John Henry WALTON


John Henry WALTON

( late of Westleigh, NSW )

NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern Academy – Class  084A

New South Wales Police Force

Regd #  9727

Joined NSW Police Force via the NSW Police Cadet system on 7 July 1958 but appears to have resigned on 7 July 1958 before re-joining around 1960.

Cadet # 1451

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – commenced Monday 7 July 1958 until 7 July 1958.

Probationary Constable – appointed 15 August 1960

Constable – appointed 15 August 1961

Constable 1st Class – appointed  15 August 1966

Detective – appointed 22 March 1968

Detective Senior Constable – appointed 15 August 1970

Detective Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 28 April 1976

Final Rank:  Detective Sergeant 3rd Class

Stations:  Police Training Centre ( 150860 – Trainee ), Regent St ( 2 Division GDs from 190960 ), Regent St ( Traffic – Probation from 030161 ), Regent St ( Traffic – Permanent from 030261 ), Wagga Wagga ( transfer cancelled ), Canowindra ( GDs from 080563 ), 11 Division ( GDs from 101163 ), Vice Squad – H.Q. ( from 220365 ), Darlinghurst ( 3 Division – Vice Squad from 251065 ), Liverpool ( 22 Division – C.I. Duties from 280966 ), 9 Division ( C.I. Duties from 250869 ), C.I.B. – Special Crime Squad ( from 260273 ), C.I.B. – Armed Hold-up Squad to death

Service:  From 7 July 1958 to 7 July 1958.

Pre August 1960  to 23 June 1978 = 18+ years Service

Awards:  No Find in Australian Honours

Born:  Sunday  22 June 1941

Died on:  Friday  23 June 1978 ( day after his 37th birthday )

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident – passenger

Event location:  Carlingford Rd & Glenview Parade, Carlingford

Age: 37 yrs  1 day

Funeral date:  Tuesday  27 June 1978

Funeral location: Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium, Delhi & Plassey Rd, Macquarie Park, NSW

Buried at: RC Lawn, Block 12 / 0445

GPS:  Lat: -33.790614478   Long:  151.142994

INSCRIPTION: In loving Memory of John WALTON Died 23rd June 1978 Aged 37 years Beloved husband of Christine and father of Karen and Greg. and his beloved wife Christine Walton Died 24th March 1981 Lovingly remembered by the children

Grave Location


John Henry WALTON National Touch Plate, Canberra
John Henry WALTON
National Touch Plate, Canberra

JOHN IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance

About 2.45am on 23 June, 1978 Sergeant Walton was a passenger in a police vehicle travelling along Carlingford Road, Carlingford. A vehicle approaching in the opposite direction drove onto the incorrect side of the roadway, forcing the police vehicle off the road where it collided with a parked horse float which was parked, without lights, on the southern side of Carlingford Rd at the intersection of Glenview Parade. Detective Sergeant Walton was killed instantly.  Extensive inquiries made to locate the driver of the unknown vehicle responsible for this accident have to date proved unsuccessful.


The sergeant was born in 1941 and joined the New South Wales Police Force, as a Cadet, on 7 July 1958. At the time of his death he was attached to the Armed Hold-up Squad.


Beyond Courage


Prior to joining the NSWPF, John was a Junior Clerk for 10 months then joined the NSWPF Cadet system from the 7 July 1958 and finished on the 17 August 1958 for reasons unknown to me.

He then appears to have been a General Hand for 4 months and then a Clerk for 18 months before coming back to the NSWPF – Attesting as a Probationary Constable on the 15 August 1960.  His re-join date is also unknown to me.

He was 5′ 11″ tall, 12 stone 12 lb in weight with Hazel eyes, brown hair and of a medium build.  He was born in Young, NSW and was single at the time of joining but married on 23 November 1963.  He obtained his School Intermediate Certificate.

He obtained an 82.5% at completion of Training Class 84A and he had a 23 w.p.m. rate of typing – on the 4 April 1961

He also completed a three day course in Civil Defence in 1961.

He passed his Constable 1st Class exams on the 22 September 1964.

He failed his first attempt at the Sgt 3/c exams on 18 May 1973 but passed on the 16 May 1974.

He passed the Detective qualification course on 25 October 1967 and was designated a Detective on the 22 March 1968.

On the 14 November 1977 he was ” Commended for the good policemanship, excellent teamwork and devotion to duty he displayed as one of the Police responsible for the prompt arrest of Phillip WESTERN, Michael STOGIO, Lawrence JOHNSON and Robert PATTEN for the armed hold-up of the Randwick Branch of the Bank of New South Wales on 29 December 1975. 

During committal proceeding at the Central Court of Petty Sessions on 28 April 1976 the Chief Stipendiary Magistrate, Mr. Farquhar, complimented him, along with all Police connected with the case while His Honour, Judge Muir, in passing sentence on the offenders made favourable comment regarding the briefs prepared by Police for the trial.

Mervyn T Wood – Commissioner



Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Saturday 24 June 1978, page 3


Fatal crash

SYDNEY: Detective Sergeant John Henry Walton, 37, was killed and Detective Senior Constable John O’Hagan, 33, was seriously injured when a police car driven by Detective O’Hagan ran into a horse-float in Epping early yesterday.

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