James Winning Cunningham
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||9 Feb 1925|
|Place of Birth||Mount Barker, Western Australia|
|Place of Death||Leda, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 6 months|
5'9" (1.75m) tall ; 154lbs|
69.853 kg; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair ; scar left hip
|Address||"Blaweary" Oakland road, Byford, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Andrew Walker Cunningham|
|Date of Enlistment||31 Aug 1943|
|Unit/Formation||No. 4 Torpedo Maintenance Unit RAAF|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
|Monument(s)||ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)|
Defence Medal |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Attended the Oakford State School to 6th Standard (1931 - 1938). Sought to enlist in the RAAF after his father was discharged from the Army, having run the family farm until then.
Enlisted as an Aircraftsman level 1, General Hand at the No.4 Recruiting Centre in Perth on 31 Aug 1943. There he participated in the No 249 Recruit Drill Course from 23 October until 19 November. His records are difficult to read, but it appears that during this time he spent some of it in Hospital and then in a convalescent depot. On 23 Oct 1943 James was posted to No. 4 Recruit Depot, and on 14 Dec 1943 to No. 4 Service Flying Training School RAAF in Geraldton where he was promoted leading Aircraftsman on 2 Mar 1944.
On 13 Jun 1944 James was posted to No. 4 Personnel Depot RAAF, and on 13 Jul 1944 to No. 3 Reserve Personnel Pool before being sent to the No. 8 Transport and Movement Office RAAF on 15 Jul 1944. After more than a year in this unit, on 22 Oct 1945 he was sent to No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF for discharge two days later on 24 Oct 1945.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at Rowley road, Armadale, dairy farm hand; 1958 Gold Gulley, Nannup, dairy farmer; 1968 at Pinjarra, herd recorder; 1972 at Adamson street, Mundijong, dairy farmer; 1977 - 1980 at Thomas road Byford, dairyman