Ian Donald WARD
late of Padstow, NSW
New South Wales Police Force
Joined via NSW Police Cadets on 21 February 1966
Cadet # 2109
Rank: NSW Police Cadet – commenced 21 February 1966
Probationary Constable – 12 April 1968
Constable 1st Class ( Acting Sergeant in Cyprus )
Regd. # ? – Most possibly between 13171 – 13193
Stations: ? & Cyprus as part of the 11th Australian Contingent of UN Peacekeeping Mission
Service: From 21 February 1966 to 12 November 1974 = 8+ years Service
Service name: Military Police, National Service ( Army )
Service number: ?
Date of birth: 12 April 1949
Place of birth: Ryde, NSW
Date of intake: ?
NS Training: ?
Follow Up Training: ?
Basic Training: ?
Next of Kin: ?
Awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal. The U.N. Secretary-General established the Dag Hammarskjöld medal for posthumous award to members of peacekeeping operations who lost their lives during service with a peacekeeping operation under the operational control and authority of the United Nations.
Born: 12 April 1949 at Ryde, NSW
Died: Tuesday 12 November 1974
Cause of death: Murdered – Land Mine Explosion
Event location: near Lefka, Cyprus ( 5 days after arriving in the country )
Funeral date: 26 November 1974
Funeral location: ???
Grave location: Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood
Ian Donald WARD
On 12 November, 1974 Constable Ward was serving with the Eleventh Australian Police Element in Cyprus. Whilst travelling in a Land Rover near Lefka the vehicle hit a landmine in the buffer zone. As a result Constable Ward was killed and Constable 1st Class John Woolcott was seriously injured.
Constable Ward is the 3rd and last Australian to die in Cyprus.
The constable was born in 1949 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 12 April, 1968. At the time of his death he was stationed in Cyprus and an Acting Sergeant.
John Woolcott recovered from his injuries and ” Wooly ” later retired from NSW Police Force either as an Sergeant at Manly Police Station or an Inspector at North Sydney / Mosman. This, is yet, to be confirmed. ( 10 August 2017 ).
1974 – the funeral for Sergeant Ian Ward
National Police Wall of Remembrance Touch Plate for Ian WARD
17 June 2017 – Malaysia Memorial in Cyprus taken today as Australian Police complete the long mission and are leaving Cyprus.
Ian’s memorial at the Goulburn Police Academy.
Dag Hammarskjold Medal
Memorial to Ian WARD – unveiled in 1985
2003 Police Remembrance Day is marked with a ceremony at the cairn erected in memory of Sergeant Ian Ward.
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Sgt Ian Donald Ward
Cst 1st Class Ian Donald WARD – NSWPF – Killed in Cyprus – 12 November 1974 – further info
Cst 1st Class Ian Donald WARD – NSWPF – Killed in Cyprus – 12 November 1974 – further info 2
the Eleventh Contingent
The closure of Nicosia Airport meant a circuitous route to Cyprus for the second half of the eleventh contingent led by Merv Beck.
Although it was not known at the time, conditions on the Island and consequent reduction in UNFlCYP strength would make this the
last November rotation.
The group left Sydney on 6 November and were welcomed some days later at Akrotiri after flying with Qantas to London then busing to
the Brize Norton RAF Base near Oxford and thence via Malta to Cyprus.
RAF flights were ‘dry’ and the seats faced the rear, so the Australians appreciated the traditional welcome at Limassol Headquarters.
The newcomers ‘pumped’ the old hands for news of the war while they themselves were pressed for information about events in Australia.
The new arrivals were soon split up. Ray Leister was assigned Control Room duties while others went to Ktima and Polis.
After only five days on the Island the unthinkable happened near a road-block approaching Lefka.
Ian Ward, a replacement from New South Wales, was killed and John Woolcott injured when their Land Rover detonated a land-mine in an unmarked field.
The Australians were conveying a Turkish Cypriot family from Ayios Nicolaos to the Turkish Cypriot controlled area at Lefka and one of the four passengers was killed and the other three seriously injured.
The fatality cast a pall over the contingent.
A number of moving ceremonies were held before his body was flown home to Australia.
Twelve months later a cairn was erected to commemorate the tragedy and each twelve months a short service is held near the memorial.
Geoff Baker was a member of the Board of Inquiry convened under British military regulations to investigate the incident.
Land-mines were the major component of fortifications along the confrontation zone. UNFICYP had lodged a number of protests about mine-laying procedures and the fact that many fields were neither marked nor adequately recorded. UNFICYP began a special programme to remedy the deficiencies, but two UNFICYP soldiers were killed in similar circumstances during the following twelve months.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Wednesday 20 November 1974, page 3
LONDON, Tuesday (AAP). – Representatives of all United Nations peace keeping forces in Cyprus will take part in a memorial service today for Sergeant Ian Ward, 25, a Commonwealth policeman of Sydney, who was killed in landmine explosion last week. His body will later be flown to Sydney for burial.
