From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||1 May 1924|
|Place of Birth||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 3 months|
|Description||5'2" (1.58m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; green eyes ; brown hair|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Seventh road, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Mrs. Emily Gladys Smith|
|Date of Enlistment||19 Aug 1942|
|Unit/Formation||10th Australian CRE (Works)|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Enlisted in the Australian Women's Army Service as Vivienne Close on 19 Aug 1942 in Perth and was detached to the Fixed Defences Fremantle until 22 Nov 1942 when she was also classified as a Trade Group 1 Draftswoman. On 14 Dec 1942 she was transferred to he 2nd RAE Training Centre at Northam. On 2 Aug 1943 she transferred to the 6th AWS Training Company before moving to the 10th Australian CRE (Works) on 6 Aug 1943.
On 14 Aug 1943 she was admitted to the 1st Australian Women's Hospital, returning to her unit on 19 Aug 1943. As she had completed 12 month's service she received a pay increase. On 10 Jan 1944 she was transferred to the 1st Royal Australian Engineers Training Centre at Kapooka in New South Wales, arriving there on 18 January. On 15 Apr 1944 she transferred to the unit staff, and on 18 Nov 1944 at Wagga Wagga she married QX22999 Sgt Stanley Charles Vinc Dittman from HQ RAE Training Centre.
On 18 Nov 1944 she married QX12999 Sgt Dittman HQ 1st RAE Training Centre. Vivienne was transferred to the Australian Central Signals Training Centre on 19 Apr 1945 before being sent to 31st AWAS Barrack on 6 May 1945 to prepare for her discharge at the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot. Vivienne was discharged on 7 Jun 1945.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Kennedy Qld; 1954 at State School Dimbulah; 1958 at State School, Hill street, Blackstone; 1963 at Warwick street, Allora; 1968 at 128 Bridge road, Mackay, HD (Stan was a teacher).