Thursday, 15 November 2018

A Waterfield 78651

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Service number: 78651.  Age: 41 years. Enlisted: 21 Sep 1942.
Occupation: Lighthouse keeper, Bribie Island.  Next of kin: (wife) Mrs Annie Waterfield.
Address on enlistment:  Brisbane.

 1945: Consolidated Catalina aircraft moored at Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Rathmines base.[1]

Photo from Alphonso Waterfield’s
service record.

Service Summary:
31 Aug 1943: Motor boat crew, R.A.A.F. Marine Section Served at Amberley, Sandgate, Maryborough and Rathmines.
26 Nov 1945: Discharged.

Life Summary:
Alphonso Waterfield was born 18 Sep 1901 in London, a son of Alphonso Waterfield and Cecelia Salt.

By 1925 he was lighthouse keeper with the Department of Harbours and Marine, Brisbane and operated the light tower on North Bribie Island from 1929 till he enlisted in 1942. Alphonso Waterfield married Annie Emma Cowell (1909-1980) on 7 Feb 1931 and the couple made their home on North Bribie Island.[2]

Back lead light and Keepers house on
North Bribie Island circa 1930.

By the early 1940s his wife and young family moved to Brisbane. Alphonso Waterfield died 10 Mar 1976 aged 74 and a memorial plaque at Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens records his service with the R.A.A.F. Marine Section.[4]

[1] Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial P11290-001
[2] Bridesmaids in Blue. Daily Standard Sat 28 Feb 1931 p. 4
[3] Photo: Bribie Island Historical Society WO9_888056

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