Edwin Oliver PRATT
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 1812
Sergeant 3rd Class
Manly? Penrith ( 1940’s ), Katoomba – death
From 14 May 1924 to 19 November 1948 = 24+ years Service
No find on It’s An Honour
Junee Junction, District of Narrandra, 8 March 1904
1 October 1948
Mountain Road (Great Western Highway) Katoomba, NSW
19 November 1948
Motor Vehicle Accident.
Hit by a timber jinker while directing traffic at a railway crossing.
(Timber jinker is a trailer designed to carry timber towed behind a truck)
20 November 1948
Cemetery Rd, Katoomba, NSW.
Section KCE3 Row R1, Plot 2
His son, Ian Stephen PRATT ( son ) died on 7 July 1949, aged 4 years and is buried with his father.
Alma Charlotte PRATT ( wife ) died on 26 February 1959, aged 49, and is buried in the same plot also.
Left to right.
Senior Constable Neville Higgs, Detective Constable Terry Dudeney, Sergeant Edwin Pratt. The three Police Officers were involved in numerous rescues/incidents in the Blue Mountains.
Photo taken outside Sinclair Motor Garage, Katoomba (unknown date)
EDWIN IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
On the night of 1 October, 1948 Sergeant Pratt was directing traffic at a railway crossing at Katoomba. About 8.50pm a truck passed over the crossing and as it passed the sergeant attempted to walk behind it, not realising it was towing a timber jinker. Unfortunately the sergeant was hit by the jinker which inflicted severe injuries. He died on 19 November, 1948. He was survived by his wife Alma, sons Kevin and Ian, and daughter Olwyn.
The sergeant was born in 1904 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 14 May, 1924. At the time of his death he was stationed at Katoomba.
On Thursday, 10 August 2017, the son-in-law – Retired Sgt 3rd Class Scott EDMONDS – married to Edwins daughter – Olwyn, passed away and was married to Olwyn for 51 years at the time.
The death of Edwin has been widely circulated as having occurred on the 19 October 1948 which is INCORRECT and as of 30 October 2013, steps have been taken to have the correct date of 19 November 1948 recorded on all official touchstones and publications.
As of 14 October 2016, having checked the online website of the National Police Memorial, the data on the website HAS been changed to reflect the correct date of death as NOVEMBER BUT, unfortunately, the actual Touch Plate has NOT been altered and still displays ( as of Police Remembrance Day 2016 ) the incorrect date.
Unfortunately, the NSW Police Protocol Unit have done nothing to alter the Official website of http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/about_us/proud_traditions where the INCORRECT date is still reflected. I have, this date, sent a message to the Webmaster for NSWPF to action the website.
As of 9 March 2017 – I have never received a response to the message I sent to the WebmasterThe protocol Unit is located at:NSW Police Protocol UnitLevel 6/ 151-241 Goulburn St (Riley St)
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Australia02 9285 3835
Would have been nice if NSW Police Protocol Unit had let others know that they had actioned the matter in relation to the National Wall but I have now found out ( Friday 14 October 2016 ), that the actual Touch Plate on the National Wall of Remembrance has NOT been changed to reflect the correct date.
BDM – Birth = 14621/1904 to Charles P. & Caroline A. Pratt at Narrandera.
BDM – Marriage = 10147/1934 to Alma C. NEVILLE in Sydney
BDM – Death = 29635/1948. Charles Pacey PRATT & Caroline Ann PRATT.
Sgt Edwin Pratt – Nepean Times ( Penrith NSW ) Thursday 25 November 1948 page 1 of 10
Edwin is buried at Katoomba Cemetery. Cemetery Rd, Katoomba, NSW.
Section KCE3 Row R1, Plot 2
His son, Ian Stephen PRATT died on 7 July 1949, aged 4 years and is buried with his father.
Alma Charlotte PRATT ( wife of Edwin ) died on 26 February 1959, aged 49, and is buried in the same plot also.
Today I remember all those that have gone before us, regardless of how they died or whether their name is recorded on a wall, or monument, or not.
I specifically spare a thought for those that lay in unmarked graves throughout the state-we shouldn’t permit this to happen or continue. For that very reason a special thought for Sgt 3rd Class Pratt killed in 1948 whose grave is pictured below.
” Let those who drink from the well not forget those that dug it “
About unmarked police graves. I have been waiting for about 4 years for the Police Department to erect a headstone for my father Sgt 3/c Edwin Oliver Pratt. Promises promises. Last time I heard months ago that they were in the process of getting quote from stone mason for a full grave marker., but nothing since. The officer in charge is a very busy man indeed, so I do try to understand the delay. Would like to see it done in my lifetime.
— feeling sad.
Got the letter from Bathurst Council today approving use of Sulman Park and fees waived.
Robbo has collected some prizes from local businesses for raffles etc.
Robbo, Marita and I also met an interesting character at Sofala today – Robbo has a new bff. Ask him about it on the 30th.
On this day 67years ago my father Sgt 3/c Edwin Oliver Pratt passed away after being injured in a motor vehicle accident on the railway crossing in Katoomba 6 weeks earlier.R.I.P
Greg Callander That is cool Rod Pratt. I was contacted, a year or two ago, by Olwyn Pratt ( https://www.facebook.com/olwyn.prattedmonds?fref=ts ) who is the daughter of Ed. I would assume that she will have more information on Ed and, maybe, your father. It is certainly worth contacting her. Olwyn isn’t a member of this particular FB Group but is a member of NSW Fallen Police FB Group. I tried to ‘tag’ her to this message but, because she isn’t on this page, wasn’t able to.
Leanne Bailey Yes SGT. Pratt was killed while on duty: 19 Oct 1948
Sgt 3/C Edwin Pratt – struck by a motor vehicle whilst on point duty http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/about_us/proud_traditions