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Arthur Edward Pries

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Arthur Edward Pries
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 28 Jul 1922 (Army) ; 29 Jul 1923 (Navy)
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 17 Feb 2011, aged 88
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 2 months
Description 5'11" (1.80m) tall ; ; medium complexion ; hazel eyes ; dark brown hair ; scar left thigh and shin
Religion Church of England
Address Albany road, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Edward Heindrich Pries
Military Information
Reg Number W1087 & F5059
Date of Enlistment 3 Apr 1941
Rank Trooper & Ordinary Seaman
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment & Various Navy ships
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Warrego
Tour Dates 21 Oct 1943 ‒ 10 Oct 1944
Ship Name HMAS Wilcannia
Tour Dates 11 Oct 1944 ‒ 1 Nov 1944
Ship Name HMAS Bungaree
Tour Dates 2 Nov 1944 ‒ 17 Dec 1944
Ship Name HMAS Ping Wo
Tour Dates 18 Dec 1944 ‒ 24 Jan 1945
Ship Name HMAS Barcoo
Tour Dates 25 Jan 1945 ‒ 26 Feb 1945
Ship Name HMAS Kyabra
Tour Dates 27 Feb 1945 ‒ 25 Aug 1945
Ship Name HMAS Toowoomba
Tour Dates 26 Aug 1945 ‒ 14 Dec 1945
Ship Name HMAS Geraldton
Tour Dates 15 Dec 1945 ‒ 25 Jan 1946
Ship Name HMAS Toowoomba
Tour Dates 26 Jan 1946 ‒ 10 Apr 1946
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

War Service

Enlisted part time in the CMF at Bunbury on 3 Apr 1941 and he was allocated to the 10th Light Horse Regiment which was responsible for patrolling coastal areas. Arthur was discharged from the Army on 19 May 1943, and enlisted in the Navy on 20 May 1943 where he served as a signalman aboard a range of ships, some for very brief periods.

On 11 Oct 1944 Arthur joined HMAS Wilcannia which at the time was moored at No 7 Buoy at Garden Island, Sydney. On 19 Oct 1944 they sailed for New Guinea, calling at Milne Bay and Lae, before Arthur left them at Madang on 1 Nov 1945. The following day he joined the crew of HMAS Bungaree, remaining with her only until 17 Dec 1944 when he was transferred to HMAS Ping Wo. His stay with the Ping Wo was also brief, leaving the ship on 25 Jan 1945 for HMAS Barcoo, another short term posting of only a month. While with the Barcoo it left New Guinea for Sydney for a refit.

Arthur joined the crew of HMAS Kyabra on 27 Feb 1945, remaining with them until 26 Aug 1945 when he joined the crew of HMAS Toowoomba. With the exception of the period 15 Dec 1945 - 25 Jan 1946 when he was a crew member of HMAS Geraldton, Arthur remained with Toowoomba until he was demobilised on 10 Apr 1946.

Post War

During 1948 Arthur married Norma Lorraine Davies (1925- ). He married a second time in the Gascoyne to Thelma Judith Valentine during 1963. On 4 Jun 1953 he embarked on the SS Mooltan in London for Fremantle (alone), listed as a 29 years old salesman.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 12 Ethel street, Carlton, Victoria, clerk; 1949 at 175 Alt street, Haberfeld, NSW, clerk; 1954 at Albany highway, Kelmscott, Constable; 1958 at Brown street, Carnarvon, Police Constable; 1963 at 48 Olivia street, Carnarvon, police constable; 1968 at Onslow, police constable; 1972 at 67 Wheatley street, Gosnells, police officer; 1980 at 188 Eudoria street, Gosnells, police officer


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