Town remembers Edgar
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.