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Pte Thomas William "Buller" Ovenden

Australian Imperial Force. 42nd Btn. HQ Bugler/ Medic

from:Yeronga QLD

When the battlion was disbanded Bill transfered to No 1 AGH where he met his 1st wife Margaret Knight(VAD nurse with British Army). He stayed in England nursing wounded Aust soldiers and was married in London. In 1920 he was sent home and discharged. He and his wife had a daughter Margaret (Peg) and two sons Harry and Robert (Both served in 2nd AIF Harry 9th Div Nth Africa and New Guinea Rob in NG). He was a man of many jobs being unable to settle after the war. He was a sergeant in VDC WW2 and was a tireless worker for Yeronga sub branch RSSAILA being honoured with Life Membership. When his wife died of TB contracted nursing sick soldiers he later remarried to Tamar Hooper and they had a son Geoffrey who has had a long career as a musician (percussionist)He also followed the tradition and joined CMF (Artillery Band).ANZAC Day 2009 Geoff attended Dawn service at VILLERS BRETONNEUX and later laid a cross and poppy at 3rd Div Memorial

Geoff Ovenden

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