George John OWENS

Badge Number: 6632, Sub Branch: State

OWENS, George John

Service Number: 2211
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Clare, South Australia, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 30 May 1947, cause of death not yet discovered, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 9, Site No: 7
Memorials: Mundoora War Memorial, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, 2211, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of England embarkation_ship_number: A15 public_note: ''
21 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, 2211, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 2211, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

George Owens was the son of Dominick and Mary Ellen (nee Waller) Owens of Port Broughton and Redhill. A widower after his wife Ethel (nee Orchard) had passed away, George named his son, Ernest Frederick Owens of Redhill, as his next of kin. He was born at Clare in about 1875. A labourer, he was 40 years old when he enlisted at Keswick on 31 May 1915.

George was appointed to 4 Reinforcements 27 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A “Star of England” on 21 September 1915.  In Egypt George was transferred and taken on strength of 10 Battalion that embarked from Alexandria on 27 March 1916 and landed at Marseilles on 3 April. In France he suffered from bronchitis and catarah and eventually was classified as “B” Class (unfit for front line duty) and was evacuated to England for discharge.

When he embarked from Devonport aboard HT “Thermistocle” on 4 May 1917 he would have heard the news that his mother had passed away on 15 April. George disembarked on 2 July and was discharged on 8 August 1917.

His brother, CSM Aloysius Alfred Owens, served with 27 Battalion and 2 Division Signals Coy. Aloysius was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal.