George Henry BANFIELD


BANFIELD, George Henry

Service Number: 1450
Enlisted: 6 November 1914, Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 24 January 1886
Home Town: Lambton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Coal Hewer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 5 May 1915, aged 29 years
Cemetery: 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery
Row C Grave 8
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lambton Fallen Soldiers HR
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World War 1 Service

6 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1450, 4th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, NSW
11 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1450, 4th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1450, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Sydney

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George Henry Banfield; Born in Brisbane, Australia, to James Banfield (1860 - 1889) and Martha Banfield (nee Woods)(later Lewis) (1865-1929), Siblings; Sarah Jane Banfield (1883-1888), Doris C Banfield (1890-??). After the death of his father in Brisbane, his mother Martha returned to Wales with her two surviving children, George was raise in a small village called Pontlottyn, he worked in a local mine, he then enrolled in the AIF, was sent to Australia for basic training before being deployed to the battlefields of Galipoli, where his short life and service ended.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Martha LEWIS (formerly BANFIELD), 5 High Street, Pontlottyn, Wales, and the late James BANFIELD

Private G. H. Banfield, who was killed in action, was born in Queensland, but for some years past he was a resident of Newcastle. He was employed as an engineer at Burwood colliery, and left that position to go to the front. He was well known and popular in the Newcastle district. Some time ago he joined the Christian Endeavour Society, and took an active interest in church matters. The mother of Private Banfield recently wrote a letter from England, stating that she had two other sons fighting against the Germans and also a daughter a Red Cross nurse with the Allies.