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William Lindsay Creswell ALFORD


William Lindsay Creswell ALFORD

( late of Kingsford )
AKA  Pony, Lindsay and Len

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   ????

Rank: Mounted Trooper – ( Taree )

Detective Superintendent 3rd Class – retired

Stations?, Taree ( as a mounted trooper ), C.I.B. Sydney, Homicide Squad Sydney, Newcastle Dets OIC ( 1939 ), Goulburn District OIC ( Supt ), Wagga Wagga ( Supt ), North Sydney – 1946 ( Supt ), Parkes – Oct 1948 ( Supt ), 

ServiceFrom  ? ? 1918  to  ? ? 1952 = 34 years Service

Awards:  King’s Police and Fire Services Medal – 7 June 1951

No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  2 April 1896

Died on:  Saturday  18 April 1953

Age:  57

Cause:  “possible” heart attack ?

Funeral date:  Monday  20 April 1953

Funeral location:  Holy Trinity Church, Kingsford, NSW

Buried at:  Cremated – Botany Cemetery

Ashes located:  Jubilee Walls, Wall D, Position 137 ( Interment – 13 August 1953 )

 Memorial at?

20 June 1932. Detective Alford and Detective Sergeant Watkins at the Goode inquiry today.
20 June 1932

[alert_yellow]LINDSAY is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO



 Funeral location ?





May they forever Rest In Peace


Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 – 1954), Monday 20 April 1953, page 3


Former Police Superintendent L. Alford, who died on Saturday at his home in Kingsford after a long illness, was at one time Mounted Constable in Taree. Superintendent Alford was a prominent detective for many years. Before his retirement he was officer-in-charge of the Goulburn police district. A funeral service will be held at the Holy Trinity Church, Kingsford, to-day.



There is a large volume of information on about this man.  He was certainly amongst the action.



W L C Alford as a young man.
W L C Alford as a young man.


Alford FamilY. Back: Lindsay, Allen, Frank Seated: William and Netta Front: Marjorie a ( Photograph Mrs Jean Gilbert )

W L C ALFORD in his Mounted Police uniform at Taree
W L C ALFORD in his Mounted Police uniform at Taree


With his eldest son Brian Albert ALFORD on the day Albert started his career in banking at the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney
With his eldest son Brian Albert ALFORD on the day Albert started his career in banking at the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney


William Lindsay Cresswell ALFORD
William Lindsay Creswell ALFORD


Lindsay, Joan, Kerrie, Eva, Lindsay
Lindsay, Joan, Kerrie, Eva, Lindsay


Lindsay, Lindsay (grandson), Joan (daughter-in-law)), Kerrie (granddaughter), Eva (wife), Albert (son)
Lindsay, Lindsay (grandson), Joan (daughter-in-law)), Kerrie (granddaughter), Eva (wife), Albert (son)


Their first son William Lindsay Creswell alford served in the police force in the following capacities. Mounted Policeman at Taree, NSW, Detective Inspector for fifteen years at Newcastle, NSW, Crwon Sargent (sic), Armidale, NSW, Inspector at Goulburn, NSW, and Superintendent 1st Class, Sydney. When Lindsay arrived for duty at the C.I.B. he wore his "Mounted Police Uniform" and became known as "Pony" Alford. One important assignment he had was to extradite a wanted man from New Zealand.In 1952 he retired because of ill health and was awarded and received Long Service and Distinguished Service Medals.

11:1:1William Lindsay Creswell ALFORDb: 2: 5: 1896 Cowra NSWd: 18: 4: 1953 Kingsford NSWm: 11: 6: 1917 North Sydney NSWChildren: 3Eva Emma HUTCHBYb: 8: 2: 1896 Nottingham UKd: 5: 11: 1978 Sydney NSW


The Sun, Sydney. Saturday 18 April 1953.  p3 article

William Lindsay Creswell Alford, 57, of Kingsford, who suffered a fatal collapse today, was the third ex-superintendent of police to die this week.
The others were Arthur Leary, 79, of Campbelltown, and William Chas Watkins, 63, of Bellevue Hill.
Mr. Alford had attended the funeral of Superintendent Watkins yesterday and went to his son’s home at Warrimoowhere he became ill.
He was being taken to Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney and died in the ambulance.
Mr. Alford was an inspector at North Sydney and Phillip St. before his appointment as Superintendent at Parkes. He retired because of ill-health.


Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 – 1954), Saturday 16 June 1951, page 2


A distinguished police officer who was first stationed at Taree has been awarded the King’s Police and Fire Services Medal. He is Superintendent L. Alford,

of Kingsford. The medal is issued for gallantry and for distinguished services. Supt. Alford is a regular visitor to Taree. He is also a keen bowler.


Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 – 1954), Saturday 24 June 1950, page 2

 Visitors to Forster during the week were Messrs. W. Matthews, J. Job, J. Townsend and W. Parker, well known professional and commercial men of Parkes. They were on a trip north to follow the sun.
All are friends of Police Superintendent Len Alford, at one time a police officer at Taree, who is a great advocate for Forster as a holiday resort amongst his friends in the Western part of the State.




Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 – 1954), Wednesday 23 March 1949, page 4


Sergeant and Mrs. Blunden were entertained by a large gathering of their friends at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. M. Yarad on Thursday night. An enjoyable musical programme was provided and at the conclusion of an excellent supper the chairman (Mr E. D. Graham) proposed the toast of Sergeant and Mrs. Blunden. He referred to the efficient manner that Sergeant Blunden had administered the Taree police district over the past three years. His remarks were supported by Mr W. P. Chapman, Mr. Hamilton Knight (Conciliation Commissioner), Superintendent L. Alford, Messrs. J. J. Northam, V. Hough (Clerk of Petty Sessions at Taree), E. McCartney, Mr. Simmons (Wingham), and Sergeant Fallon. Mr. Yarad, on behalf of the Lebanese ladies of Taree, presented Mrs. Blunden with a cut glass decanter and 12 goblets. After the joint toast had been enthusiastically honoured Sergeant Blunden and Mrs. Blunden expressed their appreciation of the enjoyable function held in their honor, the good wishes that had been extended to them and the acceptable gift.

Superintendent Alford, in proposing the toast of the host and hostess, paid a tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Yarad for having arranged such a really enjoyable function to farewell Sergeant and Mrs. Blunden.

Mr. Hamilton Knight moved a vote of appreciation to the chairman, and this concluded a happy evening.



Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 – 1954), Wednesday 16 March 1949, page 2

Superintendent Lindsay Alford, with his wife and grandson, are the guests of Mr and Mrs J. J. Northam, of Taree.

Superintendent Alford is well known in this district, having been stationed at Taree as a constable.

He joined the Police Force at the same time as Sgt. Blunden, who will be leaving Taree in the near future to take over the Gosford Station.

Superintendent Alford is a keen bowler, and has paid several visits to the Taree green during his stay here.



Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 – 1954), Wednesday 16 March 1949, page 2

Police Superintendent L. Alford, at Parkes, accompanied by Mrs. Alford and their grandchild, are on a visit to the Manning as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Northam, of Taree.
It is 30 years all but two months since Supt. Alford came to Taree as a trooper.
His many friends were pleased to renew his acquaintance. At Taree bowling green on Saturday, the president (Mr. R. S. Butterworth) welcomed the visitor, who suitably responded, expressing his pleasure at being able to re-visit the Manning.


Western Grazier (Wilcannia, NSW : 1896 – 1951), Friday 12 November 1948, page 3

Former prominent figure of the Criminal Investigation Branch and Homicide Squad, Superintendent Alford, now in charge of the Western Police District stationed at Parkes, last week paid a visit to Ivanhoe, where he was supervising Police matters generally.




Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954), Friday 22 October 1948, page 10

Police Supt. Here This Evening

Superintendent W. L. Alford, officer in charge of the Western New South Wales Police District, will arrive in Broken Hill from Parkes by train, today.

Superintendent Alford recently took charge of the district from Superintendent H. C. R. Randell, who has been transferred to Goulburn.

It is understood that Superintendent Alford will make a tour of all stations in this sub-district. He will stay at the Freemasons Hotel.



Molong Express and Western District Advertiser (NSW : 1887 – 1954), Friday 8 October 1948, page 7

Police Change

Police Superintendent H. C. Randall, who has been stationed in Parkes in charge of the Western police district since December, has received notice of his transfer to Goulburn. Supt. Randall, who expects to leave Parkes within two or three weeks, will be in charge of the Southern administrative district, the headquarters of which are at Goulburn.

He will be replaced in Parkes by Superintendent Alford, of Sydney.





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