James Thomas CLIFTON
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ?
Stations: ?, Balmain – death
Service 1: From 5 June 1950 to August 1954 = 4+ years Service
Service 2: From 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
Funeral date: ? ? ?
Funeral location: ?
Buried at: ?
Memorial location: ?
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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.