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Police honour fallen at ANZAC Memorial Service

14 Apr 2019 12:15pm

An ANZAC Day memorial service, hosted by Commissioner Grant Stevens took place at the Wall of Remembrance at the South Australia Police Academy at Taperoo this morning.

The South Australia Police ANZAC Memorial Service is conducted annually in memory of serving South Australian Police Officers who died on active service for Australia during World War I, World War II, and on United Nations peace keeping duties in Cyprus.

This year the President of the South Australian Police Historical Society Kevin Johnson, spoke about the service of Leonard Ormond Tugwell (pictured) – a former police officer who died during World War II.

Constable Tugwell was born in Broken Hill in NSW in 1918, with his family later moving to Victor Harbor where he completed his education before joining SA Police as a Junior Constable.

He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air force in the same month as he married Dorothy Davies, with his wife later giving birth to twins, Barry and Beverley, while he was serving overseas.

“On the fateful day of 13 August 1944 Flight Lieutenant Tugwell was the captain of a Lincoln Bomber with a crew of eight members that was airborne from Lincolnshire Airfield to a bombing sortie over Germany as part of ‘Operation Brunswick’,” Mr Johnson told the service.

It appears that his bomber was shot down over Sulligen, killing all on board. Flight Lieutenant Tugwell is buried at Hanover British Military Cemetery in Germany.

Today’s service is an annual event held since 1985.