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AFP Former Members who have passed away since 1979. We say goodbye to those members who have served, and we say thank you for your service. R.I.P. Our sincerest condolences to family and friends, both blood and blue.

December Tributes

DateTypeEvent
02-12-2010Died on this dayRonald Edwin LEWIS aged 33
02-12-2016Died on this dayJohn Bagnall BURROWS BM aged 91
03-12-2017Died on this dayOwen Keith HINSPETER aged 65
04-12-1987Died on this dayRonald Leslie WHITTICK aged 47
04-12-2016Died on this dayMark William JENSEN aged 65
06-12-2017Died on this dayEdward Norman BLAIR aged 87
07-12-2018Died on this dayAlan John Sing aged 73
08-12-1979Died on this dayAlbert Clothier
08-12-2015Died on this dayTerence (Terry) O'NEILL aged 78
08-12-2016Died on this dayMichael Richard SHANNON Aged 74
09-12-1991Died on this dayVivienne Mary BROWN (WATSON) aged 33
09-12-2018Died on this daySamantha Jane BAGLIN aged 44
10-12-1979Died on this dayReginald John VANDENBERGH aged 57
11-12-2004Died on this dayPeter Edward PHILLIPS aged 58
12-12-2009Died on this dayLloyd Garry SCHMIDT aged 67
13-12-2018Died on this dayAnthony (Chook) Graham FOWLER aged 77 years
13-12-2018MilestoneAFPFMA was created
14-12-2011Died on this dayFrancis (Frank) William WARD aged 69
14-12-2018Died on this dayWilliam (Bill) Henry BENNETT QPM aged 95
15-12-2004Died on this dayIvars (Ivan) Juris SMITMANIS aged 64
16-12-2000Died on this dayBrian Ernest HULL aged 66
17-12-2015Died on this dayVictor Jan KARCHINSKY aged 75
18-12-1996Died on this dayJames Arthur MATHESON aged 39
18-12-2016Died on this dayPaul Milton JONES aged 74
19-12-2014Died on this dayRobert James (Bob) McGOOGAN aged 71
21-12-1981Died on this dayPhillip Ian ROFE aged 35
21-12-2001Died on this dayClifford Samuel FOSTER aged 53
22-12-2000Died on this dayBarry Lloyd SUGARS aged 59
22-12-2004Died on this dayAdam DUNNING aged 26
24-12-2016Died on this dayPeter Lea (Bulldog) DRUMMOND aged 75
25-12-2002Died on this dayPeter Francis (Bodge) WHITE aged 65
25-12-2017Died on this dayJitendra SAHANI aged 48
27-12-2018Died on this dayKristina Kuta FLYNN aged 64
28-12-2003Died on this day"Ben" Lavanda Gordon BLAKENEY aged 66
28-12-2016Died on this dayDr Suzanne Marie STANLEY aged 66
29-12-2016Died on this dayBarry Gerald KITE aged 70
30-12-1983Died on this dayKevin Raymond DAVEY aged 19
30-12-1993Died on this dayGerard Thomas SPURR aged 50
30-12-2015Died on this dayDavid Fredrick CLARKE aged 75
31-12-1979Died on this dayManfred Kurt ALBRECHT aged 36
31-12-1994Died on this dayBrian Smith BRINKLER aged 51
31-12-2011Died on this dayNorman Douglas MILLWARD aged 73
31-12-2011Died on this dayClinton Mark GUTHRIDGE aged 48

In Memoriam


2 December 2016 – John Bagnall BURROWS – Retired Chief Inspector – AFP62
Mr BURROWS was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, England on 18 September 1925 and passed away at Tea Gardens, NSW aged 91 years. Mr BURROWS joined the Commonwealth Police on 20 October 1969 after emigrating from England where he served with the London Metropolitan Police. His service with the Commonwealth Police included postings to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. He transitioned to the Australian Federal Police in 1979 and obtained the rank of Chief Inspector before retiring in September 1985. Mr BURROWS was awarded the Bravery Medal for his actions during an attempted hijacking of a Pan American Aircraft at Sydney Airport in 1980. Mr BURROWS grappled with an offender armed with a knife allowing a hostage to escape. During the struggle Mr BURROWS suffered knife wounds but was able to subdue the hijacker. In addition to his Bravery Medal, Mr BURROWS was awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Commissioner’s Award of Merit.


