John Robert BESWICK

John Robert BESWICK 


Late of Carramar, NSW  

“Possibly” related to:  Colin BESWICK, NSWPF # ?????, NSW Police Cadet # 3295 of Feb. 1977


NSW Police Training College – Penrith  Class #  “possibly” 025 


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  5972


Service:  From Monday 19 January 1948 as a Trainee  to   23 March 1984  =  36 years, 2 months, 4 days Service 


Rank:  Commenced Training at Penrith Police College on 19 January 1948 ( aged 23 years, 9 months )

Probationary Constable- appointed Monday 2 February 1948 ( aged 23 years, 10 months, 9 days )

Constable – appointed 19 January 1949

Constable 1st Class – appointed 19 January 1955 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 10 December 1964

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed  1 March 1972 

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 1 April 1974

Inspector – appointed 10 February 1979 

Chief Senior Inspector – appointed 22 December 1982 – Retirement on 23 March 1984


Final Rank =  Senior Inspector 


StationsConcord ( GDs )( Jan 1948 ), Lidcombe ( Solo Cyclist & Outfit Cyclist )( April 1948 )( 32 Division ), Ashfield ( Outfit Cyclist )( Jan 1958 ), Burwood ( Outfit Cyclist )( June 1958 )( 9 Division ), Liverpool Assist. Traffic Sgt – Traffic Sgt ( Jan 1965 – April 1974 )( 22 Division ), Parramatta ( 18 Division )( April 1974 )(Traffic Supervisor – H District ), Performed Super-Numeray GDs at 18 Division from 3 Feb 1975 – 28 March 1975,  Merrylands ( 26 Division )( Cancelled Aug. 1976 ), Auburn ( 32 Division ) ( 10 Oct 1976 ) OIC,  Flemington, Bankstown ( 19 Division ) ( Feb 1979 )( Assist. Officer ), Phillip St ( 4 Division )(March 1979 ( Assist. Officer ), Merrylands ( 26 Division )( April 1979 )( Assist. Officer ), Traffic Branch ( April 1981 )( Assist. Officer – HWP ), Campbelltown ( 35 Division )(24 Aug 1981 )( Assist. Officer – HWP ) – Retirement


Retirement / Leaving age: = 59 years, 11 months, 28 days

Time in Retirement from Police: 37 years, 1 month, 6 days


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system, whoever:

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal – granted 13 May 1971

Granville Train Disaster Medal – granted 12 July 1978

Commended1956 for alertness and good policemanship displayed at Lidcombe on the 9 June 1956, in connection with the arrest of Henry Albert Jones, who was convicted of Break, Enter & Steal, Causing Grievous Bodily Harm and other offences.

1960 for the search for Kevin John Simmonds and Leslie Allan Newcombe, who escaped from the State Penitentiary, Long Bay Gaol, on 9 October 1959.

9 September 1965 commended for the part played in fighting the disastrous bush fires which occurred in the County of Cumberland during March of 1965.


 Born:  Wednesday  24 March 1924 in Bega, NSW

Died on:  Thursday  29 April 2021

Age:  97 years, 1 months, 5 days  




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Funeral date:  Wednesday  5 May 2021 @ 10am 

Funeral location:  St Barnabas Anglican Church, 10 Frederick St, Fairfield, NSW  

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Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( May 2021 )



 JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO





May they forever Rest In Peace




Australian Police YouTube Channel 


BESWICK, John Robert
24.03.1924 – 29.04.2021

Beloved husband of Hazel (deceased).
Loving father of Janet, Robert, Richard, Cathy and their families.

Loved Forever
A Life Well Lived.

Relatives and friends of Jack are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in it’s entirety Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Cnr Frederick & Lackey Sts, Fairfield to commence at 10am.

John Robert (Jack) BESWICK Death Notice – Sydney, New South Wales | Sydney Morning Herald



At the time of joining the NSWPF, Jack was described as:

5′ 9 & 3/4″ tall, 11 st, 7 lb in weight, brown hair and eyes with a medium complexion.

He was Married at the time of commencement.

He held the School Intermediate Certificate.


Prior to joining, he spent 2 years as a Rural worker & 5 years as a Truck driver.


