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Chunder, Bervin George (2591) aka Lester, Bervin George

Place of Birth: South Melbourne, VIC

Age: 40 years 4 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 17 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 2591            view online service record

Buffalo, VIC

Next of Kin:
Willian Chunder (father)
249 Esplanade
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 27 October 1915
Ship: HMAT Ulysses A38
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion – 6th Reinforcements

RTA: Saturday, 25 August 1917
Discharged: Friday, 14 December 1917


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted August 15, 2016 5.00 pm 0Likes

    True name Bervin George LESTER, parents William and Anne (nee BROWN), born Emerald Hill, 1875. Correct identity revealed via Statutory Declaration 21 March, 1921, but in a further Stat Dec in 1937 when he applied for replacement medals after a fire, he again signed as “Chunder”

  • Brad Colley
    Posted January 18, 2021 11.16 pm 0Likes

    My great grandfather Bervin George LESTER was married to my grandmother May Mabel TONKIN in Bicton, Perth WA 1.4.1899. They moved to Boulder City in Kalgoorlie Goldfields where 2 sons were born, Bervin Theodore Reginald (Reg) Henry LESTER (1899) and Eric Athol Bert LESTER (my grandfather) were born. The day Eric was born 23.10.1902, Bervin was made bankrupt due to having purchased a house which he perhaps didn’t know was built on land which was not also included. Eventually the Government sold him the land but he now had to pay off the land as well as the house . As he couldn’t afford both, he was bankrupted. Then to make matters worse, his employer, being the WA Govenrment Railways, had a policy that they would not employ any bankruptees! He may have been allowed to be reemployed under an alias variation of his name such as George or Bertie Lester. Sadly Bervin abandoned his family and returned to his father and siblings in Victoria. He never reconnected with him wife and sons who had tried to track him down during WW1 and this is the reason why Bervin ‘deserted’ and reenlisted under the alias of Bertie/Bervin Chunder. Berlin’s sons would never talk about their dad. My mother and her siblings were able to view a photo of their grandfather Bervin for the first time in about the mid 1990’s. Ironically Bervin and his first wife May Mabel died 6 weeks apart. Granddad Eric Lester discovered his father had married illegally to Alice Hall under the name Chunder about 1941 when he went in to pay the death duties for his mother. The official told him there was also another Mrs Bervin Lester in Melbourne claiming a War Widows pension.

    • David Thompson
      Posted January 19, 2021 10.36 am 0Likes

      Thank you for the additional information regarding your great grandfather.

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