4 December 1987 – Ronald Leslie WHITTICK – Retired Sergeant – AFP817
Ron was born on 29 August 1940 and died at Gosnells, WA aged 47 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police Force serving in WA and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979.


4 December 2016 – Mark William JENSEN – Retired Senior Constable – AFP924
Mark was  born on 9 October 1951 passed away in Canberra aged 65 years. He joined the ACT Police on 3 June 1974 and worked in ACT Policing in a variety of roles including General Duties at City and Woden Stations as well as Communications and Legal. Mark transitioned to the AFP  on Foundation Day 19 October 1979, before retiring in 1985.


7 December 2018 – Alan John SING – Retired Commander – AFP94
Alan was born on 21 November 1945 and passed away in Sydney aged 73 years. After an 11 year career with the New South Wales Police, Mr SING joined the Commonwealth Police in 1976 and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. Mr SING worked in Legal & Training Branch before moving to Special Crimes Branch and Investigations. Mr SING was promoted to Superintendent in 1985 and in 1989 transferred to International Division. From 1989 to 1993 Mr SING served as the AFP’s Senior Liaison Officer in London . Mr SING was promoted to Commander in 1995 and transferred to Brisbane in 1996 before retiring in November 1997. For his service Mr SING is awarded:

  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal and 25yrClasp
  • AFP Service Medal


8 December 1979 – Albert Clothier – Retired Senior Constable
Members in Central Division of A.F.P. were saddened to learn of the passing of a popular colleague in Senior Constable Albert Clothier who died aged 56. Born at Penong, S.A. on-3 January 1922, the late Barney Clothier (as he was known) enlisted in the army in 1942 and saw service overseas firstly in the Pacific campaign and occupation forces in Japan following World War II and again with the U.N. Forces in Korea during 1949-1951). Rising to the rank of Warrant Officer, Barney ended his military service in 1960 to take up a position with the South Australian Prisons Department. He joined Compol in 1961 and served his entire police career in the Central Division (S.A.-N.T. District) mainly at Salisbury, Woomera and Maralinga. He is survived by his wife Alice and nine children.


8 December 2015 – Terence (Terry) O’NEILL – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1277
Terry was was born in Devonport, Devon, England in 1937 and passed away at his home in Perth aged 78 years. He migrated to Australia and joined the Commonwealth Police in WA in 1971. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979 and he spent most of his career in WA in Uniform Protection, Close Personal Protection and Intelligence. He served with the AFP until 1997 when he retired.


8 December 2016 – Michael (Mick) Richard SHANNON – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP770
Mick was born at Drummoyne, NSW on 13 November 1942 and passed away in Sydney aged 74 years. Mick joined the Commonwealth Police on 24 April 1969 after 9 years service with the Royal Australian Navy. He worked in New South Wales District including Major Crime Squad, Cheque and Bank Squads and Sydney Airport. He transitioned to the AFP on  Foundation Day 19 October 1979, resigning in 1985 at the rank of Detective Sergeant.


9 December 2018 – Samantha Jane BAGLIN – Leading Senior Constable – AFP10496
Samantha was born on 2 January 1974. She passed away in Canberra aged 44 years and her body was repatriated to Melbourne. Leading Senior Constable BAGLIN joined the AFP on 6 March 2000. LSC BAGLIN’s career included work in Southern Region Airport and Operations response teams. She worked on Operation ALLIANCE, Operation CHEVERNY and for many years as a Pre Deployment Team instructor with the International Deployment Group and Learning & Development. LSC BAGLIN was deployed to RAMSI on three occasions between 2009 and 2017 as an Advisor and was working with Safe Place Response when she passed. For her service to the AFP, LSC BAGLIN was awarded:

  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • AFP Operations Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • RSIPF International Law Enforcement Cooperation Medal


