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Maxwell Kenneth Ottaway

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Maxwell Kenneth Ottaway
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1941 Wedding photo - ancestry
Personal Information
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
Description 5'9½" (1.76m) tall ; 143lbs
64.864 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair ; old carbuncle scar over right scapula
Occupation Tailor's cutter
Religion Church of England
Address Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Joyce Margery Ottaway
Military Information
Reg Number 17587
Date of Enlistment 28 Aug 1940
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation No. 4 Aircraft Depot RAAF
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

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.

War Service

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, and after almost 3 years there, on 30 Jul 1945 he was transferred to No.4 Aircraft Depot 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 in Perth to prepare for his discharge on 24 Dec 1945.

Post War

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?)

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