George Sydney Devereaux

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George Sydney Devereaux
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 5 Jun 1919
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 23 Jun 2009, aged 90
Place of Death Wanneroo, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 9 months
Occupation Carpenter
Religion Church of Christ
Address West Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Millicent (Joy) Devereaux
Military Information
Reg Number DX905
Date of Enlistment 3 Mar 1942
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation 9th Australian Army Transport Company
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 25 May 1945 ‒ 5 Jun 1945
Transport Details USAT Maui Sydney to Morotai
Journey Dates 24 Jun 1945 ‒ 26 Jun 1945
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry: 1943 Darwin, carpenter.

War Service

George was at Adelaide River in the Northern Territory when he enlisted at the Adelaide River Recruit Reception Depot. The same day he was posted to the 9th Australian Army Troops Company as a Specialist TGII (Carpenter). On 7 Oct 1942 he was transferred from the NT Line of Command to the SA Line of Command, arriving in Adelaide on 16 October. From his records it appears that he spent some time with the 58th Anti-Aircraft Company at Sommerton before rejoining his unit on 14 Nov 1942. Ten days later he was granted 28 days Home leave (Queensland), but he extended his leave with a period AWOL From 8:00am 23 Dec 1942 until 2:00pm on 30 Dec 1942. For this he was fined £3 and lost eight days pay.

On 29 Sep 1944, he relinquished Trade Group 2 status as a carpenter, reducing to level 1. On 29 Sep 1944 George was admitted to the 2nd Australian Camp Hospital with burns to his face, before reurning to his unit on 6 Feb 1945. On 10 Feb 1945 George's detachment concluded and he returned to his unit. On 26 May 1945 George embarked in Brisbane on the USAT Maui, disembarking on Morotai on 5 Jun 1945. On the 24th George was again embarked, this time for Balikpapan.

With the war over, George was transferred on 29 Dec 1945 to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot where he was discharged on 29 Jan 1946.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1954 at 95 Carr street, West Perth, carpenter; 1958 at 10 Florence street, West Perth, carpenter; 1963 - 1972 at Allanson, dairy farmer; 1977 at 25 Symmons street, Bunbury, contractor; 1980 at 4 Sandymount place, Bunbury, contractor.


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