Albert Thomas MOCKRIDGE

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MOCKRIDGE, Albert Thomas

Service Numbers: 2043, V13024
Enlisted: 7 March 1917
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Lines of Communication Units
Born: GEELONG, VIC, 1 January 1883
Home Town: Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: artist
Died: Illness, Australia, 29 September 1942, aged 59 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Class Air Mechanic, SN 2043, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
8 Aug 1917: Embarked SN 2043, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), HMAT Anchises, Sydney
8 Aug 1917: Involvement SN 2043, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
2 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2043, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Acting Sergeant 3rd MD

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN V13024
9 Apr 1941: Involvement SN V13024, Lines of Communication Units
9 Apr 1941: Enlisted SN V13024, Lines of Communication Units
29 Sep 1942: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Captain, SN V13024, Lines of Communication Units
Date unknown: Discharged SN V13024, Lines of Communication Units

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

The final resting place for; - 2043, VX32817 & V13024 Captain Albert Thomas Mockridge of Geelong and Canterbury, Victoria who prior to his enlistment of the 15th of October 1916 had given his trade as a commercial artist.

Albert was posted to reinforcements for the Australian Flying Corps 1sr AIF, and departed Australia bound for England and further training on the 8th of August 1917.

Following his arrival, Albert was mustered as 2nd Air Mechanic, and over a period of continuous training, he was promoted to Sergeant and was formally taken on strength with the 2nd Squadron Australian Flying Corps on the 8th of August 1918.

With the end of the War declared, Albert was transferred over to the 7th Training Squadron Australian Flying Corps on the 2nd of February 1919. Albert began his repatriation back to Australia on the 9th of August 1919, and following his return to Melbourne, he received his formal discharge for his re-entry into civilian life on the 2nd of November 1919.
Following his discharge, Albert returned to his life as a professional artist, and became a noted portraitist, with his work being entered for the Archibald Prize on three occasions during the 1930’s.

With the start of a second World War, Albert again presented himself for service on the 22nd of June 1940, and was posted to the 2nd Reinforcement Reception Depot, 2nd AIF, but was shortly afterwards discharged on the 9th of April 1941.

Undeterred, Albert again sort service with the Australian Military Forces on the same day, and was taken on strength for Home Service duties.

Receiving his Commission, Albert was serving as a Captain with Headquarters Victorian Lines of Communications, and whilst still on active service he succumbed to sickness on the 29th of September 1942, at the age of 59.

Following his passing, Captain Albert Mockbridge, a noted artist, and a veteran of two World Wars, was formally laid to rest within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.

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