Maxwell Kenneth Ottaway
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1941 Wedding photo - ancestry
|Date of Birth||10 Jan 1918|
|Place of Birth||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Death||16 Oct 1982, aged 64|
|Place of Death||Eden Hill, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||22 years, 7 months|
5'9½" (1.76m) tall ; 143lbs|
64.864 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair ; old carbuncle scar over right scapula
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Mount Lawley, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Joyce Margery Ottaway|
|Date of Enlistment||28 Aug 1940|
|Unit/Formation||No. 4 Aircraft Depot RAAF|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Student at Perth Boy's School until mid way through Year 9. Then served 4 years 2 months of a 5 year apprenticeship as a tailor's cutter. On 27 Sep 1941 Maxwell married Joyce Margery Hookway (1917 - 1973) in St Mary's Church, Colin street, West Perth. A son Ian Maxwell Ottaway was born 10 Apr 1943Margery died on 20 Sep 1973 in Bayswater aged 56.
Electoral Roll entry: 1943 at 221 Adelaide terrace, Airman.
On 28 Aug 1940 Max joined the RAAF, mustered as a Tailor. His initial posting was to No. 4 Recruit Depot RAAF where he began by undertaking a Recruit Drill Course from 28 Aug - 2 Oct 1940. On 11 Oct 1940 he was transferred to Station HQ Pearce and on 1 Mar 1941 he was appointed as a Leading Aircraftman. On 7 Nov 1941 he was transferred to No. 5 Embarkation Depot RAAF in Perth.
On 18 Aug 1942 he was transferred to the No. 5 School of Technical Training RAAF, and after almost 3 years there, on 30 Jul 1945 he was transferred to No. 4 Aircraft Depot RAAF at Boulder. While with the School of Technical training he had been promoted temporary Corporal on 1 Oct 1942, a rank he was to retain.
On 28 Nov 1945 Max's time in the RAAF was coming to an end with his transfer to No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF in Perth to prepare for his discharge on 24 Dec 1945.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Old York road, Greenmount, tailor; 1954 - 1972 at 90 Leake street, Bayswater, tailor; 1977 - 1980 at 53 Lord street, Eden Hill, storekeeper. (Jean Ellen? a daughter?)