April 2003

On Friday 4th April 2003, our monthly meeting was addressed by Gerry Feltus concerning the Suzuki Manuki and Maya Jakic murders. Gerry’s address was extremely interesting to all members present. It is wonderful to see the work that went on to locate the body of Suzuki. Although this is a tragic story, we can now appreciate the tremendous amount of work that went on in the investigation. Well done Gerry.

On Saturday the 5th April a group of volunteers went to Victor Harbour for their Heritage week and parade. We took the Bedford Prison Van, (recently repaired) and the motorcycle outfit with another police vehicle as transport for the remaining members. Many thanks to Ernie McLeod, Mark Dowling, who drove the Bedford and the outfit, and to Bob Job, Holger Kruse. We were joined at Victor Harbour by Allan Peters who was selling memorabilia. He is a super salesman and managed sell quite a selection of books and other memorabilia.

We led the parade through Victor and set up a display of photographs and other memorabilia. There was considerable interest, although the crowd was a little disappointing. However as this will be an annual event, improvements will be made by the organisers and I understand that they intend to have a tall ship visiting next year.

If you went to the motor show, you may have seen our Chrysler Royal and the BSA display. Thanks to Rex Greig and his willing workers. The Chrysler like the Bedford has also undergone some “surgery” and is back in good order again.

All the motorcycles are now running, but need registration, which will be an ongoing cost. We are seeking some corporate help, but if there are any members who would like to sponsor a motorcycle, or who may know of a corporate sponsor please talk to us.

There is still some room on the bus to Bordertown on the 27th 50 if you want to go with us please let me know. (0407610755).

Our volunteers have been very busy with the scanning of photographs now complete. The bad news is that we have now commenced the audit of the collection. This will take a long time as the collection has grown to nearly 19,000 photographs. Welcome back to Audrey Wallace , just in time to help with the audit!

Rob Thomson has been busy organising uniforms for Bordertown members and other volunteers. The Thursday group is growing in numbers and thanks to Dave Aylett, we have a monthly .BBQ which members thoroughly enjoy. The data entry team is continuing to do a sterling job, and a special mention to Audrey Walker and Alf Jarvis who have been working on the map and plan collection. This involves checking maps and plans and entering on the data base, repairing any damage etc.

We could do with volunteers to work on Wednesdays, even if only for Y2 day. There are plenty of computer terminals free on these days and it would be of considerable assistance if there were people available to assist us.

The Museum renovations are in progress, however it appears to be a bit on the slow side. The Museum is unlikely to be re-opened until July or even later. We will be giving some considerable thought to how best to set up the Museum. It will be a very busy year!

On Sunday the 13th April 2003, about 50 people attended a moving ceremony at the Academy Fort Largs, to commemorate Police Anzac Day. Dorothy Pyatt was involved in the wreath laying ceremony on behalf of the society, and although bad weather was forecast it turned out to be a fine day.

On behalf of the committee I wish all members a happy and safe Easter and look forward to our Foundation day at Bordertown on the 27th April.

Geoff Rawson
Vice President


Bruce EVANS Peter FOOT
Victoria GRACE Stephen TOBIN
Allison MURPHY Hartley PAYNE
Catherine MURPHY Peter PICK
we welcome you


A cross erected to “Unknown British Soldier"; the wrecked light tank in the background.
Ref. article Page 4.


The committee was happy to see that scaffolding has been erected at the rear of the museum and work has commenced inside and outside the building.

Discussion re oral history and methods of recording monthly meetings. Owen Bevan and Jim Sykes to pursue this matter. Dorothy Pyatt provided information re management and conduct of oral history. Dorothy also tabled a copy of the publication “Many Voices” which has been purchased for the Society’s library.

Discussion re request for our attendance at Victor Harbour Heritage Week on Saturday 5th April. Moved that we send uniformed volunteers for the parade along with appropriate vehicles.

Enhancements to the Hue and Cry suggested by Tony Woodcock — report tabled for further discussion at next month’s meeting.

Dorothy Pyatt reported on the poor state of the Holland blinds in the library/meeting room. Geoff Rawson to make enquiries re replacement of all worn out blinds.

Allan Peters reported on SAPOL Expo 2003 with details of takings at $1145.00 of which $526.45 profit to the Society. Allan was congratulated by the Committee for his efforts and the member who assisted him.

Discussion re ongoing programs for year including field trips, mystery tours and annual dinner.

