Frank William Richardson

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Frank William Richardson
Personal Information
Date of Birth 26 Jul 1925
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 17 years, 3 months
Description 5'10½" (1.79m) tall ; ; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Religion Church of England
Address 25 Hill street, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Margaret Jane Richardson
Military Information
Reg Number PA3316
Date of Enlistment 17 Nov 1942
Rank Able Seaman
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Westralia
Tour Dates 22 Apr 1943 ‒ 31 Dec 1943
Ship Name HMAS Parkes
Tour Dates 25 May 1944 ‒ 21 Dec 1945
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

Enlisted in Port Adelaide and was sent to HMAS Cerberus for basic training which occupied him from 17 Nov 1942 until 21 Apr 1943. On 22 Apr 1943 Frank was posted to HMAS Westralia as an Ordinary Seaman II. The Westralia had been requisitioned from her civil owners for operating as an Armed Merchant Cruiser until Frank joined her and after as a Landing Ship Infantry. There on 26 Jul 1943 he was re-rated as Ordinary Seaman I, remaining with the ship until 31 Dec 1943 when he was transferred to HMAS Moreton in Brisbane.

His next ship appears to have been the HMAS Parkes, an Australian manufactured minesweeper. He joined as part of her Commissioning crew and soon after they were escorting convoys between Australia , New Guinea and Thursday Island from their base in Darwin. In late September 1944 the Parkes was transferred to Fremantle for a short time before returning to Darwin where she resumed convoy escort duties.

Frank's records hint at his transferring to shore duties in HMAS Melville, in Darwin in Sep 1945, to HMAS Leeuwin in Fremantle in December and then to HMAS Torrens in Adelaide later the same month. Frank was discharged on 25 Mar 1946, giving Kelmscott as his proposed address. As he had Annual leave, leave in lieu of re-establishment, and deferred pay owing, he departed the navy with more than £165.

Post War


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