1911

10Jan

Collins, John Sandford

Constable, 5118

Constable Collins died at Golden Square on Tuesday the 10th January 1911, from ulceration of the bowels. About four and a half years before his death he had been kicked in the stomach whilst attempting to arrest a man at Prahran. As a result of the injuries this caused he was admitted to the Police Hospital where he remained for some time before eventually resuming duty. However he later began to suffer from internal pains, and it was found that a growth had developed. This burst the day before his death, and his doctors were unable to save him.

01Jan

Jones, Charles

Constable, 3748

At about 12.30 am on Sunday 1st January, 1911 Constable Jones and Senior Constable Barclay were escorting a prisoner to the local watch house, when they were attacked by two men, one of whom was the prisoner’s brother.

In the course of this attack Jones was struck on the head by a beer bottle thrown with such force that his skull was badly fractured. Although receiving medical attention almost immediately, his doctors later stated they could not have prevented his death because of the massive injuries he had received. A local man was charged with the murder, and presented for trial, but the jury were discharged, being unable to agree upon a verdict. The accused was again presented for trial and on the subsequent occasion was found “not guilty”.

08Dec

Olgivie, James

Constable, 3934

On Friday, 8th December 1911, a group of Camperdown residents took members of the Police Band to Lake Elingamite for a picnic, in appreciation for the band members performance at a local carnival the day before. Amongst those bandsmen who attended were Constables Ogilvie and Riddle. Their transport to and from the lake was provided in Mr. Manifold's Rolls Royce motor car, and on the return trip one of the cars front wheels collapsed, causing the vehicle to overturn. Riddle and Ogilvie were both admitted to a local hospital suffering serious injuries, and both died within days as a result of other conditions supervening on those injuries.

08Dec

Riddle, Harold

Constable, 4810

On Friday, 8th December 1911, a group of Camperdown residents took members of the Police Band to Lake Elingamite for a picnic, in appreciation for the band members performance at a local carnival the day before. Amongst those bandsmen who attended were Constables Riddle and Ogilvie. Their transport to and from the lake was provided in Mr. Manifold's Rolls Royce motor car, and on the return trip one of the cars front wheels collapsed, causing the vehicle to overturn. Riddle and Ogilvie were both admitted to a local hospital suffering serious injuries, and both died within days as a result of other conditions supervening on those injuries.