Gavin Sennett MCCULLOCH

MCCULLOCH, Gavin Sennett

Service Numbers: SX29827, S64162
Enlisted: 29 May 1943
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: General / Motor Transport Company/ies
Born: Wallaroo, South Australia, 20 June 1923
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Kadina Institute and Adelaide University
Occupation: Accountant (later Bank Manager - Bank Of Adelaide)
Died: Natural causes (pneumonia), Marion, South Australia, 25 August 2016, aged 93 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Curramulka District WW2 Honor Roll, Curramulka War Memorial, Kadina Memorial High School WW2 Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

29 May 1943: Enlisted Private, SX29827, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
29 May 1943: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SX29827, General / Motor Transport Company/ies
30 May 1943: Involvement Private, SX29827
30 May 1943: Involvement S64162
3 Jul 1946: Discharged Sergeant, SX29827, General / Motor Transport Company/ies
3 Jul 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SX29827, General / Motor Transport Company/ies

Passing of Gavin Sennett McCulloch

On Thursday 25th August 2016 Gavin McCulloch passed away at Resthaven Nursing home, Marion South Australia. Gavin was a resident at Resthaven for two years.

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Biography contributed by John McCulloch

Gavin was born in Walleroo, South Australia and he was the second son of four children with his sister Nancy and youngest brother Robert, the eldest was Hugh. He enjoyed his childhood at Walleroo, fishing, swimming and hunting rabbits, it was an ideal boys lifestyle. Gavin received his education in the area and eventually went to Kadina Institute to study accounting and had an accounting degree from the Adelaide University.

Gavin joined the army and served in Darwin NT as a transport driver and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was one of the youngest in his unit and celebrated his 21st birthday while serving.  He drove big lend lease American Mack truck road trains carrying fuel, ammunition and vehicles. He admitted turning one on its side in the wet on those muddy tracks. He said the American drivers were terrible they never gave way to anyone which caused a few accidents. One of the men in his unit wrote a book about the unit after the war it was called "Up the Track" and told the story of the unit.  

At the end of the war Gavin was sent back to Adelaide where he drove officers about while based at Keswick Barracks. Gavin did not stay in the army after the war and joined The Bank Of Adelaide at the Murray Bridge branch. He used to ride his Aerial Red Hunter motor cycle from Murray Bridge to Walleroo on his days off to visit his family. 

Gavin was a big family man and loved to fish and get involved in family activities. 

Passing away at 93 years of age on 25 Aug 2016 after suffering pneumonia, Gavin was cremated in a private family service, with his ashes to be scattered as he requested. No headstone or plaque marks his resting place this memorial marks part of his life.