Douglas Cecil BENTLEY

Late of Nambucca Heads

AKA  Clackers

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  9966

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 27 February 1961

Constable 1st Class – appointed 27 February 1967

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 14 July 1977

Sergeant 2nd Class – 31 March 1984

Stations: ?, Lithgow ( 22 old ) in May 1962 until at least 1972, Narrandera ( Det Sgt ), Grafton, Newcastle, North Major Crime Squad – Resignation

ServiceFrom  ? ? pre February 1961?  to  12 March 1991 ( Resignation ) = 30+ years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 11 December 1980 ( Det Sgt )

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 8 June 1988 ( Det SenSgt )

Born:  18 July 1929

Died on:  Saturday  20 January 2018

Age:  78

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Funeral date:  Monday  29 January 2018 @ 11am

Funeral location:  Nambucca Valley Funerals, 2A Back St, Nambucca Heads NSW

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Douglas Cecil BENTLEY

Looking for " Fine Cotton " Det.Sgt. Douglas Cecil Bentley ( crouching with black pants ), Det. Sgt. Carl Cameron ( standing behind Bentley ) & Allan Tutt ( crouching with shovel ), exhuming a horse, not Fine Cotton in that hole.

Looking for ” Fine Cotton ” Det.Sgt. Douglas Cecil Bentley ( crouching with black pants ), Det. Sgt. Carl Cameron ( standing behind Bentley ) & Allan Tutt ( crouching with shovel ), exhuming a horse, not Fine Cotton in that hole.

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Reflections – by Gordon Weaver – Retired:
Doug and I were great mates. We were stationed together at Lithgow from 1962 until my transfer in August, 1972. I was on station duty the day  22 year old Doug first walked into Lithgow police station, and introduced himself; he said that he had just got married on the 10 March, 1962, I told him that I had got married the week before the 3 March 1962 and after work my wife and myself visited Doug and Val and helped them settle in.  The start of a long friendship.
We used to go away each year, the four of us up the NSW North Coast; One year to Nambucca Heads, then Yamba, Newcastle. Then 6 of us went away. We both became fathers of a son each, born very close together.  Doug and Val had  a boy Glen (who is the CEO)  of the Sydney Light Rail Service, and a daughter Leanne, we got to know Doug and Vals parents like they were our own.
When Doug made Const. 1/c I told him to make application to do the Sgts exam and he said he wasn’t interested.  I conned him into signing a piece of Foolscap one day and then typed out his application to do the Sgts exam. He was bit annoyed that I had conned him, however he did the exam and passed – even up to when he died he said he had to thank me for what I did.
Doug went into Plain-clothes at Lithgow with the Late Det.Supt Cliff McHardy who was the DetSgt at Lithgow and Barry Antill who was the other plain-clothes Officer.
When Doug made Sgt he went to Narrandera, and then to Grafton and Newcastle.
We were visiting Doug and Val at Narrandera ( I was at Condobolin then ) when Doug was offered Grafton; he went straight to the Newsagent and bought a Lottery ticket and called it ‘Grato’ncorruption’ didn’t win anything.
Doug got out of the coppers, in the 80’s and went into the Pub game. In his later years he was suffering from Alziemers. He  was living with his 2nd wife Marilyn at Nambucca Heads and he died there on Saturday 20 January , 2018.
Gordon Weaver