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Abbott, Barbara Gordon (nee Swan)Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
In 1943, we were back at Perth Girls Schools again as the suggested use of the building for a hospital did not eventuate. I could watch the Catalinas taking off from Matilda Bay from the window of my classroom ...
abbott-nee-swan_bg_20050422.pdfBarbara Gordon Abbott (Nee Swan)
Abbott, King RichardArmed Forces
War experience - I was an instrument operator in 2/1 AA Rgt. AIF. War service - active service in Buna, Oro Bay etc. New Guinea, Balikpapan Borneo, and Celebes.
abbot_kr_20050422.pdfKing Richard Abbott
Abbott, UnaArmed Forces
There is plenty of work for you here. Helping me and Dad, there is absolutely no need for you to volunteer for service. That was my mothers reply to my question. Please may I join the Air Force?
abbott_una.pdfUna Abbott
Adams, JohnArmed Forces
... under the control of the Australian Sea Transport Service, plying between the east coast of Australia and the islands of the Eastern Archipelago, was carrying 6000 Australian troops. In the vicinity of Wewak, a loud voice from the bridge 'Man Overboard'.
adams_john_20050225.pdfJohn Adams
Alexander, BeatieLand Army
I was sent to work on an orchard down at Bridgetown, the property of Mr and Mrs Frank Hewett. I used to rise at 5am to feed the chickens and then go to the paddock to bring the horse up and put it in the stables to be fed before going to the house for breakfast.
beatie_alexander_20050824.pdfBeatie Alexander
Allender, John DonaldArmed Forces
Re-enlisted 9th November 1943, serving as Corporal in Western Command B.I.P.O.D unit, Army No. WX 22678.
allender_john_donald_20050225.pdfJohn Donald Allender
Ambrose, MaryArmed Forces
I was an operator in the telephone exchange in the small wheatbelt town of Lake Grace. One evening a distressing call came through from Hopetoun, 100 miles away on the south coast, with the fear that the invasion was about to happen.
ambrose_mary_20050824.pdfMary Ambrose
Avery, Basil Hurlstone Armed Forces
After a short period of training, we embarked on 7.12.39 and sailed from Fremantle for the eastern states to continue training in the following camps: Rutherford, Greta and Ingleburn.
avery_bh_20050422.pdfBasil Hurlstone Avery
Bailey, John C.Armed Forces
After qualifying as a pilot I went on to 4SFTS, Geraldton, to fly Arvo Ansons, and my Instructor there was F/O Greenwood. I received my Wings on 9 or 10 December 1941, just after Pearl Harbour.
bailey_john_c_20050225.pdfJohn C Bailey
Bailey, June Pamela (nee Skinner) Armed Forces
In 1944, I was serving in the Women's Royal Air Force and stationed at Biggin Hill, one of the front line fighter stations in Kent. The R.A.F. had taken over a very affluent housing estate called Locks Bottom, to billet the girls.
bailey_june_pamela_20050225.pdfJune Pamela (nee Skinner) Bailey
Bailey, Ronald FrederickArmed Forces
A Perth firm - Sandovers, made and fitted small air-conditioning units in the tower which were connected down the periscope well... I was allowed a 90-day leave from my army engineering unit to work on and install the units.
bailey_rf_20050412.pdfRonald Frederick Bailey
Baldwin, Fred Armed Forces
While I was serving in Burma and China during WWII in a special forces unit under the direct control of American General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, our task was to survey and bring up to date maps of Burma, China and Indo-China, many of which were over fifty years old.
baldwin_fred_20050824.pdfFred Baldwin
Ball, Ethel Armed Forces
Spent four years in the W.A.A.F. and was based at headquarters in Perth. She was drafted into the secret service working in conjunction with America. She was a very good typist and teleprinter operator.
ethel_ball20051025.pdfEthel Ball
Ball, LeonardCivilian (Medical / Nursing)
I was seventeen when my two older brothers were in the army AIF. I, with my father, had to keep the family farm going. Having horses to pull the machinery I was given the job of teamster.
