WELHAM, Lionel Alfred
1386, 2/Cpl., 4th B. G. Railway Coy.
b. September 1894 London, England.
Enlisted: 20.12.1916 Warwick, Qld.
d. 01.04.1955 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Edwin Alfred Welham - Father
Lionel Welham was the son of Alfred Edwin Welham and Alice Mary Smith. He was 23 years old and working as a fireman for Queensland Government Railways when he enlisted on the 20th December 1916. He was just 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 124 lbs. He had a fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair and a scar on his forehead.
After his initial training he was sent to Melbourne. From here he proceeded overseas to France where he promptly became ill enough to be sent to hospital. The conditions on the battlefields of Europe took their toll on the Australian soldiers who were unused to the freezing, wet, unsanitary conditions.
After spending the war years fighting for Australia he was able to spend some leave in England before being returned to Australia in March 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal as tokens of his service to Australia during a time of conflict.
Welham married Celina Rubina Condrick in 1919 but Celina’s life was tragically cut short in 1935.
Welham remarried in 1939 to Margaret Elizabeth Miles. She outlived her husband by thirty-six years, to die 31st October 1993. Margaret has been buried beside Lionel. Both graves in the Military Section of Woombye Cemetery are unmarked by a headstone but there is a small concrete plinth on Lionel Welham’s grave bearing a Military Badge.
Source: National Archives of Australia
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
Lionel 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.