Eric Walter EDGECOMBE 


Late of 

Is Eric Any relation to Harry EDGECOMBE # 9191 and Barry EDGECOMBE # 16307 ?

  NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern –  Class #  070


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  8768


Service:  From 27 May 1957   to   4 July 1988  =  31 years, 1 month, 7 days Service to NSW Policing




Royal Australian Navy   ( 17 April 1951 – 1957 )



Service #                        R44863



Next of kin:                   Margaret

Religion:                        Roman Catholic

Single / Married:

Returned to Australia: ?

Date of Discharge:

Posting at Discharge:

WWII Honours & Gallantry: None for display

POW:                               No

Occupation upon joining:  Labouring Assistant

War Service In Au:

Active Service outside Au:

Active Service in Au:

Described as 5′ 4″ tall, Brown hair, Grey eyes, Freckles

Address:  ” Merralong “, Newbridge Rd, Liverpool, NSW.



Police Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday  27 May 1957 ( aged 23 years, 11 months, 23 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed 8 July 1957 ( aged 24 years, 1 month, 4 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed 8 July 1963  

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed 1 July 1968  

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 23 June 1973

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 22 August 1982  

Inspector – appointed ? ? ? 

Chief Inspector – appointed 8 March 1987

Appears in the 1988 Stud Book but NOT the 1989 issue


Final Rank =  Chief Inspector 


Stations?, Liverpool GDs ( 22 Division )( 1957 ), Mulwala Police Stn ( 1960 ), Corowa Police Stn ( 1967 ), R’ District ( Newcastle )( 1968 ), Bombala Police Stn ( 1974 ), Cooma Police Stn ( 1980+ )( Sgt 2/c – Sgt 1/c ), Lithgow Police Stn ( Senior NCO )( 1983 ), ?, Cootamundra ( 1987 ), ?


Retirement / Leaving age: = 55 years & 1 month

Time in Retirement from Police:  32 years, 7 months, 25 days


Awards:  National Medal – granted 21 August 1989 ( Former Chief Insp. )

Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – granted 

Commendations:   1/  Commended for his role in the search for Kevin John SIMMONS & Leslie Allen NEWCOMBE who escaped from Long Bay Gaol in October 1959.

2/  Commended for his role in the search under arduous conditions for William LITTLE, who was wanted for the murder of Sergeant 3/c C. E. HOWE ( # 8663 ) and Reginald HUNTER.

3/ Commended for his leadership, courage and devotion to duty at Bombala on the 25th and 26th May, 1978, when he took control of a Police operation designed to obtain the surrender of Wayne WHITE who was armed with a rifle and was defying all attempts to capture him.  During this operation Constable 1/c L.T.D. BODDY ( # 14387 ) & M.W. CASEY  ( # 15288 ) were wounded by shots fired by the offender, who eventually surrendered to Police.



 Born:  Sunday  4 June 1933 

Died on: Monday  1 March 2021 

Age:  87 years, 8 months, 25 days 



Event locationKarinya Palliative Care Unit, Berry, NSW

Event date ?


Funeral date:  Thursday  11 March 2021 @ 11am

Funeral locationThe Chapel, Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens, Worrigee Road, Worrigee, NSW


( click here to see Cornona19 Virus Pandemic rules – this will be a limited numbers Funeral )

any Future Wake location??? TBA 

any Future Wake date??? TBA

( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )

Funeral Parlour: Murphy family funerals, 85 Plunkett St, Nowra, NSW  4423 0722

Buried at: Cremated 


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( March 2021 )


Eric Walter EDGECOMBE, Eric EDGECOME with Sgt Sean PHILLIPS outside of Nowra Police Stn - 22 July 2020
Eric EDGECOMBE with Sgt Sean PHILLIPS outside of Nowra Police Stn – 22 July 2020 INSPIRATION: Retiring Sergeant Sean Phillips with his first “boss”, former Chief Inspector Eric Edgecombe, who worked together in Cootamundra in 1987.