leonard_ball20051025.pdfLeonard Ball
Belford, Edna Bullen (nee Watson) Volunteer
We were in Queensland when war broke out, the show disbanded, and I returned to W.A., immediately becoming a member of the Swan Concert Party, visiting campsites to entertain troops on a weekly basis.
belford_eb_20050201.pdfEdna Bullen (nee Watson) Belford
Bell, Lillian Land Army
One of my first attempts to help with the war effort was to join the staff of an establishment run by a well-known Perth lady. Her work was to care for small children whose parents basis of interest was elsewhere. Dad was away fighting, mother in hospital.
bell_lillian_20050824.pdfLillian Bell
Bennetts, Mavis Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
I then worked in the post office as a Telephonist on the Telephone Exchange with five other girls and passed my exam to be on the permanent staff.I wanted to join the Women's Army, but was told that there was an Air Force Base in Cunderdin and my job essential. I was manpowered.
bennetts_mavis_20050824.pdfMavis Bennetts
Bergin, John Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
When I finally got the call-up I was worn out. We were posted to No. 5 Initial Training School at Victor Harbour in South Australia. We went by troop train, 8 to a 4 berth compartment, most of us caught a very bad dose of the flu.
john_bergin_20060117.pdfJohn Bergin
Best, Basil J. Armed Forces
By about October 1942, I was made a Corporal and drafted to 28 Infantry Battalion (AMF) stationed in the Dandaragan area. I was selected to undertake an officers training course.
best_bj_20050422.pdfBasil J. Best
Biddiscombe, Ernest Francis Armed Forces
Enlistment in RAAF aircrew was a wish to do my bit (as did my father Ernest in WWI) and not a reaction to receiving a white feather! After call-up in April 1942, my training bases in WA were Clontarf (No. 28 Course) and Cunderdin (Tiger Moth piloting).
biddiscombe_ef_20050201.pdfErnest Francis Biddiscombe
Blundell-Wignall, Rowland Victor Armed Forces
Went to work for builders H.A. Wilmott and Company. In November 1941, Rowley was transferred, along with a large contingent of men, to Darwin, which was already a military base.
blundell-wignall_rv_20050422.pdfRowland Victor Blundell-Wignall
Blyth, HenryArmed Forces
During the war I continued to repair motor vehicles in the 13th Aust Brigade Workshop, which was an Army unit attached to the 13th Brigade. I was called up for service in 1941 and drafted to 3rd Field Regiment then transferred to 28th Battalion and did a few weeks basic training.
henry_blyth_20060117.pdfHenry Blyth
Bolton, EdithArmed Forces
Enlisted at the age of 18 in the W.A.A.F. as a cook on 31-10-1942. Did my rookie course at Busselton W.A., was trained as a cook at Mounts Bay Road, Perth.
edith_bolton_20060117.pdfEdith Bolton
Bolton, Stanley Armed Forces
I was a Gunner in the Army on 156mm guns on Garden Island W.A. I enlisted as I had three brothers overseas and I wanted to do my bit. I was based in Australia.
stanley_bolton_20060117.pdfStanley Bolton
Bond, Albert Ronald ( by Tom Bond )Armed Forces
Please find attached my only surviving letter from my father, who served in the British 8th Army throughout World War 2, to my mother who was living in London.
bond_ar_20050217.pdfAlbert Ronald (by Tom Bond) Bond
Botica, Jakov (Jim)Armed Forces
In 1941, Mussolinis Army occupied the southern part of Yugoslavia while the north was covered by Nazi Germany. Many women were raped and murdered in cold blood during these terrible days. The occupiers killed all the cats and dogs whose silenced barks allowed the occupying Italians to quietly perform their horrid operations and do to the people as they pleased.
botica_jakov_jim.pdfJakov (Jim) Botica
Brammall, MyrtleLand Army
I joined in January 1945, I was seventeen, born in Busselton 21.10.1927. I always felt contributing something to our country, while our armed forces were away would be of a great service.
myrtle_brammall_20060117.pdfMyrtle Brammall
Bridges, Betty Elizabeth ( nee Evans ) Armed Forces
I was stationed at Cunderdin Air Force Training facility. I then served at Perth, Busselton, Pearce and Perth again as a clerk librarian, was discharged when the war ended.
bridges_be_20050217.pdfBetty Elizabeth (nee Evans) Bridges
Bridges, Harold John Armed Forces
Joined Navy in Fremantle at the age of 17 in 1942, travelled by train to Victoria to do basic training at HMAS Cerberus, Crib Point, the major training depot in Australia. Graduated as seaman and sent to H M A S Melville Darwin.
bridges_hj_20050201.pdfHarold John Bridges
Brindley, Clifford EdwardArmed Forces
I volunteered for R.A.F.V.R. aircrew in October 1942 because I was eager to defend my country against the Nazi tyranny like many others of my age. I trained at No.11 Air Gunnery School, Isle of Man, and graduated as Sergeant Air Gunner.
brindley_ce_20050217.pdfClifford Edward Brindley
Brown, David F. Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
Volunteered for Army Service in 1939 but was sent home to carry on producing whatever we could (wheat and wool) to aid the war effort, together with my elder brother and mother.
brown_df_20050422.pdfDavid F. Brown
Caddy, Lindsay Armed Forces
It was a long way from arid Meekatharra in WA to the wild north-eastern backblocks to the fetid jungles of New Guinea and the islands of the South-West Pacific.
caddy_lindsay_20060203.pdfLindsay Caddy
Chamberlain, Doris Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
I gave up my work at the laundry to work at K.L.G. (K.L.G. Sparking Plugs LTD). I worked in the factory for the 6 years of the war and stayed a bit longer after the war was over. In the mornings I would take the bus to work. We would have to take our tin helmets and gas masks.
doris_chamberlain20051025.pdfDoris Chamberlain
Christison, Robert John Armed Forces
In January 1946, there were calls for young men to join the Army and go to Japan as part of the Occupation Forces. The call of adventure and a chance to take part in the last of the war experiences was too great, so I enlisted at Karrakatta in Perth.
christison_robert_john.pdfRobert John Christison
Cleaver, George Francis Armed Forces
This is an autobiography of my life. It is a true story, nothing omitted that might offend the reader, and no embellishment of my war service to make me appear a hero, to me it was just a job to prevent Germany and Japan ruling the great part of the world.
cleaver_gf_20050217.pdfGeorge Francis Cleaver
Clifford, Cynthia Lorna DaphneArmed Forces
I did my rookie school at the Claremont Showgrounds for six weeks, then I was transferred to Buckland Hill 29th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Gunsite where I did a six week.
clifford_cld_20050412.pdfCynthia Lorna Daphne Clifford
Cluett, Leslie Vaux Volunteer
On the 3rd of May 1942, I enlisted in the VDC, Voluntary Defence Corp, and was discharged on the 15th October 1945... we regularly went to the local hall every Tuesday night for about 2 hours for training and every Sunday for a full day.
cluett_lv_20050422.pdfLeslie Vaux Cluett
Cochrane, Louden Park Armed Forces
Joined the Army in March 1943 as a Vickers Machine Gunner to do my bit for the Country. Training Infantry based Northam, Guildford, Wanneroo in WA, Bathurst NSW, Canungra Qld.
cochrane_louden_park_20050225.pdfLouden Park Cochrane
Constantine, Winifred JoyCivilian (Medical / Nursing)
In 1941-1946 I was employed and "manpowered" by Joyce Brothers in Fremantle where we made all equipment for the Armed Forces, such as tents, tarpaulins, flys, kitbags, gaters etc. which we enjoyed knowing we were helping our country and those in the Armed Forces.
winifred_constantine20051025.pdfWinifred Joy Constantine
Cook, Dennis Armed Forces
We brought to WA absailing, cliff climbing, canoeing, night and day unarmed combat, all aspects of specialist training. The powers that be in Canberra said that it would never work, but it did and that is why we now have an SAS regiment.
dennis_cook_20060117.pdfDennis Cook
Cook, Stanley Victor Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
When war broke out in September 1939, I was in Leederville Rifle Club, sometime later the club joined with the Leederville Returned Services League to form the Voluntary Defence Corps to be known as the V.D.C., like the Home Guard in England.
stanley_cook20051025.pdfStanley Victor Cook
Cormack, Phyllis Irene (nee Chamberlain)Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
The difference is Britain, from Australia, was all females on their 18th birthday had to register for war service. It was now 1942 and the war had been in progress for three years. This left the situation with no vacancies in the Armed Forces. I was offered lad army, bus conductress, or work of national importance. With five family members all on active duty, I decided to stay at home and help my parents. I chose to do work of national importance.
cormack_phyllis_irene_chamberlain.pdfPhyllis Irene (nee Chamberlain) Cormack
Coten, Margaret Leishman Armed Forces
There were seven other aspiring radar trainees, as we were called later, on the rookies course at Karrinyup, beginning on 21st September 1942, a beautiful spring day. Karrinyup was surrounded by bush then.
coten_ml_20050412.pdfMargaret Leishman Coten
Courtis, Alva Armed Forces
The first six weeks were at Heidelberg Military Hospital, I nursed soldiers who were injured in the New Guinea campaign, they were physically and mentally exhausted. I was then transferred to 107 AGH Puckapunyal, near Seymour, in April.
alva_courtis_20060117.pdfAlva Courtis
Craggs, GeorgeCivilian (Medical / Nursing)
Became an Air Raid Warden... As wardens we were issued with gas masks, steel helmets, and arm bands, which gave us a certain amount of authority in the event of an air raid.
george_craggs_20060117.pdfGeorge Craggs
Crowley, Harold Edward Armed Forces
Being a disabled person grade five, together with many others, we were engaged as transport drivers on the full compliment of vehicles used exclusively and supplied by the Royal Air Force R.A.F. and American Air Force.
crowley_he_20050217.pdfHarold Edward Crowley
Culbertson, Patricia Land Army
I joined the Land Army in late 1942 and was in there until the war ended in 1945. I took the legion to the King and Country at the Army Office in King Street, Perth, Western Australia.
patricia_culbertson20051025.pdfPatricia Culbertson
Culbertson, Thomas Armed Forces
Had various jobs then did a fibrous plastering trade with H.B. Brady and Co. Enlisted in the Army in WW2, enlistment number:- WX12561. I Trained at Northam Army Camp doing infantry training. I served from 9/5/1941 until 6/3/1946 mainly overseas.
thomas_culbertson20051025.pdfThomas Culbertson
Daniels, Nellie Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
I attended school until the seventh grade and worked at the Wyndham Meat Works until the Japanese invaded Darwin and then I came back to Perth and worked at Gadsens, O'Connor, making tents, mattresses and sandbags for the troops.
nellie_daniels20051025.pdfNellie Daniels
Darcey, William Armed Forces
On April 30th, 1942, which was just seven days before the decisive Battle of the Coral Sea, my fellow recruits and I who were to be wireless/air-gunners arrived at No.1 W.A.G.S. (Wireless/Air-Gunner School) at Ballarat to commence our radio training as 25 Course of the Empire Air Training Scheme.
william_darcey_20060117.pdfWilliam Darcey
David, Arvona JaneArmed Forces
At 19 in the United Kingdom, you had to join something to help the war effort, so on my 19th birthday, the 22-12-1942, I went to Swansea to enrol for the W.A.A.F.S. On January 4th, 1943, I was on my way to Gloucester.
david_aj_20050316.pdfArvona Jane David
Davidson, Virginia Land Army
In 1942 I responded to the call of the Australian Women's Land Army, I was still only 16 years old and I had never been away from home. I was initially sent to Noricks Vine Yard to pick grapes and later sent to Glen-Var Pastoral Co. in Wongan Hills where I worked for Mr and Mrs Shields.
