Sergeant Donald James JESSEP

Born Donald James JESSEP 18-Apr-1923 1
Location Wollongong, NSW
Eyes Hazel
Hair Brown
Height 5' 9" 175cm
Father Alfred Donald
Mother Winifred Olive May ROBBINS
  Anne Marion 10-Aug-1926
Marriage Beryl May JORDAN 11-Aug-1945 3
Location Gympie QLD
  Lorraine May 19-May-1946
  Dennis James  
  William Alexander  

Military Honours 11


Medals Awarded are:

1939-45 Star Pacific Star Australian Service Medal 1939-45 War Medal 1939-45
Career and General working notes 2 5 6 7 8 9 10
I was born in Valesco private Hospital, Wollongong on Wednesday the 18 April 1923. The Sydney Morning Herald sold for 1 Penny.

I joined the RAAF on 29 May 1941 and was posted to PNG for a part of the war. On my discharge from the RAAF on 10 July 1946 I was a Sergeant. During my service in PNG I injured my back by lifting a jeep to help in changing the flat tyre. As part of my service I was awarded the 1939/45 Star the Pacific star.

I married the love of my life Beryl May Jordan on 11 Aug 1945 in Gympie. We returned to Sydney where we were to settle down and raise our family. We had a small flat at 11 Botany St Bondi Junction and purchased a block of land and paid a deposit to a builder but unfortunately the builder went broke and we lost our deposit. By this time we have a beautiful daughter Lorraine with another on the way. After Dennis was born we moved to Manly in Brisbane Queensland. I began work at the Wynnum Telephone exchange and started again to build a new life in Queensland.

We were very happy here and Beryl worked to build a wonderful garden in our new home. We made several extensions to the house over the years and Beryl's mother and Father moved an old Queenslander onto the block next to us at 12 Allara st Manly. Sadly Beryl's father died and her mother took this very hard. We decided to expand our family and William was born. He was named after Beryl's father.

Part of my work in the PMG required me to witness documentation so I became a Justice of the Peace on the 11 January 1963. This later became known as Commissioner for declarations.

I was always interested in Radio an I eventually passed my Novice exam on the 15 May 1979 and received my limited licence 3 Jul 1979. My call sign was VK4 NWW. I also joined the local Masons but I can't tell you any more about that.

After I retired from the PMG I became an MSS security guard and spent some time guarding the old Powerhouse at New Farm in Brisbane and later moved to the Gibson Island Fertiliser plant.
Died Cleveland, QLD07-Jul-1995 4
Buried Hemmant18-Jul-1995
LocationWall on right just past the Main Office Middle Section

1 Donald James Jessep entry, Births Registered in NSW Australia, 1923: Entry 295, Births death and marriage Regsitrar, Syndey, New South Wales.
2 " Military Service Documents," Digital Image, Australian Government Agencies, National Archives of Australia ( Viewed Jun 2009), Donald James Jessep; citing Series A9301: RAAF Personnel files of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and other ranks, 1921-1948, 4591208; Search only supports Key words not Unique barcode. Use Series number to narrow search..
3 Marriage for Donald James Jessep and Beryl May Jordan, 11-Aug-1945, 28051956, Registrar General; Birth deaths and marriages registry, Brisbane.
4 Donald James Jessep, death certificate 95/06339, Birth Deaths and marriages, Brisbane, QLD.
5 Letter from Minister for post and Telecommunications([ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE])to Donald James Jessep, 3-Jul-1979; held in 2010 by William Jessep, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Boonah. Approval of Novice Amateur Licience to Mr Donald James Jessep
6 Letter from Under Secretary([ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE])to Donald James Jessep, 11 January, 1963; held in 2010 by William Jessep, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Boonah. Letter informing Donald Jessep of his appointment as a Justice of the Pearce
7 Electroal Roll for Jessep, 1949, p.74 Subdivision of Waverley, Australian Federal Government; National Archives, Canberra.
8 Electroal Roll for Jessep, 1949, p.16 Subdivision of Wynnum, Australian Federal Government; National Archives, Canberra.
9 Electroal Roll for Jessep, 1954, p.108 Subdivision of Wynnum, Australian Federal Government; National Archives, Canberra.
10 The Syndey Morning Herald, ( Sydney NSW), 18-Apr-1923, Page 1,; The Trove at National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600,.
11 Personal knowledge of the author, William A Jessep, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Boondall, Have the original Certificate of Discharge.

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