Ernest Wood

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Ernest Wood
Personal Information
Date of Birth 15 Aug 1896
Place of Birth Nottingham, England
Death 13 Mar 1977, aged 80
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 45 years, 7 months
Description 5'8" (1,73m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown/greying hair ; tattoo on right upper arm
Occupation Tractor driver
Religion Nonconformist
Address Cardup Brick Works, Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs. Violet Wood
Military Information
Reg Number W67609 & 970
Date of Enlistment 22 Mar 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Ernest had married Violet Dransfield (1895 - 1977)in Bashford, Derbyshire, England in 1920, prior to their emigration to Australia. Violet died on 29 Jan 1977, aged 81 in Armadale. They had a daughter Raema Wood (1929 - 2019). On 25 Mar 1923 they boarded the 'SS Orcades' in London for Fremantle.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at 'Cereila', Tudhoe street, Wagin, farm labourer; 1931 - 1937 at 'Rotherholme', Lake Grace, farmer; 1943 at Cardup, labourer.

War Service

On 22 Mar 1942 Ernest enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps at Armadale as his deafness precluded entry into other forces. He was promoted Corporal in 'D' Company of 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion on 1 Jul 1942 and then participated in a demolition course at Guildford from 16 - 23 Aug 1942. On 4 Dec 1942 Ernest reverted to private at his own request, and on 2 Feb 1943 he transferred to the Navy where he was employed as a Constable General Services (Byford Armament Depot?) until discharged on 16 Oct 1945.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Wishart street, Wooroloo, laundryman; 1954 - 1968 at Railway avenue, Armadale, laundryman; 1972 - 1977 at 18 Verill way, Armadale, retired.


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