Oscar George WITCOMB

WITCOMB, Oscar George

Service Numbers: 205, S110
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Lines of Communication Units
Born: Yacka, South Australia, 28 December 1892
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 16 July 1963, aged 70 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 1A, Site No: 28
Memorials: Balaklava Port Wakefield St Albans Church Roll of Honour, Nar Nar Goon Commercial Bank of Australia Limited WW1 Roll of Honour, Port Wakefield Memorial Arch, Yacka Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bugler, 205, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Bugler, 205, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Bugler, 205, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Bugler, 205, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
1 Dec 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, Army Pay Corps (AIF)
2 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, Army Pay Corps (AIF)
1 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, Army Pay Corps (AIF)
15 Jun 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), 30 (Australian Training) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
13 Sep 1917: Promoted Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
13 Dec 1917: Promoted Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
1 Apr 1919: Discharged Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

World War 2 Service

5 Nov 1942: Enlisted S110
5 Nov 1942: Enlisted Lieutenant, S110, Hindmarsh, South Australia
6 Nov 1942: Involvement S110
29 Nov 1945: Discharged Captain, S110, Lines of Communication Units, HQ Lines of Communication (S.A.)

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The following LINK (semaphoreportadelaidersl.com.au) outlines the First World War military career of Lt. Oscar G. Witcomb as told by high-school student Sarah Wedding which placed her as one of 10 winners of the South Australia's 2012 Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize. 

Oscar George Witcomb also served in the the Second World War and rose to the rank of Captain in the Australian Military Forces. Upon discharge he was serving with the South Australian Line of Communication Area Recruitment.

The brother 1660 Pte. Sydney Trafford Witcomb (/explore/people/330231) of Lt. Oscar G. Witcomb was killed-in-action at Gallipoli on the 19 May 1915.

Lt. Oscar G. Witcomb's son 442407 F/Officer Peter John Witcomb (/explore/people/509679) also served in the Second World War with the RAAF 460 Squadron attached to RAF Bomber Command in England.