George Atkins BECKER

BECKER, George Atkins

Service Number: 4447
Enlisted: 6 September 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Taroom, Queensland, Australia, 18 June 1896
Home Town: Taroom, Banana, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2 December 1983, aged 87 years
Cemetery: Hemmant Cemetery & Crematorium
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World War 1 Service

6 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4447, Brisbane, Queensland
31 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4447, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4447, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Brisbane
20 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4447, 47th Infantry Battalion, Pozières, GSW (upper extremities)
7 Feb 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 4447, 47th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Thomas Becker and Mary Ann Atkins

Biography contributed by Jack Hay

George Atkins Becker was born on his family cattle property called Stonecroft in Taroom Queensland on 18th june 1896. He was 1 of 12 children of Thomas and Mary ann Becker, and was also 1 of 4 brothers to serve in the First World War. His first brother to enlist was Charles Edward Robert Becker, who sadly died of Pneumonia on the 17th of December 1915 in egypt. Soon, George and his brother James Samuel Becker, would enlist together and would fight together in France. Fredrick Thomas Becker was the last brother to enlist who would be wounded twice but survive the war. George and James enlisted on the 6th September 1915, in Brisbane Queensland. They embarked from brisbane on the 31st of January 1916 on HMAT Wandilla. They Joined the 47th Infantry Battalion on Tuesday, 7th March 1916 at Zietoun, Egypt. They Travelled from Alexanria to Marseills, France on HT Caledonia on friday the 2nd June 1916 and arrived in France on Friday 9th June 1916. He and James would then join the fight at Pozieres in France. Sadly, on Tuesday 8th August 8th 1916, James was killed while fighting at Pozieres. That same day George was Wounded by a Gun Shot Wound to the Upper Extremities. George was Hospitalised and sent back to Australia and Discharged from the AIF in Brisbane Medically unfit on Wednesday 7th Frebuary 1917.

He returned home to Taroom without his Brother, James who he enlisted with. George remained a Private through out the whole service and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 

Thomas and Mary Ann had lost two of their sons to the Horrors of the war. At their home town of Taroom, Mary Ann got a Plaque made in honour of James and Charles thats is now on desplay in the local Church in Taroom.

George Died from Natural causes in Brisbane, 2nd December 1983 aged 87 years old.