George Gladstone GRANDISON


GRANDISON, George Gladstone

Service Number: 1713
Enlisted: 16 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 19 January 1892
Home Town: Birkenhead, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Miss Clonstons Private School, Lefevre Peninsular State School, SA and Princess May School, Fremantle, WA
Occupation: Wharf Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Harbonnieres, Departement de la Somme - Picardie, France, 10 August 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery
Framerville Communal Cemetery, Picardie, France. Later exhumed & reburied in Heath Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. I.) His name is located on panel 10 of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Semaphore Port Adelaide Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1713, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1713, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1713, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide
29 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1713, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1713, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
10 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1713, 27th Infantry Battalion, Amiens

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Father George Gray Grandison  (b. 1862 - d. March 1944) and
Mother Mary Eliza (Minnie) Grandison (nee Edwards)  (b. 1872 -  d. April 1956),
of Walker Street, Birkenhead, South Australia.

Next of kin in service:
Brother:    #82  Leslie Grandison   (b. 2/5/1893 Pt Pirie - d. 28/8/1948)
                                21 years 9 months old; single;
                                Enlisted 20/2/1915
                                Returned to Australia 28/3/1919

Siblings:  Sister    -  Helen Grandison
                                 (b. 20/3/1895 Pt Pirie - d. _______)
                Brother  -  Clement Hampton Grandison
                                 (b. 1900 - d. Nov. 1965)
                Sister    -  Jean Gwendoline Grandison
                                (b. 7/5/1912 Birkenhead - d. _______)

His last known address prior to enlisting was Heath Street, Birkenhead, SA

Previous service was with the 11th AIF Western Australia, 3 years 6 months - expired service.

Described on enlisting as 23 years 4 months old; single; 5' 8" tall; 154 lbs; dark complexion;
grey eyes; dark hair; Church of England.

16/3/1915          Enlisted in Keswick

16/3-15/4/1915  B Company Base Infantry

16/4-22/5/1915  6th reinforcement, 16th Infantry Battalion

23/5/1915          Embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT Kanowna A61
                          Sergeant, 27th Infantry Battalion

4/9/1915            Embarked from Alexandria, Egypt, to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces

27/10/1915        Promoted to Corporal - Gallipoli Peninsula
                          27th Infantry Battalion

30/12/1915        Promoted to Temporary Sergeant, Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt

10/1/1916          Disembarked ex Mudros - Greece, into Alexandria, Egypt

28/2/1916          Reprimanded for neglect of duty - Ismailia

5/3/1916            Reverted to Corporal, Moascar

16/3/1916          Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
21/3/1916          Disembarked into Marseilles, France

1/5/1916            Promoted to Sergeant - France

23/5/1916          Proceeded to England - on leave
8/6/1916            Rejoined 27th Battalion in France

The 27th Battalion took part in its first major Battle at Pozières between 28 July and 5 August.

4/8/1916            Wounded in action - shell wound left leg and back
                          admitted to No. 4 Australian Field Ambulance, France
6/8/1916            Admitted to No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station
7/8/1916            Admitted to No. 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimeraux, France
10/8/1916          Transfer to England
11/8/1916           Embarked to England on HS Jan Breydel, ex Bolounge, France
11/8/1916           Admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, England
3/10/1916          Transferred to 3rd Auxillary Hospital
4/11/1916           Placed on supernumeracy list
6/11/1916           Discharged from hospital, Weymouth, England
6/11/1916           Marched in from Dartford, into No.2 Convalescent Camp (rest)

25/11/1916         Marched in from furlough (leave), into No.4 Convalescent Camp (rest)
                           Wareham, England

14/3/1917           Marched out to No.3 Company Depot, Wareham, Dorset, England
17/3/1917           Marched in from Wareham, into Hurdcott

29/3-16/4/1917   Classified Bla4

20/4/1917            Transferred to 70th Infantry Battalion - Wareham, Dorset, England

16/5/1917            Wounded - gun shot wound to back
                            admitted to 16th Field Ambulance, Wareham
                            transferred to Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset, England

28/5/1917            Marched out of hospital to 70th Infantry Battalion at Windmill Hill

19/9/1917            Transferred to 27th Battalion
                            marched out on 69th draft battalion Hurdcott

Although the 27th Battalion participated in minor attacks during the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in early 1917, the Battalion did not carry out a major attack again until 20 September 1917. On this occasion, it was part of the 2nd Division’s first wave at the Battle of Menin Road. Victory here was followed up with the capture of Broodseinde Ridge on 4 October, in which the 27th Battalion also played a role.

17/10/1917          Proceeded overseas to France, ex Hurdcott
18/10/1917          Admitted to 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, France
23/10/1917          Taken on strength into 27th Battalion, Belgium

Like most AIF battalions, the 27th fought to turn back the German spring offensive in April 1918, and later in the year participated in a string of offensive battles as Germany was pushed ever closer to defeat. It attacked around Morlancourt on the night of 10 June; acted in a supporting role during the Battle of Hamel on 4 July.

22/7/1918            Promoted to Temporary Sergeant - France

The 27th Battalion was in the first wave at the Battle of Amiens on 8 August, when the battalion captured 9 artillery pieces, 25 machine guns and over 200 prisoners.

10/8/1918            Killed in action
buried in:             Row A, Grave No. I
                            Framerville Communal Cemetery, Picardie, France

WWI 1915/15 Star (22965); British War medal (15112); Victory medal (15052);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (349139).

On behalf of his great-niece Robyn Sarah.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   28/10/2014.  Lest we forget.