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Honour Roll

The Honour Roll is in memory of Victorian police officers who paid the ultimate price servicing the community.

It commemorates all members who died on duty, including officers before the establishment of Victoria Police in 1853.

Names are included to the Honour Roll based on the criteria agreed upon by the National Police Memorial Co-ordination Committee.

  • 1800-99 Honour Roll

This Honour Roll is a list for the 1800s.

Date

Name

Rank

Reg. No.

Age

Summary

30 Dec 1837

Matthew Tomkin

Constable

228

-

Shot with firearm by escaped convict

5 Jun 1842

Rhody Monaghan

Constable

238

-

Beaten (unknown circumstances)

30 Oct 1851

James Hopkins

Constable

173

-

Accidentally trampled by own horse

1 Feb 1852

William Harvey

Corporal

225

-

Shot with firearm

29 May 1852

Michael O'Connor

Acting Corporal

54

-

Drowned while attempting to cross river

5 Aug 1853

Edward Gray

Constable

-

-

Drowned whilst on duty

3 Dec 1853

Daniel Mullaly

Constable

-

-

Fell from horse and dray and crushed by cart's wheel

26 Feb 1854

William Hogan

Constable

-

22

Drowned whilst on duty

3 Aug 1854

Andrew Henderson

Constable

-

-

Thrown from horse and trampled

8 Aug 1854

Robert Lindsay

Constable

-

-

Accidentally shot himself in the arm, resulting in amputation and later death.

2 Jan 1856

Robert Brunton

Constable

-

23

Thrown from horse

7 Jul 1856

David Anderson

Constable

-

26

Drowned whilst on duty

2 Aug 1856

Stephen Bates

Constable

-

24

Drowned whilst crossing a river with horse

16 Oct 1856

John McNally

Sergeant

-

30

Shot whilst attempting to arrest offender

21 Oct 1856

Edward Fallon

Constable

-

28

Drowned crossing a creek whilst on patrol

4 Dec 1856

Edward Thompson

Cadet Mounted Constable

-

24

Shot by bushrangers (Bradley and O'Connor)

1 Feb 1858

Edward Barnett

Constable

537

29

Shot whilst attempting to arrest offender

30 Aug 1858

Robert Logan

Constable

-

38

Thrown from horse whilst on patrol

30 Sep 1858

Philip Cabot

Constable

-

32

Drowned (unknown circumstances)

26 Apr 1859

Walter Rendell

Constable

1104

33

Drowned at Australia Wharf during investigation of pilfering from moored vessel

18 Aug 1859

George Dodds

Sergeant

289

54

Stabbed whilst attempting to arrest offender

12 Nov 1859

Patrick Henry Moylette

Senior Constable

930

32

Disappeared in the bush whilst returning from Britannia Goldfield

29 Jun 1860

Edward Reilly

Constable

1118

27

Thrown from horse whilst on patrol

17 Aug 1860

William Campbell

Constable

223

29

Thrown from horse whilst on patrol

28 Dec 1881

William Irwin

Senior Constable

1659

47

Thrown from horse whilst fetching dray to recover dead body

27 May 1862

Patrick Conarty

Constable

258

27

Fatally injured by falling tree whilst speaking to potential witness in forthcoming trial

4 Apr 1863

Robert Strahan

Constable

1126

29

Drowned whilst fording river after recapturing escaped prisoner

5 Aug 1863

Daniel O'Boyle

Constable

1678

24

Struck with hammer by prisoner on remand

25 Sep 1863

Robert Crofton Taylor

Superintendent

-

34

Accidentally shot himself whilst cleaning his revolver

7 Jun 1864

William Hanson

Constable

574

35

Inquest vedict: absorption of matter into his cut skin when assisting at postmortem

5 Oct 1864

John McElveen

Constable

1647

29

Drowned whilst crossing flooded creek on horseback

19 Mar 1867

Justin McCarthy

Constable

1981

34

Thrown from horse whilst escorting prisoner

20 Nov 1868

Thomas Wood Hull

Sergeant

577

29

Shot by disgruntled constable who had been dismissed for persistent drunkenness and blamed colleagues for job loss

