William Roy SMITH
( late of 53 Hillview Ave, Gwynneville )
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 1217
Rank: Sergeant 1st Class
Stations: ?, Officer in Charge – Port Kembla Police Station
Service: From 9 September 1921 to 1 September 1951 = 29+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: ? ? 1895
Died on: Saturday 1 September 1951 @ 7.10pm
Cause: Heart Attack
Age: 53 old
Funeral date: Tuesday 4 September 1951
Funeral location: Woronora Crematorium
Buried at: Cremated
Memorial location: 1/ Police Wall – Woronora Crematorium
2/ Front wall of Lake Illawarra Police Station
3/ Inside hall – picture frame – Lake Illawarra Police Station
On the afternoon of the 1 September, 1951 Sergeant Smith and Constable Searl attended the Commercial Hotel, Port Kembla in relation to an intoxicated man causing trouble. After a struggle the police managed to gain control over the man and walk him to the police station. Although suffering some physical discomfort after the struggle, the sergeant remained on duty. A short time later however, he began to lose the use of his arm and experience considerable pain. He was taken to the Wollongong District Hospital but died at 7.10pm.
The sergeant was born in 1895 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 9 September, 1921. At the time of his death he was stationed at Port Kembla.
Hillview Ave, Gwynneville, back in 1953, was a lengthy Avenue which is now ( 2015 ) a very short Avenue due to the Memorial Drive cutting through it and also F6 / Princes Motorway / Highway cutting across it – causing sections of Hillview Ave being named Graham Ave and also Murphys Ave. The original house would now be located somewhere in, what is now called, Murphys Ave.
William Roy Smith is # 3 on the attached list.