Aubrey Vernon MEMBREY


MEMBREY, Aubrey Vernon

Service Numbers: 53771, 70539
Enlisted: 5 March 1918, Granville
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: Transport and Movement Offices (RAAF)
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 1899
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Granville Technical College & Clarks College, London
Occupation: Audit Clerk & Manager
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Thursday Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, 3 October 1944, aged 45 years
Cemetery: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
Section E, Grave 15, Row D
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Granville Rechabite Soccer Players Pictorial Honour Roll, Rechabite General Gordon Tent No 20 Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Mar 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 53771, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, Granville
19 Jun 1918: Involvement Private, SN 53771, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements
19 Jun 1918: Embarked Private, SN 53771, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, SS Field Marshal, Sydney
1 Mar 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 53771, 13th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 70539
28 Sep 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 70539
28 Sep 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 70539
3 Oct 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 70539, Transport and Movement Offices (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Aubrey Vernon MEMBREY was born in Maryborough, Queensland on 28th March, 1899

His parents were Henry Alfred MEMBREY & Mary Scott TAINSH who married in Victoria in 1891

He married Millicent Grace MITCHELL in Sydney in 1926 - Millicent died in 2005 aged 108 years

He had served 4 years in the Cadets & was a Corporal in the Militia before he enlisted in Granville, NSW on 5th March, 1918 as a Private & embarked on 19th June 1918 from Sydney on the ship SS Field Marshal with the 1st to 15th NSW reinforcements

Aubrey returned to Australia on 18th December, 1919 & arrived on 7th February, 1920 on the ship Konigin Luise - his Unit at the time was Base Reinforcements Camp - he was discharged on 1st March, 1920

On 28th September, 1942 he re-enlisted in Sydney with the Royal Australian Air Force - his last unit was the 28 Operational Base at Horn Island (6 Transport & Movement Office) & his rank was Flight Lieutenant

Aubrey died accidentally in a ground accident on Thursday Island, Torres Strait on 3rd October, 1944 & is buried in the Townsville War Cemetery - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Roll of Honour in Sydney

His brother James Vivian MEMBREY (SN 724) also served in WW2 and returned to Australia in 1919