Policy matters discussed including the issues of Hue and Cry for spouses of deceased members. Agreed that copies continue to be posted for period of up to 3 years when situation will be reviewed. Number of excess uniforms discussed, need for culling policy. Jim Sykes to write policy for inclusion in the Policy Manual.

NEXT MEETING - May 2nd - 2003

experiences in the United Kingdom while on a policing exchange with the Kent Constabulary.

Geoff Rawson



Extracts taken from 'TOM ROBERTS WAR DIARIES.'



There’s been a fair bit of Artillery activity on both sides but not causing many casualties — at this end at any rate. Jerry is not giving us anything like he did the first few weeks when we exchanged round for round with his guns. Battery for Battery blazing away at each other until one was knocked out. We lost quite a few men and guns in the process, but we must have given his artillery an awful thumping. What he uses now are only the big guns that can get back fight out of reach of our 25-pounders.
I think myself that there will be another stunt next moon again, about the end of the month.
Our (the Ammo Group) activities are confined to running the ammunition forward from the Ammo Supply Co. to the guns, a distance of about ten miles (16Km) all told at present. We use the main road which is bitumen and kept m good repair for the rearmost five miles — and the forward half takes its chance. We ourselves repair the big shell holes since Jack Vaughan’s truck fell into one at night and broke jt’s chassis in half:
our road mending is rough but enough to save the trucks from being smashed if they run into the holes in the dark.
The road (Musso’s Victory Road?) follows the coast for some hundreds of miles and the particular part we use is along a ridge for most of the way. To the fight as we leave the Ammunition Depot you can see the desert roll down to the beautiful Mediterranean
Why does it always look so calm, and so beautiful and blue — and more often than not the sand runs out into banks and forms lakes that make the scene even more beautiful.
Away to our left extends the unbounded desert. From even this slight elevation we should be able to see for scores of miles but the dust and waves from the heat seldom permit one to see beyond about five miles — and sometimes hardly beyond five yards or metres.
The first part of our journey is over ground thickly covered with dispersed trucks and mobile units of every kind, Supply Groups, Hospitals, Ammo Dumps, light Repair Groups and Echlons. A.A. guns are there too, but they are not so noticeable, and if you walk around the areas you come across Anti-tank gun and rifle pits cleverly concealed. Every few hundred yards the road runs through a minefield and you read on either side of the road the word “GAP”. Between the minefields are stretches of coiled Dannet wire; the purpose is not always quite clear, they frequently surround nothing but a slight elevation and may only be meant to divert enemy attention from real strong-points.
Then on past the turn-off to the left leading to Alamein Railway Station, which you can see about half-a-mile from the road. The Station itself is the only building and it stands alone like the proverbial “Country Shouse”. If you look on. past it you can see the road is only bitumen as far as the Station, and then it runs into a dirt track. From there on you can follow the course of vehicles for miles by the dust they raise which hangs around for many minutes.
Away on either side of the road you can see a hundred similar dust clouds creeping in every direction as trucks, carriers and perhaps tanks, make for their own areas. A little while ago we followed this road to our old gun positions — the South Africans have a Mobile Canteen just off it and, if we have time, we usually run down to see them.
After we pass the Alamein Turnoff, we run on past the Forward Aid Post on our left and close by the big dumps of ammo put below ground level. These are for emergency if the occasion arises that our own supplies cannot be brought up quickly enough.
From there on there’s not much to see at all. There’s plenty about, as the signposts show, but it is all below the surface and camouflaged. Only essential trucks are left up here, Ammo Trucks and Tractors for the guns. Traffic, too, is much lighter, particularly down on the desert where only an occasional dust cloud shows where a truck is moving.
Our Salient, “The Alamein Box” as it was known, starts to grow narrower More often than not our shells scream overhead and can be seen bursting and sending up clouds of dust and smoke. All the road here is exposed to Jerry’s observation and occasionally he fires on traffic and gets hits, too, as newly wrecked and burnt out trucks show. There used to be a tremendous amount of wreckage along the road, but we have cleared up a good deal of it. Others have followed our example too. In one or two places on our right the sea has been run in across the salt swamps to make impassable tank traps.
At Kilo 114 (from Alexandria) we turn off to our wagon lines or continue on to Kilo 117. Just off the road are, first, our “B” Troop, and then “A” Troop positions where we report our load and then unload at whichever guns require ammunition. Quite frequently the guns go forward another two Kilos during the night arid return before dawn — in which case we take their ammo up during the day and dump it on the positions they are going to occupy, picking up the empties the next day...
This makes us very unpopular with the Infantry for Jerry can see our trucks go up —and it “draws the crabs” for the Infantry in the locality.
Up here, you are not far from Jerry’s lines and notices tell you so: “HEY!” is the only word on the first notice. On the next, some hundred or so yards further on, you read the word “STOP” and in smaller print under that command is the comment: “Or the next time you hear this it will be in German
Infantrymen are dug in all around here; shell holes are frequent and we are the only people who have filled any in. The traffic in shells here is usually two-way, the Infantry don’t make us welcome — and we don’t want to stop there anyway. That’s as far as we can go at present.
Here and there along the whole road are crosses marking the graves of friends and comrades as well as Germans and Italians. Some are just marked on a piece of board or perhaps the butt of a rifle: “Unknown Soldier”. A few are graves of airmen with parts of their wrecked machines scattered around. These are generally marked “Unknown (German, Italian or British) Airman”. An Official War Cemetery is near the Alamein Turn-off and close to the hospital and where circumstances permit, each Unit brings its dead and erects a white cross of some sort or other over them. In addition a piece of paper, showing (when it is known) the soldier’s full name, number, Regiment, religion, and the date and manner of his death, is placed in an empty beer bottle which is stuck upside down in the ground at the foot of the cross.
As we run along, the noise of our engine prevents us hearing the noise of aircraft if they are about, but if we keep an eye on the signs on the ground we can soon tell.
Crews of A.A. and machine guns rush to their posts, everyone else rushes to their holes
— and everyone gapes up into the sky.
There are a lot of notices along the road too: “Kill that fly!”, “Are you prepared to act if ambushed on this road?”, “Take it to Salvage”, “Salvage for Victory”, “Halt OFF the Road”, are typical. The road to the Alamein Station has a big signboard up, SPRINGBOK ROAD, and it leads into the South African area.
To write all this has taken some time and a heavy artillery duel has been going on as I write. Jerry has been shelling the “Hill of Jesus” (Tell el Lisa), which is about half a mile walk of where we are. Two big fleets of our bombers have just gone Over that way, ~o perhaps he'll soon be quiet


