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.
|02-12-2010||Died on this day||Ronald Edwin LEWIS aged 33|
|02-12-2016||Died on this day||John Bagnall BURROWS BM aged 91|
|03-12-2017||Died on this day||Owen Keith HINSPETER aged 65|
|04-12-1987||Died on this day||Ronald Leslie WHITTICK aged 47|
|04-12-2016||Died on this day||Mark William JENSEN aged 65|
|06-12-2017||Died on this day||Edward Norman BLAIR aged 87|
|07-12-2018||Died on this day||Alan John Sing aged 73|
|07-12-2020||Died on this day||Peter Douglas THEODORE aged 71|
|08-12-1979||Died on this day||Albert Clothier|
|08-12-2015||Died on this day||Terence (Terry) O'NEILL aged 78|
|08-12-2016||Died on this day||Michael Richard SHANNON Aged 74|
|09-12-1991||Died on this day||Vivienne Mary BROWN (WATSON) aged 33|
|09-12-2018||Died on this day||Samantha Jane BAGLIN aged 44|
|09-12-2020||Died on this day||Raymond John "Boney" COOPER aged 75|
|10-12-1979||Died on this day||Reginald John VANDENBERGH aged 57|
|11-12-2004||Died on this day||Peter Edward PHILLIPS aged 58|
|12-12-2009||Died on this day||Lloyd Garry SCHMIDT aged 67|
|13-12-2018||Died on this day||Anthony (Chook) Graham FOWLER aged 77 years|
|13-12-2018||Milestone||AFPFMA was created|
|14-12-2011||Died on this day||Francis (Frank) William WARD aged 69|
|14-12-2018||Died on this day||William (Bill) Henry BENNETT QPM aged 95|
|15-12-2004||Died on this day||Ivars (Ivan) Juris SMITMANIS aged 64|
|16-12-2000||Died on this day||Brian Ernest HULL aged 66|
|17-12-2015||Died on this day||Victor Jan KARCHINSKY aged 75|
|18-12-1996||Died on this day||James Arthur MATHESON aged 39|
|18-12-2016||Died on this day||Paul Milton JONES aged 74|
|19-12-2014||Died on this day||Robert James (Bob) McGOOGAN aged 71|
|21-12-1981||Died on this day||Phillip Ian ROFE aged 35|
|21-12-2001||Died on this day||Clifford Samuel FOSTER aged 53|
|21-12-2013||Died on this day||Jason Paul KELLY aged 42|
|22-12-2000||Died on this day||Barry Lloyd SUGARS aged 59|
|22-12-2004||Died on this day||Adam DUNNING aged 26|
|24-12-2016||Died on this day||Peter Lea (Bulldog) DRUMMOND aged 75|
|25-12-2002||Died on this day||Peter Francis (Bodge) WHITE aged 66|
|25-12-2017||Died on this day||Jitendra SAHANI aged 48|
|27-12-2018||Died on this day||Kristina Kuta FLYNN aged 64|
|27-12-2020||Died on this day||Robert Cowley HULANDS aged 80|
|28-12-2003||Died on this day||"Ben" Lavanda Gordon BLAKENEY aged 66|
|28-12-2016||Died on this day||Dr Suzanne Marie STANLEY aged 66|
|29-12-2016||Died on this day||Barry Gerald KITE aged 70|
|30-12-1983||Died on this day||Kevin Raymond DAVEY aged 19|
|30-12-1993||Died on this day||Gerard Thomas SPURR aged 50|
|30-12-2015||Died on this day||David Fredrick CLARKE aged 75|
|31-12-1979||Died on this day||Manfred Kurt ALBRECHT aged 36|
|31-12-1994||Died on this day||Brian Smith BRINKLER aged 51|
|31-12-2011||Died on this day||Clinton Mark GUTHRIDGE aged 48|
|31-12-2011||Died on this day||Norman Douglas MILLWARD aged 73|
|31-12-2014||Died on this day||Victor Joseph ADAMS aged 67|
|31-12-2020||Died on this day||Morgan Scott CROLL aged 55|
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
7 December 2020 – Peter Douglas THEODORE – Detective Sergeant AFP1173
Sergeant Theodore was born on 16 April 1949 and passed away aged 71 years. Sergeant Theodore joined the Commonwealth Police in November 1975 and became a member of the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day in 1979. During his AFP career, Sergeant Theodore worked in an incredibly diverse range of roles, both in regional commands and internationally. He worked extensively in National Investigations areas, Surveillance, and Close Personal Protection. He deployed on four missions to East Timor, two to Cyprus and one to the Solomon Islands. Most recently, Sergeant Theodore was working as a Watch Floor Sergeant in the National Operations State Service Centre (NOSSC). At the time of his passing, Sergeant Theodore was the AFP’s longest serving member having achieved 45 years-service to the Australian community in November 2020. For his service, Sergeant Theodore was awarded the
- Police Overseas Service Medal
- National Police Service Medal
- National Medal
- United Nations Medal UNFICYP, UNMISET and UNOTIL
- AFP Operations Medal
- AFP Service Medal
- AFP 40th Anniversary Group Citation
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.
