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Surname WELLS
Given Name      Thomas
Category        Nominal Roll Vol. 1
Regimental Number       6/2333
Rank    Private
Body or Draft   Fifth
Unit or Regiment        Canterbury Infantry Batln
Marital Status  S
Last NZ Address Woodstock
Next of Kin Title       John
Next of Kin Surname     WELLS
Next of Kin Relationship        Father
Next of Kin Address     Woodstock Westland

       The above is whats on the CD, all I can add is he Left New Zealand 13th
June 1915.

From the Main Body through to the 8th Reinforcements a pretty much on the CD
except the embarkation dates.


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Birth is registered as William George Wells, 1920, Brunswick East, Victoria.
Vic #28259, son of George William Wells and Doris Vera McCallum/Maccallum

From George Robert Wells’ WWII record et al we know his father’s name was George.  We also know that his mother was "Scottish."  There was no listing of a George Wells, parent father George, born between 1914 and 1920.  The above was the only result with any "George" listing, with the middle name "George"

Married Cornelia Alice Maud Rowe, 1944, Goulburn, NSW #2755

Enlisted during WWII under the name of George Robert Wells
Service No.  NX160424 (N108077)
Rank:   Sapper
Posting at Discharge: 9th Australian Army Transport Co.
Born:    27 December 1918, Cranbourne, Victoria
Enlisted:   17 December 1942 at Larrimah, Northern Territory
Next of Kin  George Wells
Discharged:   22 December 1945
Source: WWII Nominal Roll

Born 1893, Durham Lead, Vic #31044, s/o Frederick Wells and Sarah Louise Lloyd
Married Doris Vera McCallum/Maccallum, 1918, Vic #3737/3737R
Note Details on the McCallum family are in separate chapter

Children born to George and Doris:
* William George (aka George Robert) – as above
* Norman (aka Brian) – post 1920
* Allan – post 1920
* Lindsay – post 1920
* Donald – post 1920
* Geoffrey Neil Wells, born circa 1923.  Died 1928, aged 5, Carlton. Vic #855, son of George William & Doris Vera Wells.


From information on his marriage and death certificate, Frederick Flowers Wells was born circa 1855/6.  His marriage certificate indicates he was born in Mapgie, Victoria, son of Thomas Wells and Sarah Creswell.   His death certificate indicates he was born in Hichcocks and spent his life in Victoria.  However, no registration of his birth could be found in the VIC BDM, NSW BDM, or in South Australian Births. 

It would appear that the Wells family, or the majority of the family, moved from South Australia to the Ballarat area of Victoria during the gold rush era of the 1850s. Although farmers by trade in SA, the lure of the goldfields found people from all occupations and walks of life looking to make their fortune in the rich goldfields around Ballarat.  With little or no success in gold prospecting many speculators returned to their original occupations (farming).

The Wells family may have even been part of, or witness to, the famous Eureka Rebellion in 1854  – Australia’s only armed uprising and a crucial stepping-stone towards democracy for the country.  Conditions were tough, finding gold was long, hard work, families were sometimes left behind, and the weather was hot. In addition, troopers harassed gold miners wanting to check miner’s licences.

Frederick Flowers Wells, aged 22, farmer, born Magpie, Vic, or Durham Lead, son of Thomas Wells and Sarah Creswell married 20 February 1878, Holy Trinity Church. Burringong (registered at Magpie #35) to Sarah Louisa Lloyd, aged 22, servant, of Durham Lead, daughter of John Robert Lloyd and Sarah Louisa Evely (aka Berdoe).  Witnesses: William Wells, Kate Wells

Sarah Louisa Lloyd was born 1856, Magpie, Vic #8290, d/o John Robert Lloyd and Sarah Louise Berdoe.  Sarah also used the name Sarah Louisa Eveleigh Lloyd.  Eveleigh was her grandmother’s maiden name, and was also used on occasion Sarah’s mother.
Note: Details on Sarah Louisa Lloyd’s family in separate chapter.

Children born to Frederick and Sarah:
Sarah Jane   b. 1878, Durham Lead Vic #15331
    Died prior to 1942.
Frederick John   b. 1882, Durham Lead Vic #2066
    d. 1894, Durham Lead, Vic #1509, aged 12 years
Emma    b. 1884, Durham Lead Vic #8922
    d. 1961 (78 years) Glen. Vic #10446
    d/o Frederick Fl(owers) Wells and Louisa Eveleigh Lloyd
Ralph    b. 1886, Durham Lead Vic #17773
Louisa Eveleigh   b. 1889, Durham Lead Vic #2840
    d. 1970 (81 years) Ballarat Vic #19158
    m. Hy Robert Huggins, 1913, no locale noted, Vic #4650
John Robert   b. 1891, Durham Lead Vic #2694
George William   b. 1893, Durham Lead Vic #31044

Sarah Wells (nee Lloyd) died 1897, Durham Lead, aged 40, d/o John Robert Wells and Sarah Louisa Eveleigh, Vic #1300.   Frederick never remarried.

Frederick Flowers Wells, farmer, died 2 August 1942, aged 86, Ballarat, Vic #26527, of hypostatic pneumonia and myocarditis, s/o William (Thomas) Wells and Sarah Creswell.  The name William Wells has been listed incorrectly.  At the time of his death Frederick was living at Eyre Street, Ballarat.  He is buried at Buninyong Cemetery.

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