Town re­mem­bers Edgar

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WELL-KNOWN Mun­dub­bera man 91-year-old Edgar Blucher was laid to rest on Novem­ber 17.

His con­tri­bu­tion in the Sec­ond WorldWar was marked by a minute’s si­lence dur­ing the town’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice on Novem­ber 11, just four days af­ter his death.

The com­mu­nity knew him as a real gen­tle­man who al­ways raised his hat to the women as he walked down the street.

Edgar Blucher was born in 1921 and served as a Pri­vate in the Aus­tralian Im­pe­rial Force from Jan­uary 21, 1942 to June 4, 1945.

He saw op­er­a­tional ser­vice in Pa­pua New Guinea with the 15th Aus­tralian In­fantry Bat­tal­ion and awards be­stowed on him in­cluded the 1939-45 Star, Pa­cific Star and War Medal 1939-45.

The dig­ni­fied grave­side ser­vice with no fuss would have pleased Edgar.

Mun­dub­bera RSL pres­i­dent John Og­den car­ried out the short RSL me­mo­rial to its mem­ber and the Last Post­was played; fit­ting for such a man.

Edgar was 20 when he joined up in Mun­dub­bera in early 1942, and spent four years in war ser­vice.

He started drov­ing at 11 and worked on Bradley’s sta­tion and rode race­horses. In fact, he weighed just six stone and one ounce, and was at the races in Gayn­dah when he heard his cousin Ti­mothy Clancy was go­ing to join up.

In an in­ter­view some years ago, Edgar said, “We’d al­ways knocked about to­gether, so I talked it over with my par­ents and de­cided to do the same”.

“I was drafted into the 2nd 26th and then the 2nd 31st and did my train­ing at Red­bank and Goondi­windi, and then went to Ather­ton, where I learned to drive tanks,” he said.

“I was in the in­fantry 2nd 15th bat­tal­ion 2nd 29th bri­gade when I left Townsville on the Dun­troon that took us to New Guinea.”

With other troops, he pa­trolled and fought all the way up the coast­line from Milne Bay to Finch­haven, where he spent two years as a sniper, Vick­ers ma­chine gun­ner and a for­ward scout on the front­line.

“It was tough, and you never knew what chal­lenges each day would bring. We lived on army tucker, mostly tinned stuff.

“The fel­lows I met dur­ing those years came from all over Aus­tralia and we be­came real good mates.”

Edgar said he was lucky to es­cape with shrap­nel wounds, although some of his mates weren’t so lucky.

Af­ter the war, Edgar worked on cat­tle prop­er­ties around Queens­land.

In the 1970s he was em­ployed by Doug Day at Gwombeg wine Sta­tion, Than­g­ool.

Check­ing the water on horse­back was one of Edgar’s jobs, and he was of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by Mr Day’s four daugh­ters.

Un­known to their par­ents, Edgar taught them how to roll smokes.

Edgar’s most prized pos­ses­sion was the medal given to him in 2005 com­mem­o­rat­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the end of the Se­condWorldWar.

He was al­ways up bright and early for the dawn pa­rade on An­zac Day and he proudly marched and re­mem­bered.

Edgar Blucher is sur­vived by his four daugh­ters, Gwen, Glo­ria, Pat and Rose­mary, grand­chil­dren, great grand­chil­dren and great-great grand­chil­dren.

GOOD­BYE EDGAR: In 2005 Edgar Blucher of Mun­dub­bera proudly showed the medal com­mem­o­rat­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the end of the Sec­ond World War to hon­our his four years of ser­vice in the AIF in New Guinea. He died just be­fore Re­mem­brance Day this year.

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