George Thomas Kellett TENCH

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TENCH, George Thomas Kellett

Service Numbers: 2452, Commissioned Officer, Officer
Enlisted: 16 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, 14 March 1881
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Builder
Died: Died of wounds, Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918, aged 37 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Plot 1, Row A, Grave 11
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2452, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2452, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2452, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Outer Harbor
1 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Warrant Officer Class 1, SN 2452, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
5 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 32nd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, Gassed while in transit to re-join unit from rehab in England. Evacuated to the UK
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 32nd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
29 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

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Biography

George Thomas Kellett TENCH was born on 14th March, 1881 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England

His parents were William Revelry TENCH and Margaret KELLETT who married in Nottingham in 1871

He married Hazel Olive HEITHERSAY on 22nd March, 1913 in the Methodist Vestry , Pirie St. Adelaide, South Australia

George had previous service with the Western Light Horse for 15 months which was disbanded - he enlisted with the 32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcements in Adelaide, SA

 

"...Lieutenant George Thomas Kellett Tench, 32nd Battalion. A building contractor from Prospect, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked as a Provisional Sergeant with the 4th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 9 March 1916 aboard RMS Mongolia for Suez. These reinforcements relocated to Plymouth for further training where he reverted to the rank of Private. He was promoted to Acting Corporal and then proceeded to join his battalion on the Western Front, near Dernancourt, France, on New Year’s Eve 1916. He rose rapidly through the ranks and on 9 March 1917 he was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1. In late October 1917 he was recommended for the DCM for actions near Zonnebeke, Belgium. He was appointed Quarter Master with the rank of Honorary Lieutenant on 3 November 1917. Lt Tench was evacuated to England with an eye infection in December 1917 which required extensive treatment. While en route to his unit in late April 1918 he was wounded in action due to gassing and was again evacuated to England before finally rejoining the 32nd Battalion near Amiens. Lt Tench was wounded in action near Bellicourt, France, on 29 September 1918, died of these wounds later that day and is buried in the Bellicourt British Cemetery. He was aged 35 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

 

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