Kenneth Stanley ASTILL
( Late of Fairlight and recently of Kokoda House at the War Veterans’ RSL Village, Narrabeen. )
aka Ken & Kenny
Son to Stanley Parkes ASTILL ( Fireman & Policeman )
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 4940
“possibly” from Penrith Police College Class 003
Rank: Commenced Training at Penrith Police College on Monday ? ? 1945
Probationary Constable – appointed 21 January 1946 ( aged 24 years, 4 months, 23 days )
Detective Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 20 February 1967
Detective Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 6 July 1971
Final Rank: ?
Stations: ?, CIB Drug Squad ( 1950’s 60’s ),
Service: From ? ? pre January 1946 to 28 August 1981 = 35 years Service
Australian Imperial Force – Australian Army
Regiment: Citizen Military Forces ( CMF ) from Nov. 1941 until enlistment. 554 Australian Light Anti Aircraft Battery – New Guinea & Solomon Islands.
Enlisted: 13 August 1942 @ Taree, NSW
Service # NX109343 (N246474)
Next of kin: Stanley ASTILL
Single / Married: ?
Returned to Australia: ?
Date of discharge: 2 January 1946
Posting at discharge: 554 Australian Light Anti Aircraft Battery.
Police Awards: National Medal – granted 16 October 1983
National Police Service Medal – presented 17 February 2016
Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – presented 16 September 1968
National Medal – granted 13 December 1983
Anti Narcotics General Administration Medal – granted ? May 1981 ( presented by Egyptian Government )
Nominated for the Order of Australia – 1980
Born: Monday 29 August 1921 – Marrickville, NSW
Army records have him born same day / month but in 1920
NSW Police have him born with same day / month but in 9121
Died on: Tuesday 28 June 2016
Age: 94 years, 9 months, 30 days
Funeral date: Tuesday 5 July 2016 @ 2pm
Funeral location: the War Veterans’ RSL Village Chapel, John Edmondson Drive, Collaroy Plateau
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to NSW Police Legacy.
Buried at: ?TBA
Memorial at: ?TBA
KEN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.
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May you forever Rest In Peace.
ASTILL, Kenneth Stanley
29.8.1921 – 28.06.2016
Passed away peacefully in his sleep. Late of Fairlight and recently of Kokoda House at the War Veterans’ RSL Village, Narrabeen.
Loving father of Julie, Debra and Ian, father-in-law to Phillip and grandfather and great-grandfather to their families.
Aged 94 years
A LIFE WELL LIVED
Family and friends are warmly invited to attend his funeral service at the War Veterans’ RSL Village Chapel, John Edmondson Drive, Collaroy Plateau, on Tuesday 5th July, 2016 at 2.00pm.
Ken’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Kokoda House for their kindness and compassion shown to him.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to NSW Police Legacy.
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Manly Daily Thursday 18 February 2016 P 8
Gratitude displayed to officers
MEDALS FOR RETIRED POLICE
MORE than 20 retired police officers were awarded the National Police Service Medal at the War Vets Village at Collaroy Plateau on Wednesday, including one officer – 1980’s – who retired 30 years ago.
Retired police officers Bill McIntosh, Ken Astill and Ross Nixon were awarded the National Police Service Medal at the War Vets Village at Collaroy Plateau.
Former officer Bill Bush, who retired in 1998, said the Retired Police Association had lobbied the State Government for some time for a medal to be awarded to officers who had served the community well.
“We eventually convinced the Government that retired cops who served with distinction should be awarded these medals for their contribution to society,” Mr Bush said.
The National Police Service Medal is a special service award within the Australian honours system to provide “recognition for the unique contribution and significant commitment of those persons who have given ethical and diligent service as a sworn member of an Australian police service”.
Northern Beaches local area commander Superintendent Dave Darcy presented the medals.
Mr Bush said this was the first occasion the medals had been awarded to retired officers on the northern beaches but expects further award ceremonies in the future due to the number of retired police officers living in the area.
