Mervyn Eric Doherty

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Mervyn Eric Doherty
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Mervyn and Ella Marriage - photo
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 9 Jan 1912
Place of Birth Jull road, Armadale, Western Australia
Death 13 Dec 1955, aged 43
Place of Death Claremont Mental Hospital, Claremont, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 1 month
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Baker
Religion Methodist
Address 70 Banksia terrace, South Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Ella Doherty
Military Information
Reg Number WX19909
Date of Enlistment 27 Feb 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 12th Australian Field Bakery
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

On 8 Jul 1939 Mervyn married Ella May Smith (1916 - 2010) in Waroona. Mervyn and Ella had two children, Maxine Joy born 1940 and Kim Mervyn born 8 Sep 1946. Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at Waroona Hotel, Waroona, baker; 1937 at Manjimup, bread carter; 1943 at 70 Banksia terrace, South Perth, baker.

War Service

Mervyn enlisted in Claremont on 27 Feb 1942. On 9 Mar 1942 he was allocated to General Reinforcements and sent to join the 2/28th Battalion reinforcement pool (13th Training Battalion) at Northam on 9 Mar 1942. A week later on the 16th he was transferred to the 3rd Specialist Detachment in Perth. On 16 Jul 1942 he joined the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion, and enjoyed leave from 15 - 24 September. However, he returned to his unit late and was charged with having been AWOL from midnight 24 Sep until midnight 27 Sep 1942. Penalty was a fine of 40/- ($4) and stoppage of 3 days pay. On 12 Dec 1942 Mervyn was posted to the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion, and on 16 Feb 1943 they moved to Adelaide , arriving on 20 March, to join with the elements of the Battalion that were raised there, and then on 6 Mar 1943 moving to the Northen Territory.

On 9 Jul 1943 Mervyn was admitted to the 107th Australian General Hospital for a medical assessment, resulting in his classification changing to 'B', and hence a week later on 16 Jul 1943 he was transferred to the 12th Australian Field Bakery in the Northern Territory. Assessed as a Trade Group II Baker, he was detached to the 2nd Australian Field Bakery from 31 Oct 1943 until 14 Jan 1944. Released back to his parent unit, he entrained in Alice Springs on 15 Jan 1944 for NSW and on arrival continued on to attend training at the Australian Reinforcement Training Battalion (Jungle Warfare). On 20 Jun 1944 he was again reviewed by a Medical Board which confirmed him to be 'A2' due to lack of vision in his right eye.

Following the completion of his training, on 1 May 1945 he was sent to join the 46th Australian Field Baking Platoon. Mervyn embarked on USAT Maui in Brisbane on 26 May 1945, and disembarked in Morotai on 9 Jun 1945. On 9 Jul 1945 he embarked on USS LST 721 to join his unit at Balikpapan. Folowing the cessation of hostilities, Mervyn embarked on HMS Glengyle, a British Infantry Landing Ship, in Balikpapan on 15 Dec 1945, and disembarked at Brisbane on 23 Dec 1945. Mervyn's records show that he was sent back to W.A. to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot where he was discharged on 21 Jan 1946.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at 70 Banksia terrace, South Perth, baker.


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