Charles William (Charlie) Divall

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Charles William (Charlie) Divall
Personal Information
Date of Birth 4 Feb 1902
Place of Birth Knockholt, Kent, England
Death 15 Jan 1978, aged 75
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 38 years, 10 months
Occupation dairy farm hand
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Fifth road, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Eileen Divall
Military Information
Reg Number WX10055
Date of Enlistment 13 Dec 1940
Rank Private
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 5 Jul 1941 ‒ 25 Jul 1941
Transport Details HMT Aquitania Fremantle to Port Tewfik
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 13 Mar 1942 ‒ 25 Mar 1942
Transport Details RMS Laconia Port Tewfik to Colombo, Ceylon
Journey Dates 25 Mar 1942 ‒ 15 May 1942
Transport Details HMT Duntroon Colombo to Melbourne
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical)
Medals 1939-45 Star
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

11 year old Charles (Charlie) left London with his Mother, Florence and his 13 years old brother Edward, and 9 years old sister Ethel aboard the SS Armadale on 28 October 1913, arriving in Fremantle on 11 Dec 1913.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at Latham, labourer; 1931 - 1937 at 'Nybing' Gnowangerup, farmer

During 1929 Charles married Eileen Clare Oldham (1902 - 1992). Eileen died on 21 Feb 1992 in Mandurah.

War Service

Four days after enlisting at Claremont, Charles reported to the No 3 Training Battalion at Northam camp (17 Dec 1940). On 14 Jan 1941 he was transferred to the No 2 Training Battalion, and then on 25 Feb 1941 to the 13th Training Battalion as a member of the 7th reinforcements for the 2/28th Battalion. He had pre-embarkation leave from 24 - 30 Apr 1941 before spending time in hospital, 28 May to 6 Jun 1941, with a wrist problem.

On 5 Jul 1941 he embarked on the HMT Aquitania, a part of Convoy US 11A from Fremantle to the Middle East via Colombo in Ceylon. On 25 Jul they disembarked at Port Tewfik and he was sent to the 24th Australian Infantry Training Battalion. On 8 Aug 1941 he was attached for duty with the AIF (Middle East) Regimental Officers School. Charles was admitted to the 2/7th Australian General Hospital on 10 Dec 1941 with Myositis and arthritis to the right shoulder. Following treatment he returned to his unit on 3 Jan 1942, and on 6 Feb 1942 his detachment to the Officers School was terminated. On 13 Mar 1942 he embarked on the RMS Laconia in Suez for Colombo, Ceylon, where on 25 Mar 1942 he was transshipped to the HMT Duntroon for Australia, arriving in Melbourne on 15 May 1942.

On 9 Jul 1942 he was sent to Wayville in South Australia. After three days at Wayville he was entrained for Western Australia where he was held at Claremont until seen by a Medical Board on 30 Sep 1940. The result of the board was that he was classified 'D', unsuited for military service. Granted leave from 9 Oct 1942 until 7 Nov 1942 when he was discharged.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1943 - 1949 at Fifth road, Armadale, soldier; 1954 - 1968 at "Burlington', Forrest road, Armadale, Armament assistant; 1972 at 7 Park road, Mandurah, retired; 1977 at 45/52 Southern River road, Gosnells


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