Ernest Malcom McSwain

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Ernest Malcom McSwain
Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Jul 1904
Place of Birth Midland Junction, Western Australia
Death 12 Feb 2007, aged 102
Place of Death Mariner's Cove, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 38 years old
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 133lbs
60.328 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; ginger hair
Occupation Forestry worker
Religion Presbyterian
Address Gleneagle, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs. Irene Mary McSwain
Military Information
Reg Number W93459
Date of Enlistment 16 Jul 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Prior to the war Ernest had been the CQMS of the 28th Australian Infantry Battalion (The Swan Regiment) On 8 Dec 1929, Ernest married Irene Mary Drysdale (1905 - 1991) in Midland Junction. Irene died on 22 Mar 1991 in Mt Lawley. They had three children.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at 14 Wells street, Guildford, bootmaker; 1931 at 40 Shakespeare street, Balkatta, bootmaker; 1936 at 1 Hubert street, Guildford, labourer; 1937 at Jarrahdale, labourer; 1943 at Gleneagle via Karragullen, labourer.

War Service

Enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps at Armadale on 16 Jul 1942. He was allocated to the [[12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion with his initial Army number being W68141, which was changed on 7 Feb 1944 to W93459. On 2 Jun 1944 Ernest was discharged from the VDC with his services being no longer required.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 31 Ord street, West Perth, sawyer; 1954 - 1963 at 50 McCourt street, Leederville, benchman; 1968 - 1972 at 24 Coldstream street, Leederville, business manager; 1977 - 1980 at 47 Hamer avenue, Wembley Downs, retired.


Many of the enlistees from Gleneagles Forestry Settlement gave the baker in Armadale Blackburn's shop as their address as Blackburns delivered bread to Gleneagles.

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