davidson_virginia_20050824.pdfVirginia Davidson
Day, Donald VictorArmed Forces
Having passed an entrance examination to join the Royal Air Force on September 5th 1939, I was told to report for duty to serve an apprenticeship at the number one school of technical training at Halton. After a two year apprenticeship I joined an operational training unit as a flight engineer.
day_dv_20050201.pdfDonald Victor Day
De Pierres, Rosemary Armed Forces
May 1945, I enlisted in the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service as a driver... After six weeks basic training, I was posted as a general duties driver to the HMAS LEEUWIN base at Fremantle.
de_pierres_r_20050422.pdfRosemary De Pierres
Demasson, Irene Armed Forces
With World War II. both my sister and I joined the Australian Women's Army Service (A.W.A.S.). We were doing clerical duties, my sister was based at Headquarters, Perth, and myself at the District Finance Office (D.F.O.) in Subiaco.
irene_demasson20051025.pdfIrene Demasson
Devenish, Evan SArmed Forces
At the age of 18, I joined the RAAF at Clontarf and trained to become a Pilot. I did my EFTS at Cunderdin on 32 Course and followed up with SFTS at Geraldton. I graduated in June 1943 as a Sergeant Pilot.
devenish_es_20050201.pdfEvan S Devenish
Dimopoulos, Peter Armed Forces
Captured in Singapore on 15th February 1942 by the Japanese Army. Salangor Barracks, Thompson Road, Saranyoon Rd, Singapore, Kanchanaburi & Kaorin Thailand
peter_dimopoulos_20060117.pdfPeter Dimopoulos
Dolton, Graham Leigh Armed Forces
Thousand of troops were at Aitape when we arrived there and many more coming each day plus troop and war ships of all descriptions. On our arrival we relieved the US Forces in the area and started mopping up and clearing that part of New Guinea from Aitape to the Sepic River.
dolton_graham_leigh.pdfGraham Leigh Dolton
Dowdell, Honor Stewart Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
I rented a room with the use of a kitchen in Victoria Park to be near him and worked in a Munition Factory at Welshpool. Sometimes my shift was at night and I hated going to work when everyone else was coming home after their days work to relax for the night.
honor_dowdell20051025.pdfHonor Stewart Dowdell
Drake, Harry Francis Armed Forces
Tucker time at the end of the day everybody was starving. One night at meal, the camp boss (a Major) came in and asked are there any complaints, one bloke stood up dangling a piece of meat and said, "there are maggots on the meat" and the Major shouted in a loud voice, "are they big ones?" he replied, "No sir" The major said "they won't hurt you". I didn't look and carried on feeding like most others too.
drake_harry_francis_20060309.pdfHarry Francis Drake
Drayton, Albert Eric Armed Forces
I was relieved of squadron duties and taken to 229 Group Headquarters in New Delhi, close to the secretariat and there I was given an office in the Public Relations section. I invented a character I called Monsoon Moses and illustrated many drawings of him and the dangers of flying in these electrically charged clouds for publication throughout South East Asia Air Forces.
drayton_ae_20050114.pdfAlbert Eric Drayton
Duffy, Glenice Elizabeth Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
My sister, who is 4 years older than I, remembers helping the nuns at the local Catholic primary school to dig the bomb shelters at the school. However, a siren was sounded all over the metropolitan area when a submarine was feared to be cruising around Fremantle Harbour. All the kids were sent home with their emergency bags around their necks and a cork in their mouths!
duffy_glenice_elizabeth.pdfGlenice Elizabeth Duffy
Dutton, William A. Armed Forces
My reason for being on the troop ship was that as a member of the Royal Australian Air Force. I was posted to No. 75 Fighter Squadron that at the time had American-made P40 Kitty Hawk fighter aircraft.
dutton_wa_20050422.pdfWilliam A. Dutton
Eddington, Keith Tasman Armed Forces
Arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea. I immediately loved the tropics even with the associated humidity. The torrential downpours, the gluggy mud did not bother me, the swaying palm trees were exotic to me, the brilliantly coloured butterflies, the bunches of bananas stolen from nearby abandoned plantations, the comradeship, the complete lack of homesickness. Paramount to all this was my ability to send and receive Morse Code quickly and accurately, which gave me a great feeling that I was doing a good and worthwhile job
eddington_keith_tasman.pdfKeith Tasman Eddington
Edwards, Cecil Lloyd Davies Armed Forces
I arrived at RRAF Darwin in late January 20 together with another 13 Squadron postee ex 14 Squadron, F/Lt Nicholls, my pilot, and directed to the aircrew quarters and almost immediately contracted Dengue Fever. My fellow WAGs told me not to worry and not to report sick because they will give you a few aspros and tell you to drink a lot of water.
edwards_cecil_lloyd_davies.pdfCecil Lloyd Davies Edwards
Ellam, Allan Armed Forces
Six months army training and six months to go till I was 19 and could be sent overseas. I sailed for New Guinea then Bougainville. We fought with the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion being an infantry unit across the middle of Bougainville.
allan_ellam20051025.pdfAllan Ellam
Etherton, Vera AmeliaCivilian (Medical / Nursing)
Petrol was rationed so we took in turns to ride a bike the 6 miles into Northampton (gravel road) and get bread, mail and papers etc, once or twice a week. All this time we took it in turns to report the comings and goings of aircraft (V.A.O.C) for the Air Force in Geraldton.
etherton_vera_amelia.pdfVera Amelia Etherton
Evans, Ronald Francis Armed Forces
I enrolled in the 137th North Midland Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. Territorial Army at their headquarters at Siddals Road, Derby, England at the age of eighteen early 1939. My service number being 7347619.
evans_rf_20050422.pdfRonald Francis Evans
Farrell, Marie Armed Forces
My duties included Equipment Assistant in Stores, keeping log books for the planes and my posting at discharge was RAAF HQ D Org and Staff Duties.
marie_farrell_20060117.pdfMarie Farrell
Fay, Kathleen Elizabeth ( by Kenneth Fay ) Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
During the second war, my father was manpowered to ensure the safe and efficient transport of troops both serving in Merredin and passing through on troop trains.
fay_kathleen_elizabeth_20050225.pdfKathleen Elizabeth (by Kenneth Fay) Fay
Fellows, Gordon G R Armed Forces
I had the Greek coin engraved with my name and army number - Gordon G R Fellows VX45773. After drilling two holes in it, I wore it around the neck with my identification discs.
fellows_ggr_20050201.pdfGordon G R Fellows
Firth, John and MaryCivilian (Medical / Nursing)
During WWII we entertained the troops of Australia & USA (on R&R leave) with our routines - mainly at Government House Ballroom, The Embassy Ballroom and the Luxor Theatre.
john_mary_firth20051025.pdfJohn and Mary Firth
Fletcher, Leonard George Armed Forces
I was born on the 6.9.1925 and on my 18th birthday applied to join the R.A.A.F. for aircrew duties. Told I was 'colour blind' and not able to be in aircrew - on the 30.10.1943. I was in the R.A.A.F. as an ACI.
fletcher_leonard_george_20050225.pdfLeonard George Fletcher
Florance, Elsie Armed Forces
One other lass and I were posted to Geraldton. We were only there a few weeks when we both sat for an examination. We were accepted to train as instrument repairers. Ruth and I were sent to Perth... We were the first 2 girls to be trained.
florance_e_20050412.pdfElsie Florance
Forgham, NancyCivilian (Medical / Nursing)
I remember my first day at work as the worst day of my life. My twin and I were 13 years old and our job was in a clothing factory. This factory, like many others, now made only soldiers uniforms. It must have been winter. It was dark when we left home and it was dark when we returned. The factory was on the first floor above the clothing shop.
forgham_nancy.pdfNancy Forgham
Fowler, Raymond George Armed Forces
Arriving back in Port Moresby after my time at Milne Bay, I found that the 16 Shipping Stores and Transport Unit had packed up and returned to Australia, so I was transferred to 24 Wing, where I stayed until I returned to Australia in 1944.
fowler_rg_20050318.pdfRaymond George Fowler
Francis, C.J.Volunteer
I joined the Voluntary Aid detachment in 1940. I had to do 100 hours volunteer work before being eligible to join the A.A.M.W.S The Australian Army Medical Womens's Service. This training was done in Geraldton.
francis_cj_20050114.pdfC.J. Francis
Francis, Sydney (by Clarice Napier) Armed Forces
Syd enlisted in the army on the 18th of June 1941 aged 31 years. He was considered the old man and looked out for his younger friends; Fred Goodchild was 23 and Ken Hudson who were much younger, around 18.
francis_sydney_20050824.pdfSydney (by Clarice Napier) Francis
Gibbon, Harry DouglasArmed Forces
In mid-November orders came for about 100 of our intake to pack up for transit to another unit, this turned out to be the 104th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery - Essex Yeomanry.
Goldsmith, John Armed Forces
Thousands of ships and craft, streaming from ports along the English coastline, before forming up in mid-Channel, then setting their collective bows along a 60-mile front, towards the Normandy coast
goldsmith_j_20050211.pdfJohn Goldsmith
Greenwood, John Peter Armed Forces
If it wasn't for a change in aircraft, John Greenwood would probably not have flown Hurricanes. He was trained at No 11 E&R FTS at Perth in Scotland, then went to Brize Norton in April 1939 as an acting pilot officer to fly twin engined Oxfords.
greenwood_john_20050824.pdfJohn Peter Greenwood
Griffin, Alan Wellsley (Part 1) Armed Forces
I arrived in Broome quite some time after the air raid in 1943. One of my first visions was not only the remains of the flying boats in Roebuck Bay, but more significantly, a wooden cross made from an old packing case on the beach above the high water line near the Roebuck Bay Hotel. Written on the cross were the words "Unknown Dutchman Buried here".
Griffin, Alan Wellsley (Part 2) Armed Forces
I arrived in Broome quite some time after the air raid in 1943. One of my first visions was not only the remains of the flying boats in Roebuck Bay, but more significantly, a wooden cross made from an old packing case on the beach above the high water line near the Roebuck Bay Hotel. Written on the cross were the words "Unknown Dutchman Buried here".
Griffin, Alan Wellsley (Part 3) Armed Forces
I arrived in Broome quite some time after the air raid in 1943. One of my first visions was not only the remains of the flying boats in Roebuck Bay, but more significantly, a wooden cross made from an old packing case on the beach above the high water line near the Roebuck Bay Hotel. Written on the cross were the words "Unknown Dutchman Buried here".
Griffin, Alan Wellsley (Part 4) Armed Forces
I arrived in Broome quite some time after the air raid in 1943. One of my first visions was not only the remains of the flying boats in Roebuck Bay, but more significantly, a wooden cross made from an old packing case on the beach above the high water line near the Roebuck Bay Hotel. Written on the cross were the words "Unknown Dutchman Buried here".
Grindrod, Bernard Armed Forces
As night fell on the Lion City during the day after Wavell left, Bennetts courageous Australians and Indian Brigades left without any backup, were forced to fall back almost to the city itself. The Bukit Timah water resource had gone over to the Japanese, together with major oil and food supplies. Other brigades around the Singapore perimeter to the east had yet to see action and the inner city itself was swarming with uncommitted troops, poorly disciplined and equipped soldiers, deserters and civilians.
grindrod_bernard.pdfBernard Grindrod
Haines, Kathleen Isabel Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
Dad had our blood groups identified and we wore a necklet with a disc showing our home etc and our blood group. Mum made us emergency shoulder bags in which we had bandages, a mouth stopper (presumably for protection against noise in case of an air raid) and chocolate.
haines_kathleen_isabel.pdfKathleen Isabel Haines
Halls, Joan ( nee Roles ) Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
I joined up in the Army as a private. I was offered an officers place in the Land Army but I had had enough of that I went to Hollywood Hospital and had a job in the diet kitchen. A very busy job as all the prisoners of war were being hospitalised.
