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13-April-2015
13-April-2015

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The Fallen Police Memorial honours 24 NSW Police officers who have died on duty while serving in the St George, Sutherland and Miranda Local Area Commands or who were cremated or laid to rest at Woronora Cemetery. 

The names of the 24 local fallen officers, who died on duty since 1862, are inscribed on the wall of the memorial. An additional two colonial police killed in 1845, prior to the inception of the NSW Police Force, are also remembered in the form of separate plaques which are located on a seat near the memorial. 

The memorial was the idea of Phil Peters, who chairs the Local Retired Police branch, and retired local commander Henry (Harry) Brennan. It took more than 18 months for the project to be competed during which time Mr Brennan died. A separate plaque on a seat commemorates Henry Brennan. 
 

Officers honoured on NSW Police Memorial at Woronora Cemetery:
Sergeant 1st Class William Smith, killed on duty at Port Kembla on 1 September 1951, age 53
Constable Garnet Mortley, killed on duty at Waterfall 1 June 1953, age 25
Constable Edward Dilks, killed on duty at Corowa on 21 October 1954, age 28
Sergeant 2nd Class Cecil Ellis, killed on duty at Sydney on 29 April 1956, age 58
Constable William Lord, killed on duty at Randwick on 23 December 1958, age 24
Constable Colin Robb, killed on duty at Auburn on 7 September 1963, age 28
Constable 1st Class Cyril Howe, killed on duty at Oaklands on 20 December 1963, age 31
Constable Allan Shaw, killed on duty at Belmore on 11 May 1964, age 24
Constable Colin Roy, killed on duty at Kirrawee on 12 May 1967, age 28
Sergeant 2nd Class Adam Schell, killed on duty at Bobbin Head on 8 October 1968, age 52
Probationary Constable Warren Burns, killed on duty at Sutherland on 30 October 1968, age 25
Detective Senior Constable Denis Ware, killed on duty at Sutherland on 2 October 1970, age 32
Constable Joseph Gibb, killed on duty at Miranda on 23 January 1972, age 28
Senior Constable Neville Parker, killed on duty at Sans Souci on12 November 1972, age 34
Sergeant 2nd Class John Gill, killed on duty at Hurstville on 12 May 1973, age 47
Sergeant 1st Class John Colbert, killed on duty at Kingsgrove on 11 March 1979, age 58
Detective Sergeant Jillian Hawkes, killed on duty at Milsons Point on 22 April 1986, age 46
Probationary Constable Dana Heffernan, killed on duty at Randwick on 17 April 1987, age 20
Constable 1st Class Mark Burns, killed on duty at Tamworth on 17 March 1988, age 25
Constable John Burgess, killed on duty at Annandale on 27 April 1989, age 29
Constable Kenneth Short, killed on duty at Yarrawarra on 11 July 1990, age 27
Sergeant John Proops, killed on duty at Enfield on 22 May 1993, age 42
Senior Sergeant Raymond Smith, killed on duty at Calga on 13 July 1998, age 47
Senior Constable James (Jim) Affleck, killed on duty at Glen Alpine on 14 January 2001, age 43

Colonial police honoured:
Corporal Stephen Kirk, killed on duty at Heathcote on 12 November 1845, age 32
Trooper Luke Dunn, killed on duty at Heathcote on 21 November 1845, age 33


 

Location

Address:121 Linden Street, Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, 2232
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.034142
Long: 151.048335
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:State

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 9th April, 2015
Front Inscription
Plaque 1
Dedicated to fallen police

Each year, 29 September holds a special significance for police throughout Australia. It is a day for police to pause and honour officers whose lives have been lost while performing their duty as a police officer. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

National Police Remembrance Day was first held on 29 September 1989, as a result of a joint decision at the 1988 Australasia and South West Pacific Region Commissioners` Conference.

Plaque 2 : 
Lest we forget 
(Names) 

Plaque 3 : 
POLICE ODE
As the sun sets, dawn will see it arise.
For service above self demands its own prize.
You have fought the good fight; life`s race has been run,
and peace, your reward, for eternity begun.
And we that are left shall never forget
Rest in peace, friend and colleague, for sun has now set.
We will remember, we will remember. 
Hasten the dawn. 

Plaque 4 : 
National Police Remembrance
Day is observed on the feast 
day for Saint Michael the
Archangel, Patron Saint of 
Police. 

 
Source: MA
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