Lewis Hinsley

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Lewis Hinsley
Personal Information
Date of Birth 30 Jun 1916
Place of Birth Kellerberrin, Western Australia
Death 5 Apr 1986
Age at Enlistment 25 years, 8 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; black hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin , Mrs Elizabeth Jane Ann Hinsley
Military Information
Reg Number WX21855
Date of Enlistment 20 Jul 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 8 Apr 1945 ‒ 16 Apr 1945
Transport Details USS General H.W. Butner Townsville to Morotai (NEI)
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 29 Sep 1945 ‒ 15 Oct 1945
Transport Details HMAS Manoora Tarakan to Australia
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia ww2
Monument(s) ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Married Elizabeth Jane

War Service

Enlisted at Claremont on 20 Jul 1942 and was sent to the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Northam on 29 Jul 1942. On 28 Jan 1943 he was transferred to the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion (West Australian Rifle Regiment). In June 1943 he was granted three days compassionate leave, and on 2 Jul 1943 he was admitted to the 5th Australian Field Ambulance, until 27 Aug 1943. On 11 Feb 1944, with his unit he entrained for Queensland.

On 5 Jul 1944 Lewis transferred to the 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion, and on 8 Apr 1945 he embarked at Townsville aboard USS General H.W. Butner (AP-113) for Morotai, disembarking on 16 Apr 1945. On 11 Aug 1945 Lewis was admitted to the 110th Australian Casualty Clearing Station with epigastric pain. He was evacuated to the 2/11th Australian Field Ambulance on 16 Sep 1945, and was well enough to return to his battalion on 27 Sep 1945. However, two days later on 29 September he embarked in Tarakan on HMAS Manoora for the mainland.

Lewis was discharged from the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot on 1 Nov 1945.

Post War

Married Margaret Winsome (Judy). A daughter was born on 31 May 1944.


Brother John Hinsley served in the Militia (VDC) during ww2.

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