Francis Laurel BURKE
Late of ?
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ????
Stations: ?, Redfern – Death
Service: From 20 June 1955 to 20 January 1961 = 5+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour – however
posthumously awarded the Bronze Medal and Certificate of Merit of the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society for Gallantry.
Born: ? ? 1927 at Condobolin, NSW
Died on: Friday 20 January 1961
Age: 34 years,
Cause: Drowned during a “Off Duty” surf rescue
Event location: Kiama Beach
Event date: Friday 20 January 1961
Funeral date: possibly 23 January 1961
Funeral location: ?
Buried at: possibly Rookwood Catholic – Portion Lawn 1, Plot 59
Memorial located at: ?
“There are a number of photos of this man on Ancestry.co.au which I can’t access” 26 July 2017
FRANCIS IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
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The constable was born in Condobolin in 1927 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 20 June, 1955. At the time of his death he was stationed at Redfern. He is listed in the official New South Wales Police Honour Roll.
There is a Francis L BURKE buried at Rookwood ( as detailed above ) but no other verifying details via internet search.
There is also a Francis Neil BURKE mentioned in the Kiama Independent on 25 January 1961 having died at Kiama, late of Sydney.
Nothing found on Trove.
Acts of Bravery by Police
The late Constable F. L. Burke was posthumously awarded the Bronze Medal and Certificate of Merit of the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society for gallantry in attempting to save the lives of two boys in the surf at Kiama on the 20th January, 1961. The Constable lost his own life on this occasion although the boys were saved.
Police Killed in the Execution of Their Duty
Constable Francis Laurel Burke.
Drowned at Kiama on the 20th January, 1961, whilst assisting two boys who were in difficulties in the water. The Constable was On annual leave at the time and holidaying with his family at Kiama.
Mentioned twice, on page 29 of 1962 Parliament of NSW – Report of the Police Department for 1961
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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales …