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James Thomas CLIFTON


James Thomas CLIFTON

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ?

Rank:  Constable

Stations?, Balmain – death

Service 1From 5 June 1950  to August 1954 = 4+ years Service

Service 2From 26 August 1957  to 31 July 1959 = 1+ years Service

Awards: No find on It’s An Honour

Born: ? ? 1928

Died on:  31 July 1959

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident – Police cycle – Rider

Event location:  Victoria Rd near Gagin St, Parramatta

Age: 30

Funeral date: ? ? ?

Funeral location: ?

Buried at: ?

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James Thomas CLIFTON, James CLIFTON

James Thomas CLIFTON, James CLIFTON

James Thomas CLIFTON, James CLIFTON

JAMES IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance


On 31 July, 1959 Constable Clifton rode his police motor cycle outfit from his home to the Parramatta Police Station where he had a meeting with local detectives. Following the meeting he set out to ride to the Balmain Police Station to commence his rostered shift at 7pm. As he was travelling along Victoria Road, Parramatta a pedestrian ran out onto the roadway near the intersection of Gagin Street. Although he took evasive action and braked the sidecar on Constable Clifton’s cycle hit the pedestrian. The cycle then veered across the road, throwing the constable head first beneath a car travelling toward him. He was killed instantly.


The constable was born in 1928 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 5 June, 1950. He resigned in August, 1954 and rejoined on 26 August, 1957. At the time of his death he was stationed at Balmain.



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