Jack failed his Cst 1/c Exams on:  28 Aug 1951, 26 Aug 1952, 25 Aug 1953 and Passed on 26 Aug 1954

Jack failed his Sgt 3/c Exams on:  5 Feb 1958, 4 Feb 1959 and Passed on 10 Feb 1960

Jack Passed his Sgt 1/c Exams on 16 May 1973

Jack Passed his Insp Exams on 13 May 1975

Jack successfully completed the Senior Police Course # 2/1977


Jack Passed his Solo Cycle course on 18 March 1948

Jack Passed his GD cars course on 17 March 1949

Jack Passed his Outfit Cycle course on 17 March 1949


Jack obtained a mark of 93/75% at completion of Training Class # ? at Penrith Police College


He was issued Uniform I.D. # 1117

He had a Bronze Life Saving Medallion



Michele Kearney

( 26 June 2022 )

A most wonderful man. It might not be known but it was Jack Beswick who stood up to the powers that be over in College Street about allowing women to join the HWP.

Jack got transferred over that out of Traffic.

The HWP lost 2 great inspectors the same week – Cliff Ceely retired and Jack was transferred.



Chief Inspector John BESWICK Service 1948 – 1984.PDF



Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Saturday 4 February 1950, page 1

Car Hits Woman, Then Crashes Into Police


A car, after colliding with a woman, swerved, into a Far-western Division police wireless car on Woodville Road, Villawood, last night.

The woman, Mrs. Alice Mary Crawford, of Norton Avenue, Bankstown, was admitted to Parramatta District Hospital with shock and a deep laceration to her back.

The driver of the police car, Constable Jack Beswick, was kept under observation for an hour then allowed to leave the hospital.

Police later charged a man, with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police in the patrol car said they were driving along Woodville Road towards Liverpool, when a car shot past them and hit Mrs. Crawford, who was walking on the right-hand side of the road with her husband.

The car then swerved to the left of the road, crashed into the patrol car and careered across a small ditch to a fence.

The woman’s husband, Mr. Frank Crawford, said: “My wife was jerked away from my arm and hurled about 10 feet in front of me.”

04 Feb 1950 – Car Hits Woman, Then Crashes Into Police – Trove


Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Monday 5 January 1953, page 3


Robert Staniland, 5, of Delhi Street, Lidcombe, had his left leg fractured when he was knocked down by a car in Delhi Street yesterday.

The boy ran across the street in front of an ice cream truck and was hit by a car which was passing the truck.

The driver of the car, Ralph Kerr, 25, of Cooma, took the boy to Auburn Hospital, where he was treated. The boy was then taken to the Children’s Hospital, Camperdown.

Constable J. Beswick, of Lidcombe, is investigating.

05 Jan 1953 – N.S.W. ACCIDENTS – Trove


Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW : 1950 – 1962),

Wednesday 14 December 1960, page 15

Granville Page

Win after close contest

Detective Constable Bruce McKeachie, of Ashfield, played a consistent game to win a stableford event in a competition staged by No. .9 Division Police Golf Club last week.

McKeachie gained 41 points to win from Inspector Ray Blissett, of Paddington, who returned 40 points.

It was McKeachie‘s first win in competition golf events organised by the Police Golf Club.

Presenting trophies to winners, the club president, Detective Senior Constable Jack Thompson, said he was particularly pleased that Detective McKeachie had won. He said he had been playing with the club for a long time, and this was his first victory.

Senior Constable Thompson also congratulated the other winners.

Next meeting of the club will be held at Carnarvon Golf Club, Lidcombe, on Christmas Day.

A single stableford competition event will be staged.

Players will receive a Christmas gift from the club. The event is set down to begin at 8 a.m. sharp.

The club has held elections for the coming year.

Elections resulted: President, Detective Senior Constable J. D. Thompson; vice-presidents, Detective Sergeant 3/c E. W. Quill and Detective Constable 1/c E. A. Booth; secretary, Detective Senior Constable R. S. Cox; treasurer, Detective Sergeant 3/c F. G. Bridges; handicapper and organiser, Senior Constable L. R. Clancy; club captain, Constable 1/c G. A. Dobbins; vice-captain, Constable 1/c L. Weston; committee, Senior Constable J. R. Beswick, Constable S. S. Johns.

Following are results of last week’s game:

Police — Detective Constable 1/c Bruce McKeachie, of Ashfield, first with 41 points; Inspector Ray Blissett, of Paddington, second with 40 points; Detective Sergeant 3/c Ted Bridges, of Lidcombe, third with 40 points.

Bridges was beaten on a count-back for second place.

Visitors: Mr. Hilton Neal, of Liverpool Golf Club, first with 38 points; Mr. Alby Beveridge, of Fox Hills Golf Club, second with 38 points ( beaten on a count-back ), and Mr. George Barker, of Cabramatta Golf Club, third with 35 points.

14 Dec 1960 – Granville Page – Trove


Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.


17 May 2021