Vernon Agustus Longman
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|Date of Birth||27 Sep 1908|
|Place of Birth||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Death||2 Dec 1980, aged 72|
|Age at Enlistment||33 years, 5 months|
|Address||Coomberdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr George Edward Longman|
|Date of Enlistment||23 Mar 1942|
|Unit/Formation||1st Australian Ordnance Vehicle Park|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
Electoral Roll entry: 1937 Namgan, farm hand
Vernon was living at Coomberdale at the time of his enlistment, and spent the first week at the Western Command General Details Camp at Claremont before being sent to Northam on the 30 Mar 1942 to join the General Reinforcements. He was granted leave with pay from 21 to 27 Apr 1942 before being detached to the Bunbury Guard from 26 May until 27 Jun 1942 and then to the Merredin Guard from 29 Jun to 5 Sep 1942. On 6 Sep 1942 he was posted to the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Graylands to undertake a Desiel Mechanic Course. On 7 Nov 1942 he had successfully completed the course despite having been admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital from 19 - 29 Oct 1942.
On 8 Dec 1942 Vernon was transferred from the 75th Australian Camp Hospital at Graylands to the 122nd Australian Special Hospital at Melville, remaining with them until he was released on 21 Jan 1943, and he then returned to his training unit on 23 Jan 1943. On 4 Mar 1943 Vernon was posted to the 3rd Australian Corps Troops Petrol Company. From there he was detached for one day each, first to the 37th Australian Company ASC on 15 Apr 1943, and then the next day to the 38th Australian Company ASC. Vernon was granted seasonal Leave without Pay from 8 May 1943 to assist on the farm. On 27 Aug 1943 Vernon was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital with a broken Fibula, and on 9 Sep 1943 he was transferred to the 109th Australian Convalescent Depot. He returned to duty on 17 Nov 1943 when he joined the 38th Australian Company ASC, remaining with them until he was granted 4 weeks LWOP to assist with the harvest on 20 Dec 1943.
Vernon rejoined his unit on 19 Jan 1944 and worked with them until he was granted 6 weeks LWOP from 29 Apr until 10 Jun 1944, which was extended until 11:00am on 24 Jun 1944. Vernon rejoined his unit on 30 Jun 1944, and on 12 Jul 1944 he was sent to Victoria for reassignment to the 1st Australian Ordnance Vehicle Park on 26 Jul 1944. On 4 Nov 1944 Vernon was sent back to WA to assist with the harvest, being granted LWOP from 20 Nov 1944 until 29 Jan 1945. At this point he was tansferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for demobilisation. He was discharged on 17 Feb 1945.
Adress given on discharge was Namban Siding, via Moora. In 1949 Vern married Violet Grace Hawkings. Violet died 20 Apr 1963 at Greenmount aged 52. Vernon seems to have remarried as his partner 1972-80 is Jessie Alice who died on 9 Oct 1980
Electoral Roll entries: 1954 Namban, farmer; 1958 Dandaragan, farmer; 1972 - 1980 at 32 Albert street, Bellevue, parking attendant