Rejected by the girl he loved, Mr. Darsun Yilmaz a Turk from Damal, resorted to abduction. One particularly dark night in August 1972 he crept silently into the garden of the girl’s house. Reaching her bedroom via a ladder he threw a blanket over her sleeping form. Then, with rug stifling her cries of protest, the dastardly Turk made his way down the ladder to his getaway car with his struggling, blanket wrapped beloved over his shoulder.
Great was his joy as he later wrestled with the blanket and strove to release his lovely contraband, and great was his chagrin when the cloth fell away to reveal the girl's 91 year old grandmother.

The South Australian Register June 22, 1886.

An odd conclusion was arrived at by a Jury at the County Quarter Sessions at Exeter in a case in which a man was charged with stealing hay. When accosted whilst carrying hay at night, he declined to give any account as to where he obtained it, but some had been stolen from a place not far distant.
At the trial, however, the prisoner called two witnesses, who proved that he had purchased some hay, and the contention was that that which he was seen with was part of the quantity bought.
The Jury returned a verdict of guilty, but recommended the prisoner to mercy. When asked on what they grounded the recommendation, the foreman said they did not think there was any real evidence that the man actually stole the hay. Upon this the Hon. Bernard Coleridge, who defended, claimed an acquittal was warranted. The Court, however, decided to take the original verdict of guilty, and sent the prisoner to gaol for six months.


 Morrie an ‘absolute inspiration’

After 52 years of marriage Pauline Stanford was used to sharing husband Morrice with the community.
“He was a very generous person, he was very community minded,” Mrs Stanford says of her husband, who died late last month.
Mr Stanford - known as Morrie to his friends — former assistant commissioner of police, United Nations Civil Police member and bowls fanatic, died aged 74, from prostate cancer. Mrs Stanford, of Broadview, says her husband was always busy organising events, right up until his death.
“Everything was about helping people,” she says.
“With our niece he organised an over-5Os lunch for March 14 and he was ready to go to it.
“He always wanted to finish everything he started.”
The couple knew each other as children living on the Eyre Peninsula, but only became close as adults, studying in Adelaide.
Mrs Stanford was training to be a nurse and Mr Stanford a police cadet at Thebarton.
“He was very taken up with joining the forces, so very early he became a cadet,” she says.
The successful career that followed saw Mr Sandford volunteer as a United Nations peacekeeper in Cyprus in 1966, in the civil war between Greece and Turkey.




