George Ernest ACKLAND

Badge Number: S10207, Sub Branch: Jamestown

ACKLAND, George Ernest

Service Number: 2928
Enlisted: 18 February 1916, Orroroo, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Mount Pleasant, South Australia, 6 April 1873
Home Town: Orroroo, Orroroo/Carrieton, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Watervale, South Australia, 20 July 1961, aged 88 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Watervale Cemetery, South Australia
George Ernest Late 1st AIF 3rd light horse Beloved husband of Harriet Died 20th July 1961 Aged 88years
Memorials: Carrieton Honour Roll, Carrieton War Memorial, Laura Peak Vale Roll of Honour, Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1, Peak Vale Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

18 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Orroroo, South Australia
24 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2928, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Mooltan embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
24 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2928, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, RMS Mooltan, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2928
11 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 2928, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Chas Ackland

George Ernest Ackland was born on 6 April, 1873, at Watervale, South Australia. George, son of William and Grace Parkyn Ackland, was in a family of eight and the fourth youngest.

George lived in a small town called Yalpara, 28.3km away from Orroroo. Yalpara station had their own community having up to 20,000 sheep and 700 cattle. They had their own dairy supply with many acres of orchards. At Yalpara the Acklands owned one acre of land with an orchard on it. It was reported they had the finest peaches in the district.

One-day a John Adams, also living at Yalpara, and George’s father were in the station kitchen and started pelting each other with peaches. John Adams picked up the gun from the corner, and not knowing the gun was loaded, pointed it at William who was killed. Adams was charged with manslaughter. Several years later the family moved into Orroroo, and George enlisted in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment.

Private George Ernest Ackland was 43 years and 10 months old when he joined the war in August, 1916.

He embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board RMS Mooltan. On 21 September, 1916, he disembarked in Suez, but was placed into an isolation camp with mumps. On 15 April, 1918, he was sick out in the field and went to hospital with dysentery. The Doctor said that he nearly died of weight-loss and starvation. He returned to Australia on board the HT Orari on 16 May, 1919, and was discharged from service on 11 August, 1919.

He passed away on 21 July, 1961 and was buried in the Watervale cemetery.



Father   William Ackland (b. 25/4/1850 - d. 4/2/1884  Yalparra SA)  and
Mother  Grace Parkyn Ackland (nee Grigg,   b. 4/11/1848 - d. 22/6/1933  Orroroo SA)
lived at Orroroo, South Australia.

Brother    James Howard Ackland (b. 7/10/1878 Eden Valley - d. 31/7/1953)
Sister       Elsie Vida Ackland (b. ___/1879 - m.  ___ Shackleford - d. 8/2/1963)
Sister       Florence Sylvia Ackland (b. 1/9/1876 - m. ___ Grigg - d. 24/6/1962)
Brother    Angas Hallady Ackland (b. 1/9/1876 - d. 21/8/1945)
Sister       Olivia Alice Ackland (b. 10/5/1880 Yalparra - d.______)
Brother    Morton Allan Ackland (b. 10/6/1882 - d. 10/10/1964)
Sister       Hilda Caroline Ackland (b. 29/4/1884 Yalparra - d. 18/1/1902 Orroroo)
Sister       Averilda Maud Ackland (b. 3/3/1888 - d.11/2/1972)

16/5/1906  married  Harriett Charlotte Baldwin at Walloway, South Australia
                  (b. 5/11/1885 Walloway - d. 3/10/1967 Watervale).

On enlising George and Harriett lived at Orrorro, South Australia.

Previous service:  9 years 17th Australian Light Horse Regiment
                             on enlisting with 24th Light Horse Regiment

Described on enlisting as 43 years 10 months old; married; 5' 7" tall; 144 lbs; brown complexion;
blue eyes; brown hair; Methodist.

18/2/1916        Enlisted in Orroroo, South Australia
                        Completed medical - fit for service

9/3/1916          Commanding Officer appointed George to Base Light Horse
                        2nd Depot Battalion, Adelaide

16/3/1916        Light Horse, Mitcham Camp

24/8/1916        Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board RMS Mooltan
                        21st reinforcements, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
21/9/1916        disembarked into Suez, Egypt
                        marched into Isolation Camp, Moascar

6/10/1916        sick to 24th Stationary Hospital, Moascar - Mumps

1/11/1916         taken on strength - Ist Light Horse Regiment, ex Isolation Camp

11/2/1917         transferred to 3rd Light Horse Regiment



15/4/1918        sick to hospital - in the field - diarrhoea
25/4/1918        transferred to hospital - Port Said - lost terrible amount of weight


16/5/1919         Returned to Australia on board HT Orari

11/8/1919         Discharged from service


21/7/1961         Passed away
buried in:          Watervale Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Watervale, SA

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  8/12/2014.  Lest we forget.