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Memorial to Australian policeman on Cyprus



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D A ^/^ October 1975

MEMORIAL TO AUSTRALIAN POLICEMAN ON CYPRUS

The Australian police contingent and other units of the United Nations peace-keeping forces on Cyprus will take part in a remembrance service on 28 October for an Australian policeman Sgt. Ian Donald Ward killed on duty in Cyprus last year. The ceremony,

at Limassol, will be attended by the Australian High Commissioner to Cyprus, Mr D.J. Horne.

Sgt. Ward was killed on 12 November 1974 when the Land- Rover he was in hit a land mine near the village of Lefka. He was taking part in a humanitarian mission to transfer a Turkish-Cypriot family froin Ayios Nicolaios to Lefka. As they were nearing Lefka

the vehicle hit the mine, killing Ward and one of the Turkish- Cypriots. Ward, of the NSW police force, had arrived in Cyprus only a week before (7 November) with other members of the first group of the 11th Australian police contingent. The then Attorney- General,' Senator Murphy, told the Senate on 15 November last year:

"Ian Ward typjfied the quality of the men which this country is sending to keep the peace on the troubled island of Cyprus. Only 25 years of age, he was an outstanding young policeman in the NSW police force and was selected for duty with the contingent because if his outstanding qualities of fairness, tolerance, sense of

justice and integrity". .

The commander of the UN force Lieutenant-General Prem Chand, will unveil a memorial to Sgt. Ward.