Aircraftman Class I Ernest George BETTS

Service No: 146312
Born: Ballarat VIC, 16 August 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1944
Unit: No. 3 Personnel Depot
Died: Injuries from a Ground Accident, Rockhampton QLD, 29 September 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Rockhampton War Cemetery, QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Henry and Aimee Betts; husband of Janet Wilson Betts, of Sydney, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Williamstown VIC
Remembered: Panel 114, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 29 September 1944, Aircraftman Class I Betts, a Welder, died in the Rockhampton General Hospital from injuries in an accident while aboard a train. The accident occurred at Kunwarara on a troop train travelling from Brisbane to Townsville. He was seen to step out on to the observation platform at the rear of car 8 and stand on the lower ledge. Apparently his foot became caught beneath the edge of the platform and he was dragged under the train and badly injured.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/5/720

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