracted his attention.”

Perhaps that attention to duty led him to investigate the stolen vehicle driven by the two escapees, that he saw at Jews Creek that day 50 years ago.

Mrs Pirie, now in her 80s, said her husband’s death changed her life forever as she struggled to raise four children.

“At the time of Clarrie’s death Ron was 8, John 5, Mary Anne 3 and Francene 2,” she said.

“I received a small police pension but had to go out and work to be able to raise and educate them.

“I had to remove our personal effects from the police house at Capertee soon after Clarrie’s death and we moved to Young.”

The ceremony concluded with wreaths being laid by Mrs Pirie and family, Assistant Commissioner David Owen, Superintendent Michael Robertson and the students from Capertee Public School.

 

John Pirie‎Wall to Wall - Ride for Remembrance I was immensely proud, felt hugely honoured and felt very humbled that the Wall to Wall riders from the Western Region led by Geoff Mckecknie stopped at Capertee today. I would also like to express my gratitude to Pual Bousfield and the Capertee Community, especially the school children and those that help with providing lunch for the riders.
John Pirie  ‎Wall to Wall – Ride for Remembrance – 2014
I was immensely proud, felt hugely honoured and felt very humbled that the Wall to Wall riders from the Western Region led by Geoff McKecknie stopped at Capertee today. I would also like to express my gratitude to Paul Bousfield and the Capertee Community, especially the school children and those that help with providing lunch for the riders.

Glen Davis Rd, Capertee, NSW

Lat:  -33.143736  Long:  149.983791

 

"INSCRIPTION: This plaque has been erected to perpetuate the memory of Senior Constable Clarence Roy PIRIE in recognition of his ultimate sacrifice when he died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained when arresting two juvenile car thieves at Jews Creek on the 13th October 1960.<br />"to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven"

 

I was immensely proud, felt hugely honoured and felt very humbled that the Wall to Wall riders from the Western Region…

Posted by John Pirie on Thursday, 11 September 2014

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December 2010

Police News

by Det. Supt. ( Retired ) Jim FOSTER ( R.I.P. 9 July 2019 )

Clarence Pirie - NSWPF - Murdered 1960 - 50 years on - page 22 - Policenews - Dec 2010

 

Clarence Pirie - NSWPF - Murdered 1960 - 50 years on - page 23 - Policenews - Dec 2010

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( 2014 )  The offender, Christopher Lindsay ( assuming he served the full 15 years, would have been 30 years of age when released from gaol in 1975.  Assuming he is still alive today, he would now be around 69 years old.
I did a cursory search for him, via Google, but it is a common name and pursued it no further.
Cal
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Clarence Roy PIRIE's Daughter, Maryanne - July 2014 in the park dedicated to her father killed 54 years earlier.
Clarence Roy PIRIE’s Daughter, Maryanne – July 2014 in the park dedicated to her father killed 54 years earlier.

[blockquote]Stopped at my Dad’s park and had a cuppa a few days ago, often wonder how different our lives would have been if he hadn’t been killed. I will, in my elderly mother’s honor, ride the Wall to Wall ( of Remembrance ) this September.[/blockquote]

 

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Clarence Roy PIRIE 13.10.1960 Wall Plaque, Chifley L.A.C.
Clarence Roy PIRIE 13.10.1960
Wall Plaque, Chifley L.A.C.