Cnr George Main & Bay Roads, Victor Harbor, South Australia
CROFTS (nee CAMERON), Corporal Mavis May 96856
Mavis May CAMERON was born at Victor Harbor on 23 September 1917, the third of four children of Albert Robert CAMERON and Ruby May CAMERON (nee MILLS). She was educated at Victor Harbor Primary and High Schools and was living at Murray Bridge when she enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force on 27 July 1942.
Mavis underwent basic training at No 1 Initial Training School (ITS) at Mt Breckan, Victor Harbor; she was mustered for training as a nursing orderly and was later posted to the RAAF Hospital Wing at Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Promoted to corporal in October 1943, Mavis was later posted to No 1 RAAF Hospital at Laverton (Vic) and then No 7 RAAF Hospital, Adelaide. On 21 January 1945, Mavis married Ted Crofts (415969 LAC Edwin Leslie CROFTS), a RAAF instrument fitter. She elected for early discharge and was demobilised on 8 May 1945. There were two children of the marriage, Robyn and Cathy.
Mavis died on 13 July 1988 and is buried in the Victor Harbor Cemetery. Her brothers Gilbert Leith CAMERON (Army, SX9371 Pte GL CAMERON) and Leonard (Len) Colin CAMERON (Army, SX8868 Lt LC CAMERON) both served during World War Two. Len was killed in action in New Guinea on 4 September 1943).
Service file of 96856 Corporal Mavis May CAMERON, purchased from the National Archives of Australia.
Information and photographs provided by daughter Mrs Robyn KLUSKE (nee CROFTS).
Compiled by the Victor Harbor RSL History Research Team, April 2011.