Herbert Ilott GEORGE


GEORGE, Herbert Ilott

Service Number: 408
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, South Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dunolly, Victoria, 20 June 1884
Home Town: Murrumbeena, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 25 July 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, South Melbourne, Victoria
21 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 408, 5th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
21 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 408, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne

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Mr. William George, of Bacchus Marsh, whose son Herbert was killed at the taking of Pozieres, France, has just received the following particulars from his Commanding Officer:- France, 5/1/17. I received your letter with reference to your son, Herbert Ilott George, whose death was deeply regretted by the Officers and men of our Company, as we miss a man who was a good disciplined soldier, and he possessed a keen sense of duty. On July 24th, our Battalion was at Pozieres, and were heavily shelled with high explosive shells. Your son was wounded by one of them, and he died at the Dressing Station, which is situated about a mile S.W. of Contalmaison Village, and he was buried there. I regret you were not informed before of the circumstances, but unfortunately I was myself wounded soon after the sad event occurred, and had not been able to give you the facts till recently. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your sad loss. Yours sincerely, W. M. Griffiths,. B. Co., 5th Battalion, A.I.F. Mr. George's other son, Harold, is still fighting for the Empire." - from the Bacchus Marsh Express 17 Mar 1917 (nla.gov.au)