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SEDGWICK, Herbert William

Enlisted in Brisbane 07/12/1941 age 19 years. His address on enlistment, Reids Creek, Gayndah. His next of kin, Father, Mr Herbert Sedgwick, Reids Creek. He stated his occupation as Farmer. The following information supplied by Herbert’s nephew A. B. (Bert) Sedgwick:


Herbert was born at Gayndah on May 20, 1922. His education, from 1927 to 1936 was at Norwood and Binjour State Schools.  His interests included football, cricket, riding and foot racing. When he applied for enlistment into the RAAF on 17 June 1941 he nominated his occupation as farmer and stated he was employed on his father’s property.


The following is an extract from his brother Harry Sedgwick’s memories of this era:

The war beginning in 1939 had an impact on our lives…In June 1941 changes had taken place in regard to educational qualifications necessary for enlistment for aircrew. We attended a meeting in Gayndah…people like ourselves who only had primary school education could attend classes (at night) at the local high school (the classes were for Maths and English) both Bert and I enlisted in the air crew and continued these classes until December …on 6th December we were sworn into the RAAF…and proceeded to No.3 Initial Training School at Sandgate.’ Aircraft crashed near village HOUVIN-HOUVIGNEUL The remains of five crew members (including Herbert William) were unable to be identified and were buried in a communal grave in HOUVIN Churchyard Cemetery. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission record shows that Herbert William SEDGWICK is now buried in TERLINCTHUN British Cemetery, WIMILLE, France.

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