Frederick Thomas BECKER

BECKER, Frederick Thomas

Service Numbers: 6122, Q225914
Enlisted: 17 February 1916, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Taroom, Banana - Queensland, Australia, 30 June 1891
Home Town: Taroom, Banana, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 18 May 1970, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Dalby Cemetery, Qld
Memorials: Taroom District War Memorial, Taroom Shire Council Roll of Honour, Taroom War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6122, Toowoomba, Queensland
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6122, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6122, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
10 Mar 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 6122, 25th Infantry Battalion, Gunshot Wound to Chin
9 Oct 1917: Wounded Private, 6122, 25th Infantry Battalion, Gunshot Wound to Buttocks

World War 2 Service

11 Apr 1942: Enlisted
11 Apr 1942: Enlisted Private, Q225914

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Thomas Becker and Mary Ann Atkins

Biography contributed by Jack Hay

Fredrick Thomas Becker was Born at his Familys Cattle property called Stonecroft, in Taroom Queesnland on 30th June 1891. He was 1 of 12 Children of Thomas and Mary Ann Becker, and was also 1 of 4 brothers to Serve in the First world War, 2 of which would not return home. His first brother to enlist was Charles Edward Robert Becker, who sadly Died of Pneumonia on the 17th of December 1915 in Egypt. Soon 2 of Fredricks other Brothers, George Atkins Becker and James Samual Becker to enlist would join together, with James being killed and George being wounded at Pozieres. Then on 17 Febuary, Fred enlisted into the australian army, and was in the 15th infantry battalion. He shipped out on HMAS Itonus and arived in france to fight in the battleof the somme. He fought in France and Belgium being wounded twice, a gun shot wound to the chin on Saturday, 10th March 1917, and another in the buttocks on Tuesday 9th October 1917. He remained a Private throughout the war, with the exception of being an acting Corporal at one stage of his service. He would survive the war and be awarded the Briitish war medal and the victory medal. He was discharged from the AIF in Brisbane on Wednesday 10th april 1918 and returned back to his home town of Taroom.

Then when Ww2 broke out, Fredrick, to old to join the AIF, joined the Volunteer Defence Corps and served in Oakey Queensland as a Private. He was descharged on the 9th August 1944.

He died aged 78 by natural causes in Brisbane, Queensland on the 18th May 1970.