From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||20 Mar 1914|
|Place of Birth||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Death||22 Dec 1991, aged 77|
|Place of Death||Thornlie, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||26 years, 10 months|
|Description||6' 0" (1.83m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; fair hair ; scar on right wrist|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Railway avenue, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr John Chamberlain|
|Reg Number||W3450 & WX30594|
|Date of Enlistment||23 Jan 1941 & 16 Jul 1942|
|Unit/Formation||134th Australian Brigade Workshop|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||10 May 1945 ‒ 22 May 1945|
|Transport Details||USAT Sea Ray Brisbane to Morotai (NEI)|
|Journey Dates||21 Jun 1945 ‒ 23 Jun 1945|
|Transport Details||USS LST 614 Morotai to Labuan|
|Return to Australia|
|Journey Dates||30 Dec 1945 ‒ 31 Dec 1945|
|Transport Details||plane Labuan to Perth|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Harold enlisted in the CMF on 23 Jan 1941 aand was allocatd to the 7th Heavy Brigade RAA. His original assignment was to Swanbourne, but on 10 Mar 1941 he was posted to Rottnest. On 18 Aug 1941 he was classifid as a TG3 Clerk and on 14 Nov 1941 he volunteered for overseas service (joined the 2nd AIF). Harold was granted leave from 5 - 9 Jan 1942 and on 24 Mar 1942 he was promoted Bombardier (Artillery Clerk). He was also granted leave from 3 - 5 Apr 1942. During 1943 Harold married Moreen Kershaw.
On 3 Apr 1944 Harold was transferred to the 15th Australian Radio Maintenance Section, and on the same day he was promoted Acting Segeant. Harold was sent on a course conducted by the Regimental Training School at Swanbourne from 19 June until 1 Jul 1944, and on 23 Aug 1944 his rank of Sergeant was confirmed. He was transferred on 31 Oct 1944 to the 1st Australian Base Depot Personnel in Sydney and entrained in Perth on 3 Nov 1944 for Sydney.
On 23 Feb 1945 Harold was transferred to the 5th Australian Advanced Reinforcement Depot for holding as an AEME Reinforcement, and they posted him to the 134th Australian Brigade Workshop on 17 Apr 1945. On 10 May 1945 Harold was embarked in Brisbane aboard USAT Sea Ray, diembarking at Morotai on 22 May 1945. On 21 Jun 1945 he then embarked on USS LST 614 for Labuan in British North Borneo.
On 30 Dec 1945 Harold was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot and he emplaned in Labaun on 30 Dec 1945 and deplaned in Perth the following day. He was discharged on 7 Jan 1946.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 "Belmont' Byford, clerk; 1963 - 1977 at 31a Solomon street, Palmyra, storeman; 1977 with Kevin and Kaye; 1980 at 7a Ebro way, Willetton, retired.