BRYANT, George

Service Number: 821
Enlisted: 17 February 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Corporal
Last Unit: Australian Provost Corps
Born: Hill End, New South Wales, 13 June 1897
Home Town: Ultimo, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Hill End Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes (cancer), Balmain, New South Wales, 31 July 1968, aged 71 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
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World War 1 Service

17 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 821, Liverpool, New South Wales
12 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 821, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 821, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
18 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Machine Gun Company
7 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Second Corporal, 821, Australian Provost Corps

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Biography contributed by sonia christensen

George Douglas Bryant was born 13th June, 1897 at "Athol" house in Hill End and by 1915 George and his mother "Gertiie" relocated to Ultimo, Sydney.

My grandfather George Douglas Bryant enlisted at Liverpool Camp on 17th February 1915, putting up his age by four years to get accepted. He served at Gallipoli, then after evacuation served in France with the 5th Machine Gun Battalion. He was a Corporal and had his horse shot and killed from under him. When he died in 1968 he still had the bullet in him. The next near miss was when the chain of his ID tags on the neck broke, he tied them onto his wrist, he reached up to the barb wire at the top of the trench, to see what was going on, when a single shot hit the chain holding the tags and broke it. In November 1918 he was then transferred to 2nd Machine Gun Battalion. He embarked for England in mid-January 1919 and one month later attached to the Anzac Provost Corps for the remainder of his service. He was promoted to ER/2nd Corporal in April 1919.

He came home and married my nanna (Margaret Johanna Thomas) in 1920 at Broadway. In 1930 they moved from Redfern to their Rose Street, Darlington home and lived there for many years.

Being an Ultimo resident, his name appers on the monument at the north end on Harris Street, Pyrmont and also being born and raised in Hill End his name appears on the Hill End WW1 Honour Roll.