Rex Baguley with his Battalion plaque and medals from his four years with the Australian Army.
Rex Baguley with his Battalion plaque and medals from his four years with the Australian Army. Erin Smith

Walking for mates who can no longer

LIKE a true war veteran Rex Baguley is not letting his age weary him.

He plans to take part in next week's Anzac Day march.

"None of my army mates are in Warwick," Mr Baguley said.

"All of your close friends are the ones you share a tent with, and there are only two of us left now.

"There a not a lot of us left from the signals platoon either.

"I march for them because most of them are too old to march anymore.

"I think about the original Anzacs, their deeds, the mateships they formed, the sacrifices they made and the extreme conditions they served under."

Mr Baguley is a born and bred Warwick boy.

He served with the Australian Army for four years.

"When you turned 18 you had to register," she said.

"Six weeks after I turned 18 I was called up.

"I did my training out at Morgan Park and was out there for 12 months.

"I then went to Canungra Jungle Warfare Training Centre for a month."

Mr Baguley served as a signaller in general communications, but said his jobs depended on where he was posted and what was needed to be done.

"I was at the Tablelands when my unit was sent out," he said.

"It was April 24, 1944.

"We were on a ship but had no idea where we were going.

"We ended up in New Guinea.

"After five months there we boarded an American troop ship and once again set sail without knowing where we were going," he said.

Mr Baguley said they eventually docked south-west of Bougainville.

But he never made it off the boat.

A total of 18 signallers were assigned to D company and disembarked and New Georgia, where he was posted for around six months.

Mr Baguley then spent eight months at Bougainville.

After the war ended, he finished out his service at the discharge depot at Redbank Plains.



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