Maurice Raymond Lawson

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Maurice Raymond Lawson
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1903
Place of Birth Matlock, Victoria
Death 4 Jun 1983, aged 80
Occupation Brick burner
Religion Church of England
Address Brick road, Byford
Next of Kin Wife , Elsie May Lawson
Military Information
Reg Number 824305
Date of Enlistment 6 Nov 1942
Rank Leading Aircraftman
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Monument(s) Byford WW2 Honour Roll
Medals Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Prior to enlisting Maurice had married Elsie May Lawson on 26 Aug 1933. A daughter Betty June was born on 9 Jun 1939, and a son Ian Maurice was born 4 Aug 1944.

Electoral roll entries: 1925 at 'Meelyah', Gunyidi, farm hand; 1931 - 1937 Cardup, labourer

War Service

Maurice enlisted in the RAAF on 6 Nov 1942 at the No. 4 RAAF Recruiting Centre, mustered as a Trainee Technician, and he was posted to No. 4 Recruit Depot RAAF, then in Busselton, to undertake basic drill training. On 15 Nov 1942 Maurice was posted to No. 5 School of Technical Training RAAF in Perth for initial skills training before being posted on 27 Jan 1943 to No. 1 Engineering School RAAF in Ascot Vale, Victoria for more specific training and then on 15 Feb 1943 to the Air Armament School RAAF at Nhill, in Victoria.

Having completed his training, on 1 May 1943 Maurice was posted to No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF in Mildura, now mustered as a Armourer, and from 1 Aug 1943 promoted to Leading Aircraftmen. Maurice remained with them until 16 Jan 1944 when he was posted to No. 4 Personnel Depot RAAF in Adelaide prior to his transfer to the Northern Territory. Before leaving Adelaide, on 11 Feb 1944 Maurice was remustered as a Fitter/Armourer. On 25 Feb 1944 he joined No. 2 Reserve Personnel Pool RAAF at a location known as 54 Mile, south of Darwin. Two days later on 27 Feb 1944 he was posted to No. 549 Squadron RAF at Strauss airfield.

With the war ending in August 1945, units began returning to peacetime locations and some were being wound up. On 14 Oct 1945 Maurice was posted to No. 42 Squadron RAAF at Melville Bay in the Northern Territory. Soon after on 9 Nov 1945 he was posted to No. 12 Aircraft Repair Depot RAAF in Darwin, and on 3 Dec 1945 he returned to No. 2 Reserve Personnel Pool RAAF at Winnellie in the Northern Territory. Three days later he had returned to Perth where on 13 Dec 1945 he was discharged from No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF. He was paid 30 days re-establishment leave, 16 days recreation leave, and 7 days tropical service leave.

Post War

electoral roll entries: 1949 - 1968 at Cardup, labourer; 1972 - 1980 at 4 The Grove, Armadale


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