10 December 1979 – Reginald John VanDENBERGH – Senior Sergeant
The death occurred on of Reginald John Vandenbergh, following a short illness, aged 57. A popular and greatly respected supervisory Sergeant, his untimely passing shocked not only members of the A.F.P. but the Canberra community. Affectionately known as ‘Vandy’, he was born at Picton, N.S.W. on 13 September 1922. On leaving school he held various positions as a shop assistant prior to enlisting in the A.I.F. during World War II. He served as a medical orderly in the Middle East (Palestine) and returned us a gunner, to serve in the South West Pacific Campaign. In. 1953 he joined the Peace Officer Guard and served a one year period in South Australia and in 1955 transferred back to the A.C.T. District. When Compol was formed in 1960 he transferred to it with the rank of Senior Constable. In 1964 ‘Vandy’ led the advance party of Australian Police to Cyprus (U.N.F.I.C.Y.P.) and remained with the first contingent until May 1965. During 1966-68 he served in Victoria District and was attached to special duties at Timbertop during the stay of H.R.H. Prince Charles. ‘Vandy’ was posted to Moscow from July 1973 to July 1975 and then to Warsaw from 1976 until August 1978. On his return he held the position of Supervisory Senior Sergeant in the Duty Room at A.C.T. District Headquarters. He was accorded a police funeral which was attended by many of his colleagues. He is survived by his wife Norma and son Russell. For his service he was the recipient of three commendations by former A.C.T. Police Commissioners and following twenty-six years in the Police Force received a bar to his National Medal.


11 December 2004 – Peter Edward PHILLIPS – APM – Retired Commander – AFP1145
Peter was born on 20 January 1946 and he died in Canberra aged died aged 58 years. Peter joined the Australian Capital Territory Police on 23 January 1978 (badge number 892) and graduated Dux of his class. He served in Community Policing and then transferred into the ACT Fraud Squad and in 1984 received his Detective Designation. In 1985 he requested a transfer to the newly formed National Criminal Investigation Branch (NCIB) and in 1989 was promoted to Det Superintendent, NCIB. In August 1991 he headed up the AFP/Australian Securities Commission multi-disciplinary task force investigation into Bond Corporation in Perth. In 1994 he was awarded the National Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Australian Community thru his management of complex investigations. In 1995 he was promoted to Commander and transferred to Melbourne office, responsible for all operational activity undertaken by the AFP in Victoria, Tasmania and SA. In 1998 he was transferred to what was the Internal Security and Audit Division in Canberra and in 2000 was appointed Director of MOSC. He lived the AFP values and was a true mentor and friend to many. His ability to build team spirit was amazing and so many people still comment that he was the best boss they ever worked for. On 30 September 2004, Peter was awarded the Australian Police Medal; which was subsequently promulgated in the Australia Day 2005 Honours List on 26th of January, 2005.


13 December 2018 – Anthony (Chook) Graham FOWLER – Retired Sergeant – AFP590
Mr FOWLER was born on 2 May 1941 passed away aged 77 years. Mr FOWLER joined the Commonwealth Police on the 23 February 1976 and transitioned to Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. Mr FOWLER predominantly worked in the Northern Region Intelligence sections and deployed to Bougainville PNG and East Timor. Mr FOWLER retired from the Australian Federal Police in Brisbane on 13 June 2005. For his/her service Mr FOWLER was awarded:

  • Police Overseas Medal
  • National police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • AFP Service Medal


14 December 2011 – Francis (Frank) William WARD – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP1623
Frank was born on 3 July 1942 and passed away at Gosford, NSW aged 69 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on 19 October 1979. Frank worked in Eastern Region. For his service, he was awarded the:

  • National Medal – 25th of March, 1999
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp – 25th of March, 1999
  • National Medal – 2nd Clasp – 22nd of June, 2001


14 December 2018 – William (Bill) Henry BENNETT QPM – Retired Chief Superintendent – AFP8
Mr BENNETT was born in Turo, Cornwell, England on 24 July 1923 and passed away on aged 95 years. Mr BENNETT joined the Commonwealth Police on 2 November 1964. Mr BENNETT worked at Lucas Heights Nuclear Facility and the Australian Police College (NSW). Mr BENNETT was the Australian Police Commander for the 14th Australian Civilian Police Contingent (April 1977 – April 1978), of United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP). He worked with Protection and Diplomatic & Securities Branch. Mr BENNETT transitioned to the AFP in 1979 and retired on 23 July 1983. For his service to the Commonwealth and Australia, Mr BENNETT was awarded:

