James Winning Cunningham

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James Winning Cunningham
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 9 Feb 1925
Place of Birth Mount Barker, Western Australia
Death 6
Place of Death Leda, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 6 months
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall ; 154lbs
69.853 kg
; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair ; scar left hip
Occupation Dairy hand
Religion Presbyterian
Address "Blaweary" Oakland road, Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Andrew Walker Cunningham
Military Information
Reg Number 83693
Date of Enlistment 31 Aug 1943
Rank Leading Aircraftsman
Unit/Formation No. 8 Transport and Movement Office RAAF
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Monument(s) ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Attended the Oakford State School to 6th Standard (1931 - 1938). Sought to enlist in the RAAF after his father was discharged from the Army, having run the family farm until then.

War Service

Enlisted as an Aircraftsman level 1, General Hand at the No.4 Recruiting Centre in Perth on 31 Aug 1943. There he participated in the No 249 Recruit Drill Course from 23 October until 19 November. His records are difficult to read, but it appears that during this time he spent some of it in Hospital and then in a convalescent depot. On 23 Oct 1943 James was posted to No. 4 Recruit Depot RAAF, and on 14 Dec 1943 to No. 4 Service Flying Training School RAAF in Geraldton where he was promoted leading Aircraftsman on 2 Mar 1944.

On 13 Jun 1944 James was posted to No. 4 Personnel Depot RAAF, and on 13 Jul 1944 to No. 3 Reserve Personnel Pool RAAF before being sent to the No. 8 Transport and Movement Office RAAF on 15 Jul 1944. After more than a year in this unit, on 22 Oct 1945 he was sent to No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF for discharge two days later on 24 Oct 1945.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at Rowley road, Armadale, dairy farm hand; 1958 Gold Gulley, Nannup, dairy farmer; 1968 at Pinjarra, herd recorder; 1972 at Adamson street, Mundijong, dairy farmer; 1977 - 1980 at Thomas road Byford, dairyman


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