Robert Montgomery Ferguson BUSHELL


BUSHELL, Robert Montgomery Ferguson

Service Numbers: SX38108, S43973
Enlisted: 7 May 1942, Wayville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Small Ship Company
Born: Medindie, South Australia, 25 August 1914
Home Town: Birkenhead, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Seaman
Died: Accidental (drowned), New Guinea, 15 December 1945, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
No known grave - Panel No.2 - Name also located panel 85 at the AWM
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lae Memorial
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World War 2 Service

7 May 1942: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX38108, Wayville, South Australia
8 May 1942: Involvement SN S43973
26 Sep 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sapper, SN SX38108, 16th Small Ship Company, Papua New Guinea - Milne Bay
19 Oct 1944: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX38108, Taroona
15 Dec 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX38108, 16th Small Ship Company
Date unknown: Involvement

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Born 25 August 1914 in Medindie, South Australia
(SA Birth record 1907 - 1928. Book : 61A Page : 2 District : Ade.)

Father Alfred Ernest BUSHELL and  Mother Jane Montgomery (nee FERGUSON)
5 Cragie Street, Birkenhead, SA.
(Feb 1946 mother advised change of address 22a Tapp St, Rosewater, SA).

Previous service:
S43973  Private in 4 Grn Battalion
S43973  Private in 4 A Adv Amn Depot
S43973  Sapper in 16 AWT Op Company

23/4/1942      Described on enlisting as 27 years 4 months old; single; Methodist

23/4/1942      completed medical at Port Adelaide, SA

7/5/1942        Enlisted at Wayville, South Australia
                     called up and commenced FTD

25/5/1942      marched out to 4th Gave B4

6/8/1942        Evacuated to 101 Australian General Hospital (fractured Fibula)

17/9/1942      marched out to rejoin unit 4 Grn Btn, Warradale

13/9/1943      transferred to 4th Australian Adv Amn Depot

8/10/1943      entrained to 3rd Australian Training Group

Described on enlisting as  29 years old; single; light hair; grey eyes
tattoos on both forearms (sailing ship & cross); Methodist;

4/1/1944        Oath of enlisment Mount Martha, Victoria

31/1/1944       transferred to AIF and allotted service # SX38108 in Victoria

22/3/1944       reverted to rank of Sapper

26/9/1944       transferred in from 16 Australian Small Ships Company

26/9/1944       transferred out to HQ 3 Aust W/Transport Group RAE AIF, Victoria

19/10/1944     Embarked from Townsville on board Taroona
23/10/1944     disembarked into Lae, New Guinea

31/3/1945       transferred out to 16 Aust Small Ship Company

14/12/1915     Noted as "Missing - believed drowned"

1/2/1946        Court of Inquiry stated:
                     Private Bushell fell overboard from a moared dinghy to AV2049, at Milford Haven.
                     An accident whilst on duty.

15/12/1945     accidental drowning - died in action in WWII
                     as a Sapper, in the Royal Australian Engineers, 16 Small Ships Company
                     NO KNOWN GRAVE

His name is commemorated on Panel No.2 at the LAE Memorial, within the LAE Cemetery,
in Lae, New Guinea.

Medals:  (posted to mother 4/3/1953)
1939-45 Star; Pacific Star; War medal; ASM

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  29/3/2015.  Lest we forget.