Friday, 14 September 2018

G B Wellauer QX30244

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George Benjamin WELLAUER

Service number: QX30244.  Age: 33 years 9 months.  Enlisted: 27 Feb 1942.
Occupation: Carpenter and Fisherman.  Next of kin: (wife) Mrs Amy Lena Wellauer.
Address on enlistment: Toorbul.

 Photo from George Wellauer’s Service record.

Service Summary:
11 Mar 1942: 2 reinforcement 6 Aust Field Company RAE, 7 Division.

22 Jul 1943: Embarked on Tarooma from Cairns for Port Moresby.

“After the victory in Syria, where they remained until early 1942, the Company returned to Australia for training, before service in New Guinea in 1943.”[1]

12 Dec 1943, Bebei, New Guinea: Engineers of the 2/6th Australian
Field Company using a tractor to haul sheer logs into position during
the initial stages of building a bridge over the Faria River.

12 Feb 1944: Returned to Australia from Port Moresby on Orizaba for Brisbane.

11 May 1945: Discharged.

Life Summary:
George Wellauer (1908-1986) was born 15 May 1908 in Brisbane, a son of Benjamin Wellauer (1877-1942) and Florence Lee (1877-1925). In 1931 he married Amy Lena Turner (1908-1995) at Bulimba (Amy was a granddaughter of Fred Turner and Alma Turner (Kalmakuta) of Toorbul Point).  

After his military service, George Wellauer and his family settled in the Toorbul / Bribie Island area where he worked as an oysterman. He died 13 Jan 1986, aged 77.

[2] Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial 062673 

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