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  Korea Casualty

 Young Tasmanian Officer killed in Korea

LT. JOHN FOWLER WATHEN (23), son of Mr and Mrs. H. W. Wathen, of 108 Frankland St Launceston, was killed in Korea on Wednesday night. The Minister for the Army (Mr.Francis) advised Mr. and Mrs Wathen during the weekend of their son's death.

Lt. Wathen entered Duntroon Royal Military College in 1944, and graduated with his commission in 1947. After a period on intelligence duty with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan, he was home on leave recently.

Lt. Wathen returned to Japan by air with the 3rd Australian Battalion, now in action in Korea, and was a platoon commander in "A" company of the battalion.'

He was educated at the Launceston State High School, where he was head prefect in 1943.

In his telegram to Mr. and Mrs. Wathen, Mr. Francis expressed regret on behalf of the Government at Lt. Wathen's death.

The Mercury 31st Oct 1950












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