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William Leslie Wales

William Leslie Wales

Male 1919 - 2002  (82 years)

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  • Name William Leslie Wales 
    Born 11 Mar 1919  Cootamundra, NSW, Australia, -34.500898,148.091583 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    • Bill Wales was educated at the Cootamundra Intermediate High School and obtained the Intermediate Certificate in 1933. He joined the 1st Cootamundra Troop of Boy Scouts, became a Patrol Leader and gained All Round Cords, in addition to other various proficiency badges.

      He was selected for employment with the Department of Railways at Cootamundra on 23rd September 1936 and transferred to Wyalong as a Junior Clerk on 13th April 1937. He was granted leave from the Railways to attend Military Camp at Wallgrove, NSW from 23rd January to 22nd April 1940, as a member of the 21st Light Horse Regiment from the Riverina district.

      Bill was again granted leave from the Railways to enlist in the Australian Imperial Forces on 13th March 1941. He served with the AIF in the Middle East and New Guinea during World War II and was demobilized on 13th June 1946 with the rank of Corporal. He was awarded the 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and the Australian Service Medal.

      Bill married Elza Booth (n?e Jones) on Saturday 3rd August 1946 at Canterbury, NSW. Elza was the daughter of Joseph Jones and Metta Wilhelmina Meyer and Bill had met her when they were both posted to an Army Ordnance Depot at Moorebank, NSW. Elza, served with the Australian Womens Army Service for three years during WWII, and in addition to her duties with the AAOC, took part in concerts arranged by the Army Entertainments Officer at Leichhardt, Sydney. She was selected to attend an LHQ AAOC School for General Army Organisation and Ordnance Procedure at Broadmeadows, Victoria, and obtained a DISTINGUISHED Certificate on 27th July 1945 with a pass of 85 1/2%. Elza was awarded the War Medal (1939/45) and the Australian Service Medal in recognition of her service with the Australian Military Forces during WWII

      Bill and Elza purchased a block of land and built a cottage at what is now known as 32 Noble Avenue, Greenacre, NSW.

      Due to the economic circumstances which existed at that time, and as her husband was a shift worker with the Department of Railways, Elza, obtained employment in a private capacity with an electrical firm at Sydenham, with which she remained for a number of years. She later served with several State and Commonwealth departments and authorities; among which were the Bureau of Census and Statistics, Foreign Affairs, Australia Post and the Public Transport Commission of NSW from which she retired on 22nd October 1977. Elza, was well versed in classical music and poetry, and was for some years interested in the philosophy of Yoga. She was a good pianist and had a fine contralto voice.

      Bill resumed employment with the Department of Railways on 22nd July 1946 and remained with that department, later known as the Public Transport Commission, until his retirement on 15th July 1979; a total period of 43 years service.

      Elza lived in retirement with her husband, Bill, at their home in Greenacre until she died at Lidcombe Hospital on 27th September 1993.

      Bill died on 23 January 2002
    Died 23 Jan 2002  Bankstown, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12387  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2008 

    Father Augustine John Wales,   b. 07 Aug 1884, Mount Bernard, Burrowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1971, Fairfield Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Johanna Marie Dalton,   b. 22 Jan 1889, Cootamundra, NSW, Australia, -34.500898,148.091583 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1966, Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1910  Cootamundra, NSW, Australia, -34.500898,148.091583 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2582  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elza Jones,   b. 07 Jan 1920, Canterbury, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1993, Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 03 Aug 1946  Canterbury, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F3578  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Mar 1919 - Cootamundra, NSW, Australia, -34.500898,148.091583 Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 03 Aug 1946 - Canterbury, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jan 2002 - Bankstown, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Elza Jones
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    Elza and William Leslie Wales
    Photograph provided by William Wales
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    William Leslie Wales (third from left).
    At Bondi Beach on leave from Wallgrove Camp in 1940.
    Photograph provided by William Wales.