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Ronald Wayne Bancroft

Official No: R95703 Aged: 15 years 8 months Joined: 12th October 1966
Division: Morrow Home Port: Perth Discharged: 1974

Communicator (Tactical) 



Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Harman, Defence HQ Canberra, Melbourne, Kuttabul
Current Occupation: W.A.  Police Service
1966 today
Followed the footsteps of most during my service and enjoyed every bit. After the generic Vung Tau Ferry was sent to Canberra where I was lucky enough to spend my kitchen hand days at the Belconnen Transmitter station with Ron McGrath, Doc Jeppesen and Rob Tidy. We took advantage of a lack of supervision and actually spent some very untidy weekends whilst we were there. Still got photos to prove it. There were far to many other highlights to list so I will leave it at that.  For some unknown reason left in '74 when the Labour Government of the day cut back.

Did numerous jobs for 2 years including farm hand, truck driver, roustabout in shearing shed and farm machinery dealership.  Joined W. A. Police in '76 where I am still employed.  Spent 11 years at country postings and the remainder at suburban stations around Perth.

Married my beautiful wife, Moira, in 1975 and we have 3 adult children.  Darren is 29 and lives in Sydney where he is the manager of an OPSM store.  Kellie (27) is state manager of Esprit, the clothing mob.  Erin (24) works for Moira at our sunglass shop in Fremantle and she is expecting our first grandchild in early April '05.

I still keep in touch with Ron McGrath and we often get together for meals with a few beers and the odd game of golf.

Called in on John Bensley and his lovely wife, Toni, last year '04 at his Buderim (Qld) B&B and had a great chat.




Personal photographs




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