John Alfred Vernon Hanbury
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|Date of Birth||5 Apr 1910|
|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Death||19 May 2002, aged 92|
|Place of Death||Bickley, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||31 years, 10 months|
|Description||5'10" (1.78m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; fair hair|
|Religion||Seventh Day Adventist|
|Address||Karragullen, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Ena Jessie Hanbury|
|Date of Enlistment||17 feb 1942|
|Unit/Formation||9th Australian Motor Ambulance Convoy|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
During 1939 John had married Ena Jessie Davies.
Electoral Roll entries: 1934, Karragullen, orchardist; 1937, Karragullen, salesman
John enlisted in the CMF on 17 Feb 1942 in Southern Cross and was called up for full time service from 28 Jul 1942. On 4 Aug 1942 he was allocated to the General Reinforcements 13th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Northam, but on 15 Aug 1942 he was transferred to the Western Command Training Depot AAMC, and on 28 Aug 1942 he was posted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital. He was a patient between 12 and 27 Nov 1942, and on 1 Feb 1943 he was reclassified as a Trade Group III Nursing Orderly.
On 7 Apr 1943 John entrained in Perth for New South Wales where on 23 Jun 1944 he was taken on strength by the 9th Australian Motor Ambulance Convoy. he was in need of medical attention for parotitis from the 3rd Australian Camp Hospital between 7 and 17 Oct 1944 after which he rejoined his unit, remaining with them until after the war concluded when on 31 Aug 1945 he was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for discharge, an event that occurred on 6 Oct 1945. His early discharge assisted by his holding a reserved occupation.
At the time of his discharge John and Ena had two children under the age of 16. Ena died on 18 May 2009, aged 94 in Rossmoyne.
Electoral Roll entries: 1943 at Donneybrook, flax hand; 1954 - 1963 at Lawnbrook road, Bickley, orchardist; 1968 at Karalundi Mission via Meekatharra, assistant farm manager; 1972 at 5 Nalm road, Bickley, oven attendant; 1977 at 2 Stacey road, Carmel, paving contractor