Wilfred Brettell Duke
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|Date of Birth||13 Feb 1913|
|Place of Birth||Bombay, India|
|Death||17 Jan 1981, aged 67|
|Place of Death||Coogee Beach, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||27 years 11 months|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||16 Clifton street, Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Evelyn Brettell Duke|
|Date of Enlistment||20 Oct 1941|
|Unit/Formation||10th Australian Ordnance Vehicle Park|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||19 Jun 1945 ‒ 29 Jun 1945|
|Transport Details||USAT Evangaline Brisbane to Morotai|
|Return to Australia|
|Journey Dates||24 Nov 1945 ‒ 5 Dec 1945|
|Transport Details||HM LST 346 Morotai to Brisbane|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
Wilfred had completed his education with a certificate in Agriculture from Muresk.
Wilfred first enlisted on 6 Mar 1941 in the CMF (W33093) and began his training at Claremont on 14 Apr 1941, completing it on 12 Jul 1941, posted to the 121st Reserve Motor Transport Company. On 27 Oct 1941 he was transferred to the Area to enlist in the 2nd AIF having completed the paper work on 20 Oct 1941 at the Western Command General Details Depot in Claremont. On 28 Oct 1941 Wilfred was posted to the 3rd Training Battalion, and the same day re-posted to the 2/10th Australian Armoured Regiment and moved with them to Puckapunyal in Victoria.
On 9 Dec 1941 he was admitted to the 107th Australian General Hospital for treatment, before being releaased back to his unit on 20 Dec 1941. On 11 Jul 1942 they moved to NSW to undergo further training, and on 11 Dec 1942 they moved to Western Australia. Meanwhile on 22 Nov 1942 he had been appointed as a Group II Specialist Driver/Mechanic. From 15 Oct - 30 Nov 1943 he attended a course for Driver/Mechanics at Puckapunyal. From 27 Feb until 1 Mar 1944 he was treated by the 2/14th Australian Light Field Ambulance for diarrhoea.
On 18 Nov 1944 he married Effie King who was then living at 235 Duke street, Northam. With the reduced need for Armour units, Wilfred was transferred on 15 Mar 1945 to the 3rd Australian Reinforcement Training Battalion (Jungle Warfare) as a General Hand, and on 15 May 1945 he moved again, to the 10th Australian Ordnance Vehicle Park. On 19 Jun 1945 Wilfred and his unit boarded USAT Evangaline in Brisbane for Morotai in the Netherland East Indies where Australian troops had gathered to support the troops invading Borneo. They disembarked on 29 Jun 1945. His stay was short, returning from Morotai on 24 Nov 1945 aboard HM LST 346, and disembarking in Brisbane on 5 Dec 1945. From here he was sent to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for discharge which tok place on 20 Dec 1945.