Albert Walmsley

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Albert Walmsley
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 13 Apr 1898
Place of Birth Brinscall, Lancashire, England
Death 8 Sep 2001, aged 92
Place of Death Parkwood, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 44 years, 5 months
Description 5'8½"(1.74m) tall ; 145lbs
65.771 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Clerk
Religion Church of England
Address Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin Son , Mr. Alan William Walmsley
Military Information
Reg Number W27505 ; W66612 & 82191
Date of Enlistment 19 Dec 1940
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation RAAF Provost Unit (Victorian Section)
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Albert had served in the British Household Brigade of Guards (2040 Trooper) and the Royal Flying Corps during 1916 - 1919. Twenty nine year old Albert arrived in Fremantle aboard the SS Bendigo on 31 Dec 1927 from London with his 27 year old wife Lilian, and 3 year old son Alan.

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1937 with Lillian at State road, Byford, labourer; 1943 alone at 31 Ord street, West Perth, clerk.

War Service

Albert was first enlisted into the CMF on 19 Dec 1940 with army number W27505 and after briefly serving in the 10th Australian Garrison Battalion from 19 Dec 1940 until 28 Jan 1941, he was posted to 5th Australian Garrison Battalion. On 14 Jul 1941 he was transferred to the Western Command HQ Band, and from there he was discharged on 6 Nov 1941 as medically unfit (stomach ulcer).

Albert re-enlisted on 20 Mar 1942, this time part time in the Voluntary Defence Corp, and was posted to the 1st (Perth) VDC Battalion. Albert was then discharged from this unit in order to join the RAAF on 2 Oct 1942 at the No. 4 RAAF Recruiting Centre, mustered as a Service Policeman IV.

On 18 Oct 1942 Albert was posted to the RAAF Service Police Unit at East Malvern in Victoria to undergo training (No. 50 Service Police Course) prior to being posted on 18 Jan 1943 to RAAF Base Laverton. He had been promoted acting Corporal on 9 Jan 1943 having completed his training. On 5 Apr 1943 Albert was posted to RAAF Service Police Unit (WA) as a leading Aircraftman before being posted on 24 Nov 1943 to the RAAF Service Police Unit (Vic). Albert was again promoted Temporary Corporal on 1 Dec 1943. On 15 Jun 1944 his posting changed to HQ Southern Area RAAF, before returning to the SPU (Victoria Section) on 28 Jul 1944. Albert was hospitalised briefly in No. 6 RAAF Hospital from 17 Nov until 9 Dec 1944. He returned to Service Police Unit (Vic) until 14 Feb 1946 when he was sent to No. 1 Personnel Depot RAAF to prepare for discharge which then took place on 27 Feb 1946 with Albert taking 38 days pay in lieu of outstanding leave.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1977 - 1980 at 16 Munja way, Nollamara, retired, with Freda Newton.


Albert's son Alan William Walmsley enlisted in the CMF, the VDC and then the RAAF, where he was a Temporary Warrant Officer in Canberra at time of discharge on 26 Feb 1946.

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