Curnow Andrew Knuckey

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Curnow Andrew Knuckey
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The Hilarions c 1946, Curow rear left
Personal Information
Date of Birth 27 Aug 1923
Place of Birth Victoria Park, Western Australia
Death 15 Oct 2014, aged 91
Place of Death Melville, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 Years CMF; 19 years, 7 months 2nd AIF
Description 6'0½" (1.83m) tall ; .
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; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Junior Clerk
Religion Congregational
Address Peet road, Roleystone, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Richard Knuckey
Military Information
Reg Number W62240 & WX39163
Date of Enlistment 20 Apr 1943
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 182nd Australian Supply Depot Platoon
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 10 Apr 1945 ‒ 22 Apr 1945
Transport Details SS Winchester Victory Brisbane to Morotai
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument(s) Roleystone Roll of Honour
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

Curnow enlisted, aged 18 in the CMF on 4 May 1942 and was a member of the 8th Supply Personnel Company from 8 May 1942 until 8 June when he was posted to 15th Detail Issue Depot where he was assessed as a Trade Group III Clerk on 3 Oct 1942. Andrew was transfered to the 37th Australian Company AASC on 18 Apr 1943, and changed his designation to 2nd AIF on 10 May 1943.

On 26 Apr 1944 he was moved to Victoria, and soon after on 28 Jun 1944 he was admitted to 48th Australian Camp Hospital for treatment of Varicella. On 2 Aug 1944 he was transferred to Stonnington Depot and on the 10th he was transferred to the 3rd Australian Reinforcement Training Battalion (Jungle Warfare) in Queensland. On 24 Aug 1944 he was admitted to the 22nd Australian Camp Hospital with an infected heel, remaining with them until 13 November when he was transferred to the 182 Australian Supply Depot Platoon.

Curnow and his unit embarked on the USAT Sea Ray in Brisbane on 10 Apr 1945, and landed at Morotai on 22 Apr 1945. His next adventure came when his unit boarded HMAS Birchgrove Park for service with Amforce on Ambon. He returned to Morotai aboard the SS Winchester Victory departing Ambon on 21 Jan 1946 and disembarking two days later in Morotai where he joined the Morotai Force Details Depot. He transferred to the HQ Morotai Force Signals from 25 Jan to 9 Mar 1946 after which he began his journey home (no detail in his records), with him joining the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot on 26 Apr 1946. He was sent to work with the 124th Australian General Transport Company until 19 Jun 1946, after which he was discharged on 21 Jun 1946.

Post War

During 1946 Curnow was a member of a musical group in Roleystone known as 'The Hilarions', and in 1950 he married Dorothy Mavis Bettenay. Dorothy died on 24 Sep 2016, aged 90 in Myaree.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at Peet road, Roleystone, clerk; 1958 at 158 Eton street, Joondanna, accountant; 1963 - 1980 at 11 Hillview road Mt Lawley, accountant.


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