George Ronald (Ron) Collier

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George Ronald (Ron) Collier
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 5 Nov 1913
Place of Birth Mornington Mills, Western Australia
Death 7 May 1988
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 8 months
Description 5' 5¾" (1.68m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair ; scar on right shin
Occupation Timber worker
Religion Methodist
Address William street, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James Collier
Military Information
Reg Number W25597 & WX25675
Date of Enlistment 31 Jul 1941
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 13th Australian Infantry Brigade
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 21 Nov 1944 ‒ 26 Nov 1944
Transport Details USAT Evangaline Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 20 Jul 1945 ‒ 26 Jul 1945
Transport Details SS Ormiston Jacquinot Bay to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1943 Nanga Brook, timber worker. On 1 Apr 1944 he married Alfreda Gertrude Hall (1917 - 1980) in Waroona

War Service

Ron enlisted in the CMF on 31 Jul 1941 at Yarloop and while part time he was allocated to the 16th Australian Infantry Battalion (Cameron Highlanders Regiment). Sent to the Melville camp for training, he was released on 14 Oct 1941. On 17 Dec 1941 he again entered camp and was taken on full time before being detached on 29 Dec 1941 to the 13th Australian Infantry Brigade HQ Defence Platoon. On 7 Jan 1942 he had completed training and was tansferred to the 13th Brigade. During May 1942 he was granted 5 days leave, and on 13 Jul 1942 he was enlisted into the 2nd AIF. A week later (14th February) he entrained in Perth for South Australia where he arrived on 20 Feb 1943. On 1 Mar 1943 he left Adelaide for the Northern Territory, arriving 4 days later where he rejoined his unit. His NOK was changed on 1 Apr 1944 to his wife Alfreda Gertrude nee Hall. On 26 Apr 1944 he was admitted to the 76th Australian Camp Hospital with diarrhoea, before being discharged back to his unit on 28 Apr 1944.

On 21 Nov 1944 he boarded USAT Evangaline in Darwin for Jacquinot Bay on New Britain, disembarking there on 26 Nov 1944. His rfecords next report that on 20 Jul 1945 he boarded SS Ormiston in Jacquinot Bay for Brisbane, disembarking there on 26 Jul 1945. On 13 ASep 1945 he was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for discharge, which took place on 9 Oct 1945.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 Tallanalla, timber worker; 1963 at Courtney via Karridale, dairy farmer; 1968 - 1980 at 214 Fulham street, Cloverdale, timber worker Son Neville George


George is buried in Karrakatta Cemetery with his infant daughter Beryl (1948-1948). Alfrea was buried with them o he rdeath (17 May 1990). They had six children.

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