  • Queens Police Medal
  • 1939 – 1945 Medal
  • Air Crew Europe Star
  • War Medal 1939
  • Africa General Service Medal – Kenya Police
  • National Police Service Medal
  • Police Overseas Medal – CYPRUS
  • National Medal
  • United Nations Medal – UNFICYP


15 December 2004 – Ivars (Ivan) Juris SMITMANIS – Retired First Constable – AFP1168
Ivan was born in Latvia on 29 February 1940 and passed away aged 64 years. In 1944, when Ivars was four, his family left their homeland of Latvia and spent the next four years in a displaced persons camp in Germany. They immigrated to Australia in 1948 where they eventually settled in Monto, Qld. Ivars served nine years in the Public Service of Papua (then an Australian possession) and New Guinea (then a Mandated Territory under the League of Nations) in the Madang District serving on most stations and as Officer in Charge of Aiome in 1964 and then Simbai Patrol Posts in 1965-1966. The latter part of Ivars’ service was spent in Madang headquarters from where he did a considerable amount of patrolling and was the first census taker. After leave in 1970 Ivan was posted to the West Sepik where he served at Green River and other stations in the District. Ivars’ touch at Green River turned an isolated post into somewhat of a friendly centre with regular visitors and some enjoyable social functions. Ivan was promoted to District Officer in 1971. Ivan left PNG from the West Sepik District in early 1976 after fifteen years service. After PNG Independence Ivars went to Adelaide where his sister Anita lived. He met Kay and together they opened a deli. In 1976 he joined the Commonwealth Police which became the Australian Federal Police in 1979. He was posted to Darwin where they lived until 1995 then they moved to Gin Gin, Qld.


16 December 2000 – Brian Ernest HULL – Retired Detective Chief Inspector – AFP49
Brian was born in Croydon, Surrey, England in 1934 and died in Sydney aged 66 years. He and his family migrated to Australian in January 1965. Brian joined the Commonwealth Police Force serving in both Sydney and Canberra. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979 and continued to serve in Canberra until his retirement.


17 December 2015 – Victor (Vic) Jan KARCHINSKY – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1477
Vic was born in Poland on 10 April 1940 and he passed away in his sleep at home in Adelaide aged 75 years. Vic and his family migrated to Australia arriving on 5 October 1949. He joined the Commonwealth Police working in Canberra and on Foundation Day of the AFP, 19 October 1979, he is recorded as working in General Policing. Vic subsequently transferred to Adelaide. Loved partner and soulmate of Diane Worledge for 20 years. Loved Dad of Kris, Sasha, Shane, Terri and Tim. Lovingly remembered by his many grandchildren. Loved forever. R.I.P


18 December 1996 – James Arthur MATHESON – Senior Constable – AFP1127
James was born on 17 May 1957 and passed away aged 39 years. He is buried in Tweed Heads Lawn Cemetery. He worked in the CIB at Woden in the late 1980’s. Taken much too soon.


18 December 2016 – Paul Milton JONES – Retired Superintendent – AFP927
Paul was born on 29 June 1942 and passed away in Canberra aged 74 years. Mr JONES was a Patrol Officer with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary from 1963 to 1971, where he was a Commissioned Officer and later became a Magistrate. He joined the Australian Capital Territory Police on 20 May 1974 and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. During his career with the AFP he worked in a number of locations including General Duties, Accident Squad, Investigations and as the AFP Liaison Officer (London). He retired from the Australian Federal Police as Superintendent, Operations Support Services, on 16 February 2000. In recognition of his service he was awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal, National Medal and 25 year clasp. Mr JONES also received the Commissioner’s award for excellence on his recruit course.


19 December 2014 – Robert (Bob) James Charles McGOOGAN – Retired Station Sergeant – AFP367
Bob was born on 17 June 1943 and passed away in Canberra aged 71 years. He joined the ACT Police and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979, serving in ACT Policing. Bob spent many years as Watch House Sergeant and he had been battling with cancer for 2 ½ years before his death. For his service Bob was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


21 December 1981 – Phillip Ian ROFE – Senior Constable AFP2330
Phillip was born c1946 and committed suicide in Darwin aged 35 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police Force and he served in Cyprus as a member of the 16th Contingent (April 1979 – April 1980); and together with others serving there at the time, he was sworn in as a member of the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979, by the Australian High Commissioner. Upon his return he was posted to Darwin and for his service Phillip was awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS.


