George Henry RIGBY

RIGBY , George Henry

Service Number: 294
Enlisted: 18 August 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Anzac Mounted Division Headquarters
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26 September 1894
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural Causes, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 9 September 1973, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Queensland
Memorials: Annerley Stephens Shire Council Residents Honour Board 1, Brisbane Logan & Albert 9th Battalion Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 294, 9th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 294, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 294, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 294, 9th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

World War 2 Service

25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 294, 9th Infantry Battalion, Gallipoli Peninsular: GSW leg

World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, Anzac Mounted Division Headquarters
18 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 294, Anzac Mounted Division Headquarters, ex Suez per Vestalia for Melbourne, Victoria (escort duty)
27 Dec 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 294, Anzac Mounted Division Headquarters

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

George was the fourth of six children of William Alfred Rigby (born 1855 in Cheshire, England) and Julia Mitchell (born 1858 in Auckland, New Zealand). William immigrated to New Zealand in 1880 and worked for the South British Insurance Co. He married Julia in January 1885 at Kaikohe in the Bay of Islands, NZ. In 188 William and Julia and their two children transferred to Townsville, QLD where William was Manager of the South British Insurance Co, and in 1889 the family transferred to Brisbane, QLD.

George was a Clerk in Brisbane, QLD (for Shipping Agents Wills Gilchrist & Co) when he enlisted in the AIF in August 1914. He was serving with the QLD Militia 9th Infantry and was posted to the 9th Infantry Battalion (Private, Corporal, Sergeant; Service No:294) and Anzac Mounted Division in Gallipoli, where he was WiA in 1915. George was Discharged in December 1916. Brothers William (Jack) John Rigby (Lieutenant), and Gordon Alexander Rigby (Gunner, Service No:34643) served in WWI and brother Hubert Stanley Rigby (Lieutenant, Service No:QX6450) served in WWII.

George was living in Atherton, QLD and working as a Forestry Officer (Clerk) in 1922 when he married Edith Heather Huntington (born 1898 in Brisbane, QLD). Edith was a Clerk, and she and George settled in Brisbane, QLD and raised their family there. George worked as a Clerk. Edith died in 1960 and George in 1973.