Austinmer

Women of the Illawarra who served in WW2

The following Women were Born and/or Resident in Austinmer at the time of  their Enlistment in WW2 – this is information was sourced from the Australian WW2 Nominal Roll.

Seven women served in the RAAF – nine in the Army and only one in the Navy – click on the links  belowto discover more of their stories. Can you help us with more information ?

Judith Purchase “Judy” Alley, who gave her address as Austinmer when she enlisted in WW2, and with her service number of WR/12, was one of the first 14 women trained in the Navy to be wireless telegraphists at HMAS Harman (AWM). This was the first location where women served with Australian Naval Services. Training was done by Florence Violet McKenzie one of the first women engineers in Australia – in fact the first female Electrical Engineer in Australia. Judith was on duty at HMAS Harman at the time of the sinking of the HMAS Sydney – her evidence did not support the alleged cover-up.

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ALLEY (SAUNDERS)

Judith Alley - right (Source - AWM)

Judith Alley – right
(Source – AWM)

A post WW2 wedding with even a pic in the Womens Weekly !

JUDITH PURCHASE WR/12

Navy

BAILEY

A WW2 Wedding

DOROTHY MAY 176198

RAAF

BOYLE AGNES GLEN 97657

RAAF

BROCK EVE NF435241

Army

CAMPBELL

Ruth Campbell

Ruth Campbell

RUTH MARGARET LETITIA QX35390

Army

CAREY AILEEN LINDA 109227

RAAF

CLOWES DULCIE ESTELLE NFX207498(NX207498)

Army

COOPER MAUD NF391968

Army

HALL ELIZABETH ANN NF435268

Army

HARRIS EDNA 108643

RAAF

HASSALL MARGARET IRIS 177747

RAAF

LACEY  Lacey Olwyn OLWYN MONICA NF464246

Army

MCQUEEN MAVIS LILLIAN NF436600

Army

PATERSON JESSIE 109777

RAAF

PATON GWENYTH VERA NF453208

Army

PIKE MARGARET ALISON NF446737

Army

WALKER JOAN 176995

RAAF

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