George Walter BANKS

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BANKS, George Walter

Service Number: 2331
Enlisted: 17 July 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Company
Born: Warwick Farm, New South Wales, 9 July 1893
Home Town: Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: Liverpool Superior Public School
Occupation: Grocer/Salesman
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 9 November 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Granville War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2331, Liverpool, New South Wales
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2331, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2331, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
9 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2331, 5th Machine Gun Company, 2nd Passchendaele

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Biography

Corporal George Walter Banks, 17th Battalion, later 5th Company Australian Machine Gun Corps from Granville, NSW, was a salesman in a grocery store prior to enlisting on 17 July 1915. He embarked from Sydney aboard the HMAT Themistocles (A32) on 5 October 1915 and was wounded in action on 6 November 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium. He died at the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium, on 9 November 1917, aged 24 and is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was the son of William Joshua Banks (the grandson of two convicts) and Mary Ann Dwight.

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