Albert Clarence (Bert) DUNSTAN

DUNSTAN, Albert Clarence

Service Number: VX51645
Enlisted: 18 March 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 10 August 1923
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Natural causes (cancer), Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 28 October 1994, aged 71 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 2 Service

18 Mar 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX51645, Royal Park, Victoria
19 Mar 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX51645
21 Jan 1947: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Sergeant, SN VX51645, 2nd/23rd Infantry Battalion

About Bert Dunstan

On the eve of the 100 years of celebrating the Gallipoli campaign I found this site, via a Google search.

I am the eldest of Bert(deceased October 1994) and Betty's (deceased July 2010) four children, they were wonderful parents of 4 children and grandparents of 13 grandchildren.

They are sadly missed.

My father was born on the 10th August 1923, not as your records state 10th August 1919, he like many others falsified his age and my grandfather's signature approving his enlistment.

My father joined up in Victoria and served in Egypt (where he sustained acute tonsillitis which rendered his tonsils necrotic, they were removed in a field hospital and he held the bowl!), Palestine and El Alamein, he was wounded in the latter dispute by a booby trap hand grenade mine which blew the bottom out of his foot and left him in hospital for some 18 months and countless skin grafts.

He rarely spoke of war and only marched once at an Anzac parade, he constantly spoke of the futility or war.

He was a remarkable man.

Vale Bert Dunstan, my wonderful father and hero.

Doug Dunstan
24 April 2015

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