Geoffrey Talbot OFFICER

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OFFICER, Geoffrey Talbot

Service Number: 2003
Enlisted: 23 December 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Melbourne, Vic., 1886
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 11 April 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haileybury College HB, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2003, 7th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2003, 7th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2003, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
11 Apr 1917: Involvement Private, SN 2003, 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Ellen Agnes Officer, of "Talbot", 37, Elizabeth St., Elsternwick, Victoria, and the late C. M. Officer.

Attended Haileybury College

Geoffrey left Australia on 17th April 1915 as a gunner and joined the 7th Battery and proceeded to Gallipoli after a few weeks in Egypt.  He was wounded on the Peninsula and sent back to Egypt, but after spending some time in hospital he returned again and remained till the evaucation.  He was one of the last to embark on that memorable occasion.  He went from Egypt to Frnace, and was attached to the 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery, in which he served till he was killed in April 1917.  At school he was noted for his pluck and determination, and was a prominent performer both in crick and football.  He was a leg-break bowler and much feared by opponents as being able to break 'over a yard.'  He left school to take up farming pursuits, and was with his brothers for many years on an ostrich farm near Echuca.

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