David Stevenson

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David Stevenson
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 23 May 1907
Place of Birth Coatbridge, Scotland
Death 17 Aug 1982, aged 75
Place of Death Carlisle, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 33 years, 5 months
Occupation Mine labourer
Religion Presbyterian
Address Armadale Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Esmie Stevenson
Military Information
Reg Number WX8703
Date of Enlistment 23 Oct 1940
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2 Platoon, 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medical Discharge
Medals 1939-45 Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

19 year old David, who came from 20c Paddock street, Calder, Coatbridge, emigrated to Australia from London on 6 Jan 1927 aboard SS Berrima, disembarking in Fremantle on 14 Feb 1927. In 1933 at Bruce Rock David married Esmee Hooper (1910- 1962)

War Service

David enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 23 Oct 1940 at Claremont and was sent first to the Recruit Training Depot at Ascot on 25 Oct 1940. On 25 Nov 1940 he was transferred to the No. 3 Training Battalion at Northam, and on 27 Nov 1940 he was posted to the 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion. From 1 - 8 Jul 1941 he was granted pre-embarkation leave, and on 12 July he embarked on HMT Katoomba for Adelaide, disembarking there on 17 Jul 1941 where the Western Australian sub unit joined those raised in other states to form the battalion proper. On 22 Aug 1941 David was admitted to the Woodside Camp Hospital with Influenza Myalgia. However his condition did not improve and on 9 Sep 1941 they transferred him to the Wayville Camp Hospital, suffering with Rhuematic Fever, Acute Rheumatisn and Bronchio Pneumonia.

On 4 Dec 1941 David was placed on a train for Perth, arriving on 6 Dec 1941 and he marched in to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot. On 9 Dec 1941 David was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital for treatment ofr Rheumatic Fever. While in hospital, David was AWOL from midnight on 28 Dec 1941 until Midnight 4 Jan 1942. Guilty, he was fined 5/- (50 cents), and he forfeited 7 days pay. (Total loss was 42/- [$4.20]). On 5 Mar 1942 David was released to the 109th Australian Convalescent Depot. Recovered, he was discharged as 'Medically Unfit, not occassioned by his own default' on 10 Apr 1942.

Post War


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