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Leslie Gerald SMITH


Leslie Gerald SMITH

Father-In-Law to Graham KING – Former NSWPF Member # 17768? ( Warilla HWP )

AKA  ?

Late of  ?, Qld

NSW Penrith Police Academy Class #  028

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  73??

Rank:  Initial Training Class – commenced Monday 21 April 1952

Probationary Constable – appointed ? – “possibly” Friday 30 May 1952

There is ‘no find’ for this person in the 1968 Stud Book

There is ‘no find’ for this person in the CIB Centenary 1879 – 1979 Book

Final Rank = ?

Stations?, Leura, Nowra Detectives – Resignation

Service:  From ? June 1952  to ? ? 1967 ( *Resigned )=  23 years Service

*Resigned to take up a position of Security & Safety Officer at Wiggins Teape, Paper Mill, Bolong Rd, Bomaderry before, possibly, going to PNG.

Awards: No Find on Australian Honours

Born: ? ? 1920s?

Died on: Thursday  19 September 2019

Age: 90+?

Cause: ?

Event location: Cairns Hospital, Cairns, Qld

Event dateThursday  19 September 2019

Funeral date: TBA

Funeral location: TBA

Wake locationTBA

Funeral ParlourTBA

Buried atTBA

Memorial located atTBA



LESLIE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED

Funeral location: TBA



May they forever Rest In Peace


Leslie immigrated to Australia in the 1960s – after serving as an English Bobbie in the London Police for six years.

In 1952 he joined the NSW Police Force and was stationed at Leura and Nowra – having obtained the rank of Detective Sergeant 3rd Class before resigning and working in Bougainville, New Guinea, for a number of years, up to and including New Guinea’s independence in the early 1980s.

Leslie was in “the job” for 23 years but it is currently not known if that included his six years with the London Met.

Leslie was partnered with Retired Det Bob Blissett ( the Blizzard ) whilst stationed at Nowra.

Leslie’s’ years in PNG included the violent uprising and race riots.  he was the 2 I.C. at Bougainville Copper Mine, as head of Security & Safety.



Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 – 1954),

Tuesday 8 July 1952, page 5


Fugitive chased by nurses

While nurses were chasing a man at Woollahra last night a young constable jumped from a bus and brought him down with a flying tackle.

Police say that the nurses saw a man in one of the rooms at the Karitane Mothercraft and Training Centre, Woollahra.

The man jumped through a window, smashing the glass.

Six nurses chased him along Nelson Street, shouting, “Stop thief.”

Constable Leslie Gerald Smith, who was off duty and travelling in a bus, heard their shouts.

He jumped off the bus, chased the man and threw him to the ground.

Constable Smith, who joined the N.S.W. police less than a month ago, was formerly a London policeman for six years.

At Paddington, police charged a 23-years-old laborer with stealing and malicious damage to property.

08 Jul 1952 – Fugitive chased by nurses – Trove





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