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Derrick Leonard Saw

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Derrick Leonard Saw
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Jan 1918
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 1974
Place of Death Yeppoon, Queensland
Age at Enlistment 23 years, 5 months
Description 6'4" (1.93m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Congregational
Address 'Henton' Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Kathleen Marjorie Saw
Military Information
Reg Number WX41032
Date of Enlistment 12 Jul 1941
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation New Guinea Force Provost Company
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 14 Aug 1944 ‒ 18 Aug 1944
Transport Details MS Gorgon Townsville to Lae, New Guinea
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 1 Dec 1944 ‒ 5 Dec 1944
Transport Details MS Taroona Lae, New Guinea to Townsville
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

Prior to enlisting in the 2nd AIF, Derrick was serving in the militia as a Driver with the Australian Army Service Corps, Regimental Number W40183, serving full time from 12 Jul 1941. The Armadale address was that of his NOK during the war, his enlistment address was Cnr Scott street, and Belmont avenue, Belmont.

War Service

Served with the CMF from 12 Jul 1941 until 15 Nov 1943, and in the 2nd AIF from 16 Nov 1943 until 29 Jan 1946. This included time in New Guinea from 14 Aug 1944 until 5 Dec 1944.

Enlisted in the CMF in Perth on 12 Jul 1941 and posted to Karrakatta based Motor Transport Battalion. However on 5 Aug 1941 he was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital (later known as Hollywood Repatriation), with meningitis. On 15 Aug 1941 he was transferred to Lucknow No 2, and on 28 Aug 1941 he was well enough to rejoin his unit. On 27 Oct 1941 he was sent to the Claremont camp to attend a D&M School, after which on 13 Nov 1941 he was transferred to the 278th LAD. On 1 Dec 1941 he was granted a week's leave.

From 31 Jan until 9 Feb 1942 he was sent to a school at Karrakatta, and on 9 May 1942 while his unit was at Point Walter he was married, necessitating a change of NOK. From 23 Jun until 26 Oct 1942 he attended another school, this time at Ascot after which he was transferred to the Australian Army Ordnance Corps Training Depot at Northam. On 23 Jan 1943 this changed to 4th Motor Transport Training Depot. On 9 Aug 1943 he was charged with "Leaving the ranks without permission". Awarded 7 days Confined to Barracks.

On 30 Mar 1943 he transferred to the 2nd Australian Army Ordnance Corps Training Centre and on 16 Oct 1943 to the 137 AGT Coy. On 16 Nov 1943 as a result of a medical reclassification he was transferred to the 56th Australian Wireless Section, volunteering the same day to join the 2nd AIF.

On 13 Jan 1944 he was transferred to the 17th Australian Company AASC and on 4 Mar 1944 he entrained in Perth for Queensland where he transferred to the 132nd Australian General Transport Company. On 20 Apr 1944 he was transferred yet again, this time to the 3rd Australian Division Provost Company, and promoted to Acting Corporal on 26 Apr 1944. He undertook a six week duration course at the Provost Training School, and although he failed to qualify he was recommended for General Provost Duties.

On 14 Aug 1944 Derrick and others boarded MS Gorgon in Townsville, disembarking in Lae, New Guinea on 18 Aug 1944. On 26 Aug 1944 he received a lacerated forehead and was seen by the 9th Australian Field Ambulance before being admitted to the 2/7th Australian General Hospital. On 25 Sep 1944 he was discharged and rejoined his unit. On 4 Oct 1944 he was transferred to the New Guinea Force Provost Company (AIF) and on 3 Nov 1944 his rank of Corporal was confirmed.

Derrick was admitted to the 2/7th Australian General Hospital on 24 Nov 1944 with Dengue Fever, rejoining his unit 5 days later on 29 Nov 1944 in time to board MS Taroona on 1 Dec 1944 in Lae for Townsville where he disembarked on 5 Dec 1944. Granted leave he rejoined his unit on 30 Jan 1945, remaining with them until he transferred to the WA Line of Command to prepare for discharge on 10 Jan 1946.

Demobilised at the 5th Military District on 29 Jan 1946 with 1663 total days service; 1274 in Australia, and 113 days overseas.

Post War

It appears that at some point Derrick remarried, as after his death, his wife Ruth L. Saw (nee Nothling) wrote from 50 Power street Yeppoon in Queensland to the Army seeking to obtain his unclaimed medals. In her letter she speaks of two sons and a daughter and her husband. Ruth born in 1919, died in 2016.

Electoral Roll entries: 1943 Armadale, soldier; 1949 Bunbury road, Armadale, fitter's assistant; 1954 Forrestdale carpenter's Labourer with Ruth; 1958 - 1972 at 40 Power street Yeppoon, Queensland a farmer with Ruth.

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