Alison Worrall's story

Alison Worrall enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) on 23 August 1941. Before enlisting, she had worked in an ammunition factory, filling bullets. She remembered this being dangerous work because there were often explosions in the workplace.

After enlistment, she was transferred to Queensland. Here she was struck by the physical differences of Queenslanders to Victorians, thinking them a 'great, big ranging people … from the country, a different breed they looked'.

Alison was in Sydney when she heard news of the war's end. She recalled the joy of dancing all night because it had seemed that the war would never end.

She attained the rank of Flight Sergeant when discharged from No. 7 Operational Training Unit RAAF.

Alison's father had been wounded in World War I. After the war, he devoted a lot of time to serving Legacy, a charitable organisation that cares for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women.

Growing up, Anzac Day was important to Alison's family. She believed that commemorating the Allied victory of World War II was more important than the Allies' defeat on Gallipoli.

Last updated: 27 March 2023

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2023), Alison Worrall's story, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 8 June 2023,
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