Edward Halpern

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Edward Halpern
Personal Information
Date of Birth 10 Jul 1913
Place of Birth Zolkiew, Poland
Death 11 Feb 2006, aged 92
Place of Death St Kilda, East, Victoria
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 10 months
Description 5'6" (1.68m) tall ; 147lbs
66.678 kg
; dark complexion ; blue/gray eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Poultry farmer
Religion Jewish
Address Marmion street Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Brother , Mt Leon Halpern
Military Information
Reg Number W61920
Date of Enlistment 26 Mar 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Twenty five year old Edward arrived in Fremantle aboard the SS Oronsay on 23 May 1939. They had left London on 22 Apr 1939, and Edward was listed as a Chemist from Poland. His brother Leon worked for the WA Public architect, in the Public Works Department. He had graduated in Poland with a Batchelor of Chemistry and in France had received a Diploma in Natural Science.

War Service

On 11 Jul 1942 at Armadale, Edward enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps, and was allotted to the 12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion. On 7 Feb 1944 he was one of many who received a new Army number with W61920 replacing W85048. Along with the rest of his unit he was placed in the Reserve on 31 Jul 1944. His Discharge Certificate (never collected) gives the more formal date of discharge as 15 Oct 1945 when all VDC units were disbanded.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 30 Longroyd street, Maylands; 1954 at 188 Tarleton street, East Devonport, officer; 1972 at 6 Hooper crescent, Mount Stuart, Tasmania, officer. Between 1949 and 1954 he had married Ilse.


At the time of his death in Victoria Edward was listed as a scientist.

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