William Roland (Bill) BACON

BACON, William Roland

Service Number: 61465
Enlisted: 18 November 1941
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
Born: Annandale, New South Wales, Australia, 7 August 1922
Home Town: Lithgow, Lithgow, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrician
Died: Stephen Johnson Syndrone, Prostate Cancer, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia, 22 August 2000, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Privately Cremated
Wall of Remembrance at Bribie Island
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World War 2 Service

18 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 61465, Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots
25 Mar 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 61465, Aircraft / Repair / Salvage Depots

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Biography contributed by Robyn Bacon

William Roland Bacon, known as "Bill", was a special man to his Family.

His journey began when he was born in Annandale, Sydney in 1922 to a recently widowed woman, named Ethel Wilkinson. At the age of 5 years, he was adopted by Harold Keith and Elizabeth Mary Bacon, who reared, and educated him in Mortdale, Sydney.

His electrical apprenticeship was interrupted by World War 2, when he joined the Royal Australian Airforce. Bill married the year the War ended and completed his Electrical Apprenticeship.

He joined the New South Wales, Electrical Commission and worked at Bunnerong Power Station in Sysney's south, then Tullerwarra on the south coast of New South Wales.

In the fifties, he too his growing family to Cabramurra and worked on he Snowy Mountains Scheme, where he became the first person to switch the powerinto the States Power grid during trials before the Official opening.

in the early sixties, he transferred tp Wallerawang Power Station in the Blue Mountains and was an active member of the South Bowenfels Bush Fire Brigade until his retirement and moved to Bribie Island.

Bill and his wife Gwen, raised five children, who produced ten grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.