George RIORDAN

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RIORDAN, George

Service Number: 5464
Enlisted: 11 January 1916, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Simpson's Creek, Victoria, March 1897
Home Town: Inglewood, Loddon, Victoria
Schooling: Arnold Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, France, 5 June 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Inglewood War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5464, 6th Infantry Battalion, Bendigo, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5464, 6th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5464, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
5 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5464, 6th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"France, Jan. 29th, 1918. To the Arnold Darkies.

Allow me to thank you very much for the parcel I received from you a few days ago. It's needless for me to say how I appreciated it with the knowledge of its being kindly donated by the Arnold Darkies from dear old Australia. I seems to bring distant friends near, but I trust that by next Xmas the lads will all be home, and will have the pleasure of listening to our local "Darkies." Wishing the "Arnold Darkies" ever success.

I remain, Yours truly, Pte. George Riordan."from the Inglewood Advertiser 12 Apr 1918 (nla.gov.au)
 

"Death on Service.

RIORDAN.- Killed in action somewhere in France. Private George Riordan, No. 5464, 6th Battalion, dearly loved youngest son of Mrs and late Wm. Riordan, of Inglewood and formerly of Arnold, loving brother of Mary, Annie, Nellie, Lizzie, Dan, Agnes, Julia, William, Emily, Thomas and Carrie, aged 21 years. 

Rest in peace.

He was smiling on the trooship,

As he waved me his last farewell,  

Going to fight for King and country,

Our George like a hero fell.

Though only a boy, he did a man's part. —Inserted by his loving sister Carrie and brother-in-law, Driver J. V. O'Shannessy (on active service), and little nephew Jimmie." - from the Inglewood Advertiser 25 Jun 1918 (nla.gov.au)

 

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