Lance Joseph MELINE


Lance Joseph MELINE

Late of Helensburgh

Army Private – 2790918

1 ARU ( Australian Reinforcement Unit ) from 24 June 1969 – 16 July 1969

9 RAR ( Ninth Battalion Royal Australian Regiment ) from 17 July 1969 – 12 December 1969

NSW Redfern Police Academy Class # 127

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # 14645

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 28 June 1971

Constable 1st Class – appointed 28 June 1976

Senior Constable – appointed ???


Final Rank:  Senior Constable


Stations:  Helensburgh


ServiceFrom  ? ? pre June 1971 to 8 April 1982 = 10+ years Service


Awards:  Queen’s Scout Award – granted 1966 1st Leeton


Born:  17 June 1948

Died:  Thursday 8 April 1982

Age:  33

Cause:  Suicide – Police revolver


Event location:  inside Helensburgh Police Station ( 82 Division )

Event Date:  Thursday 8 April 1982


Funeral date? April 1982

Funeral location:  Woronora Crematorium

Buried at:  Cremated

Ashes:  Sydney War Cemetery, Memorial Ave, Rookwood

Memorial located at

Lance Joseph MELINE

Lance is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance BUT SHOULD BE

 37 years later ( 2019 ) and this man is still not recognised by the NSWPF – but WE – the people who Served in NSWPF, still Remember and Honour our Fallen

 A Senior Constable Lance Meline committed self harm with a police revolver at Helensburgh Police Station on the 8 April 1982.  He was apparently having trouble with hoodlums in the Helensburgh area too.


Army information


Surname Given Names Notice Type Date Type Age Other Details Publication Published
MELINE Lance Joseph Death notice 08APR1982 Death   late of Helensburgh Sydney Morning Herald 10APR1982  
MELINE Lance Joseph Death notice 08APR1982 Death   late of Helensburgh Illawarra Mercury 10APR1982  

Helensburgh Police Station


Lance was born to Daphne ELLIOT ( D: 1980 ) & Leslie MELINE ( D: about 1998 – ex Flight Engineer with RAAF – WWII )


It is believed that Sgt Keith Beacroft, OIC, found the deceased.


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Lance was my Cousin,
he was born to Daphne Elliot (died 1980) and Leslie Meline (died abt 1998)(ex Flight Engineer, RAAF WW2,)
i am still in contact with his children,
the circumstances of his death were complicated and still the source of deep grief in the family

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