Joyce Curtis

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Joyce Curtis
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 6 Jun 1923
Place of Birth Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Death 29 Sep 2017, aged 94
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 9 Months
Occupation Shop assistant
Religion Church of England
Address Admiral road, Bedfordale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr. Albert Cecil Clarence Curtis
Military Information
Reg Number WF53089
Date of Enlistment 18 Mar 1943
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 7th Australian Advanced Ordnance Depot
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Completed 6th Standard schooling.

War Service

Enlisted on 18 Mar 1943 in the Australian Women's Army Service and on 21 March she was sent to the 6th AWS Training Company in Claremont. On 12 Apr 1943 with training completed and with status as Trade Group IV Orderly, she was posted to the 7th Australian Advanced Ordnance Depot. On 27 Oct 1943 Joyce was evacuated to the 1st Australian Women's Hospital, remaining in their care until 1 Nov 1943. On 18 Mar 1944 having completed 12 months service, Joyce received a pay increase.

On 8 Oct 1944 Joyce was charged with having been AWOL from 1:30am until 11:00am the same day. Her punishment was much more severe than a male soldier would have received - Fined £2 ($4), loss of a day's pay and 14 days Confined to Barracks. Transferred to the 23rd Australian Line of Communication Salvage Section on 7 Feb 1945 she was again hospitalised, this time in the 110th Australian Base Hospital from 25 Mar until 23 Apr 1946. On 30 Apr 1946 Joyce was transferred to 31st AWAS Barrack for discharge which occurred on 2 May 1946.

Post War

During 1947 Joyce married John Stanley Hudson. John died on 1 Sep 2003 in Gosnells, aged 80.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 'Kalamata' Karragullen; 1958 at 44 Halsey street, South Bunbury; 1963 at 19 Carey street, Busselton; 1968 at 46 Bussell highway, Busselton; 1977 at Caravan Park, Carnarvon; 1980 at 13 Lewin court, Gosnells


Joyce's father Albert Cecil Clarence Curtis served in the Militia's 10th Australian Garrison Battalion.

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