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DE SALIS, Rodolph Leopold Pierce Fane

Service Details

Branch of Service: Army
Conflict: World War II
Date of Enlistment: 12/06/1942
Date of Discharge: 30/09/1945
Place of Enlistment: Canberra ACT

Personal Details

Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 08/08/1886
Place of Birth: 'Cuppacumbalong' via Tharwa
Address (at enlistment): 'Weston', Cotter Road, ACT
School(s) Attended: The Kings School, Parramatta
Occupation: Grazier
Next of Kin: Eileen Fane De Salis (wife), 'Weston', Cotter Road, ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number: N393908
Final Rank: Private
Final Unit: 21 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps Part Time Duty


Rodolph was the eldest son of George Arthur Charles Fane De Salis and Mary St Lawrence Irving Smith and the grandson of the Rev. Pierce Galliard Smith of St John's Church in Canberra and Emily Philippa Davis. He and his family lived at 'Cuppacumbalong' (near Tharwa) first, then for several years at 'Lambrigg' (near Tharwa) before moving to 'Soglio' Michelago.

Rodolph joined the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney first in Cooma, then moved to several places around NSW before buying the property 'Bondo' near Cooma, then 'Yarrawa' near Adaminaby and finally 'Weston' on the Cotter Road, near Canberra in 1937. He married Eileen Christian Elworthy from Gundagai in 1915 and they had three sons, William, Eric and John, all born in Gundagai. Rodolph De Salis died on 21 February 1957 and is buried in Woden Cemetery.


WWII Nominal Roll http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
Information provided by Adrienne Bradley (granddaughter)
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