19 Aug 1869

Edward Leonard

Sergeant

691

42

Died from double pneumonia

8 Sep 1870

William Kennedy

Constable

1720

34

Fell from horse and drowned on a flooded road

27 Oct 1870

John Joseph McNamara

Constable

2253

27

Drowned in flooded creek

6 Jun 1871

James Deacon

Constable

270

48

Died when horse with dray bolted, causing dray's wheel to pass over his back

11 Nov 1871

John Alexander Duff

Constable

2364

25

Thrown from horse whilst on patrol

28 May 1872

Patrick Francis Curtin

Constable

1564

38

Thrown from wagonette

15 Jun 1882

Patrick Barrett

Constable

2773

34

Hit by train on his way to serve summons

31 July 1876

James Herlihy

Constable

2489

30

Thrown from horse

23 Mar 1877

Thomas Collins

Constable

2533

24

Fell from horse whilst on patrol; unlit obstruction left on the roadway contributed to accident

26 Oct 1878

Michael Kennedy

Sergeant

2009

36

Shot by bushrangers (Kelly Gang - Stringybark Creek)

26 Oct 1878

Thomas Lonigan

Constable

2423

36

Shot by bushrangers (Kelly Gang - Stringybark Creek)

26 Oct 1878

Michael Scanlan

Constable

2118

34

Shot by bushrangers (Kelly Gang - Stringybark Creek)

12 Jun 1880

Leonard Fawssett

Sergeant 1st Class

410

57

Broke leg as a result of a stagecoach accident and eventually required an amputation; gangrene set in

7 Jun 1880

Patrick Mallavey

Constable

2885

28

Drowned whilst performing wharf patrol along Yarra Bank; later deduced he tripped in hole in wharf planking and fell into water

18 Jan 1881

David Digby

Constable

362

-

Washed to sea when attempting to return to shore, after guarding stranded ship

23 Feb 1881

James Porter

Sergeant 1st Class

1885

45

Fell down flight of steps at Richmond Depot and fatally injured

6 Jan 1886

Thomas Ryan

Constable

1098

59

Disappeared whilst checking local Chinese camp in White Hills

27 Nov 1887

William Thomas Clarke

Constable

3203

-

Died from injuries inflicted by prisoner during conveyance

18 Feb 1888

James Maguire

Constable

2907

32

Died from English Cholera

15 Oct 1888

Daniel James Courtney

Constable

3982

23

Hit by train whilst on patrol

13 Mar 1892

Arthur William Brown

Constable

-

32

Struck unexpectedly in mouth by another man; fractured skull resulted from fall

24 Mar 1893

James Paul Slattery

Constable

4260

28

Hit by train en route to Magistrate

25 Sep 1893

Thomas Holt

Senior Constable

2775

45

Thrown from horse; died from injuries

14 Feb 1894

John Joseph Glynn

Constable

2942

46

Fell from horse

10 Aug 1895

Olaf Henry Hoyem

Constable

3744

32

Fell from horse

28 Dec 1897

Josiah Rowley

Constable

4647

25

Drowned under weight of horse at King's Billabong

 

  • 1900-49 Honour Roll

This Honour Roll is a list for the period between 1900 and 1949.

Date

Name

Rank

Reg. No.

Age

Summary

1 Jan 1902

Timothy John Murphy

Constable

4932

23

Contracted typhoid fever

18 May 1902

Charles Elwood Hornibrook

Constable

4124

39

Fell from horse

12 Oct 1902

Richard Johnston

Constable

4356

36

Shot by offender

5 Jan 1906

Henry Charles Blair

Constable

5005

30

Died of meningitis and typhoid fever contracted by drinking contaminated water on patrol

15 Mar 1907

Hugh Lennox

Constable

3726

43

Fell from horse

19 Jun 1908

Hugh Kennedy

Constable

4711

37

Rode into back of unlit plough whilst on patrol and later developed peritonitis

17 Jul 1909

Francis Bruckner

Constable

3866

45

Hit by train

6 May 1910

William Arthur Lunny

Mounted Constable

5367

24

Thrown from horse

4 Jan 1911

Charles Hothem Jones

Constable

3748

49

Struck on head during rescue attempt of prisoner he was escorting

10 Jan 1911

John Sanford Collins

Constable

5118

29

Ulceration of the bowels - result of having been kicked in stomach whilst attempting arrest four and a half years prior

8 Dec 1911

James Ogilvie

Constable

3934

52

Sustained fatal injuries during motor vehicle accident

8 Dec 1911

Harold Riddle

Constable

4810

38

Sustained fatal injuries during motor vehicle accident

6 April 1912

Edmund Crimmin

Constable

5668

28

Fell from horse

1 Oct 1915

David Edward McGrath

Constable

4819

42

Shot by offender during investigation

24 Oct 1916

John Tennant

Senior Constable

3802

55

Motor vehicle accident

25 Nov 1916

Angus McInnes

Constable

5785

33

Fell from horse

20 Mar 1920

George Henry Taylor

Constable

5669

35

Shot whilst attempting to arrest offender

9 Jan 1921

William Michael Sharrock

Constable

4956

48

Drowned when motor launch sank in river near Warnambool; posthumously awarded Valor Badge for helping save lives of others as vessel sank

3 May 1922

Edward O'Neill

Constable

6512

35

Fell from horse and later died of septic meningitis caused by a fracture to his skull

3 Sep 1923

Joseph Delaney

Constable

6389

28

Shot by burglary suspect

12 Jul 1925

Victor Nelson

Constable

5525

-

Died from attack of erysipelas combined with blood poisoning

24 Dec 1925

James Clare

Constable

7727

24

Stabbed in fracas involving two young men

1 Oct 1926

Arthur Roy Currie

Constable

6886

26

Motor vehicle accident

9 Jun 1928

Owen Harrison Maggs

Constable

7686

27

Motor vehicle collision; travelling as passenger in police motorcycle

27 Jun 1929

Donald Gordon Duncan

Constable

7960

28

Motorcycle collided with truck

14 Feb 1931

William John Vincent Roberts

Constable

8334

27

Motor vehicle collision

5 Jan 1935

Clyde James Smith

Constable

7913

33

Fatally injured after accidental discharge of firearm by colleague

30 Apr 1935

John Henry Robins

Constable

8689

26

Motor vehicle collision; travelling as passenger in police motorcycle

1 Feb 1937

Leonard Cardell Rymer

Constable

8650

27

Motorcycle overturned

12 Jan 1938

Bertram Clifford Robinson

Constable

9210

23

Fell whilst cleaning third floor window at Gaming Squad offices on fatigue duty

4 Apr 1938

Victor Ernest Bateman

Constable

8686

23

Struck pole whilst riding police motorcycle attempting to avoid earlier collision caused by speeding motorist

30 Jun 1939

William Frederick Cawthorn

First Constable

8131

34

Struck by passing vehicle

1 Mar 1943

Frederick Edward Jones

Senior Constable

7297

42

Shot in Richmond by passenger in passing taxi cab

2 Jan 1948

Maxwell Herbert Koop

Constable

9688

27

Sustained fatal injuries when motorcycle ran off road

21 Oct 1948

Garth Elvin Atkin

Constable

9991

27

Collided with truck whilst riding police motorcycle

  • 1950-99 Honour Roll

This Honour Roll is a list for the period between 1950 and 1999.

Date

Name

Rank

Reg. No.

Age

Summary

1 Feb 1952

George Howell

Constable

10323

25

Shot by offender during car theft investigation

6 Apr 1952

Ronald Albert Creusot

Constable

10009

32

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

21 Jul 1952

George William Carter

First Constable

9297

37

Motorcycle collided with vehicle

17 May 1954

Charles Marcus Reeve

Constable

10236

35

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

28 Nov 1954

James Norman Brewis

First Constable

7154

51

Motor vehicle accident

16 May 1956

William Joseph Harnetty

Constable

9554

36

Drowned when boat capsized during rescue attempt of sheep

9 Aug 1956

John Thomas Glen

Constable

11068

27

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

4 Dec 1956

Leonard William Rees

Constable

11483

27

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

4 Aug 1957

Edward James Dore

Constable

12068

 

