OLIVER CLYNE WATERS
AKA Oliver Clive Waters
Late of Parramatta
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 9986
Service: From 6th January 1915 to 26th May 1915 = 4 months Service
Rank: Commenced Training at / as ? Police Academy Police Cadet on ? ? ?
Probationary Constable- appointed 6th January 1915
Constable – appointed 6th January 1916 (posthumously in 1918)
Final Rank = Constable
Retirement / Leaving age: = 24
Time in Retirement from Police: 21
Awards: National Medal – granted ? ? ?
Born: September 1893
Died on: 6th November 1917
Cause: Killed in Action
Event location: Ypres, Belgium
Event date: 8th November 1917
Funeral date: His body was not recovered.
Funeral location: A funeral was not held.
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Funeral Parlour: ?
Buried at: His body was not recovered.
Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: Menin Gate, Belgium
Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( July 2021 )
He is mentioned on the NSW Police Force Roll of Honour 1914-1918
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Oliver Clive Waters (recorded as Oliver Clyne Waters in the NSW Police Gazette) was born about September 1893 at Hickeys Creek near Kempsey.
Oliver Clyne Waters was sworn in as a Probationary Constable of the NSW Police Force on the 6th January 1915. He was attached to Parramatta. He was confirmed as a Constable on the 6th January 1916 although this was done posthumously in 1918 .
On the 26th May 1915 Constable Waters joined the Australian Imperial Forces. He was attached to the 3rd Battalion 8th Reinforcements. The 3rd Battalion was in the 2nd and 3rd waves at Gallipolis. They were also involved in the battle of Lone Pine. Oliver did not arrive until November 1915 which was after these battles. However by December 1915 Oliver was wounded and evacuated with all of the AIF. The Battalion was sent to Egypt where they defended the Suez Canal.
In May 1916 the 3rd Battalion embarked for France and for the next 2½ years served in the trenches of the Western Front. On the 27th July 1916 Oliver was wounded in action during the Battle of Pozieres. He was sent to hospital and eventually transferred to England for his injuries and other illnesses that he had contracted.
In September 1917 Oliver was transferred back to the 3rd Battalion. He was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on the 8th November 1917. He was originally reported wounded and missing. Witnesses reported he was badly wounded from a shell in the hand, face and legs at Zonnebeke near Passchendaele. He was carried by comrades to some stretcher bearers who took him to a Canadian dressing station. There is no further information about him after that. His body was never found.
His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
There are photographs of Oliver Waters in Police and Army uniform on Ancestry.