George Trevitt THURGARLAND


THURGARLAND, George Trevitt

Service Number: 2433
Enlisted: 21 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Queenstown, South Australia, 28 August 1887
Home Town: Largs Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Seaman
Died: Killed in Action, France, Belgium, 1 July 1916, aged 28 years
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery
Grave I. C. 11. INSCRIPTION PEACE PERFECT PEACE , La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, La Plus Douve, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Largs Bay St Alban's Church Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

21 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2433, 27th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2433, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Adelaide

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Surname incorrectly spelled Thurgaland instead of Thurgarland on the Embarkation Roll (

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

George was born Queenstown, Southern Australia in August 1887. The son of Henry Babington Thurgarland sometime of Military Road, Largs Bay, Southern Australia, His parents, [mother was Elizabeth Ann Thurgarland] later lived at Mission Station, Point McLeay, South Australia.


George enlisted for military service on 21st June 1915, aged 27 years 10 months,at Keswick, Southern Australia, to serve for the duration of the war and four months.


He was assigned to 5th Reinforcements, 27th Battalion A.I.F.


 His initial medical noted: Height 5ft 7.75in tall, Weight 146 lbs, 36in chest expansion, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark hair.


On 14/09/1915 George embarked on H.M.A.T. “Ballarat” at Adelaide and sailed for Egypt (27th Battalion has landed at Gallipoli on 11/09/1915 and remained there until December).

On 12/01/1916 George was taken on strength of 27st Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, the training centre for the 1st Australian Imperial Force. Later in the month he contracted cerebro spinal meningitis and was admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, Tel-el-Kebir on 27/01/1916.
As George recovered from his illness, he was transferred to No2 Casualty Clearing Station, Tel-el-Kebir, on 07/02/1916, and subsequently discharged to duty 19/02/1916.

27th Battalion was earmarked for service in Northern France, and on 15/03/1916 embarked in Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force. They disembarked in Marseilles on 21/03/1916. A fortnight later, on 07/04/1916 the men first entered the front lines.

In June 1916 George was admitted 2nd Divisional Rest Station with deformed feet and discharged to unit 4 days later. On 1st July 1916 the Battle of the Somme commenced, but George’s unit were in the lines to the north, in Belgium, and George was Killed in Action. He was laid to rest by Rev. W.C. Smith at La Plus Douve Farm, S of Wulverghem, 1.75 miles W.S.W of Messines Ref Trench Map Sheet 28 Square T.12.a.4.1.