John William BAXTER
Late of Rockdale
New South Wales Police Force
Uniform # 715
Regd. # 5300
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 29 July 1946
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 18 May 1968
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 14 June 1976
Stations: ?, Maroubra – Retirement on 16 July 1981
Service: From ? ? pre July 1946? to 16 July 1981 = 35+ years Service
Australian Imperial Force RAAF ( Royal Australian Air Force )
Enlisted: Woolloomooloo, NSW, on 23 March 1944
Service # 163666
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Next of kin: Emily BAXTER
Single / Married: ?
Returned to Australia: ?
Date of Discharge: 21 May 1946
Posting at Discharge: 2 Airfield Defence Squadron
Born: 24 January 1926 in Bexley, NSW
Died on: Saturday 3 February 2018 in his sleep
Event location: at home in Rockdale
Event date: ?
Funeral date: Friday 9 February 2018 @ 10.30am
Funeral location: Chapel, Guardian Funerals, 374 Princes Hwy, Rockdale
Buried at: ?
Memorial located at: ?
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May they forever Rest In Peace
Lifelong St George resident John William Baxter died peacefully in his sleep at his Rockdale home on Saturday morning aged 92.
‘Jack’ was well-known in the community for his love of golf and played at Kogarah Golf Club every week until he was no longer able.
He attended Hurstville Boys High School before enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force at age 18.
Mr Baxter served in the RAF for two years achieving the rank of Leading Aircraftman (LAC).
He saw action in Borneo, where he was wounded by a gunshot to the leg and spent six months recovering in Jervis Bay.
Mr Baxter met his future-wife Valerie soon after and the pair were married January, 1957.
He served in the NSW Police Force for 35 years, retiring in 1981 after being injured in a serious car accident. The sergeant served at Regent Street, Philip Street, Darlinghurst and Maroubra commands.
Mr Baxter also played rugby union with St George Rugby Union Football Club (now known as Southern Districts), delivering a man of the match performance – his final appearance in the league – in the club’s then only premiership victory, against Gordon.
The football highlights didn’t end there, with the forward captaining a NSW Police side against the New Zealand police team in a 1958 interdominion.
Mr Baxter was also known to play a friendly spot of tennis with local legend Ken Rosewall.
He also coached junior cricket at Arncliffe Cricket Club in the 1970s.
Mr Baxter was a voracious reader and his love of books was rivalled only by his joy in sharing a glass of wine with his wife.
The Baxters raised their children in the same Rockdale house they lived in for 53 years.
Mr Baxter is survived by two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He will be farewelled in a funeral service at Rockdale Guardian Funerals (374 Princes Highway, Banksia) at 10.30am on Friday, February 9.