21 December 2001 – Clifford (Cliff) Samuel FOSTER – Detective Superintendent – AFP321
Cliff was born in Sydney on 15 April 1948, and after a battle with depression, Cliff committed suicide and died aged 53 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police in Sydney and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on 19 October 1979. Cliff worked in many squads in Eastern Region, including an attachment the JDTF, Organised Crime Branch and Drug Squad. During his service he was posted to Rome as the AFP Liaison Officer.  For his service, he was awarded:

  • National Medal – 8th of June, 1988
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp – 2nd of December, 1994


22 December 2000 – Barry Lloyd SUGARS – Retired Senior Constable 2416
Barry was born in Sydney on 16 July 1941 and passed away in Canberra aged 59. Barry worked most (if not all) his career in the ACT and was Dux of his GD’s course in 1981. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 2 December 1994.


22 December 2004 – Adam DUNNING – Protective Service Officer –
Adam was born on 20 February 1978. In the early hours of 22 December 2004, Adam was fatally wounded by a gunman during a patrol around high-risk premises in Honiara, Solomon Islands, and he died aged 26 years. Adam grew up in the suburb of Monash, ACT. Prior to his service in the Australian Federal Police, he had served in the RAAF as reservist. As a member of the RAAF, he had served as a peacekeeper in East Timor in 1999 where his first duty was to help secure Dili Airport. After returning from East Timor, DUNNING joined the Australian Federal Police Protective Service in March 2003, performing guard duty in and around Parliament House. He volunteered for the mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in August 2004 and was deployed in October 2004. On 18 November 2004 he was awarded a commendation for his efforts in disarming a man with a replica pistol near the Honiara Magistrates Court. He died while patrolling along East Kola Ridge Road near Honiara on 22 December 2004. His funeral service, with full military and police honours, was held at the Anzac Memorial Chapel of the Royal Military College, Duntroon on 30 December 2004. The main road in the AFP training facility at Majura was named Adam Dunning Drive in his honour.


24 December 2016 – Peter Lea (Bulldog) DRUMMOND – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP876
Peter was born in Waverley, NSW on 24 October 1941 and passed away at Nelson Bay, NSW aged 75 years. Mr DRUMMOND joined the ACT Police on 1 September 1975, initially working in General Duties, City Branch before transferring to the Special Branch in 1978 where he remained until 1990 having achieved the rank of Senior Sergeant. He subsequently worked in the ACT Legal Adjudication Unit and then Internal Security and Audit Division. Mr DRUMMOND retired from the AFP on 15 November 1997. For his service Mr DRUMMOND was awarded the National Medal.


25 December 2017 – Jitendra SAHANI – AFP18148
Mr SAHANI passed away aged 48 years. Mr SAHANI joined the Australian Federal Police on 20 August 2007 and was still serving at the time of his death. Mr SAHANI worked his entire career in the Digital Forensics team in Sydney Office where he has held a variety of positions.


27 December 2018 – Kristina (Kris) Kuta FLYNN – AFP7953
Kristina was born on 25 June 1954 and passed away in Canberra aged 64 years. Mrs FLYNN joined the Australian Federal Police on 14 May 1990. Mrs FLYNN worked in Intelligence Operations, National Agency Liaison, National Assessment Centre TIC, and AOCC Response Operations Intelligence roles, all in ACT. Mrs FLYNN accepted a voluntary redundancy from the Australian Federal Police on 30 June 2014. For her service, Mrs FLYNN was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal with 20 years clasp.


