Harold Frank Pyke

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Harold Frank Pyke
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 8 Jul 1903
Place of Birth London, England
Death 31 Jul 1975, aged 72
Place of Death Armadale, Western AUstralia
Age at Enlistment 38 years old
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall ; ; medium complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair ; scar on left forearm
Occupation Pipe fitter
Religion Church of England
Address Church avenue, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Mabel Irene Pyke
Military Information
Reg Number WX33493
Date of Enlistment 19 Sep 1941
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit/Formation 13th Australian Field Company
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 25 Nov 1944 ‒ 3 Sec 1944
Transport Details SS Jane Adams Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 8 Dec 1945 ‒ 13 Dec 1945
Transport Details HMAS Westralia Rabaul to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Prior to enlistment in the 2nd AIF on 22 Jul 1942 Frank was serving with the CMF as W4052, Lance Sergeant, in the 13th Field Company RAE from 17 Sep 1940 until 19 Sep 1941 part time and then full time from 19 Sep 1941 until 21 Jul 1942.

Electoral Roll entries: 1928 at 158 Lake street, North Perth, Labourer; 1929 - 1931 at 16 Kelvin street, Maylands, labourer; 1936 - 1943 at Church avenue, Armadale, labourer.

Frank married Mabel Irene Wain in 1928. Children Leslie Harold (1929-2018); another male; and Zoe P (1932 - ).

War Service

Called up for full time service on 19 Sep 1941 at Claremont with the 13th Field Company. On 21 Nov 1941 he was appointed a Lance Sergeant and on 21 Jan 1942 he was detached to the Mobile Force at Melville camp. On 19 Feb 1942 he was sent to the Water School and on 28 May 1942 he was granted five days leave after which he returned to the Field Company where on 14 Aug 1942 he was promoted Sergeant, having converted to the 2nd AIF on 22 Jul 1942.

On 17 Feb 1943 he was transferred to the School of Military Engineering (Field) in Liverpool, NSW to undertake specialised training before returning to WA briefly on leave in May 1943. Following his leave he was detached to the 112th Anti-Aircraft Battery until 3 Nov 1943 when he rejoined his unit which at this time was in the Northern territory. On 31 Aug 1944 he was sent to the No 1. Australian Training centre at Canungra in Queensland to undertake a Jungle Warfare Training Course after which he returned to his unit in Darwin.

On 25 Nov 1944 he and his unit boarded the SS Jane Adams for Jacquinot Bay in New Britain, disembarking on 3 Dec 1944. On 12 Jun 1945 he was promoted Staff Sergeant and he remained with his unit until 7 Dec 1945 when he was transferred out of the unit for discharge in Australia. He boarded the HMAS Westralia in Rabaul on 8 Dec 1945, and disembarked in Brisbane on 13 Dec 1945. returned to WA he was discharged on 15 Jan 1946.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1954 - 1972 at 1 Church avenue, Armadale, labourer; 1972 listing has no occupation listed.


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