World War One, 1914-1918, was a signifcant 20th century event that claimed the lives of more than 16 million people across the globe. Many Victorians including Victoria Police members served in the military forces during this period.

138 Victoria Police members served in the military forces during World War One. 17 of these members were killed in action and a further ten died from wounds suffered. A listing of and information about these members is available. Copies of the police officers service records can be made available upon request.

Click here to download a copy of Victoria Police members who served in World War One (detailed listing)

Click here to download a copy of the Victoria Police members who served in World War One (Honour Board)

Listen to stories of some of the police members who served in World War One.

Podcast: Const. Harrold David HOGBEN (5880)

Podcast: 1st Const. Thomas James BALLANTYNE (5518)

ANZAC Day

Three Victoria Police members – Isaac Oswald Webster, Sydney Smith and Reginald Arthur Penrose – sadly lost their lives at Gallipoli on what we now call ANZAC Day.

Constable 5481 Isaac Oswald Webster was appointed to Victoria Police on 27 May 1909 and started his policing career at Russell Street station before transferring to Bourke Street West. Constable Webster then enlisted for war and was discharged from the force on 19 August 1914. Constable Webster was killed in action and his body was never recovered from battle.

Constable 5540 Sydney Smith joined Victoria Police on 4 March 1910 after working as a farm labourer. He started at the Russell Street station before moving to Carlton. Constable Smith was only four years into his policing career when he enlisted for war but was tragically killed in action at Plugge’s Plateau, where he now lays to rest.

Constable 5884 Reginald Arthur Penrose was sworn into Victoria Police on June 23 1913 and worked at Russell Street station before becoming a probationary detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch. Detective Penrose was discharged from the force the following August after enlisting for the war and died on 25 April 1915. It is unknown if Penrose was killed before reaching the shore at Gallipoli or if he even landed. His life is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial, no 28, along with other Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipolli.

First Convoy

More than 250 boats loaded with troops departed from one of Port Melbourne's three piers between 1914-1918.  Victoria Police has confirmed that the first convoy contained 20 officers from Victoria Police, seven of whom died during service.

Click here to download a copy of Police Officers who sailed in the first convoy from Port Melbourne.

Further information about Victoria’s contribution to World War One can be found at the ANZAC Centenary website, www.anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au


LEST WE FORGET

 

 

 

George Ingram

George Mawby Ingram

George Ingram is the only member of Victoria Police to be awarded the Victoria Cross. A new display has been opened at the Museum commemorating George and telling his remarkable story.

Reuben Pierce Penna

Reuben Penna was a Constable when he sailed on the first convoy from Port Melbourne in 1914. He rose to the rank of Captain in the 22nd Infantry Battallion. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He re-joined Victoria Police in 1922.