Located within the Honour Precinct is an original ornate marble tablet featuring early losses of New South Wales Police Officers. The tablet is flanked by the New South Wales state flag and the New South Wales Police Force flag.
The Peacekeeping Display honours all members of the NSW Police Force who have served in peacekeeping operations throughout the world and houses the Dag Hammerskjold medal belonging to the late SGT Ian Donald Ward who died in UNFICYP. This was donated to the NSW Police College on the 29th May, 2010 from Mr Ken Ward, OAM, father of SGT Ward.
On the 12th November, 1974, a member of this Force, Constable 1st Class I. D. Ward, who had arrived in Cyprus a few days before, and Constable 1st Class J. Woolcott, also of this Force, were carrying out humanitarian work transporting refugees. The United Nation’s land rover in which they were travelling struck a land mine on a road between Limassol and Lefka resulting in the death of Constable 1st Class Ward and severe injuries to Constable 1st Class Woolcott, Constable 1st Class Ward was posthumously awarded the United Nations Medal, Cyprus Division.
Peacekeeping Veteran Honoured at the NSW Police College:
PEACEKEEPING VETERAN HONOURED AT THE NSW POLICE COLLEGE
Mr Denis Percy – National President – UNPAA.
On the 14th November, 1974 Sergeant Ian Ward, a member of the New South Wales
Police Force, who had been seconded to the then named Australian Commonwealth
Police, (later named the AFP), for 12 months service with the United Nations Force in
Cyprus, (UNFICYP). Ian died as a result of a land-mind explosion whilst travelling in a
He and Sergeant John Wolcott, the vehicle observer, also on attachment from the NSW
Police, were conveying four Turkish refugees from the Greek Cypriot sector village of Ayios
Nicolaos to the Turkish sector in Lefka District. One of the Turkish refugees was killed and
three were seriously injured in the explosion. The Land Rover was completely demolished
by the anti- tank mine. Sergeant John Wolcott survived the explosion; however, he
received serious facial and other injuries.
Sergeant Ward had been in Cyprus for only five days on his 12 month secondment to the
United Nations Police Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Ironically, Ian had previously served
and survived as a Military Policeman, whilst performing his National Service during the
Lieutenant-General Bedrettin Demirel, Commander of the Turkish Peace Forces in
Cyprus, in a heart felt expression of sympathy wrote to Sergeant Ward’s Family and stated, “
Your son, who was making every effort to assist in the humanitarian activities indiscriminate of
race, religion and language, is a martyr of duty.
His memory and service live in the hearts of all personnel of the Turkish Peace Forces in Cyprus ”
HANDOVER AND BLESSING OF THE DAG HAMMARSKJOLD MEDAL.
On the 29th May, 2009 in Goulburn at the NSW Police College, 35 years after his death on
a lonely village road and a world away from Cyprus, we remembered our Police colleague.
The service held at the NSW Police College demonstrates that Australian Police do not
forget those who die in the line of duty, either in Australia or whilst serving overseas.
In a highly symbolic ceremony, the Australian Federal Police officially handed-over“
on-loan” for a five year period, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal awarded to the late Sergeant
Ian Donald Ward.
That medal had been in the custody of the Australian Federal Police as
Ian died as a Federal Police Officer on attachment from the NSW Police for his UN Service.
That medal is awarded by the United Nations to those of its members who are
killed whilst performing duty with the United Nations. It is named after the now deceased
and former Scandinavian leader of the United Nations at its headquarters in New York.
The day’s proceedings commenced in Goulburn with a moving march of a group of United
Nations Police veterans who had served in Cyprus, the Middle East, East Timor, the
Solomon Islands and other multinational peacekeeping operations.
The veterans march was preceded by combined ceremonial support elements of the NSW Police Force and the
Australian Federal Police the marching band of the NSW Police Force, a combined NSW
Police Force Mounted Unit and the Australian Federal Police Ceremonial Mounted Cadre
and a combined New South Wales Police Force and Australian Federal Police flag party.
The Parade Commander UNPAA President Denis Percy instructed the parade to an “eyes
left” towards the NSW Police Eternal Flame, which honours all those members of the NSW
Police Force who have died in the service of their state and their country.
POLICE COLLEGE CHAPEL CEREMONY:
Upon arrival at the NSW Police College Chapel, the flags of the United Nations and the
Australian Federal Police were laid up by the Senior Police Chaplain, Reverend Peter
Gathered in the Chapel were a number of representatives of the Australian Defence Force,
the Untied Nations Information Centre, the Senate, the Parliaments of the Commonwealth
of Australia and New South Wales. The Mayor of Goulburn mingled there with senior AFP,
NSW Police Force and Victoria Police officials and members of the United Nations Police
Association of Australia, (UNPAA), the Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers
Association, the Australian Bravery Association, the National Executive of the RSL and the
NSW Police Force Sub Branch of the RSL.