> Hello Warren and Phyllis,
> I am not sure if there is a connection with my husband’s Uncle Jim
> family (now deceased).
> Also, my husband’s family had a good friend by the name of Kenny ASTILL.
> He was a Detective in the NSW Drug Squad in the 1950s 1960s. Kenneth Stanley ASTILL married Norma May WEEKS in 1952 and the marriage was registered in BURWOOD. The family lived at Stanmore and later were living in Manly.
Marriage: 1552/1952 to Norma May WEEKS
The Canberra Times Thursday 8 October 1970 p 10
Addict ” lucky to be alive “
SYDNEY, Wednesday. — A magistrate told a drug addict today that he was lucky he had been taken to hospital and not to the morgue.
The addict, Leigh Francis Caines, 24, formerly of the Lithgow area, appeared in Central Court on charges of administering heroin to himself and possessing indian hemp.
The court was told that Caines had taken “a massive dose” of heroin, at least 10 grains.
Detective Sergeant Ken Astill, of the CIB drug squad, had said Caines had been found unconscious in a locked toilet after injecting himself with the dose.
When told that the defendant had spent two days in hospital, Mr W. Lewer. SM. said, ” You just missed getting into the morgue “.
Mr Lewer felt that what Sydney lacked most of all was a lock-up hospital.
He remanded Caines in custody until October 21 ordering that a psychiatric report be completed.
Government Gazette of NSW Friday 12 July 1974 p 2712
POISONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
IT is hereby notified that Detective Sergeant 1st Class Kenneth Stanley Astill has been appointed as ex-officio member of the Poisons Advisory Committee, vice Inspector C. R. Abbott, resigned, as the nominee of the Commissioner of Police.
(3491) WAL. FIFE, Acting Minister for Health.
Woroni ( Canberra ) Wednesday 1 October 1975 p 11
( bottom paragraph in second column of p 11 )……In the large office occupied by Detective Sergeant Ken Astill, chief of the Drug Squad at the CIB, there’s a baby’s feeding bottle – complete with teat. But a hole has been drilled at one end of it and a pipe bowl fitted into it. The drug addict (sic) who once owned it used to put his ‘pot’ into the bowl, light it. shove the teat in his mouth and suck as eagerly as any baby.
The Canberra Times Tuesday 15 October 1991 p 16
Back to the ’40’s for CAPO’s ball ( Capital Arts Patrons Organisation )
………… Ken Astill, from Sydney was also a guest. He is Australia’s foremost collector of police memorabilia and badges and a life member of the Police Insignia Collectors of Australia, and of the Police Historical Society. ……….
Email received on 30 June 2016:
Thank you very much for letting me know of Ken Astill’s passing. Ken was a friend of the Doughty family, through my uncle Jack Doughty, who for many years was a serving Police Officer at Coolabah.
Many years ago when I was a teenager, Ken, Jack, the Doughty brothers and myself, went on many pig shooting expeditions around Coolabah. I am attaching a photograph of Ken taken with my Uncle Bob Doughty and also a photograph of the Doughty family at the back of the Police Station at Coolabah.
When Uncle Jack retired be and his wife Joan, lived at the back of Manly Lighting on Pittwater Road in Manly, where Joan worked as the company’s Bookkeeper.
Jack passed away in 2006 in Manly Waters Private Hospital aged 81.
At this time he was living in Narrabeen at the Anzac Village. I know that Jack was still in touch with Ken, while he was living in Manly, I am not sure if Ken was at the Anzac Village at the same time as Jack.
From Russell LLOYD:
35 years ago I was a junior trainee at the Drug Squad where Ken was the 2IC to Mr. Lawrence. I was fortunate that he took the time to take me under his wing, being extremely helpful, knowledgeable and a great bloke who I had a lot of respect for. I acquired some of his work library as he approached retirement, and yes, each of the books contained his personal stamp. May he rest in peace.