Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
11/10/1917- Completed Medical Examination Blackboy Hill WA
15/10/1917- To No. 22 Depot Blackboy Hill as Private
13/11/1917- To D3 Depot
22/11/1917- Joined Railway Corps Nov Reinforcements for U.K. at Blackboy Hill WA
21/12/1917- Disembarked Suez Egypt ex Australia
9/01/1918- Embarked Port Said en route England
20/01/1918- Disembarked Taranto Italy ex Egypt
31/01/1918- To Australian Railway Operating Company Longmoor England ex Italy
20/03/1918- Proceeded Overseas Australian General Base Depot Havre France ex Folkestone England
28/03/1918- Joined 1st Railway Operating Company as Sapper in the field France
22/01/1919- Granted Leave England
18/02/1919- Rejoined 1st Australian Light Rail Operating Company ex Leave
28/02/1919- Transferred to 18th Light Rail Operating Company in the field France
21/04/1919- Rejoined 1st Australian Light Rail Operating Company ex Detachment
2/05/1919- To No. 3 Group Codford England ex Havre France
2/07/1919- Embarked England for Australia per ” Karmala ”
10/08/1919- Disembarked Fremantle WA ex England
31/08/1919- Discharged from Service ( Termination of Period of Enlistment )
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
British War Medal – No. 21275
Victory Medal – No. 20234
Refer to articles in the Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express of Tuesday 9 November 1920, detailing the Wokalup Timber Train Disaster on 6 November 1920.
Frederick ( or John G as reported ) PAULSON was the Guard working on the train which was fully loaded with tinker and 28 trucks, when it suffered braking problems and left the tracks at high speed near Wokalup at 9.20p.m.
PAULSON, initially survived the devastating crash, being extricated from the wreckage , suffering from a broken leg and head injuries, after being crushed and disfigured . Sadly, he died in the Bunbury Hospital at 7.30a.m. on 7 November 1920.
Frederick PAULSON was one of 9 men killed in the crash. The Train Driver, Clarence Cook and Mill Hands Lloyd MOREY, John FLYNN, and Chris WILTON were the only survivors of the men who boarded the train earlier in the evening at Mornington Mills.