Ronald Arthur Grafham

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Ronald Arthur Grafham
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 29 Dec 1920
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 6 Jun 1998
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 20 years, 2 months
Description 6'2" (1.88m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; hazel eyes ; dark hair ; scars on right shin and right shoulder
Occupation labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Avis Joyce Grafham
Military Information
Reg Number W39545 & WX29144
Date of Enlistment 4 Aug 1942
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 138th Australian General Transport Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

During 1941 Ron married Avis Jean McKenna. Avis died on 24 Oct 2017 in Armadale.

War Service

Ron was single when he enlisted in the CMF on a part time basis on 12 Nov 1941, with his father Arthur Charles Grafham then his NOK. His initial posting was to the 121st Reserve Motor Transport Company. On 17 Sep 1941 his address was c/- Gladiator Gold Mine, Laverton, and on 15 Dec 1941 he was called up for full time service. On 17 Jan 1942 Ron was detached for duty to the Special Mobile Force where on 25 Feb 1942 he was recognised as a Trade Group II Mechanic. On 4 Apr 1942 Ron was set to a Fitter's Course at Ascot, and the following day, 5 Apr 1942 he was charged with having been absent from a parade the previous day, for which he was fined £2 ($4). Ron returned to his parent unit on 1 Aug 1942 as the Special Mobile Force had been disbanded in July 1942, with Ron having been posted to the 139th Australian General Transport Company in his absence on 10 Jul 1942. On 4 Aug 1942, Ron enlisted in the 2nd AIF.

On 1 Apr 1944 Ron was charged with 'Neglect to the Prejudice of good order and Military Discipline' in that he had an unclean rifle. Fined 10/- ($1). On 18 May 1945 Ron was transferred to the 1st Australian Base Depot Personnel in NSW for reassignment, and the same day joined the 138th Australian General Transport Company, again in absentia. On 31 Jul 1945 he was transferred to the 1st Royal Australian Engineers Training Battalion Followed on 28 Sep 1945 when he was transferred to 68th Australian DCRE (Works). On 27 Nov 1945 Ron was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for discharge which followed on 7 Dec 1945.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 Rowley road, Armadale, building trade; 1954 - 1980 at 35 John street, Armadale, carpenter.


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