Informal street portrait of 177782 Aircraftwoman (ACW) Betty May Gosper, 5 Aircraft Depot, WAAAF, ...

Units
Accession Number P08430.003
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker McGrath, G
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made July 1945
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Informal street portrait of 177782 Aircraftwoman (ACW) Betty May Gosper, 5 Aircraft Depot, WAAAF, of Cowra, NSW and NX43768 Corporal Leonard Bruce (Len) Smeaton, 2/33 Battalion, of Earlwood, NSW. ACW Gosper enlisted on 11 January 1945 and served until 20 February 1946. In 1946 she and Cpl Smeaton married. Cpl Smeaton had enlisted in February 1941, and served in the Middle East and Papua New Guinea before being discharged in June 1946. He re-enlisted as a Private (Pte) in the Korean War, serving with A Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). 2400121 Pte Smeaton died on 8 November 1950, from wounds received in the Battle of Pakchon on 5 November. He was aged 28. His body was initially buried in a temporary United Nations cemetery next to the church at Sukchon, North Korea, however his remains were later reinterred in the United Nations Cemetery, Pusan.