GENT Lionel Alexander 7112

LEST WE FORGET

Aircraftman Class 1 Lionel Alexander GENT

Service No: 7112
Born: Perth WA, 9 January 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 November 1939
Unit: Headquarters RAAF Station Pearce WA
Died: Vehicle Accident, Perth WA, 3 December 1939, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Karrakatta General Cemetery, Perth WA
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Roy Sydney and Jean Edith Gent, of South Perth.
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

While off duty on Sunday 3 December 1939, Aircraftman Class 1 Gent (Driver Motor Transport) died as the result of a motor vehicle accident at the corner of Adelaide Terrace and Bay Street, Perth. He was the driver of a motor cycle that collided with a car at night. He had joined the RAAF just 12 days previously and his is the first in-service death of a RAAF Member in Western Australia.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (Perth) On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 53/1/604