28 December 2003 – “Ben” Lavanda Gordon BLAKENEY OAM – Retired First Constable – AFP1624
Ben was born at Crown Street Women’s Hospital, Sydney on 9 March 1937 and passed away in Queanbeyan NSW aged 66 years.. He starred in a film opposite David Gulpilil and was also part of the opening ceremony of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. Ben was the first Aboriginal to join COMPOL in 1977. He was the only person ever permitted to join the AFP using an ‘alias’ – as “Ben” BLAKENEY. Under the name of Gordon BLAKENEY he served in Cyprus as a member of the 16th Contingent (April 1979 – April 1980); and together with others serving there at the time, he was sworn in as a member of the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979, by the Australian High Commissioner. For his AFP service Ben was awarded the National Medal and the Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS. For his service to the community Ben, in The Queen’s Birthday 1994 Honours List on 10 June 1994, was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), “In recognition of service to the community”. Ben was given a Police Funeral and an an article published in the AFP Platypus Magazine in 2004, detailing his life can be read by CLICKING HERE.


28 December 2016 – Dr Suzanne Maree STANLEY – AFP10825
Dr STANLEY was born on 8 December 1952 and passed away in Canberra under her married name DEARN aged 66 years. Dr STANLEY joined the Australian Federal Police on the 19 October 2000 as a member of the Learning and Development Forensic Faculty. She was promoted to Coordinator, Learning and Development Federal Law Enforcement Training on 22 July 2002. Dr STANLEY retired from the AFP on 22 January 2010.


29 December 2016 – Barry Gerald KITE – Retired Senior Constable – AFP657
Barry was born in 1946 and away at Wagga Wagga, NSW aged 70 years. Mr KITE joined the ACT Police on 20 July 1970 and transitioned across to the AFP in 1979. During his time with the ACT and Australian Federal Police, Mr. KITE worked at City Station, the Accident Squad, Criminal Investigations Branch – Gaming Squad and Woden Station. He retired on 20 February 1981.


30 December 1993 – Gerard “Gerry” Thomas SPURR – Retired Senior Constable – AFP784
Gerry was born on 25 July 1943 and died in Sydney aged 50 years. He was a member of the NSW Police before joining the ACT Police in Canberra, where he lived in and worked in General Policing. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. Gerry resigned from the AFP on an unknown date and set up a business as a Massage Therapist operating from his home address in Weston, and at the time of his death he was visiting Sydney. Mr SPURR was awarded the:

  • Commissioner’s commendation for courage and devotion to duty in 1973
  • Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct (Imperial) – 19 November 1974 – New South Wales Police: Apprehend an armed man.
  • National Medal


30 December 2015 – David (Dave) Fredrick CLARKE – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP528
Dave was born in Hong Kong, China on 19 December 1940 and passed away at home in Bayview, NSW aged 75 years. Dave had been a Milkman and bank teller before joining the Commonwealth Police in Sydney on 8 January 1973. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. Dave worked in Eastern Region in General Crime, Airport and Organised Crime. He was the first Welfare Officer in Eastern Region, a position he held until he retired from the AFP in January 1999. Dave was jovial, tall in stature and strong in character. He was brought up by his Grandmother while living in Hong Kong and she forbid him to swear, something he maintained throughout his life. Instead of swearing Dave simply said “Oh gosh”. In recognition of his service he was awarded:

  • Commendation Certificate
  • National Medal with 25 year service clasp
  • National Police Service Medal


31 December 1979 – Manfred Kurt ALBRECHT – Detective Senior Constable
Kurt was born in Halle, Germany on 30 October 1943 and died suddenly in Melbourne aged 36 years. He was was attached to the Airport squad at Tullamarine at the time of his death. Kurt came to Australia in 1956, living at Cairns, Queensland, until 1966 when he joined the Australian Military Forces. He joined the former COMPOL in October 1967 and served initially in Victoria District then in SA—NT District at Darwin until early January 1975 when he and his family were evacuated back to Melbourne when cyclone ‘Tracy’ devastated their home. He was accorded a police funeral which was attended by many of his friends and colleagues. The cortege was led by a motorcycle escort provided by Victoria Police. Kurt is survived by his wife, Lynette, and daughter.


31 December 2011 – Norman (Norm) Douglas MILLWARD – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP372
Norm was born in Queensland on 22 November 1938 and due to depression he committed suicide aged 73 years, in Queensland. Norm joined the Commonwealth Police and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on 19 October 1979. During his policing career Norm worked in Canberra and Northern Region. He served on the 13th Cyprus Contingent (April 1976 – April 1977) and retired from the AFP in Queensland in 1986. For his service, he was awarded the:

  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – 8th of July, 1992
  • National Medal – 19th of November, 1990

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