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William Roy SMITH


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

ServiceFrom 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

William Roy SMITH
William Roy SMITH

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.

Sgt 1/Class William Roy SMITH touch plate in Canberra
Sgt 1/Class William Roy SMITH touch plate in Canberra

William Roy SMITH - NSWPF - Died 010951 - Death notice 1



William Roy SMITH - NSWPF - Died 010951 - Funeral notice 1
William Roy SMITH – Funeral Notice The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 3 September 1951



William Roy SMITH - NSWPF - Died 010951 - Funeral notice 2
South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus Monday 3 September 1951 page 2 of 24



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.



Woronora Cemetery Police Remembrance Wall – 7 April 2015.pdf

William Roy Smith is # 3 on the attached list.




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