George Duncan CARMICHAEL

CARMICHAEL, George Duncan

Service Number: 2634
Enlisted: 16 August 1916, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Norton Goldfield, Queensland, Australia, 1884
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 10 June 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), Belgium, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2634, Rockhampton, Queensland
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2634, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2634, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
10 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2634, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William Carmichael of 164 Alma Street, Rockhampton, Queensland; brother of John Carmichael of Bororein

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From 52nd Battalion AIF

Pte George Duncan CARMICHAEL was a 32 year old engine driver on enlistment in August 1916. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916 with the 52nd Bn, 6th Reinforcements. Arriving at Plymouth on 21 November he was immediately admitted to hospital but recovered and marched into Codford camp in December. He was taken on strength with the 52nd in February 1917. At Messines, he was killed late at night on the 10th. There are differing reports held by the Red Cross, one suggests he was killed by machine gun fire, other say he was hit by shrapnel. Lance Corporal Berthelsen stated ‘I saw him dead near Messines … he had his arm badly smashed, and bled to death.’