William SHAKESPEARE

William SHAKESPEARE

AKA  ?

Late of Waverley

pre NSW Redfern Police Academy opening in 1907

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ‘Q‘ 7638

For the purposes of this website ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1 March 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )

Rank:  Probationary Constable – 12 November 1900

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Sergeant  – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = Senior Sergeant

Stations:  Burwood? ( 1902 ), Sydney Water Police ( 1903 ), Tamworth Foot Patrol ( ? – September 1913 ), Sydney Water Police ( Cst 1/c, September 1913 – 1928 – Death )

Service:  From ? pre 12 November 1900 ?  to 24 May 192827+ years Service

Awards:  was awarded a Certificate of Merit for actions involving a suicide at Watsons Bay on the 31 August 1923, as was Constable George F. DAY & Constable George MILES, from the Royal Humane Society of NSW

Posthumously commended by the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of N.S.W. in August 1928 for his rescue efforts

Born: ? ? 1875, Victoria, Au

Died on:  Thursday  24 May 1928 at 4.40am

Age: 53

Cause: Pernicious Anemia ( lack of vitamin B12 needed to produce red blood cells )

Event location: Sydney Hospital

Event date: pre 12 December 1927 – 25 May 1928 ongoing illness

Funeral date: Friday  25 May 1928 @ 1pm

Funeral location: Wood, Coffill Funerals, George St, Sydney

Wake location: ?

Funeral Parlour: Wood, Coffill Funerals, George St, Sydney

Buried at: UNMARKED GRAVE:  C of E, Rookwood Cemetery, Lidcombe, NSW

Grave location:  Anglican Sect 3, grave 478

Photo: Karen OZDEN. William SHAKESPEARE Unmarked grave
Karen OZDEN.    William SHAKESPEARE Unmarked grave

 

Memorial located at: ?

 

WILLIAM is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


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They have many Duties - Members of the Water Police with gear for " dragging " the bottom of the Harbour. Inset: Sergeant William Shakespearse, who is in charge.

William SHAKESPEARE

Sydney Water Police after the 1927 Tahiti Disaster on Sydney Harbour. Waiting to be claimed. Some of the sad relics of the calamity - passengers belonging - salved by the Water Police and now waiting identification at the Water Police Court.
Sydney Water Police after the 1927 Tahiti Disaster on Sydney Harbour. Waiting to be claimed. Some of the sad relics of the calamity – passengers belonging – salved by the Water Police and now waiting identification at the Water Police Court.

 

Sydney Water Police 1900
Sydney Water Police 1900

 

Sydney Water Police with the Cambria - 1930
Sydney Water Police with the Cambria – 1930

 

William Shakespeare Water Police Constable Sydney May 1st, 1912 Dear Sir, We the undersigned non-coms, and comrades of the Sydney Water Police, take this opportunity of expressing their appreciation of the many excellent qualities as a man and a comrade which has characterised you during the Ten Years you have been among us as a Constable, and Skipper, of the Argus. We trust a bright and prosperous time will be yours in your new position and health and long life will crown a career of usefulness. Signed: by 29 people.
William Shakespeare Water Police Constable Sydney May 1st, 1912 Dear Sir, We the undersigned non-coms, and comrades of the Sydney Water Police, take this opportunity of expressing their appreciation of the many excellent qualities as a man and a comrade which has characterised you during the Ten Years you have been among us as a Constable, and Skipper, of the Argus. We trust a bright and prosperous time will be yours in your new position and health and long life will crown a career of usefulness. Signed: by 29 people.

Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 – 1930),

Saturday 26 May 1928, page 4

LATE SGT. SHAKESPEARE

Representative Funeral

The funeral of the late Sergeant William Shakespeare was attended by 100 members of the Police Force, who walked behind the hearse to the Regent Street mortuary station.

The Police Band played the ” March Funebre, ” and the cortege passed through large crowds. The Commissioner of Police ( Mr. James Mitchell ) was represented by Inspector Irving.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/246775188

 

 

Tales of the Harbour

Sydney’s worst maritime disaster occurred out of the blue on a sunny spring day in 1927. As well as the tragic loss of life, the accident is memorable for acts of heroism.

On the afternoon of Thursday 3 November 1927, commuters hurried to board the Greycliffe, a ferry operating between Circular Quay and Watsons Bay. It was known as the ‘school boat’, because so many children caught it home from schools in the city. It was a beautiful day to be on the harbour: the water was calm, the sun shone and visibility was good.

An inexplicable accident

Around 4.15pm the ferry left the quay on its usual route, stopping at Garden Island to pick up dockworkers. As it left Garden Island, the RMS Tahiti, a mail steamer carrying around 300 passengers bound for New Zealand, approached it from behind. The Tahiti with its steel bow was roughly three times the size of the wooden Greycliffe, and was moving very quickly: witnesses estimated that the ship was travelling at around 12 knots instead of the permitted 8. The smaller boat made an inexplicable turn into the Tahiti’s path. The Tahiti sounded its horn and immediately cut its speed, but it was too late – the ship couldn’t stop. Passengers and crew had little time to react as the steamship hit the ferry, cleaving it in two.

