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Thomas William Chaseling (1873–1899)

Constable Thomas W. [William] Chaseling, of No. 4 Police Station, died yesterday at his residence, Bent-street, Paddington, from the effects of an attack of influenza, which incapacitated him from duty some ten days ago. Constable Chaseling, who was about 27 years of age, leaves a widow and a young child. He had been a member of the force for about six years, during which time he had achieved a reputation for fearlessness, promptness, and efficiency in the performance of his duty, which caused him to be looked upon as one of  the most promising of the young men in the service. During the whole period of his service in the police he was attached to No. 4 Division. He distinguished himself on several occasions, the last being that upon which he captured a burglar, named George Harris, after a desperate chase of about a mile and a half, and shooting the man in the leg. Harris, who is now serving a long term of imprisonment, has since been identified as a dangerous Melbourne criminal named Brown, at the time a confederate of Montgomery and Williams, who were hanged in Sydney some years ago. Speaking of Chaseling's death to-day, a sergeant under whom he had served said that the loss which it would mean would be a serious one to the division, and one difficult to overcome. Inspector-General Fosbery also spoke highly of the young officer. The funeral will take place at Waverley Cemetery this afternoon, when the Police Band and a large number of his brother constables will be in attendance.

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New South Wales, Australia


1899 (aged ~ 26)
Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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