 ERIC is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO





May they forever Rest In Peace 

Australian Police YouTube Channel 

Obituary of Eric Walter Edgecombe

1st March 2021
Passed away at Karinya Palliative Care Unit, Berry
Late of Bomaderry Formerly of The Riverina and The Snowy Mountains
Beloved husband of Marie
Much loved father & father-in-law of Mariette & Russell, Rick & Sherrida and Pip
Adored old Pop of his 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren
Aged 87 years
Eric’s funeral service will be held in The Chapel, Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens, Worrigee Road, Worrigee on Thursday 11th March 2021 at 11.00am
Relatives & friends are invited to attend.
Due to Covid restrictions please contact Murphy Family Funerals if you would like to attend.
Livestream is available
Please leave messages and condolences for the family on the tribute wall
In lieu of flowers donations can be made at the service for Cerebral Palsy Association of Australia.
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Donna Nash posted a condolence
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Much love to Marie and all the family.
So many great memories of Eric and Marie
the love and caring they shared.
Also Brian loved milking the cow.
Always a cuppa to be had just pop through the fence.
Maybe Eric and Brian will be sharing a cuppa now xx
Matt Barnard posted a condolence
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
My condolences to Marie and the family.
My first memories are of living in Bombala across the road from Eric and Marie.
Like Anthony, I too remember milking the cow ( Clarabel ).
A lovely, ornery old thing that would repeatedly kick the bucket over.
As a very small child however, I also remember being allowed to ride her around the paddock.
Eric (as well as Marie) was a constant and reassuring presence in my early years.
Gruff, cheeky, but with a heart of gold, I would usually find him tending to the garden (when I wasn’t in the kitchen trying to cadge baked goods from Marie).
I’d like to think those early years of being outside with him have helped fuel my enjoyment of getting out into the garden now. I’m fairly sure he was responsible for my entire family’s obsession with Backgammon, a game that always comes out whenever we get together. He was fiendishly good at it though. I always revelled in those rare occasions where I managed to take a game from him. I also like to think he was at least partly responsible for my love of old soul, jazz and blues music. Nina Simone was a particular favourite if I remember correctly.
Eric was always a strong and steady presence in our lives when we were growing up. He was like a grandfather to my siblings and I, at a time when we lived a long way from our actual grandparents.
Thanks for all the great times, strange pastimes I’ve picked up, and enduring life lessons.
Rest well.
Matt Barnard
Anthony CUNNINGHAM posted a condolence
Monday, March 8, 2021
Condolences to Marie and family.
I remember Eric very well, having worked with him as a young Constable at Bombala.
He introduced me to milking his cow whilst he was away, he told me it was a police cow and milking it was part of my duties, ha ha. I loved it so much I have never been near a cow since, I can’t recall how many times the #$+** thing kicked me.
He also introduced me to his bees, I recall driving out to their location with Eric one day and him telling me it was all good as they wouldn’t attack, several bees stings later I hid in the car. Needless to say I stay away from them as well.
He was a strict Sergeant with no middle ground, however he was a fair man, as I recall.
As a young Constable on my own in a new town I was often invited to join Eric, Marie and family at their home for a roast dinner.
Bombala was surrounded by many gravel roads in those days and accidents were common place, I know he and Marie offered accommodations to many a stranded traveller following a vehicle accident.
That was how they were and that is how I found Eric strict, but loyal and a concerned member of his community.
God bless all.
Bye old friend.
Anthony Cunningham, Corowa.
Helen lit a candle
Thursday, March 4, 2021
It was a pleasure to know Eric in his final days – condolences to his family – he was a lovely gentleman
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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Condolences to Marie and Mariette and Russell and Pip. I remember Senior Constable Eric Edgecombe of Corowa police station with fondness. I was a troubled teenager at the time and I regret any grief or sorrow that I caused this kind man and his and my family. Rest in peace Eric.

Laid to rest today. Rest in peace.

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