Constable

William Thomas CLARKE

YEAR OF DEATH

1887

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

On an unknown date in 1887 Constable Clarke arrested a man for being drunk in Humffray Street Ballarat. He was conveying the prisoner to the Ballarat East lock-up when the man viciously assaulted him kicking him in the groin and the back. One of the kicks ruptured the Constable’s liver. Clarke complained of great pain at the time and sought medical treatment. From that date his health deteriorated and although he sought help from nearly all the doctors in Ballarat there was nothing they could do for him. For the three weeks before his death he was confined to his bed. He died on the 27th of November 1887. He was buried in the New Street cemetery with full police honours.

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