Ronald James (Ron) AUSTIN

AUSTIN, Ronald James

Service Numbers: TX11792, TX11792 (T34921)
Enlisted: 19 September 1942
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 25 June 1923
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1 July 2010, aged 87 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Hadspen Uniting Church Cemetery, Tasmania, Australia
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World War 2 Service

19 Sep 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, TX11792, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
6 Feb 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, TX11792, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement Private, TX11792 (T34921), 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Ron was the eldest of four children of Richard (Nat) Nathaniel Austin (born 1899 in Selbourne, Tasmania) and Gladys May Dobie (born 1902 in Beaconsfield, Tasmania). Nat was a Labourer in 1922 when he married Gladys in Launceston, Tasmania. Nat and Gladys lived in Cormistion, Wilmot Tasmania where Nat worked as a Labourer before moving to Launceston. Nat was a Labourer and Contractor.

Ron was a Carpenter when he enlisted in the Australian Army in September 1942. He served as a Private (Service Nos:T34921/TX71992)with 2/12 Infantry Battalion. Ron was Discharged in February 1946. Father Nat (ACMF; Private; Service No:T21331), sister Aileen Dawn (Private, Service No:TF150180) and Brothers-in-Law Frederick Whish-Wilson (Sapper; Service No:T6595), Cosmo Whish-Wilson (Leading Aircraftman; Service No:88087), and Ronald Terry (Private; Service Nos:TX12978/T42294) served in WWII.

Ron returned to Launceston and was working as a Carpenter in the mid 1950s when he married Textile Worker Betty Frances Whish-Wilson (born 1920 in Smithton, Tasmania). Ron and Betty lived at Wilmot, Tasmania where Ron worked as a Wood Machinist. Ron died in 2010 and Betty in 2009.