William Alfred George Bettesworth

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William Alfred George Bettesworth
Personal Information
Date of Birth 10 Feb 1927
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 21 Jan 2000, aged 72
Place of Death Pinjarra, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 17 years, 4 months
Description 5'7½" (1.72m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; hazel eyes ; fair hair ; scars on left buttocks, right ankle
Religion Church of England
Address Dawson avenue, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Hilda May Elizabeth Bettesworth
Military Information
Reg Number F5357
Date of Enlistment 12 Jun 1944
Rank Able Seaman
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Gascoyne
Tour Dates 10 May 1945 ‒ 2 Apr 1946
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

War Service

Following enlistment Bill was posted to HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. Basic training completed, he was posted to a series of mainland bases before joining the crew of HMAS Gascoyne in Melbourne undergoing a refit on 10 May 1945. Gascoyne was a River class frigate. Following he refit the Gascoyne returned to New Guinea where she undertook further escort duties, and in July 1945 she participated in the seizure of Balikpapan on Borneo, providing bombardment support to the troops that had landed.

In the final month of the war she was again escorting convoys to Borneo, and took part in the Japanese surrender there in September. She returned to Sydney on 5 Jan 1946. On 10 Feb 1946 while serving on HMAS Gascoyne Bill was rated as an Able Seaman.

On 3 Apr 1946 Bill was posted to HMAS Leeuwin in Fremantle where his discharge or demobilisation occurred on 1 Jul 1946.

Post War

In 1947 Bill married Fay Victoria Hammer (1927 - 2018). Fay died in Gosnells on 8 Apr 2018 aged 90.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 37 Coldstream street Leederville, grocer; 1954 - 1968 at Fourth road, Armadale, carpenter; 1977 Cooke Point Caravan Park, Port Hedland, manager; 1980 at 1/15 Sexty street, Armadale, carpenter.


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