halls_j_roles_20050217.pdfJoan (nee Roles) Halls
Halls, Robert Armed Forces
I was told I was too fit to go to Britain so I joined the regular army and was sent overseas in 1941 with the reinforcements for the 2nd 43rd battalion in Egypt.
halls_r_20050217.pdfRobert Halls
Hamersley, John Other
Looking around all the time to be sure we were not observed, he carefully unrolled the material to reveal a most exciting secret to a small boy. It was a wicked-looking pistol, and quite obviously not a toy. He had been on a ship that had plucked survivors of the ormoran from the sea after the mutually disastrous engagement with the Sydney and he had confiscated the weapon from a German seaman.
hamersley_john_20060203.pdfJohn Hamersley
Hancock, Phyllis Alberta ( nee Humphries ) Armed Forces
Our training commenced immediately, physical training, marching, lectures etc. ... after three weeks, we were sent out to begin work with different units. I was sent to Hollywood Hospital, to become a canteen assistant.
hancock_pa_20050318.pdfPhyllis Alberta (nee Humphries) Hancock
Hankey, Rudel Armed Forces
We then boarded another ship and landed in Bombay, India, then we transferred to the 2nd Batt Manchester Reg at Visapore. We trained for two months then we boarded transport to go all the way across India to Calcutta.
rudel_hankey_20060117.pdfRudel Hankey
Hankinson, Jean Civilian (Medical / Nursing)
Did not serve in wartime activities as worked at Mills & Wares Biscuit factory from 1935 to 1942, got married, all boys in uniform. Shortly after, George's Batt went to Darwin 12 months.
hankinson_j_20050217.pdfJean Hankinson
Hanson, Terence George John Armed Forces
Terence was an Aeronautic Engineer who saved a Dakota, the lives of the crew and passengers on a flight from Darwin to Perth in 1944. The Dakota hit an air pocket causing an engine, which was strapped down, to break loose and slide backwards.
hanson_terence_george_john.pdfTerence George John Hanson
Hardwick, Robert Edward Armed Forces
Embarked on a refresher course in flying in Arvo Ansons during which advanced skills in navigation, formation flying, night flying, aerial photography, bombing (on the bombing range) and simulated air-to-air gunnery were honed. This was followed by a conversion onto another aircraft type in June 1945, namely, the Airspeed Oxford. This conversion consisted of 20 hours of flying, some day and some night, in a craft that was somewhat more difficult to fly than the Anson.
hardwick_re_20041216.pdfRobert Edward Hardwick
Harvey, Joyce A. Armed Forces
So there we were, squatting on the railway lines, toasting the newly won peace with the strong black, almost brackish, brew, in the middle of nowhere and rapidly fading daylight. But the relief we felt was overwhelming - peace after six years of dogged war.
harvey_joyce_a_20050114.pdfJoyce A. Harvey
Hayes, Stanley William Armed Forces
I was overjoyed when I got those long awaited papers telling me to report to the RAF headquarters at St Johns Wood in London. To start training as a Wireless Operator, Air Gunner. I was like a cat with two tails.
stanley_hayes20051025.pdfStanley William Hayes
Herlihy, Phillip Patrick Armed Forces
It was as an A.S.C.O. that I joined a new ship - H.M.S. Clacton - about to commission at Troon in Scotland. Clacton was one of a Flotilla of eight ships comprising the 13th Fleet Minesweeping Flotilla.
herlihy_pp_20050318.pdfPhillip Patrick Herlihy
Higgins, Bernard John Armed Forces
From the certificate of service of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve my father Bernard John Higgins was a cook - date of enlistment 22 April 1943, Fremantle WA. He was a cook on the following ships.
higgins_bernard_john_20060203.pdfBernard John Higgins
Higgins, William FosterArmed Forces
William was born in Edmonton London in 1913 and volunteered to join the Royal Army Service Corps as a driver and was a Lance Corporal and later a Sergeant.
higgins_william foster_20060203.pdfWilliam Foster Higgins
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