Some passengers were thrown into the water by the impact, while others dived overboard. Some unlucky victims were trapped in the wreckage, including many who were sitting in the men’s and women’s saloons. The ferry’s hull sank rapidly, sucking nearby survivors underwater, with only the strongest swimmers able to reach the surface again. Other boats sped to the scene, their occupants pulling people from the water and launching lifeboats in a frantic search for survivors.

Tales of loss and survival

The NSW Water Police launch Cambria was on a routine patrol near the accident and its officers sprang into action, speeding towards the stricken ferry. Its skipper was the notably named 53-year-old Sergeant William Shakespeare, who had joined the police in 1900 and had already performed many daring rescues. The officers tore off their boots and entered the water, assisting in the rescue of 11 people. The survivors were taken to Bennelong Point for medical assessment and to be reunited with their loved ones.

Forty people, ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens, lost their lives in the worst maritime disaster Sydney Harbour has witnessed. Dramatic and terrifying stories emerged. Schoolgirl Gene Wise recalled opening her eyes underwater to see the Tahiti’s propeller heading straight for her, but she managed to swim out of its path. Rescuers witnessed terrible scenes, including the discovery of Mary Corby, who drowned along with her six-year-old daughter Noreen, found dead in her mother’s arms. The sad task of searching for the dead began the next day, with two divers sent down to the wreck of the ferry to collect the bodies of those trapped in the debris. The victims’ belongings were also collected and sent to the Phillip Street police station, now part of the Justice & Police Museum. Families and friends of the missing had the devastating task of identifying personal items retrieved from the harbour to assist the police in their investigations.

Sergeant Shakespeare

Three inquiries were held, including a coronial inquest held in part at the Water Police Court (now part of the Justice & Police Museum). The inquest identified a range of factors that had contributed to the accident, including the Tahitis speed and the peculiar design of the Greycliffe’s wheelhouse, which created a blind spot that may have obscured the captain’s view of the approaching Tahiti.

During the inquest, relatives of the dead expressed their gratitude towards Sergeant Shakespeare for his bravery and kindness. Six months after the Greycliffe tragedy, Shakespeare himself was gravely ill with pernicious anaemia. When it was announced that he needed blood transfusions, almost every man at the Water Police Station gave blood in an attempt to save his life. Sadly, Shakespeare died soon after, on 24 May 1928. He was posthumously commended for his bravery during the Greycliffe rescue operation.


 

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Friday 25 May 1928, page 17

SERGEANT SHAKESPEARE.

William Shakespeare, sergeant first-class of the Water Police, died in Sydney Hospital at 4.40 a.m. yesterday of pernicious anaemia; Four blood transfusions had been made in an unsuccessful effort to save his life. Two of his comrades in the force, Constables Milne and Bowers, and his son, William Shakespeare, Junior, gave their blood for this purpose.

Sergeant Shakespeare joined the police force in 1900.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28052055


 

Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954),

Saturday 26 May 1928, page 1

 

DEATHS.

SHAKESPEARE.- On May 24, 1928, at Sydney, Senior Sergeant William Shakespeare, of the Water Police, Sydney, and beloved only brother of Mrs. C. W. Williams, Hawthorn Avenue, New Town, In his 53rd year.

(Melbourne papers please copy.)

26 May 1928 – Family Notices – Trove


 

Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 – 1930),

Wednesday 1 August 1928, page 5

The estate of the late Water-Police Sergeant William Shakespeare has been valued for probate purposes at £1134. Letters of administration were granted to the Public Trustee.

01 Aug 1928 – REST OF THE NEWS IN BRIEF – Trove


 

World (Hobart, Tas. : 1918 – 1924),

Tuesday 19 September 1922, page 4

ITEMS OF INTEREST

On Escort Duty Sergeant William Shakespeare, of the New South Wales Police Department, arrived from Sydney on escort duty by the s.s. Westralia yesterday. A Hobart prisoner, now on remand, is to be taken to Sydney to answer a charge of fraud.

19 Sep 1922 – ITEMS OF INTEREST – Trove


Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW : 1910 – 1916),

Friday 14 November 1913, page 2

POLICE TRANSFERS.

Constable Ross, of Burren Junction, takes the place of Constable Smith at Tamworth, the latter having recently been transferred.

Constable Tindall, who comes from Wollongong, has been definitely appointed to Tamworth to fill the vacancy of Constable Shakespeare, who some weeks ago left for Sydney to rejoin the water police force.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/109525162

 


Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW : 1910 – 1916),

Saturday 13 September 1913, page 2

PERSONAL.

First class Constable Shakespear has received notice of his transfer from the Tamworth foot police to the position which he once occupied on the Water police. During Constable Shakespear’s sojourn in Tamworth he has proved an efficient and zealous officer.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/120077288


 

 

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Thank you to whoever it was that put this information together. This was my Great Grandfather

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Tragic way to die.