  — Standard, March 12, 2003

In 1978 he was in charge of forming the police STAR Force, and conducted investigations into allegations of police corruption in 1979 and 1981.
He also travelled overseas to study police operations in Scotland Yard, terrorist activities in Northern Ireland, and he was the first Australian police officer to attend officer training in Bramshill Police College, England.
Retired from the police in 1987, due to asthma, Mr Stanford was known in the inner northern suburbs for his commitment to community organisations.
He was president of the
Broadview Bowls Club, the Police
Bowls Club, and involved with the
RSL and the Freemasons.
“He got so deaf that he had to give (committees) away,” she says.
“I believe (community work) made him live as long as he did, because his will was so strong to finish everything that he started.
“Re always gave me great security and he was an absolute inspiration, a courageous man right through his sickness — he was just incredible.”
About 400 people attended Mr Stanford’s funeral on February 26 at St Phillip’s Church, Broadview.
He is survived by his wife and three children, Patricia, Lawrence and Airdre and grandchildren.

police career

Morrice Henry Humphreys Stanford
Assistant Police Commissioner

Born: August 13, 1928; Port Augusta
flied: February 22, 2003; Adelaide

MORRIE Stanford had a distinguished police career spanning 43 years during which he rose through the ranks from a junior constable to assistant commissioner.
He joined the South Australia Police Force two weeks after his 16th birthday, following a short period working as - a station hand on a cattle property in SA’s Far North. After six years of country and metropolitan patrol work, he was appointed a detective in Port Augusta and, continued in that role, with appointments to various metropolitan Criminal Investigation Branches.
In 1966, he served as second in command of the United Nations Australian police contingent in Cyprus. On his return, he was appointed officer-in-charge of the homicide squad, as detective chief inspector.
Mr Stanford was instrumental in forming the Star Force division, before he was appointed state traffic director as chief superintendent in 1980.
Three years later, he was made assistant commissioner. During his police career, Mr Stanford was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, the Queen’s Police Medal and UN Peacekeeping Medal. He was a life member, president, vice-president, treasurer and committee member of the Enfield RSL sub branch.
A keen bowler, he was also a president of the Police Bowling Club. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, and three children.

Rachel Hancock

54  The Advertiser   www.theadvertjser.com.au 

Saturday, March 22, 2003


(Contributed by Ray Killmier).

A limited phonetic alphabet was first used by the British early in the 20th Century when field telephones were introduced for military use.

From a copy of the training manual published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, titled, “Signalling 1907”.
A Ack  B. Beer M. Emma P Pip S Esses
T Toc V Vic

These were the only letters to be sounded phonetically at this time. All others were pronounced normally.

1920-1940s. This base was extended as under.;
Ack Beer Charlie Don Edward
Freddie George Harry Ink Johnnie
King London Monkey Nuts Orange
Pip Queen Robert Sugar Toc
Uncle Vic William X-ray Yorker

1945-1950s. This second version reflected American communications domination.

Able Baker Charlie Dog Easy
Fox George How Item Jig
King Love Mike Nan Oboe
Peter Queen Roger Sugar Tare
Uncle Victor William X-ray Yoke

1960 This third version resulted from the formation of NATO and has become used universally by the military, police (including SAPOL) , airlines etc.
Alfa Bravo Charlie Delta Echo
Foxtrot Golf Hotel India Juliet
Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar
Papa Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango
Uniform Victor Whisky X-ray Yankee

In 1972, following a Communications Review, what was dubbed the “Ratel” Code for police voice transmissions, was introduced in SAPOL. This procedure applied a numerical code to each type of police tasking. Its primary purpose was to reduce transmission times, with security being a secondary consideration. At the same time an Alpha numerical designation was introduced for mobile patrol call signs to indicate Region, function and patrol number. For example” Delta Trojan” identified the on duty Inspector for Region D.

 Police Foundation Day.


Please Note!!!

Unfortunately the Society has had to cancel the luxury coach liner as previously advertised because the minimum number of bookings required, were not received.

HOWEVER, the Society has been able to book a 20 seater minibus for this occasion. That bus’s availability subject to departmental emergency/operational needs therefore it is IMPERATIVE that you leave YOUR phone number with Geoff RAWSON when booking a seat on the bus. In case our minibus booking is forced to be cancelled, you will be notified by telephone.

As there are only 20 seats available on the bus, please contact Geoff on Tel: 8374 1417, for booking details, as soon as possible. Departure from Thebarton Barracks is proposed to be at 7 - 00 am on Sunday 27 April 2003. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!!)

For further information about the event itself please contact:
Bill Rajas, Assistant Secretary, Tel (W): 8204 2229

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