Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.


When my Grandpa enrolled into the Royal Australian Air Force during WWII one of the first things he had to do was to attend armament training at Point Cook in Victoria. The above photo (as labelled at the bottom) is ‘Squad 1 – 9 Armourers’ Course’ and in the group there was a representative from each state.

Every time I look at this photo I’m amazed. My Grandpa, in tiny but absolutely perfect handwriting recorded the nickname of each individual as well as their service number and the state they came from. To provide further clarification he went one step further and up the top recorded each person’s initials and surname.

I don’t actually know the other people present in the photograph but I do know that a resource such as this is incredibly valuable to researchers and finding a photo labelled so correctly is even rarer.

I’ve since visited the World War II Nominal Roll website and have searched for each service number and recorded the full name of each individual in the photo. They are as follows:

Back (left to right)

Stanley Alfred Clarke (20242); Ronald Victor Barratt (my Grandpa – 29456); James Alexander Butt (23767); Edward Allen Baxter (20345); Kenneth James Campbell (30666); Charles Ewings (20244) and Edward Laurence Endres (23876).

Middle (left to right)

Howard Cordingley (28274); Maurice Ernest Augostin (30681); Frederick Oswald Ross Dobson (19541); Roy Hewitt Bradley (12460); Rudolph Becker (18585) and Raymond George Burgum (23837 – listed as A158).

Front (left to right)

Francis Emmet Callaghan (20494); Victor Ronald Egginton (20243); Norman Geoffrey Cannon (20346); William Leslie Dyer (26380); John Edwin Evans (20347); William Charles Bradshaw (29344) and Norman Henry Burrows (23838).

Hopefully the above photo will be useful for someone who is also doing research; especially if they happen to be searching for one of the men listed.

7 thoughts on “Armament School–Point Cook

  1. Sandra says:

    Thanks for putting this photo online. It was great see my grandfather in the photo(Howard). It was lovely to find out his nickname and to see the names of all the rest in the squadron

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m very glad the photo has been of use to you and thank goodness my Grandpa was so meticulous! 🙂

  2. Christine Beard says:

    Hi Jess
    I am totally amazed, my Father is in this picture and I have never seen it before “Braddy” Middle row 4th from left Roy (Jim) Hewitt Bradley. What a great find. Thank you for sharing this piece of history
    Regards Christine

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Christine! You’re most welcome. I’m especially glad that you found the photo. Please feel free to save it to your computer if you like. 🙂

  3. ronald clarke says:

    Hi Christine, I too would like to thank you for posting the photo. My father is the first name listed ,Stanley Alfred Clarke. He went on to serve in ground crew, servicing KittyHawk fighters in New Guinea ,then retrained as a navigator -bomadier flighing in B24 Liberators out of Moratai ,SE Indonesia. He passes away in 1984, aged 72.It was a fair length of time for these men, Dad joined up in 1939 and was discharged in 1946,so all up about it was about seven years.It would interesting to know your fathers service history, perhaps he served in the same squadron as my father.

  4. ronald clarke says:

    Thanks Jess for the photo ,and Morotai is in the north east of Indonesia ,not far from the Philippines..I remember dad talking about working on the KittyHawk fighter planes, rearming the machine guns among other work. I think it was 76 squadron, so perhaps some of the men in this photo ended up in that squadron as well.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Ronald,

      I’m so pleased that the photo has been helpful and you’ve found your father in it. I don’t have my Grandpa’s service record but I believe he spent some time in Papua New Guinea. Please feel free to save a copy of the photo for your records and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s wonderful to hear from relatives of my Grandpa’s training mates. 🙂

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