Allan James Watters

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Allan James Watters
Personal Information
Date of Birth 17 Aug 1925
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Death 12 Jun 2006
Place of Death Two Rocks, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 4 months
Description 5'10" (1.78m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Apprentice Baker
Religion Methodist
Address Greenhills, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Wallace James Watters
Military Information
Reg Number WX22714
Date of Enlistment 21 Dec 1943
Rank Private
Unit/Formation Malarial Research Unit
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

War Service

Allan's medical examination at enlistment was conducted in York on 30 Nov 1943. However, within 9 days of enlisting he was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital. Released, he joined the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion on 31 Jan 1944, and on 3 May 1944 he was charged with Losing by Neglect Regimental Equipment valued at 2/6d ($0.25). Penalty was a fine of 2/6d.

On 23 May 1944 he was admitted to the 103rd Australian Light Field Ambulance, and on 3 Jun 1944 he was transferred from 35 Australian Infantry Training Battalion to the 21st Australian Infantry Training Battalion in New South Wales, arriving in Bathurst camp on 9 Jun 1944. On 12 Jun 1944 he was admitted to 104th Australian General Hospital at Bathurst with splinters in left hand, and was discharged on 19 Jun 1944. Evacuated to hospital again, this time with orchitis on 10 Aug 1944, he was released to the 103rd Australian Convalescent Depot on 31 Aug 1944. On 15 Sep 1944 he was discharged from the convalescent depot, and on 15 Sep 1944 he was admitted to the 116th Australian General Hospital in Townsville, to participate in a "Malaria Experiment". Three days later on 18 Sep 1944 he was transferred to the 2/2nd Australian General Hospital at Rocky Creek, north Queensland before being released to the nearby 2/1st Australian Convalescent Depot the same day.

Allan was admitted to the 2/2nd Australian General Hospital again on 4 Oct 1944 as part of the malaria experiment. Released on 12 Jan 1945 to the 116th Australian General Hospital, he returned to the 2/2nd Australian General Hospital on 26 Jan 1945, and then the 2/1st Australian Convalescent Depot on 8 Mar 1945. On 19 Mar 1945 Allan was granted Special Malaria Leave, and reported to the WA Line of Command depot unit on 6 May 1945. On 18 May 1945 he joined the 21st Australian Infantry Training Battalion. On 9 Sep 1945 Allan boarded the RMS Maloja which left Sydney the next day for Fremantle where they disembarked following the conclusion of hostilities, on 16 Sep 1945. Allan was sent to the Western Command General Details Depot for re-assignment, and on 29 Oct 1945 he was posted to the 35th Australian Field Baking Platoon.

On 15 Jan 1946 Allan was awarded a Commander in Chief's Card for his contribution from August 1944 until June 1945 to Malaria research. On 11 Mar 1946 he was marked for discharge, but before this could happen, on 3 May 1946 he was evacuated to the 110th Australian Base Hospital who treated him and then released him to his unit on 31 May 1946. Allan was discharged on 10 Jul 1946.

Post War

Allan married Irene Elaine Donnelly during 1952 in the metro area. Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1958 Greenhills, rabbit trapper; 1963 - 1977 South Kumminin, farmer; 1980 Box 12 Newdegate, farmer


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