George William ELBOURNE

ELBOURNE, George William

Service Number: 59025
Enlisted: 8 May 1918
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements
Born: Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia, 22 December 1874
Home Town: Grenfell, Weddin, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, At Sea, 20 September 1918, aged 43 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grenfell Great War Memorial, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
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World War 1 Service

8 May 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 59025, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements
17 Jul 1918: Involvement Private, 59025, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements
17 Jul 1918: Embarked Private, 59025, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, HMAT Borda, Sydney
20 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, 59025

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Mr. G. W. Elbourne, a married man with four children, has enlisted for active service and goes into camp on 1st June. Mr. Elbourne is well known hereabouts, and was for some years connected with a sawmilling proposition.

Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

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

Died on this date – 20th September…… George William Elbourne was born on 22nd December, 1874 at Carcoar, New South Wales.

He married Gertrude Harriet Jones on 21st August, 1901 in New South Wales. They had the following children Evangeline G. Elbourne (born 25th May, 1902 - Cargo, NSW); Victoria D. Elbourne (born 28th January, 1905 – Canowindra, NSW); Claude William Elbourne (born 16th May, 1906 – Canowindra, NSW) & Jean Lavender Elbourne (born 3rd November, 1914 – Canowindra, NSW)

Susannah Elbourn, mother of George William Elbourne, died on 16th October, 1901 at Canowindra, New South Wales.

Arthur James Elbourn, father of George William Elbourne, died on 17th June, 1902 at Canowindra, New South Wales.

On 9th May, 1918 George William Elbourne enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a 43 year old, married, Farmer from Grenfell, New South Wales.

Private George William Elbourne, Service number 59025, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on HMAT Borda (A30) on 17th July, 1918 with the 11th N. (New South Wales) Reinforcements (also referred to as 11th General Service Reinforcements) for UK.

He was admitted to Ship’s Hospital while at Sea on 31st August, 1918 with Asthma. He was discharged on 6th September, 1918. Private Elbourne was re-admitted to Ship’s Hospital on 14th September, 1918 with Broncho-Pneumonia. The Hospital Admissions form recorded: “Re-admitted asthmatic attacks at night. Patched of dullness in both lungs, especially at base of L. Lung with signs of Pleurisy at left base. Temp ranging between 104° & 105° from 18/9/18 with delirium. Profuse yellow sputum. Died rather suddenly about 2.30 pm on 20/9/18.”

Private George William Elbourne died at 2.30 pm on 20th September, 1918 at Sea on HMAT Borda (A30) from Bronchial Pneumonia & Pleurisy.

He was buried at Sea from HMAT Borda (A30) at 5.45 pm on 20th September, 1918. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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