Frederick William PITCHFORD
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 7602
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 10 August 1953
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 15 December 1976
Final Rank = Dept. advertised his final rank as Sgt 3/C but he was appointed Sgt 2/C in 1976
Retired 14 April 1980 – Medical ( ankle injury leading to amputation from kick starting police motor bikes )
Stations: ?, “possibly” Wollongong in early 1950’s, Bega HWP ( 1968 – 1977 ), Penrith – retirement
Service: From ? ? pre August 1953? to 14 April 1980 = 26+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 28 October 1924
Died on: Saturday 12 November 2016
Funeral date: Tuesday 22 November @ 11am
Funeral location: Star of Sea Catholic Church, Bega Street, Tathra, NSW
Buried at: Cremated
Memorial at: ?
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Fred may have also have lived, as a lad, at 19 Atchison St, Wollongong and worked at Wollongong Police Station or the Wollongong Police Boys Club.
In the South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus, dated Monday 4 October 1954, page 5, Constable Fred Pitchford is mentioned at a dance at Wollongong Police Boys’ Club Ball as having decorated the hall and attending the Ball with his wife ( no Christian name mentioned for her ).
In Illawarra Daily Mercury on Wednesday 11 April 1951, page 9, Mr & Mrs Fred Pitchford of Fernhill ( Wollongong ) are mentioned having a son & heir born at the Bulli Hospital on Friday – being named Keith Frederick Pitchford.
In the Illawarra Daily Mercury ( Wollongong ) on Monday 28 August 1950, page 12, a Fred Pitchford is mentioned ( no age ) as playing baseball at Stuart Park for Woonona.
A Fred Pitchford is also mentioned as an Usher at the wedding of a sister – Dorothea May Pitchford – of 19 Atchison St, Wollongong. Parents being Mr & Mrs. W. J. Pitchford of that address. This appears in the South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus on Friday 10 September 1943, page 9.
15 year old Fred was mentioned in the South Coast Times @ Wollongong Argus on Friday 17 May 1940 as being a 15 year old who fractured his left collarbone and sustained head injuries & a sprained left wrist, when he fell from a bicycle in Crown St, and being admitted to hospital.
From 1970 – 1993, Frederick William Pitchford of various addresses around Tathra, is mentioned in Government Gazette of NSW under the Fisheries and Oyster Farms Act, 1935, as owner of various oyster leases.
Letters to the editor, November 4
Never too late
Roving with Roy
Yet another wedding anniversary, their 54th, for Fred and Raynor Pitchford of Tathra and they celebrated it together at the Harbourmaster on a balmy evening.
Fred has a broken foot, but it is not as bad as it sounds!
With a “gammy” leg made partly of a plaster compound, Fred has to go downstairs backwards!
As he was performing this ritual recently he missed a step and broke his foot – the “gammy” one!
So it is not as bad as it sounds and Fred is still laughing.
For the record, before joining the police force from which, of course, he is retired, Fred was a menswear salesman with the Sykes family at Wollongong.
Legs on show
Talking of legs, there we were three of us blocking the footpath of Carp Street with only four legs between us!
How come, you ask?
Well, there was Fred Pitchford minus most of one leg, Chrissy Farrow minus more than half of one leg and resplendent in her comfy scooter and yours truly, fortunately with two legs!
And all as happy as sandpipers as pedestrians weaved around us, all with happy greetings.
Life is worth living!