George Graham Pike
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||20 Mar 1924 (11 Jul 1926)|
|Place of Birth||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Description||5'11½" (1.82m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; hazel eyes ; fair hair ; tattoo right forearm|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||13 Patricia street, Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr George Holland Pike|
|Reg Number||W69563 & 32840|
|Date of Enlistment||26 Apr 1942|
|Rank||Private & Assistant Cook|
|Unit/Formation||2/3rd Infantry Battalion & HMAS Leeuwin|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||18 Oct 1944 ‒ 26 Feb 1945|
|Transport Details||HMAS Adelaide|
|2nd Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||19 Nov 1946 ‒ 14 Mar 1947|
|Transport Details||HMAS Koala|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
Enlisted on 26 Apr 1942 in the CMF, giving his birth date as 20 Mar 1924 (subsequently found to be 20 Mar 1926), so he was only 16 years old. He gave his mother Stella as NOK. His date of discharge is unknown, but his last unit was 3 Battalion (Training Battalion ??).
On 28 Mar 1944 (aged 18) George enlisted to serve in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve with Number F5233. However, his father refused to give his consent. Authorities determined that he could be retained until the age of 21 when he would be given the opportunity to continue with his engagement or take his discharge. Sent to HMAS Cerberus on the Mornington peninsula in Victoria, he was rated initially as an Assistant Cook. George transferred to the RAN on 24 Oct 1944 for a 2 year term and his first sea posting was to HMAS Adelaide from 18 Oct 1944 until 26 Feb 1945 when she paid off in Sydney.
George's records are indistinct for March to early July 1945, but on 11 Jul 1945 he was rated as Cook at HMAS Melville in Darwin. He had signed on for another two years in the RAN at age 21 as earlier agreed. From 11 Feb 1946 until 9 Nov 1946 George was posted to HMAS Leeuwin, before joining the crew of HMAS Koala on 19 Nov 1946. He was still a member of her crew on 14 Mar 1947. George was discharged on 4 Sep 1947.
During 1947 George married Roma Joyce Gale.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 46 George street, Midland Junction; 1954 at 37 Ewart street, Midland Junction, fireman;