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Reginald Ernest CAVANAGH


Reginald Ernest CAVANAGH

New South Wales Police Force


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Arrest Injuries


Died  21 April, 1962


On 23 June, 1956 the sergeant was involved in the violent arrest of an offender at the Commercial Hotel, Junee. During the incident the sergeant suffered injuries to his kidneys which subsequently led to a number of operations and ongoing medical treatment for many years afterward.

On the morning of 14 April, 1962 Sergeant Cavanagh, then the officer in charge of the Morisset Police Station, collapsed on duty and was conveyed to the Newcastle Hospital. He remained in a semi-coma until he sadly passed away a week later. The cause of death was kidney failure caused by his injuries in 1956.

R. E. Cavanagh of Junee was promoted from Constable 1st Class to Senior Constable around 24 December 1954 as advertised in The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 24 December 1954 on page 3 of 12.


The sergeant was born on 15 March 1915 and joined the New South Wales police Force on 25 August, 1939. At the time of his death he was stationed at Morisset.


Death Certificate Registration #  11427/1962

Fathers name:  Ernest Joseph

Mothers name:  Mary Elizabeth


Death of his wife – Vera

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