Sergeant Jeff Little, NSW Police and a peacekeeping veteran from East Timor and Cyprus
read the invocation. . Guests in the Police Memorial Chapel joined in singing the United
Nations Anthem, ‘The song of All Nations”, followed by another peacekeeping veteran,
NSWPF Sergeant Dave McCann, OAM reading the Beatitudes.
Police Chaplain read a prayer and then came the official handover, which involved the signing of the temporary
loan agreement by AFP Commander and former peacekeeping veteran Shane Connelly –
performing the duties of National Manager, International Deployment Group and Chief
Superintendent Gregory Moore, APM the Principal of the NSW Police College.
Due to its’ national significance, the AFP Museum are the current custodians of the late Sergeant
Ward’s medal and have entrusted its’ safekeeping with the NSW Police College for the
next five years.
From the rear of the Chapel and carrying the Dag Hammarskjöld medal belonging to the
late Sergeant Ian Ward AFP Sergeant Dale Cooper, RFD a former UN Cyprus
peacekeeper slow marched towards the front of the chapel, and from the left side of the
chapel NSWPF Senior Sergeant Mark Elm a former UN East Timor peacekeeper slow
marched to the front of the Chapel where the physical handover took place between the
two guardians of the medal.
This symbolic gesture, of respect to a fallen Sergeant indicated the deep regard both forces
have to their departed colleague and fellow peacekeeper.
Chief Superintendent Gregory Moore, APM has indicated that he is honoured for the NSW
Police College to be entrusted by the AFP to be guardians of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal
belonging to the late Sergeant Ian Donald Ward. He went on to state: “Sergeant Ian Ward
and Sergeant Patrick Hackett who were killed while on international policing service with
the United Nations are role models for NSW Police recruits passing through this college
and the great tradition of service that we given an ongoing basis to the people of NSW.”
DEDICATION OF THE PEACEKEEPING DISPLAY
The display is designed to honour those members of the NSW Police Force who have
contributed to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations as United Nations Police Officers.
As such it fits well within the ‘Honour Precinct’ of the NSW Police College.
Visitors to the NSW Police College are invited by the Principal; to inspect the newly
dedicated display located in the hallway areas of the College building next to the College
Library Out of ten Australians who have died whilst on UN peacekeeping operations, the
NSWPF has lost two members with the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP),
namely Inspector Patrick Hackett in a motor vehicle accident (29.8.71) and Sergeant Ian
Donald Ward (land mine explosion). A third Australian Police Officer from the South
Australia Police Sergeant Lew Thomas has also been killed in Cyprus (26.7.69) also in a
motor vehicle accident.
The Peacekeeping display was made possible with a grant from the Australian
Government, Department of Veterans Affairs ‘Saluting Their Service’ upon a submission
made to them by the UNPAA .That grant is a Government initiative which honours the
contribution of Australia’s servicemen and women in war, conflicts and peace operations.
Senior Sergeant Mark Elm was the Project Manager for the display which was funded by
contributions from the Australian Federal Police; the NSW Police Force; United Nations
Police Association of Australia and its NSW Branch, the Police Federation of Australia; and
the Police Credit Union.
Ceremonial arrangements were made possible with assistance of the AFP Recognition and
Ceremonial team and the Professional Standards Unit of the Office of the Principal, NSW
UNITED NATIONS ARTIFACTS DONATED TO DISPLAY:
In putting the exhibition together, Snr Sgt Elm collected historic artefacts donated by
Australian police peacekeepers who served in Cyprus, the Middle East and East Timor
Said Sergeant Elm: “
Police officers by their very nature are peacekeepers in their home towns, cities here in
Australia, and it is a natural progression to take these skills to war torn areas, to build the
capacity of local authorities to act against a humanitarian backdrop.” Said Snr Sgt Elm.
“This day has been on the cards since I arrived at the College in February of 2007.
Much like all the other proud traditions displays, most of the work undertaken on this display has
been conducted on days off so it is really gratifying to see the final results, which I think all
peacekeepers will feel proud.
I think we got the symbolism right and I think our future members of the force will come to
know of the service and the sacrifice of our members who contributed.”
In a fitting tribute to Australia’s police peacekeepers whether they hail from the AFP, state
or territory police force, the Minister for Home Affairs, The Hon. Bob Debus, and MP kindly
donated the Australian Coat of Arms, which was presented by Senator the Hon. Ursula
Stephens and dedicated by Reverend Peter Robinson at the ceremony.
SNRSGT Elm summed up the magnitude of this when he said
Assistance was provided to Senior Sergeant Elm in this project from the Australian Federal
Police; the NSW Police Force; United Nations Police Association of Australia and its NSW
Branch, the Police Federation of Australia; and the Police Credit Union.
This ceremony was made possible through the assistance of the AFP Recognition and Ceremonial team
and the Professional Standards Unit of the Office of the Principal, NSW Police College.