Police Deaths in NSW – 1788 to 1996 (8)
In Remembrance of those Police Officers who gave their life
|STEPHENSON, R. George
Constable 1st Class
9 April, 1933.
On 8 April, 1933 Constable Stephenson of the Newtown Police Station travelled with a group of other Police to the Newtown Stadium. They parked the Police vehicle in Erskineville Road, and as the Constable stepped out from behind the car he was hit by a passing motor cycle outfit. Constable Stephenson sustained sever injuries and died in hospital the following morning. A child passenger on the motor cycle outfit was also killed in the accident.The Constable was born in 1886 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 9 July, 1912. At the time of his death, he was stationed at Newtown. He was awarded the Distinguished Medal during World War 1.
|BOORE, George Frederick
2 April, 1937.
On the afternoon of the 31 March, 1937, Constable Boore was a passenger in the sidecar of a Police Public Safety Bureau motor cycle outfit travelling along Parramatta Road, Camperdown. Constable Hume was the rider of the outfit at the time, and they were following a speeding vehicle. Whilst they were overtaking the vehicle to attempt to stop it, another vehicle stopped suddenly in front. Constable Hume braked and swerved to avoid a collision, however collided with a tram. Unfortunately, Constable Boore sustained severe injuries in the collision, and died in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on 2 April, 1937.The Constable was born in 1907 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 20 March, 1928. At the time of his death, he was attached to the Public Safety Bureau, Police Headquarters.
|McLAUGHLAN, Frederick James
Constable 1st Class
3 December, 1938.
On 6 January, 1922 Constable McLaughlan attended a disturbance at Port Kembla. Whilst he was attempting to arrest a man who had been involved in a fight, another man attempted to hit the Constable with a bottle of beer. The Constable consequently punched the man in the mouth, and in so doing received a deep cut to his right hand. After suffering some discomfort with the injury, the Constable sought medical attention. Complications with his health developed over the next few years and it was eventually determined that Constable McLaughlan was suffering from an aortic aneurism which was considered to have been the result of an infection from the injury sustained in 1922. He was discharged from the Force medically unfit in November, 1930, and passed away on 3 December, 1938.The Constable was born in 1890 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 11 March, 1913. At the time of his injury, he was stationed at Port Kembla.
|STURGISS, Harold William
Constable 1st Class
2 February, 1939.
On the afternoon of 2 February, 1939, Constable Sturgiss was riding a Police motorcycle outfit along High Street, Penrith. As he was negotiating a bend approaching the bridge over the Nepean River, the wheel of the sidecar struck the kerbing of the roadway. The cycle veered across the roadway and collided with a truck travelling in the opposite direction. Constable Sturgiss was thrown heavily to the roadway, sustaining sever injuries. He died in hospital a short time later.The Constable was born in 1902 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 29 October, 1924. At the time of his death, he was stationed at Penrith.
| GUISE, Lionel George
26 February, 1939.
On the afternoon of 26 February, 1939 Constable Guise and Sergeant Werner were patrolling the Newtown area when they were advised of a possible break and enter offence occurring in Marion Street, Newtown. On attending the address, the Police stopped their vehicle beside a truck which had apparently been used in the offence. As they stopped, two men jumped from the truck and fled on foot, pursued by the two Police. As Constable Guise caught up with one of the offenders, the man turned and threw a torch, striking the Constable in the chest. In the struggle that followed, the offender managed to shoot the Constable in the abdomen. Constable Guise died in hospital a short time later.The Constable was born in 1916 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 22 November, 1937. At the time of his death, he was stationed at Newtown.
Detective Sergeant 3rd Class
6 June, 1939.
About 6pm on 6 June, 1939, Detective Sergeant Carroll, the Officer in Charge of the Detectives at Petersham, left his Station to meet with an informant near the Sydney University. Whilst in Parramatta Road, Camperdown he was accidentally hit by a car and killed instantly.The Sergeant was born in 1888 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 24 February, 1915. At the time of his death, he was stationed at Petersham.
|SMITH, Nicholas Glen OSGOOD, Alistar Royal
28 February, 1939.
On 28 February, 1939 Constable Smith was a passenger in a Police Public Safety Bureau motor cycle outfit driven by Constable Osgood. Whilst they were in Parramatta Road, Homebush, they attempted to stop a motor vehicle, and in so doing the cycle outfit collided with a truck that had pulled across the roadway in front of them. Both Constables sustained fractured skulls in the accident, and both died shortly afterwards.Constable Smith was born in 1914 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 22 November, 1937. At the time of his death, he was attached to the Public Safety Bureau.
Constable Osgood was born in 1912 and joined the Police Force on 6 January, 1936. At the time of his death, he was attached to the Public Safety Bureau.
| DUNN, John Edward
Detective Constable 1st Class
25 April, 1940.
On 25 April, 1940 Wollongong Police attended a dwelling in Ocean Drive, Wollongong, where an offender, Hinsby, had beaten his wife to death. After they were confronted and threatened by the offender, more Police were called. Among those to attend was Detective Dunn. Whilst attempting to reach the house to arrest the offender, the Detective Constable was shot in the forehead and killed. The offender had been watching his approach through an open bedroom window. In the siege that followed, tear gas was used, however it was soon found that the offender had committed suicide.The Detective Constable was born in 1904 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 27 March, 1929. At the time of his death, he was stationed at Wollongong.
|WEBB, William James
3 June, 1940.
About 4.15pm on 15 July, 1923 Constable Webb was the rider of a Police motor cycle outfit i Parramatta Road, Burwood, when he was involved in a collision with a motor vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. As a result, the Constable suffered a compound fracture of the leg and abrasions to his head and body. The exact cause of the accident was not determined. Due to deteriorating health caused by his injuries, the Constable was discharged medically unfit in 1931. He died on 3 June, 1940 from the effects of staphylococcal pneumonia.The Constable was born in 1891 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 31 May, 1917. At the time of his injury, he was stationed at Burwood.
|MURPHY, Duncan Hughie McCallum
Constable 1st Class
27 September, 1940.
In the early hours of 18 December, 1938, Constable Murphy went to Leinster Street, Paddington following a complaint of two intoxicated men causing trouble. The Constable located one of the men, and as he attempted to arrest him, the offender struck the Constable a heavy blow to the right eye. Constable Murphy managed to subdue the offender, however he was agained attacked and kicked in the groin and the offender escaped. He was quickly arrested by Sergeant White. On 10 September, 1940 the Constable was admitted to the Mater Hospital, North Sydney, for a tumour on the right side of his brain. The condition proved to be fatal and Constable Murphy died seventeen days later.The Constable was born in 1895 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 1 July, 1919. At the time of his death, he was stationd at Paddington.