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August 18, 2020

Doreen Mavis “Bobby” Squire

Driver/Mechanic – Australian Women’s Army Service

“I turned up and asked if they were looking for someone who could drive because my family had joined and I wanted to join as well.”

 

As Australia geared up for World War II many young Australians began enlisting and asking how they could be of service to their country. In reply the army, navy and air force asked them, “what can you do?” And so watchmakers became aircraft instrument-makers, geography teachers became mapmakers, and anyone who grew up on a farm, well, they could just about do anything.

One young woman was Bobby Squire. Armed with her driver’s license, she fronted up to the recruitment office and “I asked if they were looking for someone who could drive and told them I’d already had my license for a year.” This was shortly after the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) was formed. Her enlistment date is 11 May 1942 and coming from a well- established farming family, the 20 year old had been driving cars, tractors and trucks around the property for years along with her brothers and father.

 

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