Patrick Mark HACKETT
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ?
Rank: 1968 – Constable 1st Class ( Acting Inspector )
Stations: Warrants & 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
Awards: Police 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
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
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.
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.
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 Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 25 October 1988 page 12 of 64