Doreen Elsie Trainor

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Doreen Elsie Trainor
Personal Information
Date of Birth 2 Jun 1915
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 28 Jul 2007, aged 92
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 7 months
Description 5'3" (1.60m) tall ; 126lbs
57.153 kg
; fair complexion ; hazel eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Shop Assistant
Religion Methodist
Address No 1 The Esplanade, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Roy Oswald Sullivan
Military Information
Reg Number 94563
Date of Enlistment 3 Jan 1942
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation No. 4 Service Flying Training School RAAF, Geraldton
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

At enlistment she stated that she had 5½ years experience in office, shop and store work with Freecorns Ltd. She was at the time Manageress of a Branch store, in charge of all ordering, stock and staff. Education wise, she he had passed years VII and VIII. On enlistment she provided copies of six personal references.

Maiden name was Sullivan - all records filed under Trainor.

War Service

Doreen enlisted at the No. 4 Recruiting Centre in Perth and following testing (65% for Trade test of Storekeeper) was initially posted to the No. 4 Recruit Depot RAAF's WAAAF Training Section for basic training . A month later she was posted as a Storekeeper to No. 4 Service Flying Training School RAAF Geraldton where on 23 Aug 1942 she was found guilty of 'Conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline in that she failed to leave her kit in proper lay out as instructed. For this heinous crime ,she received 7 days Confined to Barracks.

On 29 Sep 1942 she remustered as an Equipment Assistant. Doreen was granted Leave without Pay from 17 - 28 Jun 1943, before she was promoted Temporary Corporal on 1 Apr 1944. On 23 May 1944 she transferred south to the No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF for processing of her requested discharge. Doreen was discharged from the WAAAF on 24 May 1944 on compassionate grounds. Her religion was altered to Roman Catholic following her marriage to Leonard Rotchford Trainor who was serving in the RAAF, based in Geraldton. Doreen's address post discharge was Radio Flats, Marine terrace, Geraldton.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1993 at 40 Baal street, Palmyra.


WAAAF = Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force. While Australian Archives have filed her under her married name, her family name at all times while serving, was Sullivan.

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