George William LAWFORD


LAWFORD, George William

Service Number: 5395
Enlisted: 23 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Corktown, Queensland, Australia, 30 July 1891
Home Town: East Perth, Perth Water, Western Australia
Schooling: East Perth State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Died: Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, Died on SS "Miltides"., 7 September 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
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World War 1 Service

23 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5395, 28th Infantry Battalion
7 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5395, 28th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
7 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5395, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 7th September.....Private George William Lawford was born at Cooktown, Queensland in 1891 (as George William Hoad. Surname changed to Lawford after his widowed mother remarried). He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 22nd March, 1916 as a 22 year old Cabinet Maker from East Perth, Western Australia.

Private George William Lawford embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Miltiades (A28) on 7th August, 1916. He was admitted to HMAT Miltiades (A28) Hospital on 3rd September, 1916 while at Sea suffering from C.S.M. (Cerebro Spinal Meningitis) – in Isolation Hospital.

Private George William Lawford died on 7th September, 1916 at Sea on board HMAT Miltiades (A28) from Meningitis.

Private George William Lawford was buried at Sea on 7th September, 1916.

Private George William Lawford is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)