Henry (Neil) Fretwell
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||8 Aug 1915|
|Place of Birth||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Death||16 Feb 1999, aged 83|
|Place of Death||Roleystone, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||26 years, 8 months|
5'10½" (1.79m) tall ; 163lbs|
73.935 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Karragullen, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs. Isobel Muriel Fretwell|
|Date of Enlistment||20 Apr 1942|
|Unit/Formation||12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
|Date of Birth||08 August 1915|
|Age at Death||84 years|
|Transcription||In Loving Memory of Henry Neil Fretwell Born 08/08/1915 Died 16/02/1999 Aged 84 Years|
Neil travelled to Australia from London with his mother aboard the SS Ormonde. The ship departed London on 13 Oct 1923 and arrived in Fremantle on 13 Nov 1923.
Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1943 at Karragullen, Orchardist. On 3 Apr 1940 Neil had married Isobel Muriel Hall (1917 - 2004) in Perth. Isobel died on 19 Jan 2004 in Nannup, Western Australia.
Neil enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps on 22 Mar 1942 at Kalamunda and was allocated to the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion On 6 Nov 1943 his Army number was changed from W67626 to W62217. On 8 Sep 1944 Henry was appointed Lance Corporal, and was placed on the Reserve on 1 May 1945. However, on 1 Jun 1945 he reverted to private at his own request, and on 28 Jul 1945 he transferred to the 12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion where he was a member of 2 Platoon, 'A' Company. On 15 Oct 1945 all VDC personnel were discharged.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1968 at Karragullen, orchardist; 1972 - 1980 at Garland road, Roleystone, orchardist.