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Constable William Sharrock : 19-June-2011
Constable William Sharrock : 19-June-2011

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Headstone and plaque at gravesite erected in memory of Constable William Sharrock who drowned in 1921 while attempting to save lives after the sinking of the "Nestor." 

Constable William Sharrock was a passenger on board the motor launch "Nestor" when it sank in the Hopkins River at Warrnambool in 1921. 

He assisted in saving the life of his sister-in-law and her child, and then helped rescue another infant despite already being physically exhausted. No sooner had this second child been safely placed in a row boat, Sharrock gave in to his exhaustion and slipped beneath the water and drowned. Of the 80 passengers on board the boat, 10 drowned.

Sharrock`s heroic efforts were later recognized when he was awarded a posthumous Valour Badge.

 

Location

Address:Otway Road, Warrnambool Cemetery, Row 4 Grave No. 18 Wesleyan section, Warrnambool, 3280
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.392253
Long: 142.508942
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:09-January-1921
Actual Event End Date:09-January-1921

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 17th September, 1998
Front Inscription

~ SHARROCK ~  
William Michael
25-11-1872  9-1-1921
Dearly beloved husband of Winifred.
Loved father of
Louise, William, Dolly, Gladys and Allan.

Plaque:
Constable William Sharrock, Reg. No. 4956,
died while rescuing people on the ill-fated
motor launch "NESTOR", which sank in
the Hopkins River on January 9th, 1921.  
He was postthumously awarded the police
bravery medal for his heroism.  His grave
remained unmarked for 77 years. This
memorial was erected through the generosity
of the Victoria Police Historical Society,
The Warrnambool Standard, family and friends,
and unveiled on September 17th, 1998,
by Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie, when he
opened the new police station in Warrnambool.

Source: MA
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