George Cook ASHDOWN


ASHDOWN, George Cook

Service Number: 3662
Enlisted: 23 November 1916, Charleville, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia, 1875
Home Town: Camperdown, Inner West, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 April 1918
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 8, Row F, Grave no. 16
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Paroo Shire Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3662, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Charleville, Queensland
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3662, 4th Pioneer Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3662, 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
11 Jul 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion, Gun shot wound to right leg
5 Apr 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3662, 49th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

George Cook ASHDOWN was born in 1875 in Camperdown , Sydney

His parents were James ASHDOWN and Elizabeth COOK who married in 1874 in Sydney

He was living in Cunnamulla, Queensland and working as a Shearer when he enlisted for WW1 on 23rd November, 1916 in Charlesville, Queensland

He embarked as a Private with the 4th Pioneer Battalion, 9th reinforcements on the ship HMAT Ayrshire which left Sydney on 24th January, 1917

George was Killed In Action on 5th April, 1918 at Dernancourt, France during a big german offensive & is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

Inscription on his headstone reads:


His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.



"A life nobly ended"

"He gave his life at duties call, beloved by comrades, one & all"

"He sleeps beside his comrades, in a hallowed grave unknown

but his name is written in letters of gold,

on the hearts he left at home"