Service Number: 105070
Enlisted: 16 December 1942, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Aircraftwoman
Last Unit: No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, 9 November 1923
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Typist
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 14 July 1992, aged 68 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
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16 Dec 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftwoman, 105070, Melbourne, Victoria
11 Jan 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftwoman, 105070, No. 6 Service Flying Training School Mallala
11 Jan 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftwoman, 105070


BETTY READING, of Hobart, a former member of the WAAAF, and WO Ronald M. Thomas, RAAF, of Adelaide (SA) were married at Davey St. Methodist Church, Hobart, on Saturday afternoon.

The bride, who is the only child of Mr and Mrs H. H. Reading, Princes St., Sandy Bay, wore a white lace gown featuring a fitted bodice pointed at the front and buttoned from neckline to waistline at the back. It had a heart-shaped neckline, long sleeves, and a full skirt which formed a small train. Orange blossom was clustered at each side of the tulle veil, which was mounted on a halo.

The bridegroom is the only child of Mr and Mrs A. Thomas, Jervois St., Adelaide.
The Rev G. J. Goldsmith officiated.

Mrs P. G. Crawford, matron of honour, wore a white lace Edwardian frock, edged with a frill of marquisette in an apron effect and edged also on the hem. The frock had a large bustle and long sleeves.

The best man was Capt P. Crawford. Miss M. Hodgson sang "Because."
Mr and Mrs Thomas will live in Adelaide.

Extract From Family Notices:
The Mercury (Hobart)
4 June 1946

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Biography contributed by Trevor Thomas

While serving as a Radio Telephony Operator at Mount Gambier during 1945, Betty met Warrant Officer Ronald Melville Thomas who had recently returned from serving overseas.

Both Betty and Ron were excellent Ballroom Dancers, and apparently "swept each other off their feet".

After a short courtship they married in Betty's hometown of Hobart on 1st June 1946.

Ron took his new bride to meet his parents in Adelaide as they were unable to attend the Wedding in Hobart.

They returned to civilian life, built a new home in suburban Adelaide at Lockleys and raised a family of five. Both were "only child" prodigies and had planned to raise a large family.