Patrick Mark HACKETT

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ?

Rank:  1968 – Constable 1st Class ( Acting Inspector )

StationsWarrants & Summons at Eastwood, Civilian Police Contingent – Cyprus – part of Australia’s 8th Contingent deployed in 1971.

Service:  From  25 February 1963 ( as a Trainee )  to  29 August 1971 = 8+ years Service

AwardsPolice Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – granted 19 October 1992

Dag Hammarskjold Medal – awarded

Born: 27 May 1940

Died on:  Sunday  29 August 1971

Cause: Motor vehicle accident ( news paper indicates he may have been “blown up by a land mine” )

Event location: Stroumbi, Cyprus

Age: 31

Funeral date? – possibly  6 September 1971

Funeral location? – possibly Field of Mars, Cressy Rd, Ryde, NSW

Buried at? – possibly Portion:  Anglican, Row: Gen Lawn 1, Plot: 558

 

Patrick Mark HACKETT

Patrick Mark HACKETT

PATRICK IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance

Touch Plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra, for Patrick Mark HACKETT

Touch Plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra, for Patrick Mark HACKETT

Constable Hackett was killed in Cyprus while on special duty in that country with the United Nations Civilian Police Force (UNCIVPOL). On the 29 August, 1971 he had driven to Episkopi and Paphos before setting out to return to Polis. Whilst negotiating a number of very sharp and dangerous hairpin bends, his vehicle left the roadway, crashed down an escarpment and overturned several times. Constable Hackett was killed instantly.

 

The constable was born in 1940 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 25 February, 1963. At the time of his death he was attached to the Civilian Police Contingent in Cyprus.

17 June 2017 – Malaysia Memorial in Cyprus taken today as Australian Police complete the long mission and are leaving Cyprus.

17 June 2017 – Malaysia Memorial in Cyprus taken today as Australian Police complete the long mission and are leaving Cyprus.

 

 

27 May 1940 – 29 August 1971
Patrick Hackett was a member of the NSW Police Force. He commenced as a Trainee in 1963 and was confirmed as a first class constable in 1968.
Patrick was sworn in as a Special Commonwealth Police Officer at the rank of inspector when he was selected to be part of Australia’s Eighth Contingent to Cyprus. The contingent, part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Cyprus, was deployed to Cyprus in 1971.
Inspector Hackett was tragically killed in a car accident near Stroumbi when his vehicle left the road on a sharp corner.
He was posthumously awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal with Cyprus clasp, the United Nations Service Medal and the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal.

The Age       1 September 1971     page 2 of 23

Canberra:  An Australian policeman serving in Cyprus has been killed in a traffic accident.  He was Constable Patrick Mark Hackett, of the NSW Police force.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19710901&id=t44QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=u5ADAAAAIBAJ&pg=2931,19596&hl=en

 

In 1997 the Dags Hammarskjold Medal is established by the United Nations to honour those who lost their lives whilst on a UN peacekeeping mission.

The family of Inspector Patrick Hackett receives the Dags Hammarskjold Medal in 2010.

The family of Inspector Patrick Hackett receives the Dags Hammarskjold Medal in 2010 from Sergeant Mark Elms, NSW Police Academy.

 

Dag Hammarskjold Medal

Dag Hammarskjold Medal

 

The Sydney Morning Herald        Tuesday  25 October 1988      page 12 of 64

Patrick HACKETT - Mother at Cenotaph - 1988

Patrick HACKETT – Mother at Cenotaph – 1988

 

 

 

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