William Norrie McNaughton

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William Norrie McNaughton
Personal Information
Date of Birth 3 Jan 1898
Place of Birth Dundee, Scotland
Death 24 Nov 1974, aged 75
Place of Death Perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 44 years, 4 months
Address Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr John McNaughton
Military Information
Reg Number W62676
Date of Enlistment 28 May 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 26th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1931 - 1943 at Byford, no occupation. No evidence of any marriage.

War Service

discharged 15 May 1944

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1954 - 1972 at South crescent, Byford, labourer;


During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.

Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 26th Company was formed with British citizens.

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