1971

19Feb

Fleming, Phillip Gordon

Constable, 15731

At about 5.40 a.m. on Friday, 19th February 1971, Constable Fleming was the observer in a police divisional van travelling along the Boulevard, Kew, when the vehicle ran off the road, crashed through a fence and plunged down an embankment. Fleming received massive head injuries and died instantly.

17Apr

Benbow, William George

Constable, 16081

At about 9.51 a.m. on Saturday, 17th April 1971, Constable Benbow attended at the site of a partly demolished building which stood at the intersection of Swan Street and Lennox Street, Richmond. The building was in an unsafe condition, and when Benbow attempted to move bystanders out of the danger zone a wall collapsed, killing the Constable and three others.

09Oct

Worland, Robert Lindon

Constable, 15886

At about 11.30 a.m. on Saturday, 9th October 1971, Constable Worland was driving along Eltrick Road, Heywood, when he lost control of his car and crashed. Both Worland and two of his passengers were critically injured and all died some time later at the Portland Hospital. The other deceased persons were Worland's wife June, and Mrs. Sue Benbow, the widow of the late Constable William Benbow, 16081. Worland had been off duty at the time and the country trip was one of numerous outings the Richmond Police organised for Mrs. Benbow after her husband's death.