George Robert HARRISON

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HARRISON, George Robert

Service Number: 20044
Enlisted: 1 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 8th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: St Peters, 2 October 1896
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Roseworthy Agricultural College
Occupation: Horticulturist
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 October 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Vlamertinghe, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grange Public School Roll of Honor, Henley Beach Council Fallen WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW1 Service Roll, Henley Beach Roll of Honor, Henley Fulham Uniting Church Supreme Sacrifice Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
20 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 20044, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres
20 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 20044, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Melbourne
20 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 20044, Third Ypres

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Biography

"SGT. GEORGE R. HARRISON.

The death is announced of Sgt. George R. Harrison who was killed in action in France on October 20th. Sgt. Harrison, who enlisted in Renmark about two and a half years ago, was serving with the 31st battery of the 8th Field Artillery Brigade. During the period that he was under training in Australia he showed conspicuous ability by the rapidity with which he obtained a thorough grasp of military drill and it is said that he was the youngest Sergeant-Major - as he then was - to leave these shores. Most of the non-commissioned ranks given in Australia are only temporary and the loss of a stripe after landing in England has nothing to do with inefficiency or default but is due to the reconstuction of rank and file when drafts are merged into Divisions and batteries to Brigades. The late Sgt. Harrison had been residing in Renmark for two or three years prior to enlisting and he owned the property now in the possession of Mr. Corney. The late Sgt. Harrison, who was only twenty one years of age at the time of his death, was well liked by all who knew him. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Harrison, reside at Henley Beach." - from the Renmark Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record 16 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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