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John Henry HEAD


John Henry HEAD

Late of Eleebana, NSW

New South Wales Police Force

Academy Class # 89A ( 1961 )

Regd. #  10189 & 15123 ( Rejoinee )


Rank ( 1 ):  10189 = Probationary Constable – appointed 30 October 1961

Constable – appointed 10 October 1962

Constable 1st Class – appointed 1 April 1967

He Resigned from NSWPF as of 9 November 1968

John joined the RACMP & served in Vietnam May 1970 – May 1971

Stations ( Service 1 ):  Mounted Unit from 4 December 1961

Assistant Secretary Supervisor ( Probation ) – South Sydney Police Boys Club from 15 September 1967

Assistant Secretary Supervisor ( Permanent ) – South Sydney Police Boys Club from 15 December 1967

Service 1:  From  ? ? pre October 1961?  to  9 November 1968 = 7+ years Service

Rank ( 2 ):  15123 = Trainee – Commenced 14 February 1972 ( Rejoinee )

Probationary Constable – appointed 27 March 1972

Constable – appointed 27 April 1972 ( 1 month AFTER Attestation )

Discharged Medically Unfit as of 13 May 1976

Stations ( Service 2 ):  Liverpool – 22 Division – General Duties ( from 27 March 1972 )

Service 2:  From  ? ? pre March 1972?  to  13 May 1976 = 4+ years Service

Service 1 & 2 Total = 11 years Service with NSW Police Force



Service name:               Army

Service number:          2132623, 219046

Category of Service:   Citizen Military Forces:  6 April 1960  to  30 May 1962

                                          Australian Regular Army:   25 November 1968  to  16 September 1971

Rank:                               Corporal

Corps:                             Royal Australian Army Provost Corps  Start:  27 May 1970  End:  26 May 1971

Employment:               Policeman, Military

Postings/Attachment 12 Company, Royal Australian Army Service Corps:  6 April 1960

                                           1 Recruit Training Battalion:     25 November 1968

                                           Eastern Command Provost Company:  18 February 1969

                                           Australian Forces Vietnam Provost Unit:   27 May 1970

                                          1 Division Provost Company:  26 May 1971

Operational Service:  Vietnam:  27 May 1970  to  26 May 1971

Date of birth:                31 March 1942

Place of birth:               Manly, NSW

Date of intake:              ?

NS Training:                  ?

Follow Up Training:   ?

Basic Training:             ?

Next of Kin:                   ?

Medals:                           Australian Active Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with Clasp Vietnam

                                          Vietnam Medal

                                          Australian Defence Medal

                                          Vietnam Campaign Medal

                                          Returned from Active Service Badge


Police Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  31 March 1942 @ Manly, NSW

Died on:  Thursday  10 August 2017

Age:  75


Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:  Friday  18 August 2017 @ 11am

Funeral location:  Chapel, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Camden Valley Way, LEPPINGTON

Buried at:  Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Leppington

 Memorial located at?

Photo with Karen Owen and Helen Ridge, the Mounted Police girls at the International Police Olympics in Phoenix Arizona in 1984.
Photo:  John with Karen Owen and Helen Ridge, the Mounted Police girls at the International Police Olympics in Phoenix Arizona in 1984.

In loving memory of John Henry Head. 31st March 1942 - 10th August 2017

[alert_yellow]JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO


 Funeral location





May they forever Rest In Peace


I can’t find John in the 1979 or 1989 issues of the Police Stud Books but the registered numbers fall within the dates – as above.

From Peter Gould:

John was former Liverpool (22 Division). In 1973 John was riding home from work on his motorbike when he was involved in a car accident.

John suffered severe head injuries and I vividly recall us driving his wife to visit him at Lidcombe when he was in re-hab. John never recovered from his brain injury.

I also remember John visiting us at the SWOS office.

Prior to the accident John was an extremely fit fella and from memory was previously an Army P.T.I.


From Steve Reeves: His photo in his Boxing gear was displayed in the foyer of the South Sydney Police Boys Club. He is a Vietnam Veteran. A distinguished gentleman who was always immaculately dressed. John was on his way home from work along Elizabeth Drive and when at the intersection of Flowerdale Road a car turned right in front of him. Tragedy. He used to train his children on the grass athletic track alongside Cabramatta Sports Ground. We worked together in the Court Cells at Liverpool. RIP mate.

August 11 at 6:07pm


John was, apparently, a regular visitor to the Redfern Police Academy and Mounted Unit.



219046 CPL John Henry HEAD
31 March 1942 – 10 August 2017
Aged 75 Years
Sadly, John HEAD passed away after a long illness caused by a motorcycle
accident many years ago.   John was a NSW Policeman who joined the Army
because he was to old for National Service and wanted to serve his country
in Vietnam.   Because of his police background, John was a direct enlistment
into RACMP and served in Vietnam from May 1970 till May 1971.   On
completion of his six year engagement, John took his discharge and returned
to the NSW Police Force.   During his Police service, John was involved in an
horrific motor cycle accident which resulted in him having to retire from all
forms of employment.
John was a well respected and well liked member of RACMP and of the
NSW Police Force.   He was and will always be remembered as a top bloke.
Funeral Details.                   1100 hrs, Friday 18 August 2017
                             North Chapel
                             Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
                             Camden Valley Way
                             Leppington   NSW
Condolences to :                    Jackie Doulis   (Daughter)
                             739 Duncans Creek Road
                             Duncans Creek   NSW   2340  



When joining NSW Police Force in 1961, John was described as being 5′ 10″ tall, 11 stone 6 lb with blue eyes, brown hair and medium complexion.

When he joined he was single but married on 24 August 1962.

Prior to joining “the job” he was a labourer for 2 years 2 months, a Garage attendant for 3 months and shop assistant for 9 months.

On the 17 August 1962 he passed his typing test with 20 w.p.m.

He Passed his Constable 1st Class exam on 22 September 1964.

He was Roman Catholic.

The following note was recorded on his Service Register:

Commended for his good Policemanship whist off duty on 1st February 1962, when on entering a Milk Bar in Crown Street, Surry Hills, he overheard a man named Paul Wishart inform tow youths he had bought a wireless set cheap from an unknown person and he believed it was stolen.  The Probationary Constable then questioned Wishart who subsequently accompanied the Probationary Constable to No. 21 Division Headquarters.  Wishart was later charged with having a transistor wireless set in his possession reasonably suspected of being stolen or unlawfully obtained, and convicted.

N.T.W. Allan, Commissioner of Police

20 March 1962


Awarded the ” Peter Mitchell Trophy ” for 1966 for the ” Most Outstanding Sportsman of the Year

N.T.W. Allan, Commissioner of Police

17 March 1967


After being absent from the NSW Police Force for 2 years & 9 months – whilst serving with the Royal Australian Army Provost Corps during the Vietnam War – John rejoined the NSW Police Force pre February 1972.

He returned just under 1 stone heavier, at 12 stone 5 lb and was still married.

On the 15 September 1972 he passed his General Duty Cars & Utilities / Light Trucks course at the Drive Training Centre.


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