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Gerald Percy WILD  ‎(I10393)‎
Given Names: Gerald Percy
Surname: WILD

Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 4 January 1907 Chichester, Sussex, England
Death: 11 October 1996 ‎(Age 89)‎ Western Australia, Australia
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 4 January 1907 Chichester, Sussex, England

Immigration 1923 ‎(Age 15)‎ Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Hide Details Note: Gerry came to Australia under the "Barwell Boys Immigration Scheme".
In 1922 the Premier of South Australia, Henry Barwell, announced the "South Australian Farm Apprenticeship Scheme", which undertook the ambitious target of arranging the immigration of 6,000 young men and boys from England to cover the 6,000 South Australian World War I casualties. He travelled to England to oversee the recruitment of what became known as the "Barwell Boys". Widespread unemployment in England led 14,000 boys, mainly aged between 15 and 17, to apply for the scheme. While the eventual number of Barwell Boys numbered only 1700, the scheme was considered a great success, with many of the émigrés playing significant roles in the development of South Australia.

Biographical Notes between 1923 and 1939 ‎(Age 15)‎

Note: After arriving in Australia Gerry worked in South Australia in agriculture and then in the mines in Moonta and Broken Hill. During the Great Depression he was unemployed for a time and decided to come to Western Australia as there was work in the gold mines. His wife, Winnie, would not come with him as she had a large supportive family in Broken Hill and South Australia. In 1935 he drove across the Nullarbor Plain with his three children to Norseman where he obtained work on the mines as a powerhouse engineer.
Marriage Eileen Winifred Winnie SHEPHERD - 29 January 1927 ‎(Age 20)‎ Saint Peters Church, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Military Service between 1939 and 1945 ‎(Age 31)‎

Hide Details Note: When WW2 started he enlisted in the 2/11 Battalion and was quickly promoted as he had spent considerable time in the citizen military forces in South Australia. He was sent overseas to North Africa in 1940 and was then sent to Greece and Crete. He escaped from Crete and was sent to Syria before returning to Australia in 1942 with the rank of major. He was then sent to the Pacific where he stayed till the end of the war with Japan. He was decorated with the MBE ‎(Military Division)‎ for his work in North Africa and also mentioned in dispatches.

Service Record:
Name: WILD, GERALD PERCY
Service: Australian Army
Service Number: WX908
Date of Birth: 2 Nov 1908
Place of Birth: CHICHESTER, ENG
Date of Enlistment: 11 Nov 1939
Locality on Enlistment: KALGOORLIE, WA
Place of Enlistment: NORTHAM, WA
Next of Kin WILD, COLIN
Date of Discharge: 12 Nov 1945
Rank: Major
Posting at Discharge: 2/11 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
WW2 Honours and Gallantry: Member of the Order of the British Empire
Prisoner of War: No

Divorce Eileen Winifred Winnie SHEPHERD - 1942 ‎(Age 34)‎
Public Service between 1947 and 1965 ‎(Age 39)‎ Member Legislative Assembly Perth, Western Australia, Australia


Note: From 1950 he served as a Minister in the portfolios of Housing, Mines, Forests, Works and Water Supplies and Labour.
Public Service between 1965 and 1971 ‎(Age 57)‎ Western Australian Agent General London, England

Honours 1980 ‎(Age 72)‎ Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Death 11 October 1996 ‎(Age 89)‎ Western Australia, Australia

Last Change 28 February 2009 - 10:49:29 - by: Administrator
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Immediate Family  (F3516)
Eileen Winifred Winnie SHEPHERD
1904 - 1979
Colin Robert WILD
1927 - 1994
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Notes
Immigration Gerry came to Australia under the "Barwell Boys Immigration Scheme".
In 1922 the Premier of South Australia, Henry Barwell, announced the "South Australian Farm Apprenticeship Scheme", which undertook the ambitious target of arranging the immigration of 6,000 young men and boys from England to cover the 6,000 South Australian World War I casualties. He travelled to England to oversee the recruitment of what became known as the "Barwell Boys". Widespread unemployment in England led 14,000 boys, mainly aged between 15 and 17, to apply for the scheme. While the eventual number of Barwell Boys numbered only 1700, the scheme was considered a great success, with many of the émigrés playing significant roles in the development of South Australia.
Biographical Notes After arriving in Australia Gerry worked in South Australia in agriculture and then in the mines in Moonta and Broken Hill. During the Great Depression he was unemployed for a time and decided to come to Western Australia as there was work in the gold mines. His wife, Winnie, would not come with him as she had a large supportive family in Broken Hill and South Australia. In 1935 he drove across the Nullarbor Plain with his three children to Norseman where he obtained work on the mines as a powerhouse engineer.
Military Service When WW2 started he enlisted in the 2/11 Battalion and was quickly promoted as he had spent considerable time in the citizen military forces in South Australia. He was sent overseas to North Africa in 1940 and was then sent to Greece and Crete. He escaped from Crete and was sent to Syria before returning to Australia in 1942 with the rank of major. He was then sent to the Pacific where he stayed till the end of the war with Japan. He was decorated with the MBE ‎(Military Division)‎ for his work in North Africa and also mentioned in dispatches.

Service Record:
Name: WILD, GERALD PERCY
Service: Australian Army
Service Number: WX908
Date of Birth: 2 Nov 1908
Place of Birth: CHICHESTER, ENG
Date of Enlistment: 11 Nov 1939
Locality on Enlistment: KALGOORLIE, WA
Place of Enlistment: NORTHAM, WA
Next of Kin WILD, COLIN
Date of Discharge: 12 Nov 1945
Rank: Major
Posting at Discharge: 2/11 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
WW2 Honours and Gallantry: Member of the Order of the British Empire
Prisoner of War: No
Public Service From 1950 he served as a Minister in the portfolios of Housing, Mines, Forests, Works and Water Supplies and Labour.

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Sources

Source
Wikipedia
Citation Details:  ­http­://­en­.­wikipedia­.­org­/­wiki­/­Henry_Barwell­

Source
Gerald K. Wild
Citation Details:  Email Feb 2009

Source
World War 2 Nominal Roll
Citation Details:  Australian Army, Service number: WX908

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Family with Eileen Winifred Winnie SHEPHERD
Gerald Percy WILD ‎(I10393)‎
Birth 4 January 1907 Chichester, Sussex, England
Death 11 October 1996 ‎(Age 89)‎ Western Australia, Australia
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Ex-Wife
 
Eileen Winifred Winnie SHEPHERD ‎(I10419)‎
Birth 18 October 1904 36 33 Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Death 18 April 1979 ‎(Age 74)‎ Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Marriage: 29 January 1927 -- Saint Peters Church, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
7 months
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Son
Colin Robert WILD ‎(I10392)‎
Birth 17 August 1927 20 22 Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Death 21 July 1994 ‎(Age 66)‎ Western Australia, Australia
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