Samuel George Frederick OAKLEY

OAKLEY, Samuel George Frederick

Service Number: 1947
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Warrnambool, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia , September 1886
Home Town: Warrnambool, Warrnambool, Victoria
Schooling: Warrnambool East State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Painter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 6 March 1917
Cemetery: Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1947, Warrnambool, Victoria
8 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1947, 58th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '20' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ajana embarkation_ship_number: A31 public_note: ''
8 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1947, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ajana, Melbourne
6 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1947, 58th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"1947 Private Samuel George Frederick Oakley, 58th Battalion from Warrnambool, Victoria. A 30 year old painter prior to enlisting on 14 February 1916, he embarked for overseas with the 3rd Reinforcements from Melbourne on 8 July 1916 aboard HMAT Ajana. While serving in France, he was killed in action near Bapaume on 6 March 1917. Pte Oakley is buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Lipny-Thilloy, France." - SOURCE (


Mrs. S. Oakley, of the racecourse, Warrnambool, has received the following letter from Pte. B. E. Bevan relating to the death of her son Pte. S. Oakley. He says:-

"We were going on fatigue work when Sam got hit by a piece of shell, and he turned to me and said, "I'm done!" He didn't speak again, but he felt no pain and passed away quietly. I held his hand till he passed away, but he is safe in the arme of Jesus I know, for he was a Christian and used always to be talking about Jesus. I am a Christian, so I know that he is safe, and that you will meet him in Heaven. He is out of all strife, and is happy now. He did his duty well. He was buried at night." - from the Warrnambool Standard 26 May 1917 (