George Pinnock MERZ MID


MERZ, George Pinnock

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 18 May 1915, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Prahan, Victoria, 10 October 1891
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne University
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Killed in Action (attacked by Arabs), Iraq, 30 July 1915, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Basra Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), RMS Morea, Melbourne
18 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Victoria
30 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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George Pinnock MERZ was born on 10th October 1891 in Prahan, Victoria

His parents were George MERZ and Annie ROBERTSON

He studied for 5 years at Melbourne University (Medicine & Chemistry) to become a doctor and was also in the Melbourne University Rifles for 5 years previous to enlisting for WW1

He enlisted on 18th May, 1915  as a Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps. - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board the SS Morea on 20th April, 1915

He was awarded and promulgated - London Gazette 5th April, 1916 and Commonwealth Gazette 21st Sept 1916

His last posting was with the Australian Flying Corps attached to the Royal Flying Corps, 30 Squadron

George was killed by hostile  local Arabs when his plane had to make a force landing (see biographies) - he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq and the Australian War Memorial

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal





The Ballarat Star - 30th July, 1918

IN MEMORIAM - MERZ - In loving memory of Lieutenant George Pinnock Merz, AFC, MD who lost his life at Mesopotamia on 30th July 1915.

He crowned his life by sacrifice  -Ever remembered -inserted by his loving parents and sisters