Gunter Krebs

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Gunter Krebs
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Sep 1913
Place of Birth Bentham, Germany
Death 1997
Place of Death Randwick, New South Wales.
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 7 months
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Martha Krebs
Military Information
Reg Number W94607
Date of Enlistment 3 Apr 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 12th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Gunter arrived in Fremantle aboard the SS Oronsay from London on 27 Sep 1938. He was listed as a farmer.

War Service

discharged 26 Jun 1946

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 97 Womerah avenue, Darlinghurst, presser; 1958 at 82 Roslyn Gardens, Darlinghurst, presser; 1963 - 1980 at 16 Long avenue, North Ryde, presser.


During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.

Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 12th Company was one of them, raised in WA but later moving to Queensland.

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