1921

09Jan

Sharrock, William Michale

Constable, 4956

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, 9th January 1921, the motor launch "Nestor" sank in the Hopkins River, near Warrnambool. At the time there were some 80 passengers on the vessel, of whom ten drowned. Amongst the dead was Constable Sharrock who died a hero's death. Having helped save the life of his sister-in-law and her child, he helped rescue another infant, although he was already exhausted by his efforts in the water. He sank as soon as the second child was placed in safety on a row boat, and was drowned. He was later awarded a posthumous Valour Badge.