George William HUNGERFORD

HUNGERFORD, George William

Service Number: 3327
Enlisted: 25 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Warwick, Queensland, Australia, April 1891
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Pastry Cook
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Plot III. Row E. Grave 6. Found in mass grave at Pheasant Wood, Fromelles 2009 and laid to rest 19th July 2011
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St Luke's Church WW1 Honour Roll, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

25 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3327
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3327, 4th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Lincoln embarkation_ship_number: A17 public_note: ''
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3327, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Sydney
13 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 53rd Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3327, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3327 awm_unit: 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-07-19

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

From: In Remembrance: Hungerford and Associated Families in the Great War 1914-1918

HUNGERFORD, George William
Regimental Number:   3327   
Unit Name:   4th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement

Religion:   Church of England

Occupation:   Pastry Cook

Address:   Ruthven and Bridge Street, Toowoomba, Qld

Age at Enlistment:   24 years and 3 months

Enlistment Date and Place:   16 August 1915, Warwick Farm, NSW

Next of Kin:   Father, John George Hungerford, Ruthven & Bridge Streets, Toowoomba, Qld

Rank on Enlistment:   Private

Embarkation Details:   Unit embarked from Sydney, NSW, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915

Rank from Nominal Roll:   Private

Unit from Nominal Roll:   53rd Battalion

Campaigns Served:   Egypt, Western Front

War Service/Promotions:   Proceeded to join 53rd Battalion, Zeitoun, Egypt, 16 February 1916, taken on strength 53rd Battalion, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 16 February 1916. Found guilty, 18 March 1916, of neglecting to obey an order on 12 March 1916; awarded 5 days confined to barracks. Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Fate:   Killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Fromelles, 19 July 1916, Fromelles, France

Place of Death:  Fromelles, France

Translation of German report, 3 November 1919, 'Iden: Disc handed over to Intell: Officer with 6th Army H.Q. 12/10/16(.) Australian Pte. Hungerford, 3327, 53rd Bn, fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles 19/7/1916..

Report from Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 15 October 1920, 'Hungerford, G. W. 3327 A.4.1. Co Fell on 19.7.1916 at Fromelles(.) Reported by N.O. of Army Headquarters 6. on 3.18.16 (sic). Final German Death List, B.'

Red Cross File No 1390509: 'The above name appeared on German Death list dated 4.11.16'.

Place of Burial:   Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 8), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France. George’s remains were finally identified in 2011, 95 years later, after a mass grave was discovered at Pheasant Wood Fromelles, in 2009. DNA testing of his nephew, Ron Hungerford confirmed his identity. He was finally laid to rest on 19 July 2011, with full military honours - Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery,France (Plot 111, Row E, Grave 6).

Panel Number Roll of Honour AWM:   157

Medals/Citations:   1914/15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal. His father received his effects on 8 August 1917, his Memorial Plaque on 6 July 1932, and the Memorial Scroll on 19 September 1921.

Note: His nephew Ron Hungerford said a letter to Private Hungerford’s mother said he was one of the first soldiers to go over the top of the trenches.

Source: The Chronicle (Toowoomba), 15 April 2011