Ernest George LAVERICK

LAVERICK, Ernest George

Service Numbers: VX133221, VX133221
Enlisted: 20 February 1943
Last Rank: Captain (Chaplain Division 1 2nd AIF)
Last Unit: 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 13 October 1891
Home Town: Kyabram, Campaspe, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Chaplain
Died: Killed in Action, At sea (off Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), 14 May 1943, aged 51 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gold Coast - AHS Centaur Memorial, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Centaur Wing, Kyabram & District Honour Roll WW2, Kyabram & District Memorial Community Hospital Honour Roll, Kyabram & District R.S.S. & A.I.L.A. Honour Roll, Kyabram St. Andrew's Church of England Altar & Reredos, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement VX133221
20 Feb 1943: Enlisted Captain (Chaplain Division 1 2nd AIF), VX133221 , 2/3 Hospital Ship (Centaur)
20 Feb 1943: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Captain, VX133221

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Ralph and Eliza Laverick; husband of Winifred Eliza Laverick, of Kyabram, Victoria.

Chap-Capt Ernest George Laverick, missing, believed drowned, had been rector of Kyabram since 1938, and obtained leave of absence to enlist as a chaplain in 1941. He was chaplain at various POW  and military camps in Victoria before being appointed chaplain on the hospital ship Centaur. He served as a YMCA secretary from 1916-18 in the last war. Before appointment to Kyabram he was C of E  minister at Eaglehawk, Tongala, and other churches in the Bendigo diocese. His wife is living in the Kyabram district.