Agnostino Ugo Tognolini

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Agnostino Ugo Tognolini
Personal Information
Date of Birth 21 Feb 1909
Place of Birth Gwalia, Western Australia
Death 16 Sep 1976, aged 67
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 31 years, 7 months
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 192lbs
87.09 kg
; medium complexion ; green eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Albany road, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs. Maddalina Tognolini
Military Information
Reg Number W1927 & WX29190
Date of Enlistment 11 Sep 1940
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 25th Light Horse (Machine Gun) Regiment
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Original enlistment papers were signed at Canning Weir.

War Service

(Prior to enlisting in the 2nd AIF, Agnostino had served as a Lance Corporal in the CMF, including a period of full time duty from 31 Aug 1941 - 17 Jun 1942 with the 25th Australian Reconnaissance Battalion. He then served in the AIF from 18 Jun 1942 until 30 Jun 1947, and then in the Interim Army from 1 Jul 1947 until 19 Jan 1949.)

On 2 Jun 1941 he entered Melville Camp and on 15 Jul 1941 was appointed Lance Corporal. From 9 - 24 Aug 1941 he attended a Motor Transport course at Claremont. On 31 Aug 1941 he commenced full time duty with the CMF, and was allocated to the 25th Light Horse (Machine Gun) Regiment as a Technical Storeman. In October and November he participated in a course at the Northam camp, and then from 19 May until 6 June 1942 a course at the School of Instruction at Northam. He was allocated his 2nd AIF Number of WX29190 on 18 Jun 1942. In Northampton on 22 Sep 1942, with his unit now known as the 25th Australian Divisional Cavalry Regiment, he was charged with 1) Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, and 2) resisting arrest. Reprimanded for the first offence, he was severely reprimanded for the second one, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Agnostino was AWOL from midnight 25 Dec until 9:00om on 26 Dec 1942 for which he was reprimanded and lost a day's pay. Several other courses followed, including one in guerilla warfare. On 1 Jun 1943 he was reduced to Private as a result of another charge of Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military discipline when he urinated in the view of the public. A month later he again was charged with conduct to the prejudice, and his time was fined 10/- ($1). In the meantime he had relinquished his trade status, and on 28 Sep 1943 he and the unit now known as the 25th Australian Cavalry Regiment departed for Canungra in Queensland.

On 24 Oct 1943 he was admitted to the 72nd Australian Camp Hospital at Ingleburn for four days after which on 3 Nov 1943 he was transferred to the General Infantry Reinforcement Pool. On 3 Nov 1943 he was sent to the Jungle Warfare Training Centre in Queensland, and on 30 Nov 1943 he was admitted to the 22nd Australian Camp Hospital at Canungra with hyperpicsia. Once seen, he was evacuated to the 2/4th Australian General Hospital at Redbank near Brisbane and then on 2 Dec 1943 he was transferred to the 2/12th Australian General Hospital in Warwick. Released on 27 Jan 1944 he was seen by a Medical Board and reclassified as "B" Medically fit to carry out certain duties requiring only restricted fitness. The outcome was a posting to the local Recruit Reception Depot. The next year was spent moving from one temporary position to another until April 1945.

On 19 Apr 1945 he had returned to Western Australia where he was charged with Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline in that he drove a military vehicle in a manner that caused damage to civilian property valued at £6/10/0. He was fined £5. He was also charged with a civilian offence in that he drove a military vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, being incapable of proper control at Bridgetown. Fined £10 and 2/- costs. He again had his proficiency pay taken away. On 25 Sep 1945 he was AWOL for a day and that was to cost him £1 plus the loss of a day's pay.

Post War

On 15 Jun 1946 Agnostino was detached to the 124th Australian General Transport Company, and on 15 Jan 1947 to Australian Army Service Corps HQ Western Command. While there, during his leave he faced a Civil Court, charged with 'Creating a disturbance in Perth at 9:25 pm on 25 Mar 1947'. He pleaded guilty and was fined £2 with 1/6d costs. Soon after he spent time in the 110th Australian Base Hospital from 4 - 19 Jun 1947 and from 23 Jun to 30 Jul 1947. (Cause not recorded). He appears to have spent much of his time with AASC HQ's detached to the 105th Transport Platoon, before taking his discharge on 19 Jan 1949.


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