Phyl Ahearn’s story

Phyl Ahearn (nee Platt) enlisted in the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) in February 1943 at Lakemba, New South Wales.

Phyl served as a private in the 1st Australian Base Postal Unit. She did basic training at the Ingleburn Army Camp and was then sent to work at the base post office in Mary Street in Sydney. Her next posting was to North Parramatta, where she worked at the field post office as part of 2nd Australian Army Headquarters.

Phyl remembered Easter and Christmas being particularly busy times. She enjoyed visiting the dance halls during her spare time.

Phyl was discharged from the service in April 1945 after marrying her husband, whom she had met in Sydney. He served in New Guinea, and they became engaged while he was on leave.

When the war ended, Phyl remembered the large crowds in Sydney going crazy, but she was disappointed that she could not join the celebrations owing to her being pregnant. She loved her time in the AWAS, although she was disappointed that she was not given the opportunity to learn to drive a postal truck.

Last updated: 17 January 2022

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2022), Phyl Ahearn’s story, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 14 August 2022,
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