George Hislop LOCKWOOD

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LOCKWOOD, George Hislop

Service Number: 1761
Enlisted: 20 August 1915, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 1890
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storekeeper
Died: Shellfire, Bullecourt Nord-Pas-de-Calais France, 11 April 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneaux Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1761, 32nd Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1761, 32nd Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Borda A30
3 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 1761, 48th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 1761, 16th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1761, 16th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

 

Brother of 3204 CSM John Lockwood, MM (/explore/people/48503) 27th Battalion.

 

270. George Hislop Lockwood (www.lockwoodons.webspace.virginmedia.com) was born about Jan 1890 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and died on 11 Apr 1917 in France aged about 27. 

General Notes: Date of birth derived from him being 25 years 7 months old when he enlisted in August 1915.
1. From http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=178590
George Hislop LOCKWOOD
Regimental number 1761
Religion Church of England
Occupation Storekeeper
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 25
Next of kin Uncle, Mr F.C. Pengilly, Motor Works, 50 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date 20 August 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/49/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 16th Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 11 April 1917
Place of burial No known grave
Commemoration details Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Note that Frederick Charles Pengilly was the husband of Charlotte Scoresby Lockwood, an aunt of George.
2. There are 47 pages of service record at http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/.
He joined the 48th Battalion and was wounded in 1916 before being killed in 1917.

 

Clarification:  George was assigned to the 2nd Reinforcements of the 32nd Battalion and embarked with them.  As was often the case newly-arrived reinforcements were assigned to units that required more urgent replensihment of men after recent fighting and casualties.  George was thus assigned to the 4th Division - initially to the 48th Battalion very briefly before moving across to D Company of the 16th Battalion with which he was to serve until his death at Bullecourt 12 months later. (per service record).

During figthing presumably near Mouquet Farm on the 30th August 1916 he was wounded by shrapnel to the right cheek.  He was evacuated through the 4th Field Ambulance to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station then via a Canadian Field Ambulance to the 8th Ambulance train ending up in N0 5 Convalescent Depot in Bolougne.  He rejoined the 16th Battalion via the personnel depot at Etaples in November around Guedecourt just in time for the worst winter  in living memory.  He was charged with being AWL in early December for about 12 hours absence for which he received forfeiture of 22 days pay.

The 4th Division was part of the attack at First Bullecourt on the 11th April.  George's luck ran out as part of a fatigue party getting rations and water for the front line troops.  He was killed instantly by a shell which burst over he and his party and was buried in the field near where he fell.  The exact location was obscured by susbequent fighting.  He thus remains one of the "missing" somewhere in the Bullecourt battlefield.  See his AWM ccount for details.

The SDA State Library may have the original documents provided to his next of kin.

British War Medal 31914

Victory Medal 31691

Commemorative Plaque  - 309856

 

Steve Larkins 31 December 2013

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