Lance STIRTON APM
late of Maroubra & Matraville, NSW
New South Wales Police Force
Joined NSW Police Force via NSW Police Cadet system on 5 February 1946
Penrith Police College – Class # 029
Cadet # 596
Regd. # 6340
Rank: NSW Police Cadet – Commenced Training on 5 February 1946 ( Aged 16 years, 13 days )
Probationary Constable – appointed 24 January 1949 ( Aged 19 years, 1 day )
Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Detective – appointed ? ? ?
Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 January 1966
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 1 June 1973
Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 31 October 1975
Inspector – appointed ? ? ?
Superintendent – appointed ? ? ?
Assistant Commissioner – appointed 18 December 1985
Deputy Commissioner – State Commander – appointed ? May 1991
Stations: ?, Commanded a wide variety of specialist criminal investigation squads including Homicide, Consorting and Special Breaking, and the Special Weapons and Operations Section, Broken Hill ( Supt. of Broken Hill Police District ), the 1st Regional South-West Office ( 23 – 31 Moore St, Liverpool ) – 1st Region Commander ( August 1987 – June 1991 ), State Commander ( June 1991 – 3 June 1993 )
Service: From 5 February 1946 to 3 June 1993 = 47 years, 3 months, 29 days Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 10 September 1986 ( Assistant Commissioner )
Australian Police Medal – granted 26 January 1988 ( Assistant Commissioner )
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 23 February 1993 ( Deputy Commissioner )
Born: Thursday 23 January 1930
Died on: Thursday 2 April 2015
Age: 85 years, 2 months, 10 days
Funeral date: Friday 10 April 2015 @ 11am
Funeral location: All Saints Anglican Church, Ocean Street, WOOLLAHRA.
Buried at: ?
Memorial: NSW Police force Service Memorial Wall, Sydney Police Centre, Surry Hills, B33 ( left wall )
LANCE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED
Location of Funeral Service:
On the left is former Assistant Commissioner, Lance Stirton (Cadet No. 559) with Jack Bailey (Cadet No. 613) holding the blunt end of a very much DEAD red-bellied black snake. Jack being the junior two, he was allowed (directed?) to hold the bitey end for the photo.
It was taken at Buff Point around 1947 – where Lance’s parents had a weekender…Lance and some of his male friends, together with his sister (Betty) and her girlfriends, most of whom were workmates, would spend some weekends at this place – a million miles from no-where in those days then travel back to Sydney on Sunday night by bus then train.
The snake was killed and (being cadets) carefully curled up before being placed in the sandy-dirt floor of the back-yard ‘dunny’ and then they waited. The door on the old dunny inwards. Jack’s (now wife of nearly 60 yrs) was first to enter and close the door to relieve herself but when her eyes became accustomed to the darkness from outside sunlight, the bottom hinge was taken off the door as it blasted open.
What a terrible joke to play on someone who always feared snakes. But we were waiting on the back step for her to wake up to what it was.
Thankfully for Jack she was the forgiving type. She is still with him!!!
With regret I advise the death of Lance STIRTON, 85 old, former Regd. No. 6340, an Unattached Veteran Member of the RPA.
Lance passed away on 02/04/2015 and his funeral is proposed to be held at 11am on Friday 10th Instant at All Saints Anglican Church, Ocean Street, WOOLLAHRA.
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police.
23/01/1930 – 02/04/2015.
Late of Maroubra and Matraville.
Devoted husband of Jean for 61 years. Father to Lindsay, Naomi and Matthew, father in law to Marcella, Stephen and Anita, adored ‘Poppy’ to Luke, Jessica, Alena, Alicia, Nicola, Christopher, James, Andrew, Amelia and Caterina.
Provided over 47 years of dedicated and exemplary Police service to the State of New South Wales.
Aged 85 Years
A Funeral Service will be held for Lance in All Saints Anglican Church, 85 Ocean Street, Woollahra on Friday April 10, 2015 commencing at 11.00am
Maroubra 9314 2778
Member AFDA – See more at: http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/smh-au/obituary.aspx?n=lance-stirton&pid=174576435&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.0UOfmfmw.dpuf
Dear Mrs Stirton and family.
My Sincere condolences in the passing of Lance.
I have only now become aware of his passing.
I worked for Lance in the NSWP in admin support throughout 1997/9.
He was an impressive leader for all to follow in the best traditions.
Lance displayed an incredibly high level of integrity, honesty, and fairness in his dealings with all personnel. He treated everyone with a high degree of respect, which was always reciprocated by all.
Lance always had a smile and a nod to say “g’day” each day, and I am pleased to say that I had the privilege of working with and for him, and believe that I am a better person from my working association with him. My he rest in peace.
February 17, 2020 | Sydney | Coworker
My sincere sympathy to the Stirton family. May he Rest in Peace.
May 05, 2015 | Smithfield, NEW SOUTH WALES
Dear Mrs Stirton and family.
Sincere condolences in the passing of Lance.
I worked for him in NSWP in admin support.
He was an exemplar for all to follow in the best traditions of integrity, thereness and getting the job done.
A wonderful man revered by all who had the pleasure of working with and for him.
My he reap his eternal reward.
April 16, 2015 | Gosford, NEW SOUTH WALES
Dear Mrs Stirton, Lindsay, Naomi and Matthew.
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
With lots of love Terry, Fran and Patrick Moore (Cairns) (daughter of Ralph & Gloria Coogan)
April 10, 2015
The pilot of a twin-engine commuter airliner collapsed at…
SYDNEY, Australia — The pilot of a twin-engine commuter airliner collapsed at the controls Sunday but was revived in time to safely land the craft, the Transport Department reported.
Officials said pilot Peter Bell collapsed about 30 minutes after his Beechcraft King Air 200 plane left Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea on a flight to Sydney, 435 miles to the southwest, with two passengers, Lance Stirton and Ronald Squires.
Authorities said the plane was flying at 27,000 feet when Bell went into convulsions and collapsed unconscious over the controls. The pilot is believed to have suffered from food poisoning and was unconscious for 40 minutes, officials said.
‘The plane was on automatic pilot at the time because we were flying in good weather,’ said Squires, 34. ‘I remember thinking, ‘Thank God for that.”
Squires said Stirton, a police inspector, came to the cockpit and began giving Bell mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while he called on the plane’s radio for help.
Pilots of another Advance Airlines commuter plane and a Qantas jet nearby began describing the aircraft’s operations to Squires in case he had to try to land it.
‘About 30 minutes out of Sydney, Inspector Stirton managed to revive Capt. Bell, who finally brought the plane down safely,’ Squires said.