James Robert WALTON
( late of Kiama – previously of Peakhurst ) )
aka Jim / Five Mile Jim / Gentleman Jim
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 8670
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 1 April 1957
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 June 1973
Senior Sergeant – retired
Stations: ?, NSW Police Academy – Instructor ( 1981 ), Mortdale, Tactical Operations Group ( T.O.G. ) – retirement
Service: From ?pre April 1957 to 2 April 1988 = 31 years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 15 April 1981
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 18 November 1982
Born: 29 May 1932
Died on: Saturday 4 June 2016
Funeral date: Friday 25 June 2016
Funeral location: ?, Engadine
Buried at: ?
Memorial at: ?
Funeral location: ?
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Rest In Peace James.
A private family service will be held.
THE LATE JIM WALTON – “FIVE MILE JIM”
Written by Phill Bates ( St George Cycling Club ) Friday 25 June 2016…. On a more sombre note, I attended the memorial service of Jim Walton today.
Jim was known as Gentleman Jim, was a police officer for many years and his main post was Mortdale Police Station.
The most notable aspect about Jim is that he was one of the club’s first ever national champions, combined with the Late Barry Thew and our wonderful friend Ron Webb to win the Australian Southcott Cup (teams pursuit) in 1953.
He also finished second to Commonwealth Games champion and future Olympic champion Ian Brown in the 10 mile National Title but won the return bout in 1955, winning the National 5 mile title at Hurstville Oval in 1955.
Jim was one of our early stars – the start of a multitude of many National, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games champions and I was honoured by his wife Elaine and sons Bruce and Rob to speak at his memorial service at Engadine today.
Born and bred in St George territory, living in Peakhurst before spending the last of his 20 years in Kiama, after having a stroke. Jim was a champion in many ways….
Photo courtesy Harry Willey family collection.
from Russell LLOYD: 18 July 2017
I commenced training as a Junior Trainee at Redfern Academy on 12 January, 1981. My training Sergeant was Sgt Jim Walton. I have cropped a picture from my class photo. I will always remember my introduction to the NSW Police as a positive and welcoming experience.
First impressions DO count.
R.I.P. Sergeant Walton.