12 December 2009 – Lloyd (LG) Garry SCHMIDT – Retired Sergeant – AFP765
LG was born at Temora, NSW on 25 May 1942 and died at Albury, late of Burrumbottock, NSW aged 67 years. LG joined the Australian Army and rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. He served in Vietnam as a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 07 Jun 1965 to 09 Jun 1966 and again as a member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam 28 Jan 1970 to 30 Jan 1971. He joined the ACT Police, working in the Traffic Division and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. LG served in Cyprus three times as a member of the 19th Contingent (June 1982 – June 1983), 36th Contingent (March 1992 – March 1993) and 37th Contingent (September 1992 – September 1993). LG retired from the AFP and for his service he was awarded:
- National Medal – 24 July 1981
- National Medal – 1st Clasp – 9 March 1991
- National Medal – 2nd Clasp – 6 June 1997
- Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – 8 July 1992
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
21 December 2013 – Jason Paul KELLY – Protective Service Officer – AFP13189
Jason was born on 7 May 1971 and died whilst on duty at Kinross, WA aged 42 years. During his service with the AFP, Jason was stationed at Perth Airport.
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 2002 – Peter (Bodge) Francis WHITE – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP815
Peter was born at Sydney, NSW on 20 April 1936 and died at Margaret River, WA aged 66 years. Bodge served in the Australian Army as a member of the 2nd Squadron, Special Air Service Regiment. He subsequently joined the Commonwealth Police Force working in Sydney for a number of years before transferring to Perth. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. Bodge retired from the AFP and settled in the Margaret River area.
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.
27 December 2020 – Robert Cowley HULANDS – Retired Senior Constable AFP1974
Bob was born at Leeton, NSW on 1 December 1940 and died at Halls Head, WA, from brain cancer aged 80 years. Robert started his working life as a farm hand in Leeton. He subsequently joined the Northern Territory Police on 22/9/1969 and in 1972 he was stationed at Batchelor, NT. He left the Northern Territory Police on 19/7/1974 and joined the Commonwealth Police Force, again working in Darwin. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. For his service Robert was awarded the National Medal on 21 August 1989.
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 1994 – Brian Smith BRINKLER – Detective Superintendent – AFP508
Brian was born at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England on 24 June 1943 and died at Canberra, ACT aged 51 years. He served as a member of Queens Regiment 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, before migrating to Australia, and joining the NSW Police Force. Brian resigned from the NSW Police and joined the ACT Police Force working in Canberra. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979, and subsequently worked in Eastern Region before returning to Canberra. At the time of his death Mr BRINKLER was the OIC, City District Crime Branch. For his service he was awarded:
- National Medal – 15 May 1986
- National Medal – 1st Clasp – 29 July 1992
He was afforded a Police Funeral and the tributes offered in his memory by senior AFP officers can be read by CLICKING HERE.
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
31 December 2011 – Clinton (Clint aka Gus) Mark GUTHRIDGE – Detective Superintendent – AFP3461
Clint was born at Melbourne, VIC on 28 July 1963 and died at home in Melbourne aged 48 years. During his service with the AFP, Clint’s potential as a leader was identified early in policing career and he rapidly rose through the ranks. Clint was posted overseas to South East Asia as an AFP Liaison Officer several times, including to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he subsequently operated the ‘Downunder Bar & Restaurant” with his wife Nok. Clint was also a keen motorcyclist and professional photographer. For his service Clint was awarded the National Medal on 30 July 1998.
While posted to Chiang Mai in 2005, Clint wrote an article ‘A Post Card From Chiang Mai’ which was published in the AFP Platypus Journal. Click here to read the article and see photographs taken by Clint. Examples of Clint’s skill as a professional photographer can be viewed, click here. A Tribute to Gus, as he was known to members of the Golden Triangle Riders, includes a photograph of Clint relaxing in his bar. Click here to view the document.
31 December 2014 – Victor Joseph ADAMS – Protective Service Officer – AFP9192
Victor was born at Coffs Harbour, NSW on 3 January 1946 and died in Canberra aged 67 years. He served in Vietnam as a member of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, 19 May 1967 to 13 Jun 1968. Major ADAMS was awarded the National Medal on 19 March, 1979. He joined the AFP and worked in Central Region as a member of the Protective Service Division.
31 December 2020 – Morgan Scott CROLL – Retired AFP10392
Morgan was born 22 December 1965 at Mount Lawley WA, and passed away aged 55 years from a heart attack. He was a former AFP member in Financial Investigations/CACT Perth Office. He also worked in Canberra in 2000 as part of the ABCI National Fraud Desk. Click here to view his funeral.