Francis Laurel BURKE

Francis Laurel BURKE

Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ????

Rank:  Constable

Stations: ?, Redfern – Death

ServiceFrom  20 June 1955  to  20 January 1961 = 5+ years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1927

Died on:  20 January 1961

Age:  33 – 34

Cause:  Drowned during a “Off Duty” surf rescue

Event location:   Kiama Beach

Event date:   20 January 1961

Funeral datepossibly  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 which I can’t access”  26 July 2017

[alert_green]FRANCIS IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_green]





May they forever Rest In Peace


 On 20 January, 1961 Constable Burke was holidaying on the South Coast with his family. In the afternoon of that day the family were at Kiama Beach when the constable was informed by his son that two boys were in difficulties in an undertow. Constable Burke entered the water and swam out through the heavy surf to assist. Unfortunately he collapsed during his efforts and after being seen floating face downwards in the water, was carried onto the beach. He failed to respond to resuscitation and was conveyed to the Kiama District Hospital where life was pronounced extinct.


The constable was born 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.



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.




Police Remembrance Day:

A family member of Constable Francis Laurel Burke, who died in 1961, laid a wreath at the Police Remembrance Day commemorations on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI<br />
A family member of Constable Francis Laurel Burke, who died in 1961, laid a wreath at the Police Remembrance Day commemorations on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Almost 60 years on, Kenneth Nash still misses his uncle Allen.

Sergeant Allen William Nash, aged 40, was killed in the line of duty by a gun-wielding offender at Primbee in 1956.

Sgt Nash was one of eight officers stationed in the Lake Illawarra local area command who were recognised with memorial plaques on a wall of honour outside Lake Illawarra police station on Monday, as part of Police Remembrance Day commemorations.

Dozens of current and retired officers, families, friends, politicians, councillors and members of the public gathered at Oak Flats for a ceremony to unveil the memorial wall, and honour past and present officers.


Since 1862, more than 250 NSW Police officers have died in the line of duty.





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