George Forbes HUSSEY

HUSSEY, George Forbes

Service Number: 13791
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Australian General Hospital - WW1
Born: Castlerea, Roscommon, Ireland, 5 February 1860
Home Town: New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Male Nurse
Died: Illness, France, 21 April 1917, aged 57 years
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 13791, Army Medical Corps (AIF), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Kanowna embarkation_ship_number: A61 public_note: ''
29 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 13791, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Kanowna, Sydney
21 Apr 1917: Involvement Private, 13791, 3rd Australian General Hospital - WW1, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 13791 awm_unit: No. 3 Australian General Hospital awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-04-21


HUSSEY.- George Forbes, Private. A.M.C.,
A.I.F., died France. 21st April, 1917; also Arthur Dudley, son of above, late 2nd Battallion, killed in action, Hermies, 9th April1917.

HUSSEY-Died on 21st April, 1917, at the 2nd
Stationary Hospital, France, Private George Forbes Hussey, A.I.F.

His son Arthur Dudley HUSSEY was killed in action 9th April, 1917

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Son HUSSEY, Pte. Arthur Dudley, 1013. 2nd Bn. Australian Inf. Killed in action 9th April, 1917. Age 27.

George Forbes Hussey of AMC died on active service in Abbeville, France, less than 2 weeks after the death of his son. George had made several enquiries of his son during 1915, just after he was wounded, and he decided to enlist in January 1916. He joined the Army Medical Corps and left Australia in March 1916. He gave his age as 44 years and 11 months when he enlisted but he was actually almost 56 years of age. George was sent to France, unaware that his son had died 2 days previously, on the 11 April 1917. He was only in France for a week, when he himself died. His file was marked “V.D.H.”, which is assumed to be “valvular disease of the heart”, and he probably suffered a massive heart attack. In 1921 his wife, Sarah Jane Hussey, of Brisbane, Queensland, asked if the following words could be put on his grave, “though his body resteth, his memory never dies” 

Sarah Jane lost a second son in France from her first marriage, a stepson to her husband George Hussey. He was 9426 Corporal William Morgan Williams of the 5th Field Artillery Brigade AIF who was gassed on the morning of 1 June 1918 and died from his wounds in France 9 days later on the 9 June 1918 at 23 years of age. His address in Brisbane was the same as the rest of the family. Sarah Hussey lost thus endured the loss of two sons and a husband in the Great War.



George Forbes HUSSEY was born in Belfast Ireland c. 1866

His parents were Edward Frederick HUSSEY & Elizabeth HAWTHORN

He enlisted on 7th November, 1915 with the Army Medical Corp, Special Reinforcements

Unit embarked from Sydney on HMAT Kanowna on 29th March, 1916

George died of disease on 21st April, 1917 in the 2nd Stationery Hospital in France -( Valvular disease of the heart)

He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension -

Grave Reference - 11 F2 - his age is listed as 51 on the Commonwealth War Graves listing & 45 when he enlisted

George arrived in Australia on the ship Chyebassa on 3rd June 1883

He married Catherine Mary Ignatius KILLEEN in 1886 - she died in 1900 and then he married Sarah Jane WILLIAMS in 1902

Georges son Arthur Dudley HUSSEY was Killed in action on 9th April, 1917 in France