William GEORGE


GEORGE, William

Service Number: 2582
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dungog, NSW, Australia, 1886
Home Town: West Wallsend, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917
Cemetery: Dochy Farm New British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Scone Barwick House War Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2582, 34th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
17 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2582, 34th Infantry Battalion, SS Napier, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Joanna George

William George was born in 1886 at Dungog, New South Wales, Australia but grew up in West Wallsend. He grew up living with his mother, Anges George. He worked as a miner and never got maried. William was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and had brown eye colour. His hair was dark brown and he was about 164lbs.

William George enlisted in the army on 8 June 1916 in Armadale, Victoria at the age of 20years. Once in the Army he went to France and fought in the 9th Training Battalion.

William George then went to Belgium and fought in the 34th Infantry Battalion, the third battle of Ypres. There he got wounded in action twice. On the 20th of October he was declared missing in action but later found dead. He got killed by a bullet in the head around eight or nine in the morning. The officers found out that he died at the age of 31 years on 12th October 1917. For a while the officers thought he was missing but later found out he died. His last rank was private. William was buried near the place of his death, in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium.