George DEWHURST

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DEWHURST, George

Service Number: 616
Enlisted: 29 December 1914, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Blackpool , England, 1893
Home Town: Sandgate, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Thames Road Council School, Blackpool
Occupation: Police constable
Died: Killed in Action, Flers, France, 5 November 1916
Cemetery: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 616, Cairns, Queensland
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 616, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 616, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 616, 25th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 616, 25th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Constable George Dewhurst joined the Queensland Police on the 11 February 1914. Dewhurst joined the A.I.F while stationed in Cairns and was allotted to the 25th Infantry Battalion. The 25th Battalion was dispatched to ANZAC Cove arriving on the 11 of September 1915. They took over the line at Cheshire Ridge. In late September of that year Sergeant Dewhurst fell ill and was evacuated to Mudros, Greece. On the 12 October he returned to his battalion. Several men fell ill due to a monotonous diet devoid of fresh fruit and vegetables. Dewhurst and several men were again evacuated with ‘jaundice’. It took many months for Dewhurst to recover. He re-joined his Battalion in France on the 30 of September 1916 at Abelle, where they were resting following the Battle of Pozieres. At 9.10am on 5 November 1916 Sergeant Dewhurst and his Battalion (including Private William Bishop) fell to machine gun fire while advancing  on foot in thick mud, from Flers to Bapaume towards a heavily defended German held position. Of the 100 men of the 25th Battalion who took part in the attack, 81 were either wounded or killed." - SOURCE (www.police.qld.gov.au)

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