Victor Herbert BETTIENS


BETTIENS, Victor Herbert

Service Numbers: Q54649, Q54659
Enlisted: 20 February 1942, Cairns
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Garrison Battalion
Born: Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia, 16 June 1901
Home Town: Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Tirroan State School
Occupation: Cane Cutter/Labourer
Died: Injuries caused by car hitting his bicycle, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 12 July 1942, aged 41 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery (Martyn Street Cemetery)
Church of England, Section A4, Grave 4275
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN Q54649, 15th Garrison Battalion
20 Feb 1942: Enlisted Australian Army, Private, SN Q54659, 15th Garrison Battalion, Cairns
12 Jul 1942: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN Q54659, 15th Garrison Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Victor Herbert BETTIENS was born on 16th June, 1901 in Gin Gin, Queensland

His parents were Julius Dethief BETTIENS and Amy AUSTIN who married in Gin Gin on 12th December, 1882 - His father came from Prussia & his mother from England  - they had 12 known children

He married Alexandria May STALLON in 1921 - divorced 1930

Victor enlisted in Cairns on 20th February, 1942 & was living in Stratford at the time

He died from injuries caused by a speeding car hitting his bicycle on 12th July, 1942 in Cairns and is buried in the Manunda (Martyn Street Cemetery in Cairns

His funeral left St Johns Church in Cairns and members of the 15th Garrison formed a guard of honour


Two of his brothers served as follows

1. Frederick George BETTIENS  (SN 2361) served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919 - he also served in WW2  (SN Q208223) & was discharged in 1945

2. Andrew Edward BETTIENS (SN Q208242) served in WW2 and was discharged in 1945