Frederick George WEHL


WEHL, Frederick George

Service Numbers: QX16680, 16680
Enlisted: 31 January 1941, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Field Regiment
Born: Roma, Queensland, 27 February 1906
Home Town: Roma, Maranoa, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grazier/Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 2 August 1945, aged 39 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

31 Jan 1941: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN QX16680, 2nd/10th Field Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
31 Jan 1941: Enlisted AIF WW1, Toowoomba, Queensland
7 Dec 1941: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 16680, 2nd/10th Field Regiment, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN QX16680, 2nd/10th Field Regiment, Prisoners of War
2 Aug 1945: Discharged AIF WW1

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Elder brother to QX16684 Gnr. Joseph Roy Wehl (/explore/people/651744) who also died of illness while prisoner of Japan on 21 Jan 1944

"...QX16680 Gunner Frederick George Wehl, 2/10th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Gunner Wehl, aged 39, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 2 August 1945. He was the son of Victor Edward and Antonia Sophia Wehl, of Roma, Qld. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 3..." - SOURCE (


Two brothers, Gunner F. G. and Sgt. J. R. Wehl, of the 2/10 Field Regiment, A.I.F., died of illness while prisoners of war, Fred in Borneo and Roy in Malaya. They are sons of Mrs. A. S. and the late E. Wehl, of Hazelmont, Roma. Fred was born in Roma, but spent most of his life on Narridy and Collingwood, in the Surat district. In 1938 he went to Roma, where he bought a sheep property. Selling this, he enlisted in the A.I.F. and became a prisoner of war when the Japanese captured Singapore. Roy, before enlisting, had completed his education at the Southport School, where he was prominent on the sports field. Another brother, Ted, is serving with the R.A.A.F. He had a property at Dulacca which he sold when he enlisted." - from the Queensland Country Life 07 Mar 1946 (