BAKKE, Reider Toralf
5456, Private, 14/26 Battalion, AIF.
b. 21.03.1892 Kristina, Oslo, Norway
Enlisted: 17.04.1916 Rockhampton, Qld.
d. 06.01.1947 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Adolf Olsen Bakke and Jansine Fredrikke Jensen – Parents.
Reider, found as Toralf Bakke in AIF records, came to Australia from Norway, via London on the steamer Ballarat, arriving 1st February 1915. He lived near Rockhampton for about 12 months where he worked on a farm. He also lived on the Atherton Tableland before moving to the Palmwoods district. He enlisted for duty in the AIF in 1916 and embarked for Europe on 8th August 1916 on the HMAT Itonus A 50.
Bakke fought for the Allied troops in France and Belgium during World War 1, during which time he suffered from influenza and trench fever.
On 4th October 1917 Bakke was severely wounded in the right forearm and had to be transported to hospital in England for treatment and rehabilitation. As a result of the injury he was discharged from the Military on 10th April 1918 and returned to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
He married Doris Jessie Watts in Queensland, 24th July 1919, and was naturalized on 19th October 1919. He and Doris made their home in Palmwoods. They had one daughter, Norma Doris Bakke, who died in Brisbane, 1st May 1991. Doris died in Brisbane, 26th July 1984.
Source: Australian War Memorial records; National Archives of Australia; Woombye Cemetery Records.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
Reider is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.