Friday, 14 September 2018

B Dux 6158

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Bertie DUX

Service number: 6158.  Age: 19 years 8 months.  Enlisted: 15 Jun 1916.
Occupation: Railway porter.  Next of kin: (father) Mr John Dux.
Address on enlistment:  Toorbul.

“Troop transport HMAT A24 Benalla, crowded with troops,
10 Oct 1914, Port Melbourne, Victoria.”
Service Summary:
23 Jun 1916: Dubbo Depot.
25 Aug 1916: 18 Battalion, Liverpool, NSW.
16 Oct 1916: 17 reinforcement 23 Battalion.
23 Dec 1916: Embarked from Fremantle on A35 Berrima.
28 May 1917: Taken on strength 11 Battalion in the field.
24 Aug 1918: Wounded in action.

“In 1917 the 11th battalion took part in the brief advance that followed the German Army's retreat to the Hindenburg Line. During a German counterattack at Louverval, France, in April 1917 Lieutenant Charles Pope was killed performing the deed for which he would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The battalion subsequently returned to Belgium to participate in the offensive that became known as the Third Battle of Ypres.

The battalion helped to stop the German spring offensive in March and April 1918, and later that year participated in the great Allied offensive launched east of Amiens on 8 August 1918. This advance by British and empire troops was the greatest success in a single day on the Western Front, one that German General Erich Ludendorff described as ‘the black day of the German Army in this war’.

The 11th Battalion continued operations until late September 1918. At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. This armistice was followed by a peace treaty, signed at Versailles on 28 June 1919.

In November 1918 members of the AIF began to return to Australia. In February 1919, the 11th and 12th Battalions were amalgamated due to steadily declining numbers in both battalions. They remained so linked until their last members returned home for demobilisation and discharge.” [2]

8 Oct 1919: Returned to Australia from England on HT Benalla to Sydney.
15 Jan 1920: Discharged at Sydney.

Life Summary:
Bertie Dux (1896-1972) was the second youngest son of Johann Carl Gustav Dux (1852-1927) and Bertha Dorothea Lange (1860-1948) and was born at Toorbul on 6 Oct 1896. The Dux family resided in the Burpengary Creek/Toorbul area for many years.

Bertie Dux married Lottie Miranda Bradley on 19 Jul 1919 at Bedford Park, England during his leave from 11 Battalion and while he was gaining experience in Motor Carriage building.

After Bertie Dux was discharged, he and his wife lived in Sydney where he worked as a railway ticket collector and their first two children were born. By 1924, Bertie Dux, his wife and family had moved to Brisbane where Bertie Dux worked as a labourer.

Gustav Dux, a crabber by trade, is standing outside his slab hut, circa 1895. [3] 
It is believed that Gustav Dux in the photo above was the father of Bertie Dux
The slab hut was probably close to Burpengary Creek / Deception Bay.

Bertie Dux enlisted three times to serve in the Second World War (9 Nov 1939-30 Jan 1940: Q187329 – 1 Grn Bn; 10 Jul 1940- 15 Oct 1940: QX14482 – 8 Div Amn Coy; 21 Oct 1940- 12 Dec 1940: Q59622 – 3 Wks & Pks) however by Dec 1940 he had been discharged as medically unfit.

In 1949, Bertie Dux’s youngest son, Norman Dux, married Daphne Turner, a great granddaughter of Fred Turner and Alma Turner (Kalmakuta) of Toorbul Point.

Bertie Dux, aged 77, died at Geebung on 2 Dec 1973.

[1] Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial PB0246
[2] Australian War Memorial 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
[3] Photo and caption source: Collection of Thomas Lane Bancroft. State Library of Queensland negative number 273 Available online at

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