Thompson, Edward P.
Cadet Mounted Constable
On the 14th September, 1853 the bushrangers Henry Bradley and Patrick O’Connor commandeered a vessel in Van Dieman’s Land and forced the Captain to take them to Victoria. On landing they went on a rampage of robbery and murder. The police were soon in hot pursuit and at dusk on the evening of Monday, 26th September 1853, they finally cornered the men at Mr. Kane’s Station near Kilmore.
After a short gun battle, during which Cadet Thompson was shot through the lung, the offenders escaped on horse back. The troopers were unable to follow as their horses had broken away, and it was some time before the pursuit could be re-commenced. Cadet Thompson never recovered from his wound, and his condition steadily deteriorated. He died on 4th December, 1856 after a long and painful illness