John Benjamin Vidgen Dawson

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John Benjamin Vidgen Dawson
Personal Information
Date of Birth 2 Jan 1912
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Death 20 Sep 1942, aged 40 years
Place of Death Busselton, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 3 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 150lbs
68.039 kg
; medium complexion ; grey eyes ; medium hair
Occupation Cinema projectionist
Religion Church of England
Address Mount street, Manjimup, Western Australia
Next of Kin wife , Mrs. Dorothy May Dawson
Military Information
Reg Number W85765
Date of Enlistment 25 Apr 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 14th (Karri) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

During 1939 John had married May L D Thurkle at Busselton.

Electoral Roll entries: 1937 at 'Glen View', Vasse, farmer.

War Service

At his original mobilisation interview on 28 Jan 1942, he was granted a deferment, but later enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps at Manjimup on 25 Apr 1942.

John's file at Australian Archives contains only two sets of enlistment documents and the original Medical questionaire.

Post War


His wife's name varies on the two enlistment forms on file. One names her as Dorothy May, and the other as May Love Dorothy. Similarly his religion in January 1942 is Roman Cathoilic, while in April it is Church of England

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