Frederick Kenneth (Ken) WOODHOUSE

WOODHOUSE, Frederick Kenneth

Service Numbers: N74977, NX68293
Enlisted: 11 June 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Parkes, New South Wales, 22 September 1912
Home Town: Parkes, Parkes, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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World War 2 Service

11 Jun 1940: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN N74977
11 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN N74977
12 Feb 1941: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN N74977
13 Feb 1941: Enlisted Private, SN NX68293, Paddington, New south Wales
14 Feb 1941: Involvement Private, SN NX68293, 2nd/4th Pioneer Battalion
3 Dec 1945: Discharged Sergeant, SN NX68293, 2nd/4th Pioneer Battalion

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Biography

Ken was born in Parkes and had to leave school at an early age to provide for the family after the death of his father. Ken joined the Army in June 1940, serving with the 2nd/4th Pioneer Battalion in Darwin. After the war he returned home to his wife, Olive (Perkins) and worked for many years with the Wright-Heaton Company until his retirement.

Ken served with 2nd/4th Pioneer Battalion which was on the convoy sent to Timor from Darwin 2 days before the bombing of darwin. The convoy turned back when they were attacked by land based bombers. They arrived back in Darwin of the 18th and luckily were disembarked before the aerial attack began the next morning. Ken remained in Darwin for a considerable time before being sent to Townsville for jungle warfare training. He witnessed the surrender of the Japanese on the island of Morotai in 1945.

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