George Armond VAN ROMPAEY

VAN ROMPAEY, George Armond

Service Number: WX16726
Enlisted: 24 September 1941
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Armoured Regiment
Born: Donnybrook, Western Australia, 21 October 1922
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Natural Causes, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 2 September 2015, aged 92 years
Cemetery: Pinnaroo Valley Chapel & Crematorium
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World War 2 Service

24 Sep 1941: Enlisted Private, WX16726
11 Apr 1946: Discharged Trooper, WX16726, 2nd/4th Armoured Regiment

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Biography contributed by Brad Van Rompaey

George Van Rompaey was one of the kindest and fairest men you would have ever met, he always looked for the good in every situation and in every person he met. George was born in Donnybrook in the south west of Western Australia on the 21st of October 1923 however George wanted to enlist to the Army to support the troops fighting in WW2 and a few days after his 17th birthday on the 24th of September 1941 he went to his local enlistment centre and informed the local recruiter that he was born in 1922 to get past the age restriction of enlistment.

George was enlisted to the 2nd /4th Armoured Regiment where he was sent off to the pacific to be a tank driver and rode in a Matilda II Infantry Tank and fought in the Bouganville campaign along with many other skirmishes throughout the pacific. During his time serving in WW2 George was awarded the following;

 1939 – 1945 Star (Awarded for service between the 3rd of September 1939 and the 2nd of September 1945)

Pacific Star (The Pacific Star is awarded for entry into operational service in the Pacific Theatre of Operations between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945)

War Medal 1939 – 1945 (The War Medal 1939-45 was awarded for 28 days full-time service in the Armed Forces between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945.)

Australian Service Medal 1939 – 1945 (The Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 was instituted in 1949 to recognise the service of members of the Australian Armed Forces and the Australian Mercantile Marine during World War II.)

After the war George was discharged on the 11th of April 1946 and continued his passion for woodwork and gained his trade as a carpenter and married the love of his life Marion. George and Marion had two children Greg and Karen Van Rompaey, two Grandchildren Brad Van Rompaey and Candice Berghuis and two Great-grandchildren Mace and Emery Berghuis.

George will always be remembered fondly as a kind caring man by all that new him.

Most importantly a Hero.