Leon GEORGE

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GEORGE, Leon

Service Number: 26923
Enlisted: 4 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, 1892
Home Town: Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Alberton Public School
Occupation: Sailor
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 June 1918
Cemetery: Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette
Plot IV, Row E, Grave 2
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Birkenhead WW1 Harbors Board Employees Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 26923, Adelaide, South Australia
6 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 26923, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 26923, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Port Sydney, Melbourne
5 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, 27th Battery
14 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 26923, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, Merris (France)

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Father William George (dec. 1922) and Mother Sarah Adelaide George, lived at St. George's Place,
Alberton, South Australia.

Sibling in service: (brother)
1287 Private John Gordon GEORGE - 11th Light Horse Regiment
19/02/1915  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA
26/10/1915  embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT SS Hawkes Bay
                   as a Private with 11th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
11/04/1916  returned to Australia
20/10/1929  passed away  (38 years of age)
buried in:     West Terrace Cemetery - AIF Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
                   Light Oval; Row # 4S; C/E/W: E; Site #8
                   (Grant Expires: 22/10/2028)

Brother-in-law:
2801 Sapper Douglas Devlin Edgar Drysdale  - 1st Light Horse Regiment
born in:  Rockhampton Queensland
lived at Vine Street, Prospect, South Australia
NOK:  Mother, Mrs. Julia Annie Drysdale, Vine Street, Prospect, SA
01/11/1915  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA
13/07/1916  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard RMS Mongolia
                   as a Private with 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 19th Reinforcement
12/11/1917  returned to Australia
25/01/1934  divorced from Eva Dorothy Drysdale (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Last lived at Finsbury, SA.
31/08/1944  passed away (56 years of age)
buried in:     West Terrace Cemetery, AIF Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
                   Light Oval; Row #3S; C/E/W: W; Site #A 

Leon was described on enlisting as 23 years 1 month of age; single; 5' 5.5" tall; 120 lbs;
fresh complexion; grey eyes; brown hair; Church of England

04/01/1916  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA

16/06/1916  appointed a 'Gunner' at Maribyong Camp

07/09/1916  embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC, onboard HMAT A15 Port Sydney,
                   as a Driver with 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 5th Reinforcement
29/10/1916  disembarked into Plymouth, England

15/12/1916  taken on strength 23rd Field Artillery Brigade, England

31/12/1916  proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton, England

05/01/1917  taken on strength 27th Battery, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, in the field

03/12/1917  transferred to Brigade Headquarters

06/01/1918  granted furlo (leave) to England
23/01/1918  returned to unit

25/04/1918  transferred to 107th Howitzer Battery

26/04/1918  transferred to 27th Battery

14/06/1918  killed in action, Somme, France

buried in:     Croydon Military Cemetery, 3 1/4 miles East South East of Amiens

1920 exhumed and reburied in:
                   Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France
                   Plot IV, Row E, Grave 2
                   1 mile south west of Morlancourt, 4 3/4 miles north east of Corbie

His name is commemorated on:-
- Panel 15 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
- the South Australian Harbor Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, SA

Medals:       British War medal (46568), Victory medal (45991)
                  Memorial Plaque and Scroll (346816)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  21/04/2017.  Lest we forget.

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