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McALPIN Ronald

Service number 3698

Originally from Yea the McAlpin family moved to Cardinia/Tooradin in September 1919. After the war Ronald returned to the family sheep property, “Onich”, Muddy Gates Road/Lane, Tooradin. Ron was a well-known sheep shearer and sheep farmer, he attended the district sheep sales with his quality stock. He and his brothers owned and operated a chaff cutter. They were employed by other farmers around the district during hay season to cut hay with the chaff cutter. In 1932 Ronald married Gladys Lyla Jackson.

In the 1930’s Ronald was the treasurer of the Tooradin and district sub branch of the Returned Soldiers League. It was decided to change the name of the branch to Tooradin, Cranbourne and district sub branch.

Ronald along with his four brothers; Walter Robert (Bob), Alan James, Norman John and Hugh Bain enlisted for WW2. In the 1950’s, Ronald and Lyla moved to Loch, Victoria.

Returned to Australia on the 19th August 1919. Discharged on the 10th November 1919. Died on the 6th June 1972 at Loch, Victoria. Buried in June 1972 at the Nyora Cemetery, Victoria.

Name McALPIN, Ronald
Service Number 3698
Rank Private
Roll 4 Light Horse Reinforcements 26-32 Regiments (May 1917-February 1918)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 4th August 1917
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Themistocles
Age 19 years
Birth Place 27th February 1898, Benalla, Victoria
Father John McAlpin, “Highlands”, Yea, Victoria
Mother Mary Ann (Annie) (Bain) McAlpin
Religion Presbyterian
Occupation Farmer
Residence “Highlands”, Yea, Victoria
Enlisted 5th April 1917
Height 5 feet, 8½ inches
Complexion Fair; Eyes- Green; Hair- Dark