Sergeant Charles WARREN


Sergeant Charles WARREN

Horse Accident

Eastern Creek

11 October, 1868


On the afternoon of Saturday 10 October, 1868 Sergeant Warren was thrown from his horse at Eastern Creek, however when his foot became caught in a stirrup he was dragged at full speed for a distance of over ten metres. He was taken to Mr. Pike’s public house, at Eastern Creek, and a mounted messenger was dispatched to Parramatta for Dr. Pringle, who arrived promptly. The doctor treated the injured man as best he could, and Senior Sergeant Kelly and Senior Constable Buckelman remained with the sergeant until he died about 1.30pm on Sunday 11 October, without having regained consciousness.


The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 October, 1868 reported that the sergeant had been “about fourteen years in the police force, twelve or thirteen years of which time he was stationed at Penrith, and was, we believe, an officer not only zealous in the discharge of his duty, but much respected and esteemed in his district. His wife died about eight or nine months ago. He leaves two children, who are therefore orphans in the fullest sense of the word”


The sergeant joined the police force about 1856 and became a member of the newly-created New South Wales Police Force in 1862. At the time of his death he was stationed at Windsor.


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This officer was my great-great-grandfather. He is buried at St Church in St Marys with his wife and children. His only surviving son Charles Warren was sent to the training ship ‘Vernon’ in Sydney Harbour, while his only surviving daughter Mary Warren was placed into the charge of Sergeant Kelly from the Water Police, with no records since of her life. I joined the NSW Police Force in 1976 and lived in the Penrith area for many years. Odd, isn’t it.

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