Motorcycle accident on 31 July 1957

13 Nov 1957

John Aloysius Brennan

First Constable

10685

30

Collided with truck during prisoner transport to Bendigo watch house

24 Dec 1957

Edward Keith Simmons

First Constable

10988

33

Motorcycle ran off road and struck fence

17 May 1959

Horace Maxwell Carey

Constable

12357

28

Police motorcycle collided with taxi

5 Jul 1963

Graham Stow

First Constable

13183

28

Thrown off motorcycle, hitting concrete post whilst pursuing speeding motorist

3 May 1964

Ray Denman

First Constable

11561

38

Accidental discharge of shot gun by perpetrator

29 Jan 1966

Malroy John McDonald

Constable

14419

24

Hit by vehicle whilst directing traffic around injured dog

9 Dec 1966

Brian Coleman

First Constable

11245

34

Fatal cervical injuries

14 Jan 1967

Francis James Mannix

First Constable

9736

-

Heart attack whilst attempting to pacify aggravated citizen

3 Nov 1968

Darrel Blythe

First Constable

13312

28

Head-on collision when police vehicle hit by vehicle travelling on wrong side of divided highway

19 Feb 1971

Phillip Gordon Fleming

Constable

15731

22

Police divisional van ran off road

17 Apr 1971

William George Benbow

Constable

16081

22

Wall of partly demolished building collapsed on him whilst attempting to keep bystanders from danger

9 Oct 1971

Robert Lindon Worland

Constable

15586

22

Car crash

25 Apr 1972

John Wilham Creber

Senior Constable

14772

28

Accidental discharge of firearm by fellow officer whilst pursuing burglary suspect

8 Jan 1974

Charles Norman Curson

Senior Constable

14406

34

Throat cut whilst standing at entrance to Flinders Street Railway Station; his murderer was unknown to him but had history of mental disorder

16 Apr 1974

Alan Michael Large

Senior Constable

15507

26

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

2 Feb 1975

John Howard Wilson

Senior Constable

15354

26

Crashed after swerving police vehicle to avoid another car

1 Jun 1975

Lionel Stanley Baum

Sergeant

13351

38

Accidental discharge of own shot gun

25 Feb 1976

John Henry Hodge

Detective Sergeant

11709

42

Vehicle ran off road

3 Mar 1976

Kevin John Laube

Senior Constable

14707

31

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

13 Dec 1977

Lyndon Waring

Detective Senior Constable

16076

36

Collision with another vehicle whilst a passenger in police vehicle

11 Jul 1978

Kenneth John Atkins

Senior Constable

17514

30

Fell from motor cycle

13 Jul 1979

Robert John Lane

Detective Senior Constable

15051

32

Shot by car theft suspect

7 Sep 1979

Michael John Mitchell

Senior Constable

17550

25

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle whilst escorting wide-load

11 Aug 1980

Barry Joseph O'Donoghue

Senior Constable

16987

27

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

9 Sep 1980

Leslie George Townsend

Senior Constable

17320

27

Lost control of motorcycle

29 Oct 1981

John Vincs

Constable

20404

23

Police motorcycle collided with motor vehicle

27 Nov 1981

Walter Richard Hewitt

Constable

22598

19

Collision with police divisional van whilst pursuing speeding motor cyclists

27 Nov 1981

Shaun Gerard Moynihan

Constable

22420

19

In same incident as Constable Walter Richard Hewitt

1 Mar 1982

Stephen Edward Henry

Senior Constable

18003

26

Shot by escapee from psychiatric hospital who had already committed many serious offences

19 Apr 1982

Harry Cygan

Constable

19672

27

Ran through oil slick on motorcycle, causing collision with oncoming vehicle, whilst performing wide-load escort duty

16 Mar 1983

Clare Frances Bourke

Constable

23083

23

Shortly after 1 am Wednesday 16 March 1983, Constable Clare Bourke was fatally shot by a round from an off duty officer's revolver at the Sunshine Police Station.

22 Jun 1983

Lindsay James Forsythe

Senior Constable

15981

33

Shot by colleague who lured him to unoccupied house for pre-meditated murder

17 Aug 1985

Arthur John Kokkin

Sergeant

17714

32

Fatally injured when struck by vehicle

20 April 1986

Angela Rose Taylor

Constable

24274

21

Car bomb detonated in front of Russell Street Police complex

27 Sep 1986

Maurice Daniel Moore

Senior Constable

22471

34

Shot by offender

5 Apr 1987

Neil Francis Clinch

Constable

24654

22

Shot whilst tackling an offender

14 May 1987

Peter Ross Smith

Senior Constable

19373

32

Motorcycle ran off road and hit tree

9 Sep 1987

Russell James Thompson

Sergeant

14833

44

Struck by vehicle whilst conducting routine vehicle check

12 Oct 1988

Damien Jeffrey Eyre

Probationary Constable

26483

20

Ambushed and shot by offenders who had deliberately lured police to abandoned car for pre-meditated murders

12 Oct 1988

Steven John Tynan

Constable

25080

22

Ambushed and shot by offenders who had deliberately lured police to abandoned car for pre-meditated murders

17 Nov 1988

Christopher Cameron Malone

Senior Constable

21999

29

Police vehicle hit by train at railway level crossing

9 Apr 1989

Richard Noel Dufty

Senior Constable

14392

55

Hit by motor vehicle whilst directing traffic

5 Aug 1989

Alan Geoffrey Dickens

Inspector

15108

45

Died in head-on collision between his police vehicle and another vehicle

12 Nov 1989

Trevor John Given

Constable

26577

25

Collision whilst transporting donor heart for life-saving operation

9 Jun 1991

Andrew Robert McFarlane

Constable

25660

24

Vehicle ran off the road and hit tree

3 Feb 1994

Grant Frederick McPhie

Sergeant

17489

46

Motor vehicle accident whilst in pursuit of a motor cyclist

13 Aug 1994

Ian James Crilly

Senior Constable

20290

37

Motor vehicle accident

9 Jan 1995

Douglas Raymond Mathers

Detective Senior Constable

15860

45

Motor vehicle collision

10 May 1997

Timothy Richard Lewczuk

Senior Constable

27626

30

Vehicle crashed into his parked police vehicle, throwing him off bridge and onto highway below

16 Aug 1998

Rodney James Miller

Senior Constable

29276

35

Shot by offenders whilst investigating series of armed robberies

16 Aug 1998

Gary Michael Silk

Sergeant

24685

34

Shot by offenders whilst investigating series of armed robberies

26 Dec 1998

Simon De Winne

Senior Constable

27590

29

Police vehicle crashed into tree

22 Jun 1999

Edward Leslie Hubbard

Detective Senior Constable

28905

-

Suffered cardiac arrest in Police Academy whilst participating in pre-selection training for Special Operations Group

 

  • 2000 - current Honour Roll

This Honour Roll is a list from 2000 onwards.

Date

Name

Rank

Reg. no.

Age

Summary

20 May 2000

Mark Anthony Bateman

Senior Constable

30810

30

Motor vehicle accident

20 May 2000

Fiona Frances Robinson

Senior Constable

30507

31

Motor vehicle accident

15 Feb 2002

Kenneth McNeil

Constable

18081

47

Died from natural causes

11 Dec 2004

James Leslie Dunscombe

Senior Constable

23016

54

Collapsed while on duty

24 Apr 2005

Anthony Clarke

Senior Constable

30108

37

Shot with own revolver when pulling up motorist - possibly for random breath test; several hours earlier he had issued speeding ticket to same motorist

26 Apr 2005

Rennie Page

Senior Constable

30621

39

Struck by passing motorist

16 Aug 2006

Ann Brimblecombe

Senior Constable

21796

48

Motor vehicle accident

24 Dec 2011

David John Hobden

Senior Constable

23192

48

In 1990 he was travelling on his motor cycle and was involved in an accident with another vehicle. Medical evidence indicates that injuries sustained in the road accident contributed to his premature death.

Reviewed 20 March 2019

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