George Ferguson LEGGE


LEGGE, George Ferguson

Service Number: 50091
Enlisted: 2 February 1918
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, NSW, 17 August 1897
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne C of E Grammar School; St. Paul's School London; Melbourne University
Occupation: Engineering Student
Died: Killed in action, France, 4 October 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 50091, 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
21 Mar 1918: Involvement Private, SN 50091, 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
21 Mar 1918: Embarked Private, SN 50091, 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements, HMAT Persic, Sydney
4 Oct 1918: Involvement Private, SN 50091, 22nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

GEORGE FERGUSON LEGGE who was killed in action in France on 4th October 1918 was the eldest son of Major-General Legge. He was born in 1897 and entered the Prep. in 1909 and came up to the Senior School in 1911. In 1913 and 1914 he went to St. Paul's School in London and returned to the School in 1915. He went to the Melbourne University in 1916, joining the Engineering School, and enlisted as soon as he was of military age in February 1918.

He embarked as a Private in the 22nd Battalion in April 1918 and went to England via the United States of America, arriving in June 1918. After being in camp for two months he crossed to France and was for two months with his battalion taking part in the attack on
the Hindenburg Line as machine gunner. He also took part in the last engagement of the Australian Infantry in front of Beaurevoir and Montbrehain, where he was killed by machine-gun fire, while bandaging the wound of a fellowsoldier.
He had come under notice very soon after joining his battalion on account of his smartness and good qualities.

He